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New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman helps thwart potential school shooting

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that New England Patriots player Julian Edelman’s quick actions may have averted a potential school shooting.

The wide receiver responded immediately after receiving a direct message on Instagram alerting him to a comment on one of his posts threatening a school shooting. Edelman called his assistant, who called police.

The post was traced back to a 14-year-old in Michigan who admitted to police that he posted the threat. Two rifles that belonged to the boy’s mother were found as well, police said.

Vermonters apparently will NOT be cheering for the Patriots in Super Bowl 51

New England Patriots fans cheer as the players walk off the field after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 24-20. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

New England Patriots fans cheer as the players walk off the field after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 24-20. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The man pictured above is clearly not a Vermonter.

I agree with this guy 👇. What the heck, Vermont? (Also, yaaas North Dakota, you go, North Dakota.)

Nothing can stop Philadelphia Eagles fans from celebrating a key win: A three-act play

Philly is notorious for having, well, very enthusiastic fans. City officials knew this, so they decided to ~be smart~ ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship game with the Minnesota Vikings.

Act I
It started with a simple request from city officials: “Hey, Eagles fans, plz refrain from climbing light poles if the team wins (or loses).” To further discourage climbing, “Crisco cops” were out in full force greasing light poles prior to kickoff.

Act II
Fans were like, “Challenge accepted.”

Act III
Spoiler alert: The Eagles won by a lot. Some fans, like this guy, decided the best way to show their joy was to scale a light pole, duh. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. (To be fair, though, it was the playoffs.)

Another way to scratch an itch: Get yourself one of these new Patriots-inspired lotto tickets

New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft throws a football into the crowd following a launch of a Patriots New Hampshire Lottery scratch ticket game at the State House in Concord on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.

New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft throws a football into the crowd following a launch of a Patriots New Hampshire Lottery scratch ticket game at the State House in Concord on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Concord Monitor)

Just because you’re not Tom Brady doesn’t mean you can’t score (in New Hampshire, at least).

The New England Patriots have kicked off a new season of Patriots-themed scratch ticket games in the state, marking the sixth year of a partnership between the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and the football team, the Concord Monitor reported on Tuesday.

The $5 scratch tickets, which went on sale today, feature four $100,000 grand prizes along with other prizes ranging from $5 to $100. There also will be an opportunity for players to enter a series of second-chance drawings for Patriots tickets.

For other scratch-related things, check out this video of a bear in Charlestown.