Friday, December 15, 2006

Dont Lose at Lambeau

Lambeau field is one of those awe inspiring sporting arenas, like Indianapolis or Talladega for racing, like the Madison Square Garden of old for basketball. It was popularized in NFL films from the 1960's when Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers were a powerhouse on the frozen tundra. With global warming and a suprise "heat wave" rolling through the midwest this is not going to be your grandfathers favrite match. The Detroit Lions have lost every game they have played on the now famous field since 1991. Now 15 years and they are returning looking to break that streak. Normally other teams do not fare well in the Packers home stadium due to thier die hard fans and a cold most other players are not used to, a cold that most teams do not have to deal with.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

With no shot, you better play hard

With a 4 game losing streak the Detroit Lions, having no shot at the playoffs, need to pull out their A game. Now is the time when Head Coach Rod Marinelli will be watching the field to see who will perform for the team when the chips are down. These final games are also used as a building block for next season. The games might not count for the playoffs but they are still counted in the books and the confidence level the team as a whole needs to move forward. Marinelli is not looking for raw talent, he is looking for those that will put in the extra effort for the team who is under a new coaching staff and a new style of play. Take for example, Mike Furry who has spent his past several years in the arena football and XFL leagues just to keep playing. That is the type of dedication Marinelli is wanting to see when the teams season stand at a measly 2 wins and 10 losses. That is the type of dedication this team needs to pull together not only for next season but for this weekend as the Detroit Lions meet the Minnesota Vikings on the home turf of Ford Field.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lions Fall Short

The Detroit Lions fell 7 points short today in their game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Lions took an 18-13 lead into the 4th quarter, but the defense could not prevent Tom Brady and the Patriots offense from scoring 15 points in that quarter. This is the fourth straight loss for the Lions, but with the Minnesota Vikings coming to town next week maybe that can all change if they can play 4 complete quarters.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Michigan and Football Have Lost an Icon

I just heard the news of the sudden passing of Bo Schembechler, who will always be the coach I associate with Michigan football. His heart attack was of course untimely, although not completely shocking since he had had bypass surgery and was recently back in the hospital with related problems. But tomorrow is the date of the annual event that continues to conjure up the memory of Bo and his one-time mentor and later arch-rival, Ohio State's Woody Hays.

What a game that is going to be! No matter how either team is doing throughout the football season, anything can happen in this classic rivalry. But in 2006, we will be seeing the nations's top-ranked Buckeyes vs. the #2 Wolverines. Bo, you'll be there in our hearts and memories.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Detroit Lions’ Better-Than-Usual Day

Yesterday was a nice day for an upset. If you were a Detroit Lions fan, not if you were the much-lauded Michael Vick. From the fumble on the first drive, to the interception in the 2nd quarter, both of which ended up with Kevin Jones in the endzone, I loved watching the Atlanta Falcons come unglued. Roy Williams’ TD in the 4th was the capper for me—60 yards and 6 more points.

It’s not like the Falcons were so terrible and the Lions were overpowering. They were just okay—and we were better!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lions Home Watching the World Series

This coming Sunday would have been the perfect day to skip football and focus on baseball, not something I do very often. But it is pretty amazing--the St. Louis Rams had a bye week last week, allowing their fans to watch Game 2 of the Series. (Aww, too bad, St. Louis lost.)

I wasn't really hoping to be watching Game 7 on the 29th, but it would be great if the Tigers could be home at Comerica when they win. Now the weather has thrown a monkeywrench into the whole schedule. Game 4 (in St. Louis) got rained out last night and tonight doesn't look any more promising. I don't know how they're going to finish up the Series if the rain keeps dumping.

Sure hope they don't end up playing on Halloween.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Buffalo Bills glad to visit Detroit

The Buffalo Bills must be the happiest people in their town -- because they're not in their town. They're here in Detroit to face off against our Lions at Ford Field tomorrow, not sitting in the dark back in Buffalo. We all live in the snow belt, and we all know how to deal with that. But nobody's ready for it in mid-October. And when the power goes fun!

(I'm hoping for a football game the fans in Buffalo wouldn't want to be watching on TV anyway!)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The apocolypse is near

Proof of this? The Saints won their first two and here we are looking down the barrel of no wins. There is something wrong with that on a very deep level. Its easy for keyboard quarterbacks to assess the right and wrong and point out ppls failures. What seems odd to me is this team obviously has talent yet here we are winless, hopefully Kitna and Roy Williams will give us another show. For those that I haven't gotten back to, the 914 is almost up and running w00t!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Not the Streak the Detroit Lions Want

Four and Oh-oh-oh. This is not what Rod Marinelli was hoping for either. But I say today's game against the Rams at St. Louis showed we Lions can stay in the game. Maybe for only 56, I didn't say that! We caved at the end, but we kept up our end of the see-saw battle, and real close to the end the Lions were up 34-33. That was exciting even if ultimately frustrating.

I'm looking for our breakthrough next week, when we head off to Minnesota to take on the Vikings; they lost today to the Buffalo Bills (17-12), so at 2 and 2, they don't look too scary.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

If school can go year round, why can’t sports?

Well this summer did not start off as nicely as I had hoped it would. I figured the Detroit Pistons would win the NBA Championship and I would be so elated I could ride the high all the way into football season. Unfortunately I ended up having to turn to the World Cup, Wimbledon and Tigers baseball to fill the void left by the Pistons fall from playoff glory. While I have been sufficiently entertained the past few weeks I have no idea how to spend the rest of this off-season.

On a more positive note: My girlfriend scored Nickelback tickets for their show July 22nd at Joe Louis Arena. That should be fun.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Detroit Lions Strength on the Sidelines

Lions fans are, of course, waiting for the kickoff on August 11th--the Denver Broncos will be here to launch the preseason. But before that date, there is a lot of serious football groundwork being laid. I know, I know, changing head coaches has been tried before here, several times. But I think that the tough-minded Rod Marinelli may just be the right fit. I'm also impressed that we'll have Mike Martz, who was head coach for the St. Louis Rams, taking charge of the offense and Donnie Henderson sparking the defense. I'm not saying we have tons of talent on our roster, but I think we do have some coaches who should know how to guide and inspire the players we've got.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Nothing personal guys. Its just business.

The Detroit Lions have lost Big Daddy. Defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson was released by the Lions and will be missed like a father-figure by the defensive linemen he leaves behind. Shaun Cody says he learned a lot from Wilkinson in the 2005 season and feels it will be difficult to fill the void he leaves behind. When players develop such camaraderie it is difficult to watch them separated by the business of the game.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Linebacker Sims Joins Motor City Crew

The Detroit Lions owner Rod Marinelli appeared this morning in a press conference welcoming Ernie Sims to the team. He was selected ninth overall and is just what we needed and more. Marinelli says he was chosen for his fire and ambition. According to him he is intense on the field and off so it seems that we should expect great things from Sims this season.

Monday, April 10, 2006

I’ve got the Detroit Lions football blues.

I haven’t been able to get my mind off football since the season ended. With Detroit hosting the Super Bowl the excitement level was ultimately high and I don’t feel like I have come down. I am trying to get my mind off the Detroit Lions and onto the Tigers with training camp over and the season started. I just can’t seem to focus enough to eve get my fantasy team rolling this year. I suppose it is because I had a glimmer of hope that the Lions are getting better and could be on the road to a winning season in the near future.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Lions signing away during free agency blitz.

The Detroit Lions are looking hard for some good players to round out this team in 2006. We have re-signed some key players like Kalimba Edwards and have acquired some gems like tight end Dan Campbell, whom we signed to a 5 year deal. Are there any rumors about future acquisitions out there?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Martz, a Step in the Right Direction

The Detroit Lions have hired Mike Martz to be their new offensive coordinator. Head coach Rod Marinelli has said that he feels Mike Martz has a great talent for moving the football and especially a keen aptitude for running the football, which he demonstrated as head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Motor City Hosts Super Bowl

While I am disappointed that I won’t be watching the Detroit Lions play, I am not going to give up on my quest to buy some Super Bowl tickets. It is nice because this year the season didn’t end for Detroit fans on the first day of January. We get to have the Super Bowl in our city and any fan would be crazy not to want to go. I am hoping to see a battle between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Lions Secretive About Head Coach Prospects

Like many NFL teams this year, the Detroit Lions are on the hunt for a new head coach. Matt Millen went public saying he was looking but will not divulge whom he is looking at. I guess it’s not smart to give out that information early because some candidates may have jobs with other NFL teams. It is just a matter of weeks before they will tell us everything and make a selection but I am still crawling the net looking for answers to all my doubts and questions. This is such an important quest for this team because the Detroit Lions need a great coach to lead them to a winning season in 2006.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Lions Play Hard Against Steelers

I don’t understand where our offense has been hiding all season. They came out on New Years day with 308 yards total for the game and 21 points. I can’t understand why we couldn’t have played like that all season but felt it was a positive note to end on at least. It is crazy that the Lions could do that against one of the better defensive units in the NFL. The Steelers had only allowed an average of 12 points in their recent games, making our performance on Sunday even more amazing. Hopefully with some good draft picks we can build on what we learned this year and win some more games in the 2006 season.