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Going Green

January 18, 2008

Very Superstitious


Dreaming of a Pats omelette

Mike Keefe must have been dreaming about the Patriots when he came up with the "undefeated Patriots omelet," since the recipe came to him in his sleep.

Roast beef, turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, American cheese and five eggs. Plus, home fries and an English muffin.

"All the meats and all the cheeses," the Salem, N.H., man said. "It's fit for a winner."

Keefe said he believes the recipe is the reason the team keeps winning. He is so convinced that he won't take the omelet off the menu at his Route 28 Roadhouse until after the Super Bowl. It's a superstition that breaks tradition.

Keefe, like many other fans in the area, have their superstitions and traditions when it comes to the New England Patriots. And with being one game away from the Super Bowl, those behaviors are certainly running wild these days.

Serving the undefeated Patriots omelet during the week breaks Keefe's 10-year tradition of serving a special Patriots omelet just on weekends during the postseason. But this is a new recipe and a special year, he said.

During the football season, customers may find that they are rushed out of the diner on Sundays. The Keefes have a long tradition of watching each game with family and friends dressed in Patriots garb.

Unless the game starts at 1 p.m. In that case, Mike and his wife, Thelma, linger to watch the first half while they clean up and then rush to the party during halftime.

It's the house Kosik helped build

Thomas Kosik of Pelham, N.H., is very strict about cheering for the Patriots as a whole. He dresses entirely in team clothing during each game, but nowhere on his outfit can a player's number be displayed.

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