When he refers to the Lions #2 WR, he's referring to Kris Durham, who was Stafford's roommate at Georgia.
Saturday Night Football: ATL vs DET Open Thread
I like Gruden, but he was acting like a complete dick towards the end of that game.
The Lions need new ownership. Sadly, that's never going to happen. I could easily see Megatron going the way of Barry Sanders: just one more elite, once in a generation talent that quits during the prime of his career because he's tired of playing for a team that does nothing but lose.
Schwartz is worthless. That is all.
My news years resolution is to give up watching the lions.
Teo anyone? I feel bad for Calvin, just like Barry before him, he deserves better... actually any Lions fan who wasn't alive in the 1950's deserves better : (
Do me a favor, as an alumnus of Michigan, to root for my Skins to close out the season with two wins against the Eagles and Cowboys. Thank you!
I will. At least your team is exciting and fun to watch.
Change the team name and colors. Hire Andy Reid. Trade Stafford. And for the love of god, run the ball.
said at his first press conference? "we are going to run the ball, and
stop the run in this division." Can we do either of those things? We are not terrible against the run but i would not say we stop it and we sure as heck can't run it.
What defines affiliation when it comes to professional sports? Do you live in Detroit yourself? I'd guess not. You root for the team simply because you grew up somewhere in Michigan and/or your Dad was a Lions fan. If you'd grown up in KC or Seattle or Tampa you'd most likely be a Chiefs or Seahawks or Bucs fan. Sports fandom is just a form of competitive tribalism—my family versus your family—and it's every bit as irrational and arbitrary. Are people only allowed to root for the professional team that's closest to where they reside?
I grew up in Grosse Pointe (but a long way from the mansion in Grosse Pointe Shores that Ford has lived in for decades) and being a Lions fan was natural at the time because my Dad was, and the Lions were one of the strongest NFL franchises in the late 50s and early 60s when I started paying attention to football. That all changed in '64 when Ford bought the franchise, and they started their slide into mediocrity and then incompetence. I was already disenchanted by the time they moved to the Silverdome in '75, and since I despise football played in a dome I fell still further away from fandom. By the mid-80s I stopped rooting for the Lions entirely, and I've seen no reason whatsoever in the subsequent 25 years to start rooting for them again.
That didn't mean I didn't have other teams to root for. Because I spent most of my summers in Colorado as a kid, I started following the Broncos, since I would follow their training camp and exhibition exploits in the Denver Post. I rooted for them long before they were Super Bowl contenders with Elway. I became a Pats fan because my Dad lived in the Boston area for over a decade and Brady had joined the team. I now root for the Bears because I love Chicago and love the fact they still play outside on grass in a venerable old structure that's now an architectural oddity (or atrocity, depending on your view). I'm not going to be a fan of a franchise that has been so atrociously run for 50 years of my life. That would be a masochistic endorsement of incompetence.
It's unfortunate for Detroit fans that it was Ford who bought the Lions, instead of Ralph Wilson, who's been the owner of the Bills since the AFL was founded in 1960. The Bills were AFL champions in '64 and '65, and went to 4 Super Bowls in a row in the late 80s and early 90s. Ironically enough, Wilson has also maintained a permanent residence in GP Shores for decades.
You live in the area. That is where you went to school, where you grew up, and often, where you work and met your spouse. The emotional connections are often deep and profound.
In relation to a sports team, the emotional connection comes with years spent cheering for the team alongside a loved one--most often a father. The fandom is an inheritance of sorts that passes from one generation to the next.
We all are tribal in some form or another. Whether it is political ideology, religion, or a sports team, we humans willing lump ourselves into a group.
I'm a Lions fan. I'll still cheer the team no matter what happens because I love football and they are the team that I have grown up watching. No team can give me the fond memories of watching Barry run or Spielman tackling because no team can give me the memories of watching these games with my dad or the years I emotionally invested in the team.
It's easy to cheer for another team besides the local losers. Any person can do that. But the loyal person, no matter how irrational they seem to be, is always a more virtuous than the person who forsakes that team to cheer teams who win all the time.
Yep. That's what made the '04 Pistons title so satisfying. Don's just an unloyal, pessimistic curmudgeon. The next time I hear him say something positive will be the first.
next wide reciever, then you guys will see. Their opponents won't be able to cover two good wide outs and the Lions will march down the field.
Big deal.The Lions' defense won't be able to stop their opponents from doing the same.
The Lions need offensive linemen and defensive backs.
A running back, moar offensive linemen, linebackers, defensive linemen, wide receivers, defensive backs, and a tightend that can catch the ball. But that's all really, not too many needs....
I believe ( at least hope ) there was some sarcasm in that statement.
The Matt Millen strategy. That worked well in the past.
Lions need MOAR Manball!
I saw on ESPN that the Lions' SOS is the highest in the league. Not only do they play in a tough division but it seems like they get the best of the rest Pats, Texans, 49ers, et al. Will there be any adjustment next year? How does NFL scheduling work?
You play an entire AFC and non NFC North division every year. This year we got the AFC South and the NFC West and then they have 6 games within the division so that's 14 games right there, and I believe the last 2 teams you play are derived from similar records from the previous year, hence Atlanta (10-6 last year) and Philadelphia (8-8).
If the rotation continues as it does the Lions will face the AFC North next year along with the NFC East, so it's not going to much easier next year. My biggest beef with the Lions schedule is why on earth do they get the best team in the league every Thanksgiving? Can't we get an average team for once on Turkey Day? PLEASE!?!?!?
Yeah I have had enough of the Patriots, Packers or Texans on Thanksgiving. So maybe next year we can get the Raiders or Eagles again, as similar record fillers, on Thanksgiving?
Try watching that game as a Falcons fan...or in fact ANY Falcons game this year as a Falcons fan...and wait for the commentary team to say something complimentary or positive about the season the team is having. If it is possible for a team that has secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs to fly under the radar to the point where they can play the Bill Simmons' "Nobody believed in us" motivational card, the 2012 Falcons are the team to do it.
Congrats to Megatron, though...the record may be a bigger accomplishment than being named All-American at Tech with Reggie Ball as his QB, but I'm not sure it's more impressive.