Sights & sounds from Mayo Bowl

September, 19, 2011
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Twitter.com/RealPatriotsKicker Stephen Gostkowski brought his own bowling ball.
DEDHAM, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo hosted his annual "Mayo Bowl" tonight at King's. The cause is good, to benefit Pitching in for Kids and Boston Medical Center, and it didn't take long to realize that the night was also a team-builder of sorts for players.

Players arrived on the scene and walked on a red carpet to the entrance, where they took photos. Some came with their families, wives or girlfriends, while others came solo.

The guest list included receiver Chad Ochocinco, defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, among others. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski showed he was all business by bringing his own bowling balls. Players joked he was the favorite to win.

"He's a 300 bowler. Kickers always have that weird kind of talent, whether it's foosball, bowling, ping pong, stuff like that," Mayo cracked.

For Wilfork, a night out with more than 20 teammates was a treat.

"It feels good. Off the field, away from the facility, it shows how you can come together and enjoy each other as people," he said. "We can actually get a chance to sit back and relax and be normal people, and support a good cause."

From a news perspective, injured punter Zoltan Mesko was in attendance. He didn't look fully comfortable as he walked in, but was hesitant to speak on his injured left leg.

"Any time you go through that, you never know what can happen," he said, before adding that his plan is to take it "day to day and see how it goes."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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