Much has been made about how many members of the Patriots attended the White House ceremony with President Trump on Wednesday to honor the Super Bowl LI win.

The New York Times took it a step further by posting two photos to Twitter — one from the 2015 visit, and one from Wednesday. It’s a big difference, as in 2015 people stretched up and down the stairs, where as the photo from Wednesday didn’t have that.

At first glance, it appears the 2015 visit had a lot more people in attendance, but the photos apparently lack facts.

The Patriots took matters into their own hands by responding Wednesday night on Twitter. The official team account responded to the Times’ tweet by writing: These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.

Here is the original New York Times tweet, followed by the Patriots’ response.

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Ryan Hannable

Almost 12 hours after Aaron Hernandez was pronounced dead, more details are coming out surrounding what happened before he committed suicide in his jail cell using a bed sheet at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

More details are surfacing with Aaron Hernandez's death. (Pool photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

More details are surfacing with Aaron Hernandez’s death. (Pool photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Almost 12 hours after Aaron Hernandez was pronounced dead, more details are coming out surrounding what happened before he committed suicide in his jail cell using a bed sheet at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

According to WBZ-TV, Hernandez had the bible verse John 3:16 on his forehead when he was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday morning. It means those who believe in Jesus “shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Fox 25’s Bob Ward adds it was written in blood.

Also, investigators are reportedly looking into the possibility that Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana called K2 Tuesday night.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, but the timing was bizarre considering he was acquitted of a 2012 double-murder in Boston just five days ago.

It’s worth mentioning, “Rabbit” a frequent caller to the Kirk & Callahan show, speculated Hernandez committed suicide because of recent homosexuality rumors.

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With Tony Romo taking over for Phil Simms in the booth next season, the network needed a new role for the long-time analyst.

On Wednesday, it was announced Simms will move to “The NFL Today” pregame show and replace Tony Gonzalez.

It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be playing 2017 with the Patriots.

It appears Jimmy Garoppolo will be staying in New England. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It appears Jimmy Garoppolo will be staying in New England. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be playing 2017 with the Patriots.

As the NFL draft nears, the only team really left in the mix to potentially trade for him is the Browns, but by the way Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown spoke Wednesday, it doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.

Brown was asked at his pre-draft press conference if the team plans to trade for a veteran quarterback?

Without hesitation he said no, via Cleveland.com.

“Could we in theory? Yes,” he said. “But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No.”

With the draft just over a week away, there could be more rumors between now and then, but it appears Garoppolo will be spending another season backing up Tom Brady in New England.

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Ryan Hannable
Phil Simms is joining the CBS pregame show. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Phil Simms is joining the CBS pregame show. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

With Tony Romo taking over for Phil Simms in the booth next season, the network needed a new role for the long-time analyst.

On Wednesday, it was announced Simms will move to “The NFL Today” pregame show and replace Tony Gonzalez.

“Listen, I didn’t make any comments for a lot of reasons and you want to sit there and think about it,” Simms said to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. “Initially was my pride hurt? Absolutely. Of course it was … So it took a little bit. Not long. I started thinking about it in a positive way and then I became excited about it.

“[CBS Sports Chairman] Sean [McManus] had talked to me over the years about maybe going into the studio. I now get to follow the league like I want to. That was probably the most frustrating thing about my job. You do one or two games a week, you can’t really pay attention to the other teams like I wanted to do. When you do games, you are all-in on those games. On Inside The NFL, I get to say things about stuff that I never get to say in a broadcast.”

Simms will join James Brown, Bill Cowher, Bart Scott and Boomer Esiason on the show.

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Ryan Hannable

President Donald Trump welcomed over 30 members of the Patriots Super Bowl LI winning team and then a number of coaches and staff to the White House on Wednesday.

Bill Belichick wrote Donald Trump two letters. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool Photo USA Today Network)

Bill Belichick wrote Donald Trump two letters. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool Photo USA Today Network)

President Donald Trump welcomed over 30 members of the Patriots Super Bowl LI winning team and then a number of coaches and staff to the White House on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Trump further explained Bill Belichick writing him a letter in which he read to a New Hampshire crowd the night before the election.

The president said Belichick actually wrote him a new letter which was even better than the first after he asked him if he could read it to the crowd.

“Whether you’re trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild our country, as coach Belichick would say, ‘There are no days off,’” Trump said. “Just a quick story about the coach. I had won the primary and I am now in this rather heated election, that a few of you have read about. He wrote me this beautiful letter after the primary.

“Congratulations he said. All sorts of things that were really good. It was really a beautiful letter. It was very close to before the election and I called him up and I said, ‘Coach, do you mind if I read the letter tonight to a stadium full of people in a very, very big and important state?’ He said, ‘You know what? I would rather not have you do that. Could you send it back to me? I am going to give you another one.’ I said, ‘No that’s OK.’ ‘Nope, I want to give you another one.’ Now, immediately to me that means he’s going to tone it down because what he said was so nice. You know what he did? He toned it way up. It was much better. It was much better. He made that the greatest letter and I did very well in that state. Thank you, coach. He’s just a very special guy.”

Trump also referenced the big 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl where he made a joke about the media and pundits.

“When the pundits — boy they’re wrong a lot, aren’t they? — saying you couldn’t do it, the game was over … You pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time,” Trump said.

It’s worth noting Trump didn’t mention Tom Brady once during his remarks, as the quarterback was not there. He was back in Boston spending time with his family.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots are in Washington D.C. visiting the White House and President Trump on Wednesday for their win in Super Bowl LI.

Based off social media pictures sent out by the team, we’ve been able to spot who is in attendance and who isn’t. Tom Brady is the biggest notable not in attendance, as he posted on social media he is with his family as his parents celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Here are a list of the 34 players who are in attendance: Brandon King, Kyle Van Noy, Jordan Richards, Matthew Slater, Eric Rowe, Geneo Grissom, Elandon Roberts, D.J. Foster, Shea McClellin, Joe Thuney, Ted Karras, Jonathan Jones, Jabaal Sheard, James Develin, Julian Edelman, Jimmy Garoppolo, David Andrews, Marcus Cannon, Cameron Fleming, Stephen Gostkowski, Rob Gronkowski, Jacoby Brissett, Sebastian Vollmer, Chris Hogan, Nate Ebner, Malcolm Mitchell, Matt Lengel, Nate Solder, Glenn Gronkowski, Barkevious Mingo, Justin Coleman, Rob Ninkovich, Joe Cardona and Trey Flowers.

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Ryan Hannable