LBS- Appearing Wednesday on Around the NFL, the 31-year-old receiver revealed that he will continue to sport the beloved piece of apparel in Saturday’s Divisional Round game against the Cardinals despite the sunny conditions slated for kickoff.
“I wear the hoodie in practice. They always say practice how you play. So I said I’m going to wear the hoodie out in the game,” said Jones per Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. “I guess it’s like a good luck charm now, but it all started off just to keep me warm.”
Let me be clear, I have nothing against James Jones or his decision to wear a sweatshirt under his jersey while he plays. That might make what I am about to say sound even worse. I want - no - need James Jones to get tackled by his hood in the most crucial of situations this weekend. If you asked for my best case scenario for how the game were to end I hope cross my fingers for James Jones to get flung down by his hood at the 1 yard line down 6 points as time expired. Not only because that would make for incredible theatre and one hell of a postgame interview, but because James Jones would have to be true asshole to wear something that makes it easier to bring him down in a game played under a dome in Arizona. I truly feel like a move that stupid would have to be cosmically punishable by heartbreaking loss.
And let's put an end to this "good luck charm" sham before it even gains any steam. To my recollection, James Jones hoodie didn't make it's first appearance until the midpoint of the season, and the Packers SUCKED the second half of the year. Even if we are just talking from a personal standpoint - which seems incredibly selfish to me - a couple more catches and an additional 30 receiving yards a game hardly constitutes something becoming lucky. In face, if those numbers are considered lucky then I could just as easily say that his hood's inability to get in the end zone is extremely unlucky. Why don't you teach that charm of yours how to cross the goal line James? As I understand the game of football touchdowns seem rather important, especially when you are playing a high scoring team on the road in the playoffs. Surely the Cardinals would sign up for one of the Packers most dangerous receiving threats showing up to a game played in perfect conditions like he's headed into the arctic. Surely they would rather he collect 80 empty yards on a handful catches then actually put points on the board. A certain amount of good luck may be necessary to winning a championship, but not when it is completely fabricated in your head and could only have a negative impact on a game that very well may require a perfect performance on behalf of Green Bay.