December 3rd, 2017 at 1:15 PM ^

It sounds like the charges designed to take out the main steel structural columns didn’t go off at all, just those designed to collapse the concrete facade. So not a lot of chance the structure is going to come down without those columns being deliberately cut.


December 3rd, 2017 at 11:11 AM ^

It was circa 1995, and the drum was beating again for Fontes’s dismissal. The Lions were off to a horrible start and the piranhas in the media and the frustrated callers to talk radio were nailing the coach to the cross. It was not an atypical thing during Fontes’s tenure.

“That’s OK,” Fontes said on radio, or TV, or maybe both. “I’m the Big Buck. Everyone is aiming for me. Everyone wants to take down the Big Buck.”…


December 3rd, 2017 at 12:30 PM ^

If there is an upside, it was the jokes on Twitter when it became clear that what was supposed to happen did not happen and probably wasn't going to happen in the near term (hours, days.....who knows). 

I will say this - it is the first time that a letdown at the Silverdome inspired feelings of nostalgia rather than irritation. 


December 3rd, 2017 at 12:48 PM ^

"Immediately it looked like...all the kicker charges went off and (we) didn't know until we went in there and found the shaped charges didn't go off on the eight columns,"

He went on to say that they'd had trouble getting unauthorized people out of the structure, which makes me wonder why they didn't do any final double-checking of the lines.

Bando Calrissian

December 3rd, 2017 at 2:32 PM ^

I really hope this thing sits out there for days like some kind of short-term Centralia, Pennsylvania, a victim of its own hubris, burning and on the verge of collapse at any moment, with nothing anyone can do about it.