CLEVELAND, O.H. (WPRI) – It’s less than twenty-four hours before Tom Brady is back on the football field to take on the Cleveland Browns in his first game of the regular season following his Deflategate suspension.
Eyewitness News Anchor Kelly Sullivan has been in Cleveland, talking with New England Patriots fans who made the long journey for Sunday’s game.
Many of the Pats fans in Cleveland this weekend wouldn’t have considered driving the 11 hours to be there in person if it wasn’t the official end of Deflategate and the end to Brady’s four-week suspension.
“It’s such a big game,” says Coventry resident Mary Buetow. “Tom Brady is back. You know, we all feel like he was wrongly accused and wrongly suspended anyway, so we had to be here to greet him.”
“We weren’t expecting this [turnout] at all,” says Kenneth Buetow, also from Coventry. “It’s probably going to feel like a home game!”
One couple from Mansfield, Mass. are rooting for opposing teams Sunday. They tell Eyewitness News it doesn’t affect their relationship.
“We get along fine, it’s an easy relationship,” says Brian Turchetta.
“I don’t feel very confident in my team, unfortunately,” says wife Erin Turchetta. “But it will be an exciting competition and fun to see Brady back in action.”
Fans in Cleveland predict a blowout by the Patriots Sunday.
“57-0, that’s my prediction,” says Mary Buetow.
“38-21 good guys,” says Brad Sirois. “Four touchdowns from Brady. Let’s go! It’s a revenge game. Belichick back in Cleveland [so] it’s a big game.”
Eyewitness News will have continuing coverage of Tom Brady’s return to the football field in Cleveland all weekend long. Tune into WPRI-12 and Fox Providence at night for reports from Eyewitness News Anchor Kelly Sullivan leading up to, and after Sunday’s game.