I see your humor, Darius Butler


I see your humor, Darius Butler

By Adam Hart

I have two rules when it comes to poking fun at athletes:

1) Not if it's in the name charity.

2) Not if they're doing it as a parent.

Lucky for Darius Butler, he was covered by both when he won -- is it really winning? -- this signed Justin Bieber photo for his daughter. Bieber is clearly looking on the horizon for some Canadian moose or fountains of maple syrup.

@DariusButler28 In a fierce bidding battle for this Justin Bieber signed picture at Dan's event. I'm glad this lockout is abt to end

@DariusButler28 651 well spent! Lol

The auction was part of The Dan Orvlosky Foundation Gala and Golf Outing. Orvlosky quarterbacked at Butler's alma mater, UConn.

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Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons


Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . . 

-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.


-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.

-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games. 

-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.