Colts fans will find much different atmosphere in New England

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Jan. 15, 2015) — As the CBS4 team traveled to New England for Sunday’s AFC Championship, they found a much different tone awaiting fans there.

“The cameras are rolling from a station in Indianapolis, so say something really controversial,” said one radio personality.

That was the greeting at 98.5 The Sports Hub, a station for all things Patriots in the Boston area.

“All the listeners want you to do is to talk about the Patriots versus the Colts,” host Rich Shertenlieb said.

That’s exactly what you’ll find Shertenlieb, Scott Zolak and others doing. Zolak in particular, given that he’s a former Patriots backup quarterback.

“It’s our fourth one in a row here. Four years in a row we’ve been to the AFC Championship,” Zolak said.

Those years mean that Boston media has not been kind to the Colts and fans in New England expect a blowout win. Headlines in the region include, “Andrew Luck is good, but not that good yet” and “Face the Facts: Colts are no match for Patriots.”

That said, Zolak knows the stakes are high.

“(If the Patriots) lose this game, it’s catastrophic. It’s always get to the Super Bowl here, every year,” Zolak said.

So, Colts fans headed to New England should expect high intensity and, like one fan the CBS4 crew met in the airport, expect your blue and white won’t go unnoticed.

“Someone’s either ridiculing me or asking, ‘Why are you a Colts fan?” long-time supporter Nick Cirillo said.

If you or a friend plan to be in New England for the game, contact the CBS4 team. Send a message to reporter Jill Glavan on Facebook or Twitter.

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