Lessons in Maturity Courtesy of a Packers Dad

January 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm 4 comments

While we can blame many disturbing incidents on the Brits, this one is hard to sweep under the rug. Furious that his seven-year old son wouldn’t wear a Packers jersey while watching the playoff game at home, a father duct taped the jersey to the boy. The son had been refusing to wear it so the dad restrained him for over an hour as he taped the jersey on. The mother called the police two days later and had her husband arrested for his deviant behavior and had the tenacity to capture the abuse on her cell phone camera.

First of all, the son must be very strong if it took a man 29 years his senior to get him pinned down long enough to effectively trap him into the jersey.

Second of all, does it come to a surprise to anyone that the fanaticism (and rage issues) displayed here came from a Packers fan?

Lastly, while LeMare’s mother has been accused of such boldness in her parenting in verbalizing her thoughts (i.e. “Oh my, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN EATING HERE AT COLLEGE?” and “You need mascara. Your eyes look non-existent”), she was and is motivated by a fierce love for her kids. There’s no excuse for this dad’s outburst taken out on his unsuspecting little boy.  And for years to come, this boy will be able to respond to his dad, “No, I’m not going to my room.  But you can go back to jail for acting like a moron.”

Will there ever be a chance of getting this kid to don a Cheesehead again in his life?

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  • 1. lowdogg  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I think I can look at this incident as a sort of personal intervention. My college football loves are BYU and Miami. Yet I live in Gainesville, FL, a hotbed of Florida Gator enthusiasm.
    What if my young son decides the Gators are his number one? Is it immoral of me to subject him to minority status in school by indoctrinating him in love of “The U” or the BYU? Should I allow him to go along with the crowd?
    I know now that I will never follow this bad dad’s example.

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  • 2. Sportsattitude  |  January 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Lowdogg, I trust you will present your young son with both a BYU and Florida mini-helmet and let him decide. Usually, kids go with the colors or designs they like regardless of where they live. Unless duct tape is incorporated into the decision-making process, that is. Another damning indictment of eating too much cheese. Especially the kind that have to age. Very bad for you.

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  • 3. Sportsattitude  |  January 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    By the way, Lowdogg…you will note I completely avoided all mention of “The U” in the prior post. I wanted to address that independently in this manner…you can never, ever allow your son to be a Miami Hurricane fan. Further, you must exorcise your demons that side with them. There are too many “unfortunate” alumni from that school that have forever stained it. Back in the day (I’m THAT old), Miami was practically an Ivy-league school with a spotless athletic reputation. It is a shame that it sold its soul to produce a big-time football program that has often been “messy” to say the least.

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  • 4. Lowdogg  |  January 23, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I will always be a Miami fan, and my lucky son will be as well. On this we will not agree.

    As a program, in spite of past ills, Miami has become a program to be proud of, certainly a leader among Florida’s major schools.

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