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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 Gridiron Audibles INFLATED! Champion Patriots March through Boston With Boston streets painted white with snow, thousands of Patriots fans wearing red and blue congregated along Boylston and Tremont Streets creating the perfect backdrop for a city in which a national historic site is found around virtually every corner. But last Wednesday, the people lin- ing the streets of Boston looked for modern day greats that, at least for one day, overshadowed individuals and monuments of the past, as the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots hit the streets of the city with the franchises 4 th Vince Lombardi Trophy. A foot and more of freshly fallen snow did little to deflate the euphoria surrounding the Patriots 28-24 win in Super Bowl XLIX. In fact, the masses in attendance seemed to relish the conditions and use it to their advantage. Many lining the parade route positioned themselves high on top of the mounds of plowed snow. Few would ever have a greater opportunity than this to be a few precious feet away from NFL greats Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. The team that started the city's run on titles in 2002, swiftly moved from the Back Bay towards City Hall plaza riding in duck-boats, a Boston sports champion- ship tradition. The players were greeted with signs celebrat- ing the victory or beacons of defiance with the words "Deflate This" spelled out in bold letters. The star of the parade was Wide Receiver Julian Edelman, who danced atop a Duck Boat, while Running Back LeGarette Blount got off his Duck Boat to take pictures with fans. Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots since 1994, hoisted the current Lombardi trophy high above the crowds while a normally reserved Bill Belichick grinned passionately. With a region reveling in this win, mem- bers of the 2014 team now head their sep- arate ways, knowing a reunion is a mere five months away. The quest for "one for the thumb" begins.