As we get closer to Super Bowl LI in Houston next Sunday between the Falcons and the Patriots, things have begun to get a little bit chippy between the two fan bases. First, there was Dan Shaughnessy’s column in the Boston Globe saying that it was hard for him as a Patriots fan to get pumped up for a Super Bowl against the Falcons. That, of course, elicited a response from Falcons faithful.
Now, there’s an Atlanta-area gas station that is going one step further. They’re refusing to sell Sam Adams beer until after the Super Bowl.
Sam Adams of course, is well known for being brewed in the Boston area and is named for one of the founding fathers of the United States who came from Boston. The manager of the store located in Gainesville, Georgia, Viral Chhaduha, said that it was Shaughnessy’s article that made him make the decision. From ESPN:
“I was already pumped that we were in the Super Bowl and matched up against living legends in Bill [Belichick] and Tom [Brady],” Chhadua said of the New England Patriots’ coach and quarterback. “Then this article pops up and belittles our sports teams and fan base. I was irritated at the shots this guy took at the fan base and Atlanta as a whole.”
As for the company’s response to Chhadua’s decision? They decided to have some fun with it on their official Twitter page.
One thing’s for sure. Tensions are certainly heating up between these two fan bases and cities as their teams prepare to meet next Sunday.