New England wide receiver Wes Welker dropped a key pass late in the Patriots' loss Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI. While fans in Boston were upset with the drop, one particular business took action to its frustration.
Pawngo, a Denver- and Chicago-based Internet business, arranged delivery of 900 pounds (8,000 bars) of Butterfingers candy bars in Copley Square in Boston with a sign that read, "Thank you Wes Welker."
Obviously, Pawngo, which bills itself as the first online pawn shop (I'm pretty sure that was eBay), did this as a publicity stunt and I fell for it, giving them free advertising. But I'd also like to point out that Welker did not lose the game for the Patriots. In a one-score contest, several different factors could have changed the outcome (Tom Brady's safety early and interception late come to mind). Sure, Welker's drop (on a ball that wasn't exactly thrown on the money to him) was costly. But to single out one player and one play for this type of public embarrassment, well, shame on Pawngo.
The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley did write that Welker's mistake was "the biggest drop in the history of the New England Patriots" but the comment came in a piece about how the Patriots should keep the veteran receiver around next season.
Worse than Welker's drop was the video of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and offensive lineman Matt Light dancing at a party after the Super Bowl loss. Ouch. I consider that inappropriate behavior 100 times out of 100.
As for Welker, he'll never see those candy bars. He'll be much happier with his 100 Grand (actually, just a $44,000 bonus for the Super Bowl loss). At the very least, someone should get him a Kit Kat (give me a break).