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Conn. To Vote on Patriots Deal

December 15, 1998

HARTFORD, Conn (AP) _ Hours before the Legislature met in special session to consider funding a new $375 million football stadium for the New England Patriots, Gov. John G. Rowland was predicting victory.

``We’re going to make history today,″ the governor told a breakfast meeting of business leaders in Cromwell. ``We’re going to take this state to the next level.″

Rowland was accompanied by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who said he was ready to commit today if the legislation passed in the same form it was drafted over the weekend.

In his annual Christmas season poem, Rowland could not resist a dig at Massachusetts fans who have sneered at Hartford’s big league ambitions. One newspaper columnist referred to the city as ``a bunch of yahoos.″

``To the whining masses in Boston, I just have to laugh, Rowland said today. ``We may be ‘a bunch of yahoos,’ but we managed to land the Krafts.″

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