Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel brought us the story today – it’s the story of tough love and one that again involves Chastin West, the Packers wide receiver who electrified the Lambeau Field crowd last Friday night by catching a pass down the right sideline and streaking 97 yards for the touchdown.
But Dunne’s story gives a different angle … One that only a mom might understand.
That’s because that’s on whom the story focuses.
Cathy West, Chastin’s mother, isn’t impressed with her son’s accomplishments so far … and that’s been the case for as long as he’s been playing football.
Her modus operandi has been to not attend a game until she feels he is good enough. So far, he’s not to that point yet with the Packers.
“That’s when I know I’ve arrived — when she comes,” West was quoted as saying in Dunne’s story. “That’s what she’s done my entire life. Baseball. Basketball. Football. Whatever. She says, ‘Until you get good, that’s when I’ll come.’”
It doesn’t matter that West had five receptions for 134 yards including that 97-yard touchdown.
Given the fact that West still faces long odds to even make the team, Cathy West may never see her son play in Green Bay. The team is probably sure to keep five receivers, but whether they keep six will depend on player moves at other positions … It could come down to a numbers crunch and West may be caught in the middle.
His hope is that the numbers don’t catch up to him and that his mother has the opportunity to see him play in green and gold.