Lions’ birthday greeting 3 months late

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We’re all prone to mistakes on social media. Even @freepsports, our Twitter account (shameless plug alert, go follow us!).

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That said, the Lions’ Twitter account (@Lions) made a humorous goof Sunday morning that had linebacker Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) scratching his head.

The Lions tweeted their birthday wishes to Van Noy at 9 a.m. Sunday, which seemed harmless except for one minor detail: It wasn’t Van Noy’s birthday. It wasn’t even close to Van Noy’s birthday.

Van Noy’s birthday is actually March 26, which he pointed out to a fan on Twitter. Then, he tweeted: “Should I feel dumb that the @Lions couldn’t get my birthday right?? Especially when I write it down over and over on paper work? Hahaha.”

Thankfully, the Lions owned up to their mistake instead of deleting the original tweet, wishing Van Noy a “happy belated* birthday!” instead.

And Van Noy appreciated it: “Thanks! It’s the thought that counts!”

We have a happy ending. But we can’t help but wonder one question: How did the Lions get June 19 mixed up with March 26?

One other Lion does have a birthday March 26: Fellow linebacker DeAndre Levy.

Lesson from Calvin Johnson’s father
Tim Alberta, a Lions fan in Washington, D.C., thought he was going to a typical preseason game when he took his friend, Bill, to see the Lions play the Redskins in exhibition last year.

It turned out to be the experience of a lifetime when he realized he secured seats next to Calvin Johnson’s father, Calvin Sr.

Alberta wrote all about it in a compelling Father’s Day column on Sports Illustrated, “Life Lessons from an NFL Father.”

At one point in their short conversation, Alberta asked Calvin Sr. while they were watching the game: “What the secret to being a good father?”

Calvin Sr.’s response, without hesitation: “Be there for your kids. Just be there for them.”

Simple, yet powerful.

“Lions fans had long known that in an era of divas and drug users and domestic violators, Calvin Johnson was a gentleman superstar,” Alberta wrote. “Now, chatting with his father, I understood why.”

Contact Brian Manzullo: bmanzullo@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianManzullo.

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