Schoolkids disappointed when Patriots don't show up

Students at Lebanon Middle School in Lebanon, Connecticut, thought they were going to work out with members of the New England Patriots on Tuesday. Instead they got a Patriots intern with an aerobics video.

“I think the hardest thing yesterday was seeing all my kids coming down they had their Sharpies and their footballs and their jerseys and I was like, gosh, what am I gonna do,” said physical education and health teacher Alyssa Fabry.

The school participated in the NFL’s Play 60 program, which encourages young people to stay active, and they were told they were being rewarded with a visit from the Patriots that would include “celebrity coaches.” The school assumed that meant Patriots players and coaches.

But it was just the Patriots intern who attended the event, and a Patriots spokesman told WTNH that “celebrity coaches” actually meant someone like the town’s mayor or the school principal would be asked to serve as a coach.

I don’t think I am going to do it again next year,” Fabry told the Norwich Bulletin. “They built it up quite a bit and really did not come through.”

I have a feeling the Patriots will make it up to the school by having another event, one with a representative of the Patriots who’s a little more prominent than an intern.

139 responses to “Schoolkids disappointed when Patriots don't show up

  1. Ha!
    Stay classy, Patriots.
    Must have been practicing new ways to cheat.
    Cue the Big Ben rapping comments…

  2. Wow, Patriots are assholes!
    You cant do that to kids. Who the hell would think kids would love to work out with an intern? WTF ?!?

  3. sounds like Billi-dick was behind this. I guess the Pat’s blow off kids just like Ben the rapist.

  4. “Where’s the nice man who was Pat Patriot and bounced us on his knee all the time?”.

  5. what’s so bad about this? the kids learned a great lesson: athletes don’t give a shit about you.
    Brady was probably out banging a bunch of the cooks in the cafeteria. the ol’ italian dunker.

  6. What do you expect from the Patriots?
    Classless organization from Greedy Bobby Kraft on down to their “fans”.
    However, I am surprised grade schools would even want Patriots coaches or players to have any contact with the kids. Soon afterwards every kid in the district will be cheating, and then after they get caught will cry “but everybody else does it’ !!!!!!
    cue the Cheatriot bandwagon fans to start their whing and show

  7. Hey Mike, do you think SI will do a story on how the Pats thumbed their nose to these school children and blew them off? For more filler, they could bring in all the spygate stuff, mention how those tapes were conveniently destroyed, discuss the possible Super Bowl tainted victories because of that, etc, you know, the usual stuff. They can talk about the problems with former players like Dillon. Heck, they could even interview a bunch of people in the area and only reveal the first names of their sources to get all the bad things that some Pats players did when they went to bars, etc.
    You know, they could probably do this story in their next issue, after they just spent all that time on their current Ben hatchet job.
    Let’s see how ampats sticks up for the Pats on this story.

  8. If this happened in NH, VT, Mass, Maine, or RI I might give a hoot. Conneticut is nothing but rich kids who’s parents don’t want to live in Big Bad NYC. Also, I imagine the kids are all Giants or Jets fans anyway. However, the Pats will make this up to the school tenfold.
    Let’s not forget, no matter what happens, Ben Roethlisberger is a certified douchebag.

  9. In Pittsburgh,
    Big Ben will be the celebrity coach for play 60 visiting sorority houses and demonstrating aerobics with local coeds without the video.

  10. They will. Robert Kraft is very good about isues like this. This is what happens when the administrative staff makes promises.
    Anyway, cue the idiots….. The topic is the Patriots, so let’s hear the bullshit, ladies.

  11. Wow, what a bunch of crap. How can they consider it a Patriot event w/out even sending out anyone on PAYROLL?
    NFL looks bad yet again. Thanks for nothing jerks.

  12. Real “Patriot”ic. These losers can’t even visit kids for an hour tops and help out. That shows how classless the team is just like their coach Belicheat.

  13. Bossman – they are the Patricheats not the Patriots. Get your nicknames right. Masshole.

  14. Three rings.
    Four Super Bowl appearances.
    And infinite whining from those we horsewhipped on the way to them.
    Your constant complaints and embellishments don’t take the smile off of my face when I look at those commemorative pennants.
    But I expect it to continue. They’ve won three in four years. For some of you, your teams won’t win one in the next ten years or your lifetime. That has to sting.
    “Aww mommy’s little boy’s team can’t win the big one. Mommy will make it all better by claiming the teams that did win, cheated. Don’t you feel better?”
    Suckers!

  15. anyone else immediately think of the always sunny episode “the gang gets invincible”, when “donovan mcnabb” comes to talk to the tryout squad?

  16. Reminds me of the It’s Always Sunny episode where some of the guys try out for the Eagles.
    “Is that the guy from the Cosby show?”

  17. blackglass says: May 5, 2010 6:23 PM
    If this happened in NH, VT, Mass, Maine, or RI I might give a hoot. Conneticut is nothing but rich kids who’s parents don’t want to live in Big Bad NYC.
    ==========================================
    That’s some pretty ignorant shit there, buddy.
    Rich or not, they’re still kids, with feelings.

  18. So Bossman, you’re a Pats fan, too. Imagine that. And YOU are talking about OTHER fans BSing about YOUR team??? Uh-huh.
    And all ampats can say is something infantile about Roethlisberger … as though anything anyone else in the NFL does for all time is okay because Ben behaved like a frat boy and got suspended. Right.
    As it happens, Bossman, I agree with you. Some corporate boob screwed up–it certainly wasn’t Kraft or the players. And I’m sure Kraft will do something terrific for the kids to make it right.

  19. Yes the Pats sent a intern and that was wrong. However there are 2 sides to every story and I know Bob Kraft and the Patriots organization will fix this misunderstanding and make it right. I have every reason as a 20 yr season ticket holder not to trust the Kraft family. Plus it would not be good PR if he does ignore this blunder.
    We always hear about the negative with the Patriots and not all the good that the Kraft family has done over the yrs as owners.

  20. Not since Scott’s Tot’s have school children been screwed over so hard. Maybe the Pat’s can offer the kids a laptop……..
    battery?

  21. I have a hunch that would happened here is that the physical education teacher not very bright.

  22. 8man says: May 5, 2010 6:36 PM
    Three rings.
    Four Super Bowl appearances.
    Actually, five Super Bowl appearances. Did you forget about the ass-kicking the Bears gave them in SB XX? You’re probably one of those “fans” that hopped on the wagon once Brady came along. Really know your teams history don’t ya?

  23. A retired teacher and who is involved with the Boys & Girls Club explained this story in detail.
    Someone from the Packer organization called this guy at the Boys &
    Girls Club and told them to bring 75 kids from the Boys and Girls Club
    to the new bowling alley in Howard and they would get soda, pizza and
    free bowling. They got a second call upping the amount of kids to
    100. When they all got there, there were about 15 Packers players
    there to visit and bowl with them. When they were done, all the kids
    were each given $100 to go to Shopko for Christmas shopping,
    accompanied by the Packer players.. And it was all funded by Aaron Rodgers.
    There was no publicity, no television cameras.
    MEanwhile ” The OTHER QB'” wont even tip a caddie at the green bay country club. scumbag
    There are alot of classy players out there that will do communties proud.

  24. Probably the NFL Play 60 program that messed up but go on haters keep sounding off like idiots. The only reason you hear about these stories when related to the Patriots is because Gregg Rosenthal and MDS (formerly known as just plaine Michael Smith) are both Boston boys. Imagine if they lived in Pittsburgh. We could hear all about how Gregg got beat up by Ben. Or Philly, how Asante called them both jerks. Boo fricken hoo. Cry me a river.

  25. Just imagine how upset the Giants were when the Patsies didn’t show up for the Super Bowl!! LOL
    Did they at least bring a bunch of “19-0” t-shirts, like they gave to all those thousands of Nicaraguan kids??
    Typical that Belicheat would send an intern with a SpyGate tape. Guess that must be one of the tapes Goodell didn’t destroy. It should be seized as evidence in the upcoming class action suit against the Patsies by the Jets fans.

  26. I assume the Intern went there to film the practice so that when the Patriots do turn up they will know all the plays beforehand

  27. @ ambientnoise
    I thought of the exact same thing… what a great show that is!
    As for the Pats… what a bunch of F_ing Jokes! The coaches were probably all out shopping for some new video technology for the upcoming season!

  28. What a coincidence that the majority of the hater comments are from yinzers. Or not.
    Guess ya gotta do anything to deflect the fact that your QB is a socially deviant sexual predator, and probably the most despised person in sports right now.
    Karma?

  29. Cripes Almighty blackglass! Nothing but rich kids?? Lebanon CT is a farm town about 40 miles EAST of Hartford. No one, and I repeat no one, lives in that town and commutes to NYC. You are an idiot. I feel bad for those kids. I’ve driven through that town a lot, and from the size of it I would suspect this is the biggest thing to happen in their school in a long time. I’ll bet the Patriots fix this publicity nightmare.

  30. Brady was knocking someone up, Moss was smoking weed, Fred Taylor could not find his walker, Belichoke was washing his hoodie, the defense was still chasing Ray Rice and the kicker was kicing the ball at some guy hanging from a pole! New Englanders gotta love your team, even if they disrepect your kids and have not won a Super bowl in over 5 years! Bring back Steve Grogan and Sam Cunningham!

  31. Can you imagine how disappointed the Ravens were when the Patsies didn’t show up for their playoff game last year, LOL!!??!!

  32. They heard the kids were going to video tape it.
    I like commenting without even reading the article.

  33. 8man, Barry Bonds smiles at his 756 banner all the time, it doesn’t mean it has any validity.
    Keep that chin up skippy.

  34. @ 8man
    You are right with the first part of your rant; however, they did cheat… and it was proven!
    So for you & the rest of the Pats faithful… great… you were the Champs… but, to pretty much the rest of the NFL loving world, the Pats will go down as illegitimate, and will forever have an asterisk by those Championship years!

  35. Leave it to the Patriots to show up with only video tapes, how rich in irony is that?
    Bellicheat might not be directly involved here but as they say, the fish rots from the head down.
    Now lets all hear from the bandwagon Patriot fans who think that jealousy is driving all this hate directed their way. They don’t stop to consider that their classless, low rent, cheating ways just stink and they will never win another Superbowl with Bellicheat coaching or Boob Kraft owning the team, karma simply won’t let that happen.

  36. They don’t teach reading and writing?
    Celebrity intern means celebrity intern.

  37. # PFTiswhatitis says: May 5, 2010 6:19 PM
    oh man! That poor intern. He or she must have felt about 2 inches tall.
    ——————————————————
    What??? They sent Wes Welker??????????

  38. Video cameras… hahahaha
    Patriots are classless… hahahaha
    Cheatriots…. hahahaha
    Brady sucks… hahahaha
    7 AFC East titles… HAHAHAHA
    5 AFC Championships w/4 titles… HAHAHAHA
    3 superbowls wins in the past decade… HAHAHAHA
    He who laughs last, laughs the loudest losers. I got my stats from the record books… Where did you get yours? By the way, your opinion doesn’t count.

  39. I wonder if they were interning as part of the video department? You know so that they have Rex Ryan’s defense on tape along with the signals and not to mention the Dolphins Wildcat offense.

  40. blackglass says:
    May 5, 2010 6:23 PM
    If this happened in NH, VT, Mass, Maine, or RI I might give a hoot. Conneticut is nothing but rich kids who’s parents don’t want to live in Big Bad NYC. Also, I imagine the kids are all Giants or Jets fans anyway. However, the Pats will make this up to the school tenfold.
    I bet you live in the south so you can bang your Mom and Sister you. The Pats won’t make up shit to these kids. Kraft, Beli-dick and the whole team SUCK!

  41. blackglass says: May 5, 2010 6:23 PM
    If this happened in NH, VT, Mass, Maine, or RI I might give a hoot. Conneticut is nothing but rich kids who’s parents don’t want to live in Big Bad NYC.
    Lebanon Ct., rich kids? It’s a small rural township. No rich kids there, so blackglass get a clue before you spout off

  42. “Listen, there’s people stealing signals all the time before that. You have ways to hide those things. We had wristbands for our defense. I remember trying to get offensive plays and see what the formations were. Everybody knows.
    “You’re trying to gain a competitive edge. Did that go beyond it? To a degree. Do I think that helped them win football games? No. You still have to go out and play the game. I still have a hard time believing that was a difference in a game.”
    – Bill Cowher
    Back to the topic, that Patriots will make it up to these kids.

  43. Was this an NFL event? NFL Play60 is a league initiative. Did the Patriots themselved set this event up or was it done from the offices in New York?
    All you jealous Patriot haters must have had an orgasm reading that headline. That is one more orgasm than your wives and girlfriends have ever had.
    BILL BELICHICK IS GOD!!!

  44. hayward giablommi, too? My comment on the earlier thread about the irrational obsession of so many Pats fans with the Steelers was even more on point than I realized. Seeing the user names on this thread is like turning on a light and watching the cockroaches scatter.
    giablommi’s so busy making grade-school comments about Roethlisberger to even bother saying anything in defense of his OWN team. How pitiful is that? Even I posted something positive about Mr. Kraft. Sad. Enlightening, but sad.

  45. Sounds to me like the teacher ASSUMED too much, and should tried to get some type of verification as to who was coming.
    You know what they say about ASSUMING things…
    This is an apt example IMO…

  46. By the way, Jets and Steelers fans really need to get a life. I mean, really. Guys like Child Please and ItalianArmyguy.
    You make me sick.

  47. Bill Belichick is probably one of the least classy coaches I’ve seen in a while. He’s a great coach but a lesser person. If you’re promising children celebrities, don’t send an intern. Come on now. I’m not even saying it out of hate for the guy (I am a Jets fan, after all). These are the young people you want to have supporting your franchise for years to come. It wouldn’t be the end of the world to send your backup QB to throw a ball around with some kids for an hour or two one afternoon (since we all know Tom Brady is too important to waste his time with anybody but Patriots personnel or super models). At least for Brady’s sake, its way easier to hate Roethlisberger more, especially after this new Sports Illustrated article is coming out. Good God Big Ben, Go Die. “Do you know who I am? I won two Super Bowls because I had James Harrison and Troy Polamalu on my defense, who’s coordinated by Dick LeBeau.” What a dick.

  48. Commish Godell needs to suspend the players who were to attent for not becoming of an NFL player! I say 2 games and the Pats needs top be fined $1 million for this!

  49. Vince Wilfork wa at Childrens Hospital today. No story on that though. CT are mostly giants fans anyways.

  50. 8man says:
    “Three rings. Four Super Bowl appearances.”
    boknowsvt says:
    “Actually, five Super Bowl appearances. Did you forget about the ass-kicking the Bears gave them in SB XX? You’re probably one of those “fans” that hopped on the wagon once Brady came along. Really know your teams history don’t ya?”
    Actually you’re both idiots. The Pats have been to six (yes that’s 6!) Superbowls. bok, nice try but you forgot the Green Bay game. 8man, please stop trying to help.

  51. NinersRule! says:
    May 5, 2010 6:22 PM
    Thats great….. the Pats cheated someone else. Get in line kids
    ___________________________________
    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  52. Everybody is always making fun of our Boston sports teams. We can take the abuse. Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins are all winning teams over the last few yrs. Well The Red Sox are asleep right now but we will be in the playoffs when the yr ends. we always take the abuse but in the end Boston is the BEST sports town in America.
    Bruins WILL WIN the Stanley Cup. Mark it down.

  53. boknowsvt says:
    May 5, 2010 6:56 PM
    Actually, five Super Bowl appearances. Did you forget about the ass-kicking the Bears gave them in SB XX? You’re probably one of those “fans” that hopped on the wagon once Brady came along. Really know your teams history don’t ya?
    __________________________________
    That would be Six appearances. SBs 20, 31, 36, 38, 39 and the infamous 42. Only 4 have been during the Belichick/Brady era. Five on Bob Kraft’s watch.
    I know the history, dude. Been following them since Ben Dreith screwed them against the Raiders in ’76. That’s why the Tuck Game was so cool. The Raid-duhs got the shaft and we got the win. And eventually the really big win.
    Ever hear of a guy named Steve Grogan? How about Steve Nelson? Harold Jackson? Stanley Morgan? Mosi Tatupu?
    So no, I didn’t jump on late. I truly do hate every other team, and don’t care if the Patriots actually cheated, and if every other team were to die in plane crashes and the NFL annointed the Patriots the champs, I’d run through the streets of Boston like they won it on the field.
    By the way, I have no idea who you root for, but they suck!

  54. @boknowsvt
    “Actually, five Super Bowl appearances. Did you forget about the ass-kicking the Bears gave them in SB XX? You’re probably one of those “fans” that hopped on the wagon once Brady came along. Really know your teams history don’t ya?”
    Hey smart guy, it’s 6. Won three, lost to the Bears, Packers, and Giants.
    Way to go, genius.

  55. Total scumbags…..my world is shattered.
    Seriously though….this is a bit disappointing. The Pats aren’t the Bungles or Ravens but this isn’t good.
    Next thing you know Brady will dump his pregnant girlfriend to hook up with another chick.
    …….Ooops, hold on…….

  56. now these kids know how Patriots fans felt when the Pats were a no show at Foxboro in the Playoffs

  57. everyone is acting like kraft, any coach or player had a say in this. they probably weren’t even aware of the event and the promises made by play 60 to the school.

  58. PittsburghSteelerz – Hah, did Pig Ben get a record deal or something? I understand Steelers fans lack basic spelling skills, but come on, one is done by classless, women hating morons… the other… well, ok, they both do that… I believe its raping not rapping…
    Patriots were the golden boys, now they are the golden girls.. bit past their prime.

  59. That’s awful. Really unfortunate that they got kids hopes up like that. Wonder how many of them went out the night before to buy stuff. Hope they come through

  60. Wow. Incredibly lame. I wonder if this is what the other teams are doing too for this Play 60 promo. Hey kids, good job. Here’s a fukking unpaid college kid with a team hat on to hang out with you for your reward.
    And, hey intern, if you get done early you can stop by the coach’s house afterward. His septic tank is acting up and it’s your job to dig down there and unclog it. Oh, and don’t forget to bring in the money you owe for those exhibition game tickets you were asking about.

  61. if i we’re 12, i’d have been dissapointed too. i can’t blame them.

  62. The intern had a video camera, notes on how tape the other teams signals. And then they ended the session with a seminar on how to go 16-0 and then loose the Super Bowl because you were not allowed to steal the Giants signs or video tape their pregame warmup like they did to the Rams.
    Cheaters will always cheat. Now they cheat the kids.

  63. that was real shitty on the part of the patriots organization. however if i was a kid at that school i would have been so excited those douche bags didnt show up. but still disappointed i couldnt take a crap on tom bradys foot

  64. Doctor Connors, smashmouthd, and 8man, too? Wow, the numbers keep adding up. And Doctor Connors is even crying that other fans commenting on a Pats story should get a life? The lack of self-awareness is mind-numbing.

  65. At first, most of the 20 kids playing flag football yesterday at the Tobin Community Center didn’t notice when the tall man walked into the gym and ambled to the middle of the court. A few stopped, stared, and staggered toward him, as if compelled by a magnetic force. Slowly, they all realized what was happening: Tom Brady had come to visit them.
    Yesterday, Brady paused his offseason plans to assist the community.
    Keep on hating haters… the Patriots ‘stars’ are always doing things for the community… just because some teacher didn’t have the brains to verify what was going to happen, or who was going to come, doesn’t make it the Patriots’ fault.

  66. Any story about the Pats gets around 100 posts, usually about 85% are unoriginal, poorly thought out ramblings from adult virgins, but the visceral response is a testament to just how ruthlessly the Pats have dominated. All of you Bills, Chiefs, Broncos, and Bengals fans that seem so happy to pile on will never see your team elicit any sort of tangible response from outside your fan bases because you’re simply not good enough for anybody to wager an opinion. Although the Bengals did sweep the Steelers last year, right? In addition to losses to the Raiders and Browns if I’m not mistaken, right Steeler fans? Thanks for the affirmation clowns. Keep ’em flowing.
    THREE RINGS

  67. In what ass backwards universe is an intern a celebrity?
    By the way, take a quick ride through Bridgeport or Waterbury and count the ‘rich kids’.

  68. “Lebanon Ct., rich kids? It’s a small rural township. No rich kids there, so blackglass get a clue before you spout off”
    ^^^^^
    Thanks for your insight, though I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard of Lebanon CT prior to this story, and probably never been there either, since you use the word “township” , non-existant in Connecticut (or any other N.E. state) vernacular.
    With that said, anyone east of the Hudson knows that Connecticut is not really a part of New England anyway so, as much as it’s a bummer for the kids, my sympathy is somewhat mitigated.

  69. Ahahahaha. I love it. The world is finally recognizing the Patriots as horribly classless. It’s nice to have the majority on my side now.

  70. Doctor Connors, smashmouthd, and 8man, too? Wow, the numbers keep adding up. And Doctor Connors is even crying that other fans commenting on a Pats story should get a life? The lack of self-awareness is mind-numbing.

  71. What class, well there goes that group of future fans. I would jump to NYJ OR NYG or Buffalo or any other team before I would pull for NE. What a slap in the face to those kids. The push PLAY60 and then have the balls to send and intern. NO FREAKING CLASS.
    I see NE figured out a way to bend the rules AGAIN.

  72. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater, too. And he’s not only ranting about how many inane comments articles on New England get after the hundreds posted by irrationally obsessed Pats fans on Steelers threads. He’s also who-hooing about his team having three rings … like that would matter to a Steelers fan (or a Cowboys, 49ers, Giants, Raiders, Redskins, or Packers fan). Unreal.

  73. “hayward giablommi, too?”
    ^^^^^
    Hi
    .
    .
    “My comment on the earlier thread about the irrational obsession of so many Pats fans with the Steelers was even more on point than I realized.”
    ^^^^^
    Not only is this is false, but it is also projection on your part. Clearly Steelers fans harbor an irrational obsession with the Pats, given the outcome of the ’01 and ’04 AFC Championship games, the Pats 5-2 record v Pittsburgh this decade, and your fellow fans’ reaction (Bernard Pollard fan club?) after Brady’s knee got destroyed week 1 ’08.
    So, why would a Patriot follower have any reason to be “obsessed” with the Steelers for? I ask because I genuinely don’t know.
    .
    .
    “giablommi’s so busy making grade-school comments about Roethlisberger to even bother saying anything in defense of his OWN team. How pitiful is that? Even I posted something positive about Mr. Kraft. Sad. Enlightening, but sad.”
    ^^^^^
    What’s the point of condemning or defending my team for something it which the truth isn’t known? The truth will come out, so let’s dismount the high horse, Deb, and see what happens if/when it turns out that it was a misunderstanding not of the teams doing, as the Boston Herald (a publication that has slandered and demonized the Patriots) seems to indicate.

  74. In that part of CT they broadcast the Giants and the Jets over the Patriots. It’s crazy, the sports broadcasters are Giants fans and Red Sox fans. You see that a lot! When the Patriots won the 1st superbowl and brought the trophy to all New England states for ralies, they didn’t come to CT.

  75. @hayward giablommi..
    What are you talking about karma for you moron.. Karma is something bad happening to someone who previously did something bad.. How is the Pats players not showing up to an elementary school karma? Karma for what? Ben Roethlisberger? You are stupid

  76. “The world is finally recognizing the Patriots as horribly classless. It’s nice to have the majority on my side now.”
    ^^^^^
    The world already realized that the Patriots were the team of the decade.
    If you can only take solace in the fact that such a successful franchise is, in the view of some, “horribly classless”, then I truly feel pity for you and sincerely hope that you find some semblance of meaning in the vaste emptiness of your life.

  77. Folks, turns out that the Pats had nothing to do with this. They never promised anyone. In fact it was someone else that sent a misleading letter that seemed to indicate a Pats player would be there. The Patriots reportedly had no idea, and that isn’t even coming from them.

  78. Students should just go and pull the fire alarm at pats facility. I mean it’s only fair… That’s what pats do to other teams

  79. @hayward giablommi …
    You’re right–I don’t like the Pats, although for my own reasons going back to the 1990s. But I rarely troll their threads, and have never made snarky comments about Spygate. That’s because I’m a grownup and agree with Cowher’s statement, which someone posted above. I think they deserved their sanctions because BB inexplicably ignored the rules, but that’s not why they won their championships.
    On the other hand, since I started posting on PFT, I’ve been puzzled by the Pats fans trolling and trash-talking on all our threads. Yeah, you beat us in two championship games. That doesn’t explain why YOUR fans are obsessing over our QB. Your fans are the ones who’ve been making obsessive posts on Roethlisberger–some of them just plain scary. And spare me the concerned-citizen bit. I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck; very few people posting on PFT care one way or the other what Roethlisberger did. Because of my history, I’m probably the only person here who actually lost sleep over this thing until I could see the evidence. For 95 percent of commenters, it’s solely about slashing rival fans. If the Bernard Pollard fan club stuff is true, that’s hideous; I would NEVER cheer any player’s injury and was very disappointed that Brady was out for the year. Sorry, though–a few petty people spewing evil doesn’t license you to spew it.
    I’m not on my high horse about the Pats. Said from the get-go it was a corporate screwup having nothing to do with the team and that Mr. Kraft would make it up to the kids. I’m on my high horse about the Pats fans who can dish out the vilest comments but can’t take the tiniest jabs.

  80. Just in – School kids further disappointed when the aerobics video turned out to be practice footage of the St. Louis Rams.

  81. Good try stanjam, but it won’t matter at this point. Apparently Bill Belichick, of his own volition, personally sent that letter to the school promising Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and himself to show up, work out with the kids and then drive them all home. He then sent the intern. Then he went muahahahahahaha!! While rubbing his hands together really fast. Why? Because he’s Bill Belichick and he’s just like that.
    Why let facts get in the way of a good healthy hatred?

  82. That would be Six appearances. SBs 20, 31, 36, 38, 39 and the infamous 42. Only 4 have been during the Belichick/Brady era. Five on Bob Kraft’s watch.
    I know the history, dude. Been following them since Ben Dreith screwed them against the Raiders in ’76. That’s why the Tuck Game was so cool. The Raid-duhs got the shaft and we got the win. And eventually the really big win.
    Ever hear of a guy named Steve Grogan? How about Steve Nelson? Harold Jackson? Stanley Morgan? Mosi Tatupu?
    So no, I didn’t jump on late. I truly do hate every other team, and don’t care if the Patriots actually cheated, and if every other team were to die in plane crashes and the NFL annointed the Patriots the champs, I’d run through the streets of Boston like they won it on the field.
    By the way, I have no idea who you root for, but they suck!
    My mistake. It was 6. Why did you type four if your so knowledgeable of the “rich” history of the Pats?

  83. Blackglass, get out of Mass. much? Way to generalize about an entire state–I’ll bet you’ve never been to places like Bridgeport, which could rival urban decay anywhere. There are rich and poor kids in all 50 states.
    Way to come out and support your team, Pats* fans, even when, once again, they’ve done something crappy. Never have I seen a “fanbase” (I use that loosely since most of you are of the bandwagon variety) defend their team mindlessly time and time again. It’s almost psychotic…..

  84. “I’m on my high horse about the Pats fans who can dish out the vilest comments but can’t take the tiniest jabs.”
    You, my comrade in Steel are correct.
    I live in CT so, let me help out here. Of the fans who like ‘local’ teams,65% of the state likes the Giants. 20% like the Jets and 15% like the Patriots – mostly consisting of the far northeastern corner and the Hartford area plus, some that ‘followed’ Bill Parcells there because they had no chance in hell of getting Giants tickets whereas Pats tickets were practically free before 1993. There is a huge group of bandwagon fans. Ask anyone with a Patriots hat on who their quarterback was before Drew Bledsoe and 75% have no idea. Seems as if their proud tradition started when Parcells got there. Since most are clueless bandwagoners, they are nearly impossible to talk to. They don’t seem to realize that had the Pats not tripped over Tom Brady, Bill I Cheat would be the same loser he was with the Browns.

  85. Call the JETS. They’ll send Braylon Edwards.
    Hope the kids can teach him how to catch the football!

  86. Deb,
    I made a back handed comment about little Ben.No harm/ no foul.To say you rarely comment about Pats articles is a joke.
    There are 6 posts here alone and posts on the other two articles.
    I am beginning to wonder about your obsesssion answering anyone who says something you dont agree with.

  87. I am embarrassed to say I am a patriot fan when things like this happen.

  88. The Giants smashed the Patriots run of dominance and cheating, and brought them crashing to earth.. They haven’t been the same since that whooping. The score was not indicative of the ass-whooping that Brady took that day.
    18-choke. No parade, no float.
    Patriots suck. Red Sox suck.

  89. “Doctor Connors says:
    “Listen, there’s people stealing signals all the time before that. You have ways to hide those things. We had wristbands for our defense. I remember trying to get offensive plays and see what the formations were. Everybody knows.
    “You’re trying to gain a competitive edge. Did that go beyond it? To a degree. Do I think that helped them win football games? No. You still have to go out and play the game. I still have a hard time believing that was a difference in a game.”
    – Bill Cowher”
    “If you want a ring, you are going to have to break Palmers leg. Can you do that for me, son?”
    – Bill Cowher

  90. Steelerfan9598- the only thing worse than a bandwagon fan is a fan who supports another states team and bashes the local team. Ever go to a Hartford Whalers game and see all the local people cheering the other team? losers!

  91. Deb says:
    May 6, 2010 12:29 AM
    I’m not on my high horse about the Pats. I’m on my high horse about the Pats fans who can dish out the vilest comments but can’t take the tiniest jabs.
    maclin19 says:
    May 6, 2010 12:35 AM
    yeah stfu deb
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    That’s the fastest anyone has ever made my case for me. Thanks ROFL

  92. Hey “Real Shuxion” and all you other Patriots fans, hold your head’s up, the Patriots ARE a class organization. Don’t believe the haters out there.
    It is really awesome to read these comments posted by these 3 year olds and then find out that the New England Dairy Council apologized for the fiasco and stated that the Patriots had no knowledge that the Dairy Council had intimated a Patriots player would show up at the school.
    I would be willing to bet that the Patriots will send a player to the school even though it was not their fault.
    You haters don’t think they will? Do you remember the name of Anna Grant? Bet you don’t. She was the 14 year old girl that was booed by classless Colt’s fans at the Punt, Pass & Kick competition so Kraft and the Patriots honored her at a game later in the year.
    Say all you want about Kraft, he’s a shrewd businessman that has a big heart for Pat’s Fans. And I am proud to be one and just smile when I read the posts from other teams fans that relish bashing the Pat’s organization.
    You just don’t get it, you aint gonna get it, and that’s just fine by us. Just keep sending us the Rodney Harrison’s, Wes Welker’s, Junior Seau’s,
    Randy Moss’, and all the other veteran’s that you don’t want anymore and LOVE playing for the Pat’s so we can win yet ANOTHER Super Bowl.
    GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. @ampats …
    For you to say you made “a” backhanded joke about little Ben and that was it is … well, how do you type with your extra-long nose banging on the monitor?
    Yes, I’m making several posts here as I tally the familiar names and try to make sense of something bizarre, doofus. But are ANY of those posts disrespecting the New England Patriots or their players? Nooooo. In fact, my first post defended the team and Mr. Kraft. I do not troll Pats threads yapping about Spygate and Babygate and CERTAINLY NOT rejoicing about player injuries. Since coming to PFT I’ve made posts defending the team over Spygate, congratulating them for playing to win in 07 rather than crawling to the finish like the 09 Colts, wishing well to Wes Welker, and defending Randy Moss when people said he wasn’t trying.
    Soooo I’m not exactly the posterchild for trashtalking rival teams. All I’m doing here is expressing genuine puzzlement at why so many Pats fans have been obsessively following the Roethlisberger story and why some of them (not you) have posted comments to me that were scary in their abusiveness. I can sort of understand that kind of obsession from teams in our division and even the Seahawks and Cardinals. But since the Pats have the better record against us in recent years, I just don’t understand it from you guys. That’s my point.

  94. Nice to know 31 other teams and their legion of mildly retarded fans still shit bricks at the mere mention of the Patriots. I feel another decade of domination in the works.

  95. @ampats …
    For you to say you made “a” backhanded joke about little Ben and that was it is … well, how do you type with your extra-long nose banging on the monitor?
    Yes, I’m making several posts here as I tally the familiar names and try to make sense of something bizarre, doofus. But are ANY of those posts disrespecting the New England Patriots or their players? Nooooo. In fact, my first post defended the team and Mr. Kraft. I do not troll Pats threads yapping about Spygate and Babygate and CERTAINLY NOT rejoicing about player injuries. Since coming to PFT I’ve made posts defending the team over Spygate, congratulating them for playing to win in 07 rather than crawling to the finish like the 09 Colts, wishing well to Wes Welker, and defending Randy Moss when people said he wasn’t trying.
    Soooo I’m not exactly the posterchild for trashtalking rival teams. All I’m doing here is expressing genuine puzzlement at why so many Pats fans have been obsessively following the Roethlisberger story and why some of them (not you) have posted comments to me that were scary in their abusiveness. I can sort of understand that kind of obsession from teams in our division and even the Seahawks and Cardinals. But since the Pats have the better record against us in recent years, I just don’t understand it from you guys. That’s my point.

  96. The severe butthurt of all you Patriots haters sustains me. Please keep it up.

  97. Here’s a follow-up for all you idiot haters:
    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/
    But officials at Lebanon MS made the assumption that Patriots’ players were part of the deal — and the New England Dairy and Food Council is taking full responsibility for the misunderstanding.
    Gary Wheelock, CEO of the non-profit group, sends this statement:
    “New England Dairy & Food Council wishes to apologize for our miscommunication that led to student disappointment that a New England Patriots player did not attend the Lebanon CT Middle School assembly program earlier this week.
    This was not, in any way, the fault of the Patriots, it was solely New England Dairy & Food Council’s mistake, and we are very sorry.
    We want to congratulate the kids at Lebanon Middle School for their exemplary efforts participating in the “Fuel Up To Play 60” program. Building strong bodies and strong minds is a goal we can all embrace.
    Finally, we promise that we will find a way to make this right, and we ask the kids for their patience while we try to make amends.”
    So, take all your ignorance and please stop posting.. That goes for Michael Smith and Florio as well. And you two claim to be reporters?

  98. @RandySavage: Let me fix that for you: “the severe butthurt of all you Steelers haters sustains me. Please keep it up.” That’s better..
    (I use that same line in every Ben/Steeler post myself…)

  99. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
    Purely for the sake of irony I hope Deb is a bombshell/knockout.
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    Thanks, you made me smile for the first time in a while on PFT. Will tell you one irony considering all my battles here. Honestly can’t remember ever raising my voice to any man I’ve ever dated. Always opt for honey over vinegar.

  100. To be fair …. this is an update on the story:
    The Patriots were not at fault. The New England Dairy Council, who also sponsored the event, says the miscommunication is their fault. Gary Wheelock, the group’s CEO, has aplogized, said that the group will try to make amends to the kids, and apologized to the Patriots for subjecting them to negative press.
    ————————————————————-
    Hilarious, though, that a STEELERS fan would comment on the “class” of the situation. Clearly, the players on your beloved team could write the book on class. *ahem* ya ……

  101. You tell them Deb. Bunch of idiots, as usual, thinking that if they spew enough some other loser will agree with them. It’s amazing that their keyboards work at all, with all that drool dripping down.
    I thank you again for your perspective and entertainment. Keep it up.

  102. Patriots Super Bowl Appearences:
    1985 L 0-1 Bears
    1996 L 0-2 Packers
    2001 W 1-2 Rams
    2003 W 2-2 Panthers
    2004 W 3-2 Eagles
    2007 L 3-3 Giants
    6. sorry i saw 4 and 5 but it’s actually 6

  103. Easy Steeler fans. Ben Rapelisberger would LOVE to work out with an intern.
    Just a miscommunication, I’m sure. Right, Ben?
    Right?

  104. I wanna clear somethings up about Lebanon CT. Lebanon CT is closer to Mass then it is to NYC. The rich spoil brats you speak of are from Fairfield county or Litchfield County these kids are from North East Ct not the Western half that has the $$. I hate the stereo type everyone from CT is rich that’s a negative. Lebanon is a small farming town of about 5000 people the school only has just about 400 kids if even that. please do your research on where the school is located before u go running your mouth. 2nd most people on the east side of the CT river are more Mass sport fans aka the Pats, Celtics and Red Soxs. How do i know this? because i went to the school about 6 years ago. There is much more to this story then they want to be know about The Pats knew don’t let them fool you the intern even told Mrs. Fabry that no one could come cause is was summer. They weren’t expecting the bulletin to be there to bust them. To add they orginal told them they would have a half day program for the whole school then a week before it it was changed to 100 kids. The pieces of crap came with only about enough t-shirts for half of the 100 kids the rest got highlighters o ya the grand prize for one kid was a Fred Taylor Jersey. The Pats knew don’t let them fool you they weren’t expecting this little country town to say anything or atleast get this much press. Lebanon wasn’t worth their time. till Wednesday when they sent the couch and a player to the school. But the school wasn’t expecting a big name they thought a cheerleader or atleast the mascot

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