After the circus that is Super Bowl Media Day was over on Tuesday, Denver Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker decided to head to Madison Square Garden to watch the New York Knicks take on the Boston Celtics.
Their attendance should not come as much of a surprise, as the Knicks currently have four former Denver Nuggets on their roster. Not to mention Welker spend significant time in Celtics country while playing for the New England Patriots. Receivers, after all, get paid to catch things; so why not a Knicks game?
But the real story was not the score (the Knicks won 114-88); nor was it their presence at the game. Instead it has become the epic photo bomb when the trio was shown on the jumbotron.
A fan sitting behind the Denver wideouts was shown on the MSG jumbotron putting his hands around his neck in a gesture symbolic of choking.
But he was not done there. He also mimicked the act of dropping a pass.
Both actions were symbolic of Wes Welker’s infamous dropped pass in the fourth quarter Super Bowl XLVI. Then with the New England Patriots, a wide-open Welker couldn’t hang on to a pass from quarterback Tom Brady. The drop left the Pats with a third and long; and was a pivotal moment in a game they eventually lost to this year’s host of the Super Bowl: The New York Giants.
"That's a play I make a thousand times," said Welker after the game. "I just didn't make it."
Well… New Yorkers were kind enough to make sure Welker remembered the drop.
Welker will have a chance at redemption this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
With the way the Knicks have played this season (a record of 18-27) with Lee in their corner, one can’t help but wonder if that is a blessing or a curse.