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Gillette Stadium is ready for Patriots' Super Bowl LIII championship banner

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Gillette Stadium is ready for Patriots' Super Bowl LIII championship banner

After some construction and moving things around, Gillette Stadium is ready for the New England Patriots to show off their Super Bowl LIII championship banner.

Take a look at the latest changes to Gillette Stadium in the photo below. You'll see the spot for the team's sixth Super Bowl banner has been added.

The Patriots will unveil their Super Bowl LIII banner during a special pre-game ceremony before a Week 1 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will be the third time New England has unveiled a Super Bowl banner before a season-opening game versus Pittsburgh.

The Steelers are fitting opponent for this year's unveiling because the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII tied them with Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl titles.

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One study shows Patriots have second-best fans in the NFL

One study shows Patriots have second-best fans in the NFL

Patriots fans aren't tired of winning, and it shows. 

According to one study, the Patriots have the second-best fan base in the NFL. Emory University business professor Michael Lewis conducts the report annually, and has listed the Patriots as No. 2 for the past two years. Lewis's model takes into account fan equity — home box office revenue — social equity and road equity. The study measures social media engagement and revenue as well as home and road attendance. 

In the top tier with the Dallas Cowboys (1) and Patriots are the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. 

Notably, the Pats have some recent history with two of the bottom-feeder fan bases. New England beat the Kansas City Chiefs — the 31st-best fan base — in the AFC Championship. This might be surprising because of Arrowhead Stadium's reputation for being raucous, and Lewis predicts the Chiefs are in a solid position to improve in the rankings: 

"The problem is that the Chiefs lack pricing power and do not have much of a social following (I use Twitter)," the study said. "However, the Chiefs and Browns are probably the best positioned teams to make moves up the charts the next few years."

Also, the Los Angeles Rams — whom the Patriots bested in last year's Super Bowl — rank dead last among fan bases. The recent move from St. Louis and abundance of teams in the area certainly plays a part in the poor following, but Jared Goff and the Rams certainly could've used a few more cheers last February. 

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Julian Edelman promotes Showtime documentary with star-studded trailer

Julian Edelman promotes Showtime documentary with star-studded trailer

The latest sign that Julian Edelman has become an NFL star? He's getting the documentary treatment.

The 73-minute film, titled "100%: Julian Edelman" will air Friday at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime and tracks the New England Patriots wide receiver from his season-ending knee injury in August 2017 to his remarkable comeback as Super Bowl LIII MVP.

It should be an exciting watch for Patriots fans, but those outside New England might be wondering why a guy who's never made a Pro Bowl is getting his own documentary.

Showtime and Edelman are one step ahead of you. Here's a trailer Edelman shared Monday that pokes fun of that very concept. (Warning: Contains NSFW language.)

Showtime enlisted a surprising amount of big names to appear in the documentary, from Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and Deion Sanders to actor Mark Wahlberg, rapper Snoop Dogg and comedian Bill Burr.

That's quite the star-studded group for a seventh-round draft pick out of Kent State back in 2009.

But Edelman has raised his profile immensely in recent years, becoming the best wide receiver on the NFL's most successful and recognizable team. And now he's following in Brady's footsteps (again) by taking his talents to the documentary scene.

Here's a look at Showtime's "real" trailer for the Edelman documentary:

 

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