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August 9, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Be like Davante

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If they can’t land on a NFL team, maybe an Olympic gymnastic or track coach might be interested? Amazon delivery? Football offers skills for life. (USPD/

Contrary to cliché, some smart can come out of football.

Frequently sold to parents as “a parallel and practice for life”, maybe the snickering should stop.

Davante Adams, you’ve earned every penny of your pay with your words, not fists.

Setting the scene of the crime incident:

NFL preseason game practice in Greenbay between the Packers and the Texans

A newby Texan, 23 yr old rookie, a second-round pick, Lonnie Johnson Jr. hit Packer’s third round pick tight end Jace Sternberger  so hard, his helmet went flew off.

Then, pleased with himself and wishing to share his conquest, Johnson immediately posted an Instagram picture of himself flexing in celebration over Sternberger.

Whoop! There it is: a young, full of himself individual showing off on social media.

So much for good sportsmanship. Not in his vocabulary apparently.

Sternberger was evaluated for concussion according to protocol and returned later to the practice. He said he didn’t realize Johnson had posed and posted, but let it slide when asked. The Instagram pix has been recently deleted from Johnson’s account.

Children with stunned expressions. Lobby card for Our Gang movie, A quiet Street, 1922(, artist life/

“What? In the middle of the field? During a game? By a rookie? Whoa. Do Social Media addicts even realize how pathetic they look?”(USPD/

What one Packer’s player said about the incident is notable:

“That was unnecessary,” Packers receiver Davante Adams said. “You’ve got plenty of time for that. You can do it in the games and you get fined. Be a coward when you do stuff like that in practice, it’s not a good look. We take care of each other up here. I don’t know how they practice, I don’t know what they do over there, but there’s consequences for stuff like that. … It’s a brotherhood across the league, period. I had plenty of times where I could take somebody out but I decided not to because I felt like that’s not the appropriate thing to do when we’re trying to get better and look out for one another.” (source ESPN)

Unexpected, timeless, universal wisdom from a 26 year old football player:

It’s not about “likes” on social media. It’s not about self promotion.

It’s about learning, playing by the rules, showing restrain even if emotional, and looking out for each other – about a brotherhood that cuts across rivalries so we can all be better.

Someone please get that message across to our Congressional  leaders and to ALL the presidential candidates on BOTH sides of the political aisle?

Packer teammate, Jimmy Graham also offered additional comments – about rookies and the role of more seasoned players – applicable to any situation.

Football. Maybe it is a practice game for life.

Be like Davante

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football player JJ Watt following a Greenbay tradtion. (Screenshot ABC 13 news)

Sometimes it’s good to roll back to the beginning. Texan football player JJ Watt following a Green Bay tradition of children holding a player’s helmet as the player rides in on the kid’s bike.(story/video here). JJ is from the area and grew up with this and was thrilled to participate. Yes, he broke the bike, but the kid got a new one. (Screenshot ABC 13 news)


  1. Ally Bean / Aug 9 2019 6:55 am

    Good analogy here. All games teach us something. Football included. Now whether anyone in politics is learning that something is a whole ‘nother thing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2019 8:41 am

      I think “experts” made a grave mistake taking competitive sports, relay races, board games out of schools and scorned those parents who favored them. With teams/sports/games there were lots of lessons learned early (and troubled kids spotted, too).Game participation seem to be a developmental step that is critical to mature thinking adulthood. We’ve got a bunch of tall individuals walking around who can hardly be fit the “adult” label. It gone from jr. high lunch room drama to elementary school behavior. I keep expecting to hear “You’re a poopie-head” or “I’m gonna stick a needle in your eye and shove you down the driveway.” Anyway we can declare the whole current political crop as early dementia? Late onset paranoid schizophrenia?
      Geesh. It’s you’re it, I quit time. Thanks for playing along

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Aug 9 2019 7:06 am

    Don’t hold out for the politics thing but I hope some of the athletes took notice. It is a brotherhood. They are all at risk for some very serious conditions so there is no point it hurrying that along.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2019 8:45 am

      There are some very sensible, kind players out there. Some who actually take their visibility to do good things – ones who do not have to be told by managers to do some highly visible charity photoshoots. Fingers crossed more of them appear – and all of them survive this season without concussions or serious damage. We need some good. Thanks for stepping into this game

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  3. Curt Mekemson / Aug 9 2019 1:09 pm

    There is such a thing as role models in sports. When your top players set a tone, it percolates all the way down. The higher up you on the totem pole, the more important the role you have to play. People will and do base their behavior on your actions. Good post.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2019 2:42 pm

      In sports, politics, and in life, it’s true the number of followers you have on social media does not make you a leader worth following.
      Thanks for tossing in such a sensible, astute comment

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  4. shoreacres / Aug 9 2019 3:14 pm

    And let’s not forget to give some kudos to Coach O’Brien, who sat that little darling right down on the bench, and said, “No, not on our team, you won’t.” From what I heard on the afternoon sports show on 610AM, there was a little peer pressure applied, too. Gentle but firm: that’s the ticket.

    If only Davante pronounced his name “Da-vant.” Then we could call him Davante the Savant.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2019 4:02 pm

      One football player may have a new nickname – great catch!
      Peer pressure and small nips in the bud early works for for lion prides and wolf packs. Corrections early make a difference.
      Good call coach…first time, course correction and all forgiven, but two – off to the showers and we’ll be chatting….Actually Johnson didn’t get the message the first time and delivered another bad hit on a kickoff return to Packers receiver Trevor Davis. Is there a “not a good fit” clause in any of those contracts? We’ll see.
      O’Brien did do some classy traditional bike peddling as he rode one Special Needs kid’s “bike” into practice. He said he had his fingers crossed they wouldn’t crash. I really like that Green Bay bike tradition.
      I’m looking for the video of one of the Texans players who made a connection with “his” escort kid – they talked about video games they like, what kind of candy and stuff. Later the Player followed with a promise and met the kid after practice to hand him some souvenir – only to be handed a sack by the kid’s mom. It was a huge bag of the guy’s favorite candy. The look of joy on his face when he pulled it out – just like a little kid at Christmas. He said something to the effect of “Here I am a player from out of town, on an opposing team, and they go out of their way and get this for me. You can’t imagine how much that means to me.” We forget how young some of these players are..big kids. Hope all of this foretells a much more inspiring football season for this year.
      Thanks for running a few drills here

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  5. sustainabilitea / Aug 9 2019 7:38 pm

    I agree that taking competitive sports away is a big mistake. There’s room for teams where everyone can play, but for those of us who enjoy sports, competition is good. In the real world, there’s competition, so we do children no favors by acting as if there isn’t. I’m a Packers fan and JJ Watt is also an excellent man. There seem to be so few of the latter around these days.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2019 6:50 am

      Games and fairy tales served a purpose – like all the romping with siblings and parents by those cute little bears, wolves, and other animals in the wild. Play is hard work.
      Think it time for people to ignore the noise and start calling attention to those with real character and commonsense – ones who are productive role models instead of the loud unhappy of discord. Becoming a Packers fan, too. Thanks for running a touchdown with your comment

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