Dan Sullivan knew something was going to happen — good or bad — so he took out his “millennial playbook.”
With passengers (most of them Patriots fans) on his flight from Orlando to Boston glued to the Giants-Pats game on their seat-back TVs Sunday evening, Sullivan decided to whip out his cell phone and tape the final seconds of the game.
Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal kept the Pats perfect and the video of passengers going crazy in their seats made Sullivan an Internet star.
“When he lines up for the field goal, I figured it (the reaction) might be interesting, so I took a page out of my milennial playbook.
“The plane had wifi. I’m not a big tweeter, but I sent it out and by the time I landed, my phone was going crazy.”
Sullivan, 33, was originally on a later flight from a conference in Florida — he didn’t want to miss any of the game — but said he just wanted to get home so he booked an earlier flight.
Patriots fans on a flight from Orlando to Boston go nuts as their team beats the Giants.
He started watching the Giants-Pats game in the airport bar and when he walked to the gate everyone was gathered around TVs. The passengers all filed into the plane and, according to Sullivan, “they were all frantically searching on the TVs for the game.”
He knew early on it was a pro-Pats crowd, but a brief power outage of the in-flight TV service made Sullivan, a U.S. Navy veteran, realize just how into the game everyone was.
“There was an audible groan because the power was out,” Sullivan said. No one was “worried about safety, but luckily the TVs came back on. I just realized every time the Pats made a play there was a loud cheer.”
Sullivan, whose original tweet got about 1,000 retweets, said he was getting so many emails and requests for the video Sunday that “I had to turn off my phone.”
Luckily for him, he turned it on before the Gostkowski kick.