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Local Super Bowl parties fuel rivalries

Posted: February 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Amy Spadoni, in green, looks on as Heidi Young shows sympathy for 49ers fan and party hostess Rory Mang after the Ravens scored on a 108-yard run to open the 3rd quarter of the game.

 

No Ravens fans were allowed at the Mang’s Superbowl party in Saugus Sunday, according to the hostess.

Despite the overwhelming support for the San Francisco 49ers in the Mang household, and not even an acknowledgement nod in the direction of the Baltimore Ravens, The Signal found a few non-49ers jerseys at the annual neighborhood party.

There was Amy Spadoni, who baked two trays of cupcakes done up as wee footballs. She came to the party wearing a Green Bay Packers jersey.

“I’m a Packers fan,” she said, noting she decorated some of cupcakes in honor of the 49ers because of her friend.

“I did it for Rory,” she said.

Rory and Jim Mang, swung open the doors to their home Sunday as they’ve done for years, so that people could celebrate one of the country’s most celebrated traditions.

“If anyone showed up wearing purple they couldn’t come in,” Rory said, referring to the colors of the Baltimore’s Ravens football team.

“Every year my husband and I put on this party,” she said. “But, this is our most memorable because our team is in the Super Bowl.”

For Rory the love for the 49ers is rooted in a century-old family history, Rory said.

“My family came in the (San Francisco) way, as opposed to Ellis Island in the 1800s,” she said, referring to her family’s immigration to the United States.

More than 60 friends filled her home Sunday, some positioned around a kitchen island filled with finger food — stuffed mushrooms, chicken wings and chips.

Some arranged themselves on couches in front of the living room TV, others gathered around a TV outside set up pool side.

Then, there was the Minnesota Vikings fan.

Nichole Anderson, sporting a Vikings jersey, arranged football-shaped cookies baked by Lady Di’s cookies.

“I wear this honor of Adrian Peterson,” she said. “Anyone who can come back from an ACL injury I respect.

“Also, my husband Mike is from Minnesota,” she said.

In the end, the Mang’s Super Bowl tradition was undeniably about friendship.

Laughter was the common element shared by all who attended.

jholt@signalscv.com

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