If you're going to drop the ball, Jermichael Finley...
Katie Klein, Packers contributor
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CREATED Sep. 10, 2013
Week one is behind us and oh, and the agony of defeat.
In the bummer 34-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, fingers were pointed, names were called, referees fubarred calls and balls were dropped.
Now, Packers fans are pretty hearty and while this loss certainly stung like a bee, we’re not going to lose all hope now, are we?
Of course not.
But if the Packers’ offensive line is going to drop balls, may I recommend taking the Jermichael Finley route.
I'll b donating $500 4 every dropped pass this season 2 One Fund Boston. Now fans can cheer & boo me @ the same time! Also giving $500/TD!— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) April 18, 2013
Finley’s Twitter proclamation was made back in April and boy, oh boy did he deliver last week!
I believe between the dropped pass and touchdown, which equals a cool $1,000 for the week donated to One Fund Boston.
Whether or not this is foreshadowing a rollercoaster of a 2013-14 season, only time will tell, but this is a brilliant social media move by Jermichael.
Why is this brilliant? Two reasons actually.
Whether Jermichael and his camp realize this or not this tweet was a bold move.
Every single Twitter user has the ability to hold him accountable for paying up at the end of the season.
Because of the public nature of Twitter, followers and non-followers alike are able to see this post, keep a tally of dropped balls and touchdowns, and remind Jermichael of his commitment to the cause, ultimately, helping to keep Jermichael honest in his declaration.
2. Making lemonade out of lemons.
Let’s be real here.
Jermichael knows (as do the Packers’ faithful) that a dropped pass is an unfortuante part of the game (and often comes at the worst possible moments), and some players have more issues with this than others.
So why not turn those dropped balls into something good?
He’s setting a great example of turning a negative into a positive here.
While realistically he’s going to hate dropping a laser pass from Rodgers (and we’ll swear at our TV’s as it happens), at least a greater purpose benefits from it.
Now some may call this move by Finley self-serving.
I call it adding a spicy and beneficial touch to inevitability.
So, grab your abacuses or pens and paper, and open your Twitter account; it’s time to start logging some hash marks!
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Katie Klein joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a regular What’s Hot contributor in December 2010. She is currently the digital and social media strategist at Boelter + Lincoln Marketing Communications in Milwaukee.