Clay Matthews “got a lit­tle boo boo on his nose”

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It is prob­a­bly not a good sign of things to come when a star de­fen­sive player gets hurt dur­ing OTAs and he isn’t even par­tic­i­pat­ing in them.

Pack­ers line­backer Clay Matthews took a liner to the face off the bat of of­fen­sive line­man Lu­cas Pa­trick while Matthews was toe­ing the slab in the Green & Gold Char­ity Soft­ball Game on Sat­ur­day.

And so The Clay­maker took a hay­maker to the beak and suf­fered a bro­ken nose.

This de­vel­op­ment oc­curred at the most un­for­tu­nate time. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t there and he is a doc­tor now.

The footage of the mishap has been shown so much that it al­most ranks up there with the Zapruder film.

Matthews, for­tu­nately, lived to tweet about the in­ci­dent. And it was down­played at the time. Wide re­ceiver Da­vante Adams up­dated ev­ery­one at the game by say­ing Clay “got a lit­tle boo boo on his nose.”

Just a lit­tle boo boo. Thank good­ness Matthews’ snot­locker isn’t the size of Jimmy Du­rante’s.

So he will not be land­ing a Kleenex en­dorse­ment any­time soon. And he’s lucky he wasn’t smacked in the schnoz while Rodgers was wildly swing­ing a golf club try­ing to nail an in­sect.

In­quir­ing minds want to know why Matthews was play­ing soft­ball since his knee wasn’t deemed good enough for the patty-cake patty-cake work­outs known as the OTAs. Nobody nose — err knows. Well, we all know that these OTAs are clas­si­fied as vol­un­tary any­way. Wink. Wink.

Adams, who was the pitcher of record for his team against Matthews’ charges, took to hurl­ing from be­hind a screen the rest of the way. At least they were work­ing on the screen plays.

Head coach Mike McCarthy was left to clean up the mess and said he was OK with play­ers tak­ing part in a char­ity soft­ball game. And he wasn’t go­ing to over­re­act. And — be­lieve it or not — he had al­ready bro­ken down the film.

“I think he needs to work on his off­hand, mitt side, on the re­lease of the ball,” McCarthy said with tongue in cheek. “That’s what the tape showed me.”

The OTAs had been mov­ing along smoothly be­fore Matthews’ honker was vi­o­lated.

In fact, the Pack­ers went out and signed yet another free agent. Stop the in­san­ity.

Sure enough, tight end Marcedes Lewis sur­faced in Green Bay and did not leave be­fore putting his John Han­cock on a con­tract and dis­play­ing his comic stylings.

“My flight was at 5:30,” Lewis said. “I signed a con­tract at 5. And good thing the air­port is hella small, you know what I mean? I got to the air­port at 5:20, walked in and sat in my seat.”

If you are scor­ing at home, Green Bay has a lot more to of­fer than snow.

“Win­ning,” Lewis said. “And no air­port traf­fic.”

Lewis, by the way, nose — oops — knows what he will be do­ing now that he is gain­fully em­ployed by the Green Bay Pack­ers. “I block very well,” he said. Maybe he can show some of his new team­mates how to do that.

The soft­ball game did pro­duce some glorious mo­ments.

Davon House turned back new quar­ter­back DeShone Kizer in the Home Run Derby. Kizer socked 11 cir­cuit clouts dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing round. You al­ways like a quar­ter­back who can go deep.

And the day did have a happy end­ing. The char­ity won.

In ad­di­tion, Robert Tonyan hit a walk-off home run to give the Matthews squad to a 10-9 vic­tory over Adams’ charges.

You mean they won by a nose? Tweet in mouth dis­ease

Our long lost friend Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall cre­ated quite a stir last week.

And just wait un­til the folks in Cleve­land see him at­tempt to cover some­one.

Ran­dall, in his in­fi­nite wis­dom, threw a tweet out there say­ing, “If the Cleve­land Cava­liers win the 2018 NBA fi­nals I’ll buy ev­ery­one who retweet’s this a jersey...”

A lot of peo­ple retweeted this be­cause the only free thing they get is the white pages on their front porch.

There were well over a mil­lion peo­ple that retweeted it.

This would cost our man Da­mar­i­ous over $40 mil­lion. His base salary for this sea­son will be $1,090,381.

As it turned out, he wasn’t se­ri­ous. Much like his pass cov­er­age.

“I def­i­nitely didn’t think it would go as vi­ral as it did,” he said. “I def­i­nitely didn’t think the Cleve­land fan base would go this crazy about it. Ob­vi­ously, it was a joke, but just to know how pas­sion­ate this fan base is, I mean, it’s just re­ally en­cour­ag­ing.”

One can only imag­ine Da­mar­i­ous putting on a Golden State jersey be­fore he plopped down to watch the games. See that bas­ket! See that rim! Come on Steph, put it in!

VineLines

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Nor­man Chad, syn­di­cated colum­nist: “Ben Roeth­lis­berger is un­der fire for kind of in­ti­mat­ing he won’t be help­ful to rookie quar­ter­back Ma­son Ru­dolph. I know foot­ball is a team sport and art is not, but you think Henri Matisse gave Pablo Pi­casso end­less post­mod­ernist paint­ing tips for the good of the cul­ture?”

Sea­hawks broad­caster Steve Raible on the late Chuck Knox’s su­per­sti­tion of chang­ing road ho­tels if his team had lost there the pre­vi­ous sea­son: “We stayed every place but the YWCA in Kansas City.”...

Co­me­dian Ar­gus Hamil­ton: “The NFL just slapped a 15-yard penalty on play­ers who don’t watch Fox News in their ho­tel room.”...

Dwight Perry of the Seat­tle Times: “The cheer squad for the CFL’s B.C. Lions is called — we kid you not — the Fe­lions.”...

RON PAGE / USA TO­DAY-WIS­CON­SIN

Pack­ers line­backer Clay Matthews is hit by a line drive while pitch­ing dur­ing the Green & Gold Char­ity Soft­ball Game on Sat­ur­day.

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