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Jones changes avatar after Syracuse loses to Michigan -- and he loses bet to Mesko

Posted by David D'Onofrio  April 7, 2013 12:38 PM

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Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones woke up with a new look to his Twitter page today -- not because he'd been hacked, but because his beloved Orangemen couldn't hack it on the hardwood Saturday night.

A day earlier, proud Michigan man Zoltan Mesko challenged his Patriots teammate to a bet where the alum whose school lost the Syracuse-Michigan matchup in the national basketball semifinal would be forced to change his Twitter avatar to the logo of the winner's alma mater. It was a challenge Mesko put forth via the Patriots' Facebook page, which is also where Jones accepted -- with some rather artful videography shot in a library Mesko said looked as though it smelled "of rich mahogany."

After the Wolverines beat the Orange, 61-56, Jones lived up to his word. As the contest approached, there was apparently a back-and-forth between the two that prompted ex-Patriot Joe Andruzzi to espouse that "this trash talk is better than boxing in Vegas" -- but check out the Twitter timelines of each, and while Mesko's bravado remains, it looks as though Jones deleted his comments after his boys couldn't back them up for him.

He couldn't run from it all, though. A bet's a bet, after all.

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