Five takeaways from Patriots' fifth ring ceremony

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The New England Patriots hosted yet another one of those Super Bowl ring presentation ceremonies on Friday night. Being a fan of this team must be the greatest version of Groundhog Day ever.

Every Patriots fan since George W. Bush's first term:

Anyway, while I continue to mentally prepare myself for a 2-14 Jets season (possibly charitable!), here are some final takeaways from a fun evening at Kraft Manor.

1. The darkness for the Falcons will be never-ending

We've written extensively this offseason about all the various indignities the Falcons and their fan base have had to endure since Atlanta blew that 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. It was a legendary comeback by Tom Brady and Co., and obviously something to cherish forever.

But damn, they've really leaned into this thing, haven't they?

I'll let someone else write "The Patriots are classless!" column, and instead focus on the reality of the situation -- specifically that the Patriots were getting run out of the building for 72 percent of Super Bowl LI. The 283 diamonds thing is a nod to the relentless effort and unquenchable competitive fire within, sure, but it also serves as a reminder that the champs got whipped for a solid portion of that game.

2. Martellus Bennett is a good guy to have at this type of event

Marty Bennett is no longer a member of the Patriots, having signed a free-agent deal with the Packers in March. But he still got the invite and it appears he made the most of it. Here he is celebrating with Gronk before dropping a sneak-attack loyalty pledge to Aaron Rodgers.

Gronk's comeback managed to be sharp-tongued, incisive and nuanced, somehow all at once. Just kidding.

Solid Lethal Weapon callback in the caption.

3. The Patriots need to calm down with their watermarking process ...

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Diagonal across the knuckles? Let's relax a little bit, guys.

4. Tom Brady went off the diet for a night

Everyone has the friend who reveals their BAC within a tenth of a point just by the look of their eyes. Tom Brady has those eyes (see the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, every Kentucky Derby for more examples). And it certainly seemed like The GOAT had a few Belvedere sodas at his boss' house.

Here's Bennett again, this time choreographing a five-ring flash from QB1.

We've heard "One For The Thumb!" in various context for the more successful NFL franchises, but it is remarkable that Brady did it all by himself. If Brady ever joins an Illuminati fight club, he should absolutely be able to wear all five rings for his brawls. He'd never respond to his birth name, only Diamond Knuckles.

Tom is also known to dance and rap at these events. Watch him fly.

5. Rings are kind of a funny sports tradition

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Know what I mean? Here's Belichick as the lead in a Breakfast at Tiffany's reboot. Ah, the big lug deserves it.

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