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Watch Rob Gronkowski dent Patriots' Lombardi Trophy in hilarious video

Watch Rob Gronkowski dent Patriots' Lombardi Trophy in hilarious video

Rob Gronkowski's parting shot with the New England Patriots left a rather large dent in the team's Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl LIII.

Angelique Fiske of Patriots.com wrote an oral history of the story, which comes from the team's appearance at Fenway Park on April 9. The Pats attended the Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park to celebrate their sixth Super Bowl victory, but some shenanigans before the actual ceremony on the field left a mark in the iconic trophy.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wanted to get his arm loose before throwing out the first pitch, so while the team was in a tent waiting to go on the Fenway Park field, he tossed a baseball in Gronkowski's direction and the recently retired tight end used the football portion of the Lombardi Trophy to make contact in a bunting motion.

Watch the hilarious scene in the video below: 

Ouch!

Tom Brady had the perfect response to the video on Twitter:

As of now, the team doesn't plan on immediately fixing the dent. In the story version on the team's website, Patriots vice president of media relations Stacey James says "Maybe they’ll fix it down the road. That’s something they can always fix in the future, but at least for now, we’re going to keep the dent and tell the story."

And it's quite a story.

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Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

When athletes retire from the sport they've played their whole lives, it's natural for them to miss the competition. That feeling is no different for former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour.

The Hall-of-Fame hopeful, though, has chosen a unique way to get the competitive juices flowing. On July 11, he finished an impressive 131st at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, taking home $59,295. 

"Once you’re done playing football you still have a competitive drive,” Seymour told Yahoo! Sports. “Poker is an outlet for me where I have a competitive drive, you have to be very cerebral. It requires a lot like it did for me in football – I have to be patient, I have to know how to pick my spots, pay attention to guys’ tendencies. It was just a natural progression after leaving sports at a high level.”

Seymour, according to Yahoo! Sports, learned how to play poker from his father and picked it up at a competitive level shortly after he retired from the NFL in 2012. In last week's WSOP, he peaked at $3.6 million. Seymour said he's used his Super Bowl ring as a chip holder to intimidate competitors at the poker table. He also said he takes advantage of his status as a football legend, often bluffing when opponents assume he'll be an aggressive player. 

“Some guys play me differently because they say, ‘If I knock Richard Seymour out it’s a cool story to tell my buddies’,” he said. “Which I don’t mind that, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day...“My temperament fits poker well; I’m naturally kind of reserved, I’m not super emotional one way or another, so if bad things happen, which they’re going to in poker, it’s about how do you respond?”

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Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Hate them or love them, America has watched the Patriots more than any other team — in any sport — in 2019.

According to sportsmediawatch.com, all 10 of the most-watched sporting events of 2019 were NFL games. No World Series, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals games made the list. Of the 10 highest-rated events, three of them included the Patriots. 

Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl matchup between the Pats and Los Angeles Rams topped the list with more than 100 million viewers including online streams (in parentheses). Both New England's AFC Championship game against the Chiefs and its Division Round contest with the Chargers also cracked the top-10. 

The television ratings suggest that the NFL is still head-and-shoulders above other leagues in popularity, and the Patriots are leading the charge. 

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