Haven't seen this posted yet, but Cliff Christl reveals who actually shot Dan Devine's dog -- and that "...When I retired from the newspaper business 30 some years later, he was still the strangest, most devious and most paranoid coach I covered."
Don Banks at SI opines about Mark Cubans's previous prediction that the NFL has gotten too big for its britches
The Arrogance from the owners and their minions will be their downfall...
"Where are the owners, who get to hold the shiny trophy aloft on a confetti-strewn Super Bowl stage, but beg off from taking the stage in front of the cameras and the microphones when the lights get too bright and the questions too hot to handle?"
And to add more fuel to the Arrogance file, here's a partial list of what the almighty NFL demands from potential Super Bowl hosts
And the NFL requires their demands to remain confidential so the peasants don't get a whiff of the excrement they are shoveling
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It happened again on Sunday against Carolina, and as much as the Panthers' defense had a lot to do with it, there is reason to be concerned about Detroit's run game right now.
A season after both Reggie Bush and Joique Bell both rushed for over 500 yards -- and Bush had more than 1,000 yards rushing -- the Lions appear to be stuck in neutral rushing the ball. This is especially true early in games.
In the opener, the Lions had 15 yards on 13 carries in the first half. Against Carolina on Sunday, the Lions had 29 yards on 12 carries -- once again struggling to move the ball on the ground in the first half. It has turned the Lions at least somewhat one-dimensional early, which could be an issue if they can't rectify it.
"We have to be more effective running the ball, yes definitely, 100 percent, because the run and the pass go hand-in-hand," Bush said. "If your run game is not effective, then it is going to affect the pass. We need to do a better job as running backs and as a team, too, just run the ball better."
So far, the Lions have averaged 73 yards rushing a game -- 28th in the NFL heading into the Sunday night game. The 3.04 yards per carry is 29th in the league. It's only been two games, but neither Bell (87 yards) nor Bush (41 yards) has hit over 100 yards for the season yet.
That should be concerning for an offense that wants balance both in who it is throwing to and at least a little bit more in how well they run the ball.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Detroit Lions might have a kicking conundrum for the second straight season.
Rookie Nate Freese, who won the job during the preseason, missed two more field goals Sunday. He is now 2 of 5 on the season and his job could in a little bit of peril.
“We’re not going to make any rash decisions now five minutes after the game’s over,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “We certainly want to take a look at all of our options and see where we’d like to go from here.”
Injuries an issue at Corner:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Detroit Lions have lost a starting cornerback for the second straight week - and Nevin Lawson might be out for a long time.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Lawson dislocated his left foot during the third quarter helping on punt return coverage and was immediately carted off the field. Caldwell said he was in surgery already following the Lions' 24-7 loss to Carolina.
"We're praying for the young man," Caldwell said.
Caldwell said the team will wait for the prognosis following surgery before making any other decisions on him. The Lions do not have their injured reserve/designated to return tag left this season because the team used it on rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy before the first game of the season.
Lawson had been put in the starting lineup this week to replace Bill Bentley, who was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL on Monday against the New York Giants. The Lions promoted Nate Ness from the practice squad to replace Bentley.
The Lions will be very tough at home. Yesterday, Carolina took away Tate and it slowed down their offense quite a bit. Doubled CJ and the run game went nowhere. Still, with that D line I am really hoping Bulaga is back. Sherrod indoors on turf/fake grass is rather concerning. On the flip side, looks like the Lions will have major issues at CB and their kicker is off to a pretty bad start.
This is going to be a close game. IMO, the Packers are going to need to rack up >35 points. Perhaps with that injured secondary, it's doable.
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