Born in Ohio and raised in the South, I'm a diehard Cleveland sports fan. I pass on NASCAR, play any sport but soccer and can't understand why the NFL is so undervalued in the Southeast. My favorite sport is basketball. I was a sports writer at the Columbia County News-Times from 2005 to 2007 before becoming Minor League Sports Writer at the Augusta Chronicle in December 2007.
Posted February 7, 2012 02:56 pm - Updated February 7, 2012 02:58 pm

Business delivers 900 pounds of Butterfingers to Wes Welker after Super Bowl loss

900 pounds of Butterfingers candy bars
After Wes Welker's dropped pass in the fourth quarter hurt the Patriots chances of winning the Super Bowl, an Internet business delivered 900 pounds of Butterfingers candy bars to Welker in Boston.


















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).