TMZ — The New England Patriots are all business on the field, but they know how to have fun off it … because a bunch of the team’s stars rocked the mic at a karaoke event on Monday benefiting sick kids. The “Open Mic Holiday Party” in Foxboro, Mass., was hosted by safety Patrick Chung (who rocked out to Katy Perry’s “Firework”) with fellow Pats Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, and Devin McCourty in attendance. Chung and the Pats raised $80,000 for “Chung Changing Lives” — an organization that supports personal and academic development in kids — and several other Boston-area charities. Pats owner Robert Kraft even made a cameo, and promised to perform an Elton John song next year.
As a general rule, the last place you expect to find positive news about your athletes is at the intersection of “sports” and “gossip.” But such is the roll that the 2014 Patriots are on that even when they find themselves on TMZ, it’s a pure good. Granted, when you’re in the sports blog business scandal, hijinks and buffoonery play a lot better than players giving of themselves to help out sick children. But in the spirit of the holidays, sometimes you just have to celebrate good guys doing good things.
Raising $80,000 for a great cause is impressive, no question about it. But mark my words: When Mr. Kraft makes good on his promise to get his swerve on to Elton John next year? It’ll raise $80 million.