Patriots’ hopes waved away

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Tom Brady was looking for an ear -- and maybe a shoulder -- after a flag for pass interference was picked up on the final play of the game.

In case you were too busy counting down the minutes until the release of "Catching Fire" and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.

Flag football

In "No, I'm not a super-bitter Patriots fan or anything" news, the Carolina Panthers held off New England 24-20 on "Monday Night Football." BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. On the final play, Tom Brady threw into the end zone in a desperate attempt to win the game. The pass was intercepted by safety Robert Lester but not before an official threw a flag for pass interference on linebacker Luke Kuechly, who clearly had both arms wrapped in a bro hug around tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Somehow, probably because there is no justice in this world, the officials gathered and casually waved off the flag like it was no big deal that they had just decided the outcome of the game. They provided no explanation and ran off the field. Brady was hoping to have a nice, friendly conversation with an official and BFF Ryan Mallett after the game to talk about his marriage and kids, but for some reason the officials weren't that interested.

On a positive note

After the Maryland women's basketball team heard President Obama would be attending an event at the Comcast Center on Sunday and might be using their locker room to prepare, the ladies decided to leave a friendly note welcoming him. And not only did the basketball-loving Obama see the note, but he also decided to reply.

So even though the Terps lost to UConn on Friday, it's hard to think any other team had a cooler moment this weekend.

'C' is for cash

Knicks star J.R. Smith is known for his candidness, honesty and often controversial sense of humor. So is it really any surprise his fans would be equally quirky? The Knicks guard posted a fan letter he received to his Instagram account on Monday. While many athletes receive requests for money or gifts, Smith's fans actually send him cash.

Aly and Papi

Unlikely pals Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and gold-medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman hung out at the Kanye West concert in Boston. Clearly, Aly was flipping out in excitement over the meeting. Get it? Gymnast humor.

Elmo's world

Here's a clip of Rockets star Dwight Howard teaching Elmo what the word "strategy" means. Perhaps because he's an adorable but naive puppet or perhaps because he's the ultimate Internet troll, Elmo asks Howard for examples of when he's made a strategy in his life. Sadly, Howard does not use that time he held the Orland Magic hostage as an example. Thanks for trying, Elmo.

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