UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN BADGERS PROVE TO BE VERY UNHOSPITABLE AS THEY ADVANCE TO THE SWEET SIXTEEN IN ANEHEIM, CALIFORNIA
PHOTOS BY BILL TENNESSEN
By Troy Sparks
GREEN BAY – Everything in the NFC Wild Card Game, Jan 5, at Lambeau Field, was supposed to favor Green Bay, from the weather, to home field advantage, to having key healthy players available.Instead, the visiting
San Francisco 49ers played as if they adjusted to everything better than the Packers and pulled out a 23-20 win on kicker Phil Dawson’s 33-yard field goal.
Things changed for the green and gold when both linebacker Mike Neal and cornerback Sam Shields went out in thefirst quarter with knee injuries. The sense of urgency on defense changed for the Packers at that moment. With that adversity hitting them immediately, Green Bay kept San Francisco out of the end zone and gave up only two field goals, which was a minor exchange for keeping the game within reach. “We were definitely stretched,”
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “The other guys got in there and battled. We were definitely challenged.” Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ mind was frozen in time.
He was frustrated, no doubt, and he created his own situation by running into the teeth of the San Francisco defense when the pocket collapsed. With not much faith in throwing the ball early in the game and no first downs toshow for it in the first quarter, Packer Nation wondered why he gave rookie running back Eddie Lacy the ball
when the 49ers defense kept the running game in check. The Niners ran and threw the ball at will and chomped on the Green Bay secondary down the field. When they tried to drive down the field one too many times, Green Bay
cornerback Tramon Williams was ready for them. His interception and runback ended the Niners’ drive when he ran
over San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick, who tried to tackle him, to the roar of the Lambeau Field crowd.
After that turnover, the Packers took a 14-play, 70-yard drive to the end zone and in the process took over
seven minutes off the clock in the second quarter for a 7-6 lead. But after the visitors scored, the crowd got quiet. Kaepernick’s long run and Frank Gore’s TD run gave the Niners the momentum they needed going into thehalf. It was interesting how the Packers would respond being down 13-7. Did San Fran have Green Bay’s number again? The Packers shut out the Niners’ offense in the third quarter, which was good, because it gave them just enough momentum for the offense to turn the tide in the fourth quarter.
Rodgers went to work and engineered another long TD drive to put the Packers ahead 17-13. Meanwhile, casualties continued to mount as offensive tackle David Bakhtiari and cornerback Davon House went out with injuries.
Kaepernick took off for big yards when his receivers were covered and later made the Green Bay defenders pay
downfield with another TD toss to tight end Vernon Davis as they retook the lead by three points.The crowd sat
on the edge of their seats when the Packers had the ball on offense with a chance to tie or take the lead. If No. 12 wanted to take the monkey off his back with a playoff win over the team he rooted for as a kid and whopassed him up in the draft, then the time was now.
Rodgers did his part and marched the team to within field goal range. Kicker Mason Crosby made the 24-yard fieldgoal for a 20-20 tie and it was a whole new ballgame. Unfortunately, San Fran had the ball, the clock in their
favor and a chance to send the Lambeau Field faithful home in a bad mood and make McCarthy mad enough to make
wholesale changes to his coaching staff for next season. The Niners got the game-winning field goal to move on,and the Packers will spend the offseason figuring out what it takes to play winning playoff football. “It was very tough,” Lacy said. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow. We played a great game and played out hearts outand come up that short, it hurts a lot.”
Yes it does hurt, especially around Titletown. Rodgers has been to five playoff games in his career as the
starting QB and lost four of them.He pointed out that it will be a different team next season with some of the players from the Super Bowl championship season moving on. The one play that would’ve favored the Packers
was the attempted pass that Kaepernick threw to receiver Anquan Boldin at their 31-yard line that Green Bay
cornerback Mycah Hyde almost came down with. He lost his balance and the ball dropped to the ground. Make that play, and Green Bay would’ve been in a position to get the game-winning field goal instead. Or, if Hyde catchesthe ball and stayed on his feet, there was a clear path to the end zone. Hyde was asked if the cold affected his ability to hold on to the ball. “It didn’t have an effect at all,” he said. “It was just a drop. I wasn’t cold or anything. That had nothing to do with it. It was just a dropped ball.”
That one play would’ve been big, and the Packers would’ve marched into Carolina as the underdogs. San Fran had
the upper hand again over the Packers, which it will take a long time to get over. “Unfortunately, we were one
play away from getting it done,” McCarthy said. “It was a frustrating way to end the season,” Rodgers said. “I think that a lot of us felt that the way things have gone the last four or five weeks there was something
special about this year. Personally, it’s frustrating that you play your best game under tough conditions, but if the defense holds them to 23 points, we should win that game.” At this point, it doesn’t matter who wins the Super Bowl because Packer backers don’t care about that. Their team isn’t in the NFL Tournament any more. They’re getting tired of the wait until next year speech.
GREEN BAY – An injury-depleted Green Bay Packers team lost their most prized possession in the first quarter of their game, Nov. 4, against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers went out in the first series of the game with a left shoulder injury and never returned. As legendary Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi said, “What the hell is going on out there?” He would have had Rodgers’ shoulder taped up and trotted him back on the field.
So if Rodgers can’t go for a couple of weeks, do they give Vince Young a call? General manager Ted Thompson was probably on the phone while the game was in progress, saying, “I’m sorry Vince for letting you go. We need you and you need us.” But knowing Thompson, he won’t go out to get short-term help. They need three active QBs and keep Scott Tolzien where he is, on the practice squad.
Not having Rodgers in there gave a psychological boost to the Bears. The Packers stuck to their bread-and-butter offense in running the ball and produced a touchdown each by James Starks and Eddie Lacy, but Chicago exposed Green Bay’s secondary and scorched them for two passing TDs and one running score. The NFC North is up for grabs and the last thing the Pack needed was for No. 12 to go down and the Bears to get back into the race. Rodgers returned to the field in team sweats and stood on the sideline helpless while the Bears ran them roughshod on their own field for 442 total yards.
Somebody out there thought that Thompson should call Brett Favre back and rehash old wounds. Retire his number on the wall of honor after the first snap he takes from scrimmage. Chicago was a double digit underdog, and boy did people lose a lot of money on that game. And after their 27-20 victory, both teams were 5-3 overall along with Detroit. All three teams have a 2-1 division record so far. The winner of the Chicago and Detroit game Nov. 10 will take control of the division. The Packers won’t have any more division games until they play Minnesota at home Nov. 24 and at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
More injuries to the Packers had head coach Mike McCarthy scratching his head and trying to plug the holes. Throwing backup QB Seneca Wallace in a pack of hungry Bears was about all McCarthy could do. Sure, Lacy ran for 150 yards on the ground and a TD, but if Wallace at 33 years old and rusty couldn’t grasp the system because he mostly watched in practice while Rodgers took most of the snaps, then how did the Packers expect him to run the offense?
“Obviously, not getting the reps in practice (didn’t prepare me enough),” Wallace said. “You got to go out there and just try to play. I tried my best. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure that it’s not a letdown in what Aaron’s doing and what I’m doing. Obviously it’s tough to get put in that situation and go out there and not have a lapse, but you want to go out there and compete. That’s what I’m about. I love to compete and I put a lot on myself and I feel like I should have played better.”
Translation: “I’m just winging it out there and seeing which way the ball bounces.” McCarthy was clearly disappointed in losing Rodgers in the first half. He didn’t talk to him at halftime. The coach wasn’t in the mood to speculate on how long Rodgers would be out or the exact diagnosis on No. 12’s shoulder. He isn’t a doctor, so he isn’t trying to play one. But, McCarthy is a master psychologist. He had no choice but to give Wallace more live practice action to prepare for Philadelphia at home, Nov. 10. He could get Wallace to pull a rabbit out of a hat and lead the troops without a wounded A-Rod.
Here’s why McCarthy could be feeling the loss of Rodgers close to the vest: When Rodgers sat out before with a concussion, he had Matt Flynn at the ready because Flynn knew the system and had a breakout game at New England, even though they lost. Wallace has been in Green Bay for the last eight weeks. It takes years to learn McCarthy’s system. Rodgers has an encyclopedia of information and the power to change plays at the line of scrimmage. Rodgers and McCarthy have a long-term relationship. Wallace has a five-page memory and no history with the coach, so some of the plays might have to be simplified for him because he might be gone after the season anyways. Learn and react while you can, Mr. Wallace, for two weeks because Mr. Rodgers is taking over the neighborhood again.
“Seneca needs to perform better,” McCarthy said. “He’ll definitely do that with a short week of practice. Aaron takes a lot of reps during the week. Seneca is probably on the low side of the backups. We do a lot of work with our backup guys after practice. It’s nothing like live reps.”
The confidence level didn’t waver when Wallace came in the huddle for the first time in a regular season game. “(My teammates) know I’ve been working the last eight weeks I’ve been here,” he said. “They are confident regardless of whoever’s in there. We’ve got to have confidence and know we can move the ball and do the things we need to do regardless of who’s playing quarterback. They looked at me and said, ‘Let’s go.’ And I know I’ve got to go there and perform at a high level.”
Receiver Jordy Nelson is endorsing Wallace and is very confident that he will do just fine. “We trust Seneca,” he said. “He has a proven track record and he’s been around the league long enough. We have all the faith in the world in him.”
So if the Packers lose the next three games with Wallace at QB, do they throw out the life rafter and look for help? Call Favre back or Graham Harrell or somebody and buy some time until Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and T.J. Lang (concussion) come back for the stretch run.
By Troy Sparks--MCJ Sports Editor
GREEN BAY – Two weeks since their last game, which included the bye week, allowed the Packer players to recover physically. Resting the body was necessary but reprogramming the mind might take a little longer, especially when holding a lead at Cincinnati only to lose it in the fourth quarter. Back to work and entering the game against Detroit at Lambeau Field, Oct. 6, Green Bay was 1-2 overall and looking up from the bottom at Chicago and the Lions. George H.W. Bush was finishing his only four-year term as president of the United States when the Packers began their 21-game regular season winning streak in Wisconsin against the Lions (Dec. 6, 1992). For a team that thrives on showcasing a high potent offense, Green Bay didn’t show it. A total of three field goals (two by Mason Crosby and one by David Akers) made the halftime score (6-3) look like a baseball score.The Packers had the ball longer than the Lions in the half (17:05 to 12:55). Did the 78,200 who made the treacherous, pub-crawling drive in snail-moving traffic along Highway 41 come to see the output by the two teams produce only nine points on the field? Green Bay needed to win in the worst way possible. Win pretty or win ugly, it didn’t matter, as long they got the W. Lose the game and Packer Nation would call for head coach Mike McCarthy to get fired or hand over the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Tom Clements. McCarthy likes to call the plays on offense. Starting out at 1-3 is unacceptable in Titletown and it was time to seal the leaks on the offensive end of the ball. A long touchdown by receiver James Jones and three more three-pointers by Crosby gave the Pack enough of a margin to win the game and survive another week. Crosby joined Ryan Longwell and Chris Jacke as the only kickers to make five field goals in a game. It was a good thing that Crosby was perfect on all his FGs because he will be needed down the stretch on days when Green Bay can’t get TDs. “We gave up 83 yards,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said on Jones’ score. “I don’t go through and assign blame or anything else. We broke down and gave up an 83-yarder. “I think that is bad enough. I am not in the business of scapegoating anybody or putting up stuff like that. “It is up to us as coaches and players to correct. It is on our defense. It is on our team. It is not on any one person or anything else. I’ll let all the experts explain what happened on the play.” Green Bay had two opportunities to score TDs inside the Lions’ 20-yard line and came away with six points. “Our red zone production is definitely not where we want to be,” McCarthy said. “Anytime (Crosby) kicks five field goals, that’s an obvious statistic. “You look at some of those plays and (Detroit) played us aggressively down there. We had some opportunities.” Five field goals in a 22-9 Green Bay win on a sunny and fair weather Sunday isn’t bad when it’s against the Lions. With no more breaks in the schedule left, the Packers took the victory in stride even when the game got a little goofy at times with how the seven-man crew officiated the game on the field and the replay guy in the booth. “It was a little bit of a distraughted game,” McCarthy said. “The officials went through an adjustment there. The game was kind of up and down as far as different breaks in the game. It was a little bit like a sparring match, going back and forth. I thought our players did an excellent job of handling the situations that came up.” After Crosby’s first field goal opened the scoring at 3-0, Green Bay punter Tim Mastay put the ball on the tee to kick off. The ball fell off the tee twice, so free safety M.D. Jennings, who lined up at the end of the kickoff team, left his position to hold the ball. Referee Jerome Boger called him for an illegal formation because Jennings kneeled next to the ball to hold it until Mastay kicked it. Anyone on the kickoff team can hold the ball when it doesn’t stay on the tee when the wind knocks it off you would think. Did Mr. Boger assume that the weather in Green Bay would be calm with no wind? What was he thinking? That’s the way northern Wisconsin weather rolls in the fall. Jones should’ve had a second TD on a pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers with 3 minutes 59 seconds remaining in the game, but Carl Madsen, the replay official, ruled that he was out of bounds and didn’t keep the second foot in bounds. Jones’ left foot touched the out-of-bounds line. The ball was clearly across the goal line. The Packers settled for their last field goal of the game. With 12 games to go, the Packers are where they are after the first quarter of the regular season at 2-2. “The health of this football team is going to be very important come in November, December for us to make the kind of run we want,” Rodgers said. The Packers will make some noise in the coming weeks if their high-powered offense clicks on all cylinders. “We are a spread offense,” Rodgers said. “We’re a three-receiver offense. (Tight end) Jermicheal (Finley) adds a fourth receiver option there and we’re going to make teams declare what they’re going to do. And if they’re going to play a lot of high safeties and stay in a two-high or roll down late, we’re going to make you tackle a 230-pound back (Eddie Lacy).” Lacy had 99 tough yards in the Detroit game. If what Rodgers say is true, he’s giving advance notice to Baltimore, Cleveland, Minnesota, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Pittsburgh to get out the way or get rolled over.
By Jay Sorgi – Today’sTMJ4
The fear that comes from watching your father get hurt in an NFL game can seem to be unbearable.
When Jermichael Finley suffered a concussion in the Packers’ 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, he got a painful message from his son a short time later.
“When I came back to reality…I picked up my phone. My wife had called at least 30 times, seriously. She put my little man on the phone,” Finley said on a Vimeo video published Friday.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to play football anymore.’ That was a little hard to take, hearing a five-year-old, knowing the violence, the intensity of the game, seeing his dad walk off the field like he did.”
Finley recounted what he remembered of the play that led to the concussion, and even the weird sensation he felt and visions he had when he attempted to get up.
“As I was going out for the route, I had the safety backside, and I had the linebacker on my hip. I knew when the play was called, I knew it was coming to me…(I) didn’t necessarily see the safety on my hip. Aaron Rodgers threw the ball. I dove. After that, I felt the hit on my shoulder. After all that happened, I was unconscious,” said Finley.
“I had a knee to my head, and then I had the ground contact. I guess the ground knocked me out…all I saw was jerseys. I saw yellow pants, and I didn’t see (any) head or legs. Everybody was decapitated and my body was just on fire.”
He was able to get back to the sideline, and was taken to the locker room.
“Dr. Gray told me ‘You can do whatever you want. You can throw me across this training room if you want, but your butt is not going into that game.’ I said, ‘Actually, I do want to throw you across this locker room right now.’ But at the end of the day, I know it’s in my best interest to sit out.”
He said he still had to go through the NFL protocol, “getting my balance right, sight, remembering everything they tell me, getting my condition down right.”
Despite a major scandal involving their star player, and a losing season, the Brewers drew big support for their last home game Sunday night.
The Brewers closed out their home stand with a blast, double play and a base hit in the first.
“I’ve been looking for that kind of play against the Cardinals all season,” said Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger.
It’s been a year of distractions and injuries. It kept the team out of the playoffs for the 2013 season but through it all the fans remained faithful, 2.5 million strong.
“Given the circumstances of how we played and some off the field distractions it’s a great number and you can’t say enough about the fans,” said Schlesinger.
There’s no looking back. New and better things are planned for next year.
“We’re going to redo the outfield grass. It’s due for its biannual change and it’s a big operation,” said Schlesinger.
“And we’re looking at some other things, you know we’re going to do things that the fans are going to like,” Schlesinger said, “We’re going to do some back of the house things. We may add a chiller to increase the air conditioning in the suites and stores. You know some of the things we’re going to do it’s all about the fans.”
The fans are all over that. Some have already put this year behind them.
“Things will get better, things will improve, we look forward to next season,” said fan Marcia Hendrickson.
The Brewers finish out the season on the road in Atlanta and New York.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler is taking a grass roots approach in his “Be a Buddy not a Bully” campaign against bullying. His campaign is striving to bring professionals, teachers, parents and families together to discuss, in an open microphone format, the social problems that derive from bullying in communities, churches and schools today.
Butler will be making an appearance at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be signing autographs and taking pictures to raise money for this foundation.
There is no fee, but donations are welcomed and suggested, beginning at $5. Butler will have 8×10 photos, cookbooks and Lambeau Leap canvases available as well.
In the last six months, Butler has traveled to schools and churches throughout Wisconsin to sit down with people who are recipients of bullying tactics and those that have performed behaviors of a bullying nature.
His approach has been to bring awareness to the problem, to have an open environment for these individuals to face each other in a non-confrontational environment and to find resolution that is positive moving forward. His success in this approach has led him to want to work with other organizations, schools, churches and professionals to bring a more global awareness to this social problem.
The “Be a Buddy not a Bully” campaign would like to reach over 20 schools their first year and interview over 100 students while striving to reach 500 students within three years.
Butler’s approach is to meet with the students, faculty, parents and community in a “game show” atmosphere that allows the students to have a voice and figure out this growing social problem. The campaign will develop a $5,000.00 scholarship fund for each school that is chosen to participate. Butler also hopes this will help the parents, professionals and the faculty expose those students or community members, more promptly, who suffer in silence through depression, self mutilation or harming of one self, and through non-verbal bullying.
The approach allows the kids to learn to be leaders and not followers.
“This problem cannot be ignored any longer and it is our goal to provide a place for these kids to feel free to open up about the problem and be a leader in helping us solve this issue,” Butler said.
Butler is working with various organizations, companies and individuals to raise money to film a documentary on the effects of this social problem in our communities, society and families. Butler has funded a portion of the money needed and is working diligently to raise nearly $300,000 to complete the documentary.
If you or your company would like to contribute to the “Be a Buddy not a Bully” campaign please go to leroybutlerinc.com for more information on the Kick Starter website or to inquire more information.
by Cary Docter
GREEN BAY (WITI) — The Green Bay Packers have signed QB Seneca Wallace, released QB B.J. Coleman, and signed six players to the practice squad.
Wallace, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound 10th-year player out of Iowa State, was drafted by Seattle in the fourth round (No. 110 overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Seahawks for seven seasons (2003-09) and the Cleveland Browns for two seasons (2010-11). Wallace has played in 62 career games with 21 starts and has completed 452 of 764 passes (59.2 percent) for 4,808 yards and 31 TDs with and 18 INTs for a 81.3 passer rating. He was with the Browns during the 2012 preseason and spent time with New Orleans and San Francisco during the 2013 preseason. Wallace will wear No. 9 for the Packers.
Signed to the practice squad were G Bryan Collins, WR Charles Johnson, CB James Nixon, TE Jake Stoneburner, QB Scott Tolzien and WR Myles White.
Collins, a 6-foot-3, 301-pound rookie out of Southern Methodist, entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Houston Texans, appearing in two of the team’s preseason contests in 2013. He started 20 games during his collegiate career and earned second-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior in 2012. Collins will wear No. 68 for the Packers.
Tolzien (toll-ZEEN), a 6-foot-2, 213-pound third-year player out of the University of Wisconsin, entered the league as a non-drafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2011. Following the 2011 preseason, he was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco 49ers, where he was a member of the 53-man roster for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but did not appear in a game. Tolzien will wear No. 16 for the Packers.
The other four signees to the practice squad were with the Packers during the 2013 preseason.
Part 1 of 2 Part Series on Concussion Awareness and Treatment
by Troy Sparks
Any blow to the head, regardless of the force of impact, could lead to something minor like a headache or something major like death.
When that blow disrupts the normal cellular activity in the brain, that is what is called a concussion.
Concussions happen in contact sports such as boxing, soccer, wrestling and hockey, but in most cases, it happens in football.
And the subject of concussion awareness and its short and long-term effects was the topic of discussion in a two-part series that brought some light to a serious medical issue.
Inside the club level suites Skyy Lounge at Miller Park recently, a couple of hundred people attended the three-hour information seminar on sport-related concussions which included remarks from two medical concussion experts, a former Marquette male cheerleader and former Green Bay Packer running back Dorsey Levens.
Levens, like thousands of youths and adults who play football, knows the dangers of suffering from headaches and feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
It has been documented that a football- related concussion could lead to memory loss as players get older or someone taking his own life because it ends the suffering.
An ex-football player in his mid-20s told Levens that his “head hurts all the time. I can’t eat. I can’t think. I can’t sleep.
And I can’t afford to get healthy. And if I can’t get healthy, I’ll take care of it.” That’s the way ex-NFL players Junior Seau and Dave Duerson chose to take care of their miseries.
Neither player shot themselves in the head because it was important to them that their brains get examined to analyze how thousands of repeated contacts over the years going back to youth football could lead to post-concussion issues that included mood swings, erratic behavior and sitting in a dark room to avoid flashes of bright light that could leave them in a dizzying state.
Levens pointed out that former teammate, Packers fullback William Henderson, looked discombobulated in games.
“I don’t know how many times he would come back to the huddle with this look in his eyes,” he said. “And he’s blinking, and he’s trying to get it together.
“And it’s like, ‘C’mon big fella, I need you (to block for me).’ And about once every other game, William would go the wrong way (blocking on a running play). Brett (Favre) would always say, ‘You know that William went the wrong way.’ ”
Henderson, according to Levens, is still dealing with post-concussion issues.
Levens helped produce a film documentary, “Bell Rung,” in which he talked to former players about their experiences with concussions. “I learned how to document concussions in the NFL,” Levens said.
“When you lose track, you don’t think about it. That’s part of the game growing up. You get your bell rung, you get back in the game and that’s it.”
Everyone who’s associated with contact sports, including parents of athletes, must be aware of the concussion symptoms and have a plan in place to deal with it.
Dr. Michael McCrea, Professor and Director of the Brain Injury Research Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, estimated that there are about 3.8 million concussions every year from contact and collision sports.
In the past, a football player who got his bell wrong and felt dizzy sat out for a while and asked to go back in the game.
Now when a football player gets dinged, he isn’t allowed to return to action for the rest of that day and up to two weeks later until all symptoms of a concussion are gone.
After that athlete passes a series of concussion tests and get the medical clearance, he or she can resume competition.
In a recent study, according to McCrea, more than half of the athletes who suffered a concussion during competition (64%) took up to a week to recover from their symptoms. A complete recovery takes about 10 days from the impact of the blow.
McCrea knows how bad a high school football player wants to play in the next game after having his bell rung in a previous game.
He gives that player a 10-day layoff, which may include skipping the next game.
If that player ignores the 10-day order and convince the coach to let him play before the end of the grace period and he has another setback, then the layoff time could be up to 7 or 8 weeks, which ends the season for that player. Coaches, athletic trainers and parents should check for telltale signs of an athlete who leaves the playing area after a hit to the head.
They have to look for a dazed look, a behavioral change and a slow response to any questions they ask him/her, said Kevin Walter, Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a medical advisor to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.
That athlete with a concussion symptom is removed right away and should be observed for changes in normal habits and routines.
The kid who gets hit from helmet-to-helmet contact or gets driven to the ground head first on a tackle and lies on the ground for a minute because he got the wind knocked out of him gets up, walks to the sideline and calls it a night.
But he comes the following Tuesday, ready to practice so he can play in the next game the following Friday.
by Jazzmine Haygood–MCJ Intern
A 100-mile run/walk to raise awareness and funds for autism will be taking place July 28 at Discovery World Museum, 500 North Harbor Drive.
The event is sponsored by Athletes for Autism Foundation (A4A), an organization that offers fitness courses and nutrition guidance to autistic children and their families. They also advocate for and support autistic individuals in schools, workplaces and communities.
Ron Thompson, CEO and Founder of A4A started the organization as a way to honor the memory of his daughter Deanna Thompson, who was killed in a 2009 auto accident by a drunk driver.
Thompson says obesity and diabetes is a problem for many autistic children. Parents compensate for their struggle with their children’s autism by feeding them fast food, thinking they’re offering their children a comfort zone through food.
‘We’re helping change the lives of autistic children just through exercise and nutrition,” Thompson said proudly.
The run will feature Yahminah McIntosh, the mother of an autistic son. She is running and walking from Milwaukee to Madison August 2-4.
For the first two days, McIntosh will be running 33 miles daily. But on the last day she will run 34 miles.
For a normal marathon runner a three-day run would be a piece of cake. But for McIntosh it’s anything but. She has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a long-term autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. The underlying cause of autoimmune diseases is not fully known. SLE is much more common in women than men. It may occur at any age, but appears most often in people between the ages of 10 and 50. African Americans and Asians are affected more often than people from other races.
“My doctor told me I would stop walking at 30,” McIntosh said. Not only is she 38 and walking, but running.
McIntosh is not just an international marathon runner but an inspirational writer, poet, motivational speaker, mentor, minister, artist, entrepreneur, radio host, and a lupus and autism advocate. She is the founder of SURVIVAH, The Judaism Shalom Project, and People Having a Mutual Love for Inspiration (P.H.A.M.L.I.).
SURVIVAH is an organization with a mission to inspire, celebrate and raise awareness and meet the needs of individuals affected by trauma, domestic violence, suicide, bullying and health issues.
The Judaism Shalom Project is a lecture and resource based collective that raises awareness, shares resources, educates and empowers families affected by autism, with hopes of creating a more helpful and informed community.
P.H.A.M.L.I. is a movement with a divine purpose to motivate, empower, educate and unite ALL people without exclusion.
McIntosh’s goal is to aid in changing the world one heart and mind at a time.
“The only way that each one can teach one, is if were willing to step outside of ourselves to reach one,” McIntosh said.