It’s the Southie version of The Hangover: Four Boston transplants living in Los Angeles decide to road trip to Arizona for the Super Bowl with no tickets, no plan, and no fear. They watched the Super Bowl with Gronk’s brothers, snuck into and got kicked out of the same bar three times, partied with Bob Kraft and Rick Ross, ended up on TMZ, and spent enough on Ubers to buy themselves a car. And according to them, it was all worth it.
Boston rapper Nat Anglin moved to Los Angeles on New Years Day hoping to further his music and acting career and help some fellow Boston transplant friends with their website, BosAngeles, a hub for anything Boston-related out in LA. And it was there that the quartet wrote about the ridiculous shenanigans they got into on their once-in-a-lifetime road trip.
According to Anglin, after throwing a big bar bash for the AFC Championship game, he and the others agreed that they had to make the trek to Arizona no matter what.
“We’ve all rooted for the Patriots like any other Boston kids since we were children, he said. “Like the Sox or Bruins … it’s like a religion to us, not just a game, it’s who we are.”
So the group made it down to Glendale, where they found that Seahawks fans outnumbered Pats fans eight to one. Not that they cared.
They headed to watch the game at McFaddens, where they should have been charged $200 each to enter, but through a combination of fence-jumping, distraction tactics and good old-fashioned BSing, they made it in for $100 total.
“The cheapest ticket we saw to the game down there was 11,000 dollars,” Anglin said. “That’s a down payment on a house.”
Though they were kicked out of the bar for talking back to some Seahawks fans who were talking smack, they did find one or two Seattle fans worth hanging out with.
But the night wasn’t over. Not by a long shot.The gang then decided to Uber their way to Chandler, Arizona for the Patriots victory party, despite having no inside connections, no knowledge of the hotel layout, and no plan. After lying to the Uber driver saying they were staying at the hotel so they could get past three police roadblocks, they found themselves in the hotel. But with security ready to intervene, some quick thinking was needed. Here’s how the gang describes it:
There were some people looking at us so Nat whipped his phone out and threw on his best Boston accent and began to yell into the phone:
“WHERE ARE THE [email protected]#%& RESERVATIONS. I HAVE HIS WHOLE FAMILY HERE HOLDING THEIR D%@$. I’VE BEEN HERE FOR AN HOUR WAITING INSIDE THE PARTY”
According to Anglin, the Jones brothers were probably the coolest to hang out with at the party.
“We hung out with them for a few minutes and talked about a variety of things,” Anglin said. “I asked Jon and Chandler if this Super Bowl win was gonna allow the Patriots players to talk as much smack as the Patriots fans will in the coming weeks. They laughed and Chandler basically said ‘Yup. And what are they gonna say to us now? We champions.'”
Somehow TMZ got the footage, and that’s when the boys starting getting calls from Boston friends. (That’s Anglin in the red Brady jersey and blazer clapping at the beginning of the clip.)
“Me popping up on TMZ was not in the plan but getting that phone call from Beantown Athletics in Dorchester was hilarious, Anglin said. “It was like, ‘Dude. YOU ARE ON TMZ!!!’. We had no idea.”
All in all, each of them spent between $500-700 on the trip, but say it was worth every penny. “We love the Patriots. We are so proud they won the Super Bowl,” Anglin said. “I just hope they know a couple of everyday Bostonians got in and had a great time.”
“We were also in the same room as Tom Brady, which means we breathed in the same air as Tom Brady which means … that we can die happy men now.”