2012-02-02 / News

Pats won’t have homefield advantage with Patriot Paul

BY JEFF MCDONOUGH


Top photo: Paul Brunelle (second from the left) and the End Zone Militia fire their muskets after a Patriots’ touchdown during the 2011-12 season. Top photo: Paul Brunelle (second from the left) and the End Zone Militia fire their muskets after a Patriots’ touchdown during the 2011-12 season. Paul Brunelle won’t be on the sidelines cheering on the New England Patriots this Sunday as they face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Brunelle has been a member of the End Zone Militia for seven years. An avid Patriots fan with stadium front row seats, Brunelle joined the militia because it seemed like a “fun thing to do.”

“We are all volunteers,” said Brunelle, who is also a member of the Rhode Island 2nd Regiment Tew Company, a local group of Revolutionary War reenactors.

“There’s about 30 of us who participate in the End Zone Militia,” Brunelle added. “But we don’t always have 30 people on the field.”

Brunelle said the End Zone Militia also participates in many Patriot public relations activities and charity events.


Right photo: Brunelle is on the field for the Patriots’ pre- Super Bowl celebration on Sunday. Right photo: Brunelle is on the field for the Patriots’ pre- Super Bowl celebration on Sunday. But Brunelle and his fellow End Zone Militia will not be taking the trip to Indianapolis for the big game Sunday. Brunelle said the End Zone Militia is considered by the NFL as part of the “homefi eld advantage” and therefore not allowed to take part in the Superbowl.

“It is certainly disappointing,” Brunelle said.

Brunelle went to two previous Super Bowl games when the Pats played – in 1997 and in 2004. He said he was lucky and found lastminute deals that made the trips affordable. Brunelle doesn’t expect that to happen this time around.

Brunelle, who lives in Exeter, has served as a postal clerk at the Jamestown Post Office for 27 years.

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