He shot 11 Super Bowls: ‘It’s really, really crazy!’

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FOXBORO, MA — Thur., Sept. 12, 2013 PATS JETS MM 17 — Photographers Bob Breidenbach and Jim Davis brave the pouring rain the 2nd half as the New England Patriots open their 2013 season at home against the New York Jets. The Providence Journal/Mary Murphy

So. I originally intended this interview to air and stream on Superbowl Sunday, Feb 12. But then I realized that my vast global audience will be occupied with watching the pregame festivities then, so consider today’s episode a pre-pre-game festivity. It’s an interview with a Providence Journal photographer, Bob Breidenbach, who shot all of the 11 Super Bowl games in which the New England Patriots played. Bob and I worked together at the Journal for more than a dozen years.; I was a reporter. I left the paper at the turn of the millennium and after 38 years on the job he just recently retired. I loved our Zoom visit. Bob is the same good-natured guy I knew back in the day and you’re going to love his lively reminiscences about the shots he got and the ones he missed. As a bonus for you, having listened to this show, you’ll be able to impress everyone at your party with your superior behind-the-scenes knowledge of covering the big game.

As for you listeners who couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl or about football generally, on Feb 12, you can listen to the stunning audio I collected about art in sunny Hawaii during my recent trip there: Lei making, tattooing, painting, printmaking, museumgoing – the whole Polynesian megillah. And maybe your family will still let you dip a chip in the five-layer dip and will make room on the couch during the halftime show.

But now, photographer Bob Breidenbach.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 Houston, TX The New England Patriots vs The Atlanta Falcon at Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX Falcons Robert Alford runs a Tom Brady interception back for a touch down in the 2nd quarter. The Providence Journal / Bob Breidenbach
GLENDALE, AZ–Sunday, February 1, 2015-SUPER Bowl XLIX–Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots: PICTURED IS:Patriot Malcolm Butler intercepts a ball in the final seconds of the game intended for Seahawk Ricardo Lockette. The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach ORG XMIT: PJC1502012244366303
02/06/05 — SUPER BOWL XXXIX, Jacksonville, FL — New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles — Head coach Bill Belichick gets a hug from his father Steve Belichick minutes before the end of the game. Patriots won 24-21. Photo by Bob Breidenbach
Sunday, February 5, 2017 Houston, TX The New England Patriots vs The Atlanta Falcon at Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX Tom Brady celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after the game. The Providence Journal / Bob Breidenbach
Sunday September 9, 2012 Nashville, TN The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach The Tennessee Titans host the New England Patriots at LP Field. Patriots receiver #85 Brandon Lloyd leaps over Titan defender #24 Coty Sensabaugh in a 3rd quarter driv e that resulted in a Patriots touchdown by Stevan Ridley to give the Patriots a 28-10 lead. The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach
Saturday, January 4, 2020 Foxboro, MA [Providence Journal photo/Bob Breidenbach] The New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium for a wild card playoff game. Patriots QB Tom Brady greets fans as he walks off the field after loosing to the Titans 20-13. [Providence Journal photo/Bob Breidenbach]
02/24/98 — RED SOX SPRING TRAINING — Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley, who announced his retirement December 10, 1998, takes aim while he pitches during batting practice. Dennis was with Boston earlier in his career but was traded to Oakland and found his way back to Boston. He was the oldest player on the 1998 team, at the age of 43. _TAG:ECKERSLEY
BBSOX Boston, MA — Sunday October 21, 2007 — Providence Journal photo by Bob Breidenbach The Boston Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians for Game 7 of the ALCS. The series is tied 3-3. This is part of an 18 photo sieries of the final out showing reaction of pitcher Jonathan Papelbon and continued celebration with teammates afterwards as centerfielder Coco Crisp caught the final out and the Red Sox won 11-2 over the Cleveland Indians to win the American League pennant and advance to the World Series.PROJOPATS Foxboro, MA– Sunday December 9th, 2007 — Providence Journal photo by Bob Breidenbach The New England Patriots (12-0) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) at Gillette Stadium — Photo shows
PROJOPATS Foxboro, MA– Sunday December 9th, 2007 — Providence Journal photo by Bob Breidenbach The New England Patriots (12-0) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) at Gillette Stadium — Photo shows
Boston, RI, Oct, 30, 2013- Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston vs the St. Louis Cardinals. Providence Journal/ Bob Breidenbach
Sunday December 5, 2010 Cranston ,RI The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach Div II High School Super Bowl with Woonsocket HS defeating Tolman HS 28-14. Photo shows Woonsocket head coach Carnell Henderson as he is doused with water by his players after Woonsocket defeated Tolman to win the Div. II championship. The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach
The story profiles the Newport Rugby Club. They are a small sized team, a group of local guys, who come ready to play hard on the weekends. We chat with team members trying to figure out what draws them to this brutal game. Contact: Dougie O’Neil is the Club president his work number 846-6432 (D & D Fence) or fred lohrum – 846-0206.can fax photos for IDs to Owen Howlett at 789-1932. His biz phone is 789- 6224 Story slug: RUGBY EB05xx RUGBY 4 — Marcel Saucis (right) playing for the Newport Rugby Club puts a straight arm choke hold on Mike D’Andrea of the New Haven Rugby club during a rugby tournament in Newport, R.I. At left is Lou Petrozzello of New haven and behind the arms is Simon Swales of new Haven.
Saturday May 24, 2014 Bristol, RI The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach Declan Reed (cq, with glasses) and Nick Viveiros (foreground), Cub Scouts from Pack 6 Bristol work together as they place new flags on the graves of veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bristol. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Bristol spent the morning replacing weather worn flags on the graves of Veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery and Juniper Hill Cemetery to honor them and their families on this Memorial Day weekend.
Friday April 17, 2014 Coventry, RI Providence Journal photo/Bob Breidenbach Jeff Hall, Senior Director of Advancement for the Rhode Island Audubon Society, takes us around the state on a birding expedition starting at Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge in Coventry and finishing in Jamestown. Photo shows a Black Crowned Night Heron at Narrow River in North Kingstown near the Gilbert Stuart Museum. ORG XMIT: PJC1404171514466842
BORDER_01_BB — In a bid to save a 200-square-mile forest on the Rhode Island and Connecticut state line, the Nature Conservancy has launched a “Pawcatuck Borderlands” program, with a new office in North Stonington, CT. Conservationists say the acres of mostly oak — only 40 percent of it is protected — is the last green valley in southern New England. The forest, threatened by urban sprawl, is home to damselflies, brook trout, threatened songbirds and black bears. Photo shows a pine tree silhouetted against the morning sunrise at Long Pond in Hopkington.
ORG XMIT: The Port of Galilee has traditionally been a commercial fishing port for generations but now it is also a favorite vacation area for many and has also attracted homebuyers to the area. The Block Island ferry also runs out of Galilee bringing thousands of tourists to the area each year. Photo shows 10 year old Matt Schuh of Buffalo, NY as he casts a line from the State Pier in Jerusalem looking back toward the harbor of Galilee as a double rainbow covers the sky after a brief shower late Wednesday (8/23/05). Sam was visiting the area with friends (The Cohen Family) from Buffalo, NY. YEARENDPIX
Wednesday May 28, 2014 Cranston, RI The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach During the final round of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League golf championship at the Cranston Country Club, a red winged blackbird hangs around the 8th green.
Warwick, RI, June 21, 2021 – State and local officials continue to search the area around Conimicut Point for 10 year old Yoskarly Martinez (cq,10) who was swept away by strong water currents while playing on the sandbar at Conimicut Park in Warwick yesterday. Valentin Cardona Sanchez, 35, of Central Falls, unrelated to her, drowned while trying to save her and his body has been recovered. Carla Martinez, mother of Yoskarly Martinez (cq,10) prays as officials search the water at Conimicut Point for her body after she drowned at Conimicut Point on Sunday (6/20/2021). [The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach] ORG XMIT: 10041814A
Friday May 24, 2013 East Providence, RI The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach Former Marine Sgt. Cormick Lynch visits the grave of friend, Eric Valdepenas, at the Gate of Heaven cemetery in East Providence. He served with Eric in Iraq where Eric was killed during the Iraq war and visits Eric’s grave every Memorial Day weekend. He arrives with flowers and new flags, spends time placing them around the gravesite, salutes his friend, says a prayer, and salutes again when he leaves. The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach
ORG XMIT: 09/13/01 — The shell of what is left of The World Trade Center stands in the early morning sunlight as a flag flying at half mast waves quietly in the foreground. The World Trade Center was destroyed from a terrorist attack after two hijacked airliners flew into the twin towers and they crumbled to the ground killing thousands. Photo by Bob Breidenbach
ORG XMIT: 09/11/01 — THE NEW YORK CITY SKYLINE FILLS WITH SMOKE FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN A TERRORIST ATTACK. PHOTO IS TAKEN FROM BROOKLYN ATOP A HIGH APARTMENT BUILDING. PHOTO BY BOB BREIDENBACH

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