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The Vaughan family poses in their game room at their home in Mesa, Arizona. They are, from left, back row, Scott, Russell, Erin, Ann and Shannon; bottom row, from left, Brennah and Dallas.

MESA, Ariz. — He lives in a subdivision in the desert, drives a black Infiniti with an Arizona “P8RIOTZ” license plate. He gets laughs when he cheers on his son’s baseball team because he pronounces the name of a player named Conor as “Conah.”

Scott Vaughan moved to Arizona from Methuen in 2002 to work and subject his new community to the craziness that is Boston sports, and Boston in general.

He had the tiles in his pool painted with the logos of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox, and there is a Celtics basketball hoop perched above the water.

“People are like, ‘How are you going to sell your house?’” said Scott’s wife, Shannon.

“We’ll sell it to a Boston fan,” Scott replied.

That might be easier to do in Arizona than in other parts of the country outside of New England, because there is a plethora of snowbirds and transplants who moved to the desert to escape the harsh Northeast winters.

The New England Patriots Fan Club of Arizona has 900 members, many of whom are New England transplants, according to founder Mike Allen, a former Stoughton resident.

In an area of the country that is home to the Phoenix Suns basketball team, the baseball Diamondbacks and the football Cardinals, the Vaughans stand out.

Shannon drives a red Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle with Red Sox and Patriots decals in the rear window. Her license plate says “0407SOX.”

“People at work are like, ‘Your car is an eyesore,’” said Shannon, who is an administrative assistant at Desert Ridge Junior High School.

The Vaughans’ dog, a German shepherd, is named Boston. The family proudly wears Patriots jerseys, and the walls of their 16-year-old son Russell’s bedroom are covered with Patriots pictures.

“I feel bad for people that aren’t from Boston, because I feel like they’re missing out on so much,” Shannon said. “When (Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi) had a stroke (in 2005), I felt like someone in my family had a stroke.”

Shannon’s sister, Erin, 35, moved to Mesa in 2005. She is just as crazy about her hometown teams. She named her dog, a bull mastiff, Harrison. People think she named the dog after actor Harrison Ford.

“I’m like, ‘No, Rodney Harrison, best strong safety in the NFL,’” she said.

Scott and Shannon are raising their children, Russell, Brennah, 9, and Dallas, 7, as Patriots fans, even though the youngsters are growing up two time zones away from Foxborough. Shannon and Erin’s mother, Anna, also lives in Arizona.

The family said local pro games are boring. When the Red Sox come to town to play the Diamondbacks, the Sox fans are in the majority, Scott said.

“There would be a guy in there going, ‘Let’s go Diamondbacks,’ and then the whole crowd would go, ‘Let’s go Red Sox,’” he said.

“I just think we’re a little crazy about our teams in New England,” Erin said.

Scott moved to Arizona in March 2002 for work. He is an assistant vice president for ING Funds. He brought his family to the desert shortly after that.

Erin moved to Mesa from Methuen in May 2005 because she wanted to live somewhere warm. She found work at US Airways as a finance manager.

They said the area is a nice place to move to because the climate is warm, there are jobs available and homes are cheaper than back east.

Scott and Shannon lived in a 900-square-foot condominium in Methuen with their kids. In Mesa, they have a luxury home with a two-car garage and an in-ground pool.

Scott is happy, but Shannon misses the “brotherhood” that people in New England have and wants to move home. Erin won’t budge.

“I don’t ever want to move back where there’s snow,” she said.

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