The Patriots’ Super Bowl trophy is visiting Maine. But probably not Portland

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What we’re talking about

The New England Patriots’ Lombardi Trophy is coming to Maine, but there appear to be no plans to stop in Portland, and the players themselves aren’t visiting.

In February, the mayors of Portland, Bangor and Brewer asked if the Patriots would bring the Super Bowl trophy to Maine’s two largest cities. But today the mayors of just Bangor and Brewer announced that it will be on display at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Why the visit appears to be skipping Maine’s largest city and economic hub was not clear.

“I think they found out that I’m a Giants fan,” said Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, with a chuckle.

Strimling said he hasn’t heard from the Patriots either way about whether the trophy with be brought here and said that Portland would “roll out the red carpet” if it does get a visit.

But he joked that the “Kraft-Brady-Trump connection” might prevent a visit to the left-leaning city. Jake Bleiberg

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The new ‘It’ trailer is horrifying — The reboot of the Stephen King movie that scarred me as a child will probably further traumatize me as an adult, if this trailer is any indication.

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About Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the New York Post and the Brooklyn Paper.