End of the Year Top 10 List of Doom

What am I counting down? WHAT EVER I WANT TO COUNTDOWN!

10. The Lions Madden Controller was cute, but I couldn’t laugh at it because it misspelled “Weird” as w-i-e-r-d. I understand the “I” before “E” except after “C” should have come into play with this one, but it didn’t.

9. Tim Tebow and the New York Jets… Read: Back-up/3rd string QB and the second fiddle major market team or Publicity Stunt and the Guy who has a foot fetish.

8.Clear Channel is to Radio what Hostess is to the Twinkie.

7.Tomas Holmstrom still hasn’t announced his retirement.

6. Calvin Johnson’s record (Formerly Jerry Rice’s) should be no less respected than Barry’s. Hearing Detroit sports radio callers say it was easier made me wish Clear Channel owned both sports stations in town.

5.When the NHL returns it will be without Nick Lidstrom and you’re still mad he won’t take a hometown discount. Think we can convince him to be motivated play 50 some odd games?

4. Maybe I’ll just take a knee here.

3. Will the NHL or Fiscal Cliff get solved? Which do you think happens first?

2. The Ilitches are still filthy rich. Detroit and its government are just lousy at running a city. (duh)

1. The USA and Canada play Sunday Morning at 4:30am EST on NHL Network and NHL.com, and I plan to wake up/ stay up to watch. Your move lock-out.

0. That’s how many more Piston games I am going to watch this year.

NFL and HGH Testing: The NFL’s next scandal?

Through all the Lions hoopla this weekend, I just came across this tweet by the Lions’ Lawrence Jackson:
 
Lawrence Jackson ‏@LoJackson94: I’ve read a lot about the HGH testing issue with the NFL right now and…they need to go ahead and get started with that…like yesterday.
 
I don’t think it would be ANY surprise if the NFL was found to be deeply rooted with HGH use. Would it change the way you look at the league?
Should they start testing? and is this a matter of players being TOO strong?

A Truly Dizzying Intellect. (Lions Logic)

I am not usually a gut feeling kind of guy. I don’t ignore my gut, but I generally like to factor in numbers and history before making a prediction.

That just doesn’t feel right this game. HA!

The Lions are not the same old Lions….but this upcoming game with the Packers feels all too familiar.

Heading into the game, word on the street is that the Lions will probably get roasted, and who am I to argue? I ‘m the guy who thought the Packers without Matt Flynn was a lock, once upon a time. Boy did that blow up in my face.

Still, my internal optimism machine built with a Lions logo on it reminds me the Packers are missing significant pieces of their defensive backfield.

Stafford and Johnson could hook up a TON!

How can you pick against the Lions?

Wait!.. is Aaron Rogers still playing?

Hmm… Ya, he’s never been super successful against the Lions. In fact we’ve knocked him around pretty good.

They’ve lost to the Titans, so we know the Lions can’t be very smart.

but they beat up Michael Vick the Eagles, so the Lions must be a little bit strong.

So I can’t pick the Lions, because that’s what you expect me to pick!

But I can’t pick the Packers, because surely you thought I would pick against what I actually wanted to pick, so the pick that I pick can’t be the pick you thought I would pick.

You know what they say, never bet on the Lions when football is involved.

Therefore I pick the Lions, because I’ve spent years building up an immunity to them.

Lions 27, Packers 24.

And because I watched the Princess Bride a couple days ago.

Lions Schedule

This is probably the only Lions post you’ll see here until after the draft.

There are bound to be lots of people going through giving you an early prediction about the Lions record… If you see any of them, tell them they are absurd to do so, and you can tell them I said so. Without the NFL Draft and a single pre-season game it is daffy to even put out such a prediction, because it is bound to change.

Furthermore, making a spectacle out of the release of the schedule is genius. Everybody going crazy over it is proof that we’re all the NFL’s lap dog.

Earlier said I wouldn’t look at the Lions schedule till July, but to be frank it IS a big deal the Lions have been rewarded with some prime time action.

Here is the schedule, knock yourselves out.

Got the schedule from here.

Here is a look at the Lions’ 2012 schedule:

Week 1 – Sept. 9 – vs. St. Louis Rams (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 2 – Sept. 16 – at San Francisco 49ers (8:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 3 – Sept. 23 – at Tennessee Titans (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 4 – Sept. 30 – vs. Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 5 – BYE
Week 6 – Oct. 14 – at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 7 – Oct. 22 – at Chicago Bears (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 8 – Oct. 28 – vs. Seattle Seahawks (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 9 – Nov. 4 – at Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 10 – Nov. 11 – at Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 11 – Nov. 18 – vs. Green Bay Packers (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 12 – Nov. 22 – vs. Houston Texans (12:30 p.m., CBS)
Week 13 – Dec. 2 – vs. Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m., FOX)
Week 14 – Dec. 9 – at Green Bay Packers (8:20 p.m., NBC)
Week 15 – Dec. 16 – at Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m., FOX)
Week 16 – Dec. 22 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Week 17 – Dec. 30 – vs. Chicago Bears (1 p.m., FOX)

The most notable games on the Lions’ schedule for 2012 are

Nick Fairley Pulls a Mikel Leshoure

OK, so the Lions are apparently not a team full of players who learn from other people’s mistakes. Nick Fairley was arrested TODAY at 12:40pm. A day after it was found out that his Lions teammate had been arrested twice in 23 days for the same thing.

In the off season I said the Lions biggest improvement would come from the maturing process. Obviously they still have some growing up to do as individuals and I am more than certain this will be the case when they take the field in August.

I know driving can be stressful, but driving around with an illegal substance is probably one of the dumbest mistakes people make on a day to day basis.  Weed is illegal, but if you do choose to smoke it (and this goes for everybody, including pro athletes) is driving around with it really the best idea? If Fairley, Derrick Nix or Mikel Leshoure had just decided to smoke in their basement, nobody would ever know!

IT IS ILLEGAL, and ESPECIALLY as an athlete, an unnecessary risk to take.

SO FRUSTRATING.

By the way, don’t let them off the hook with “young and dumb.” Yes people make mistakes but for goodness sake I am 22 and I know what a bad idea sounds like.
From WKRG in Mobile, AL:  “Former Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is use to running over quarterbacks on the field. Now he has run into trouble off the field.

Mobile police arrested Fairley on Morningside Drive at 12:40 p.m.

Police got a tip that Fairley was in possession of marijuana. They stopped the car around the corner from his mother’s house and found marijuana in the vehicle.

Fairley was booked into Metro Jail and charged with possession of marijuana 2nd. He bonded out just before 3:00 p.m.

Fairley graduated from Williamson High School and then played at Auburn where he won a BCS Championship in 2011. He was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions.”

Mikel Leshoure Busted for Pot

NOT his mugshot

ESPN 96.1 out of Grand Rapids posted this status:

“BREAKING: We have reports that Mikel Leshoure is facing a 2nd offense possession of marijuana charge in Berrien County. Thanks to the Herald Pallidium and Jerry for the tip. We’ll get into it today at 3 with Lions Insider Chris McCosky on It Is What It Is.”

That’s a good hour and 15 minutes away. Will we hear something from anybody else before then?

UPDATE: It is started to be reported elsewhere. The Oakland Press Confirmed with ESPN 96.1 and WOOD-TV on the West Side of Michigan.

Per Dave Birtkett on Twitter:

@DaveBirkett: Lions statement: “We are aware of the reports. We are gathering more information and have no further comment at this time
Birkett also reports Leshoure was

the passenger in a vehicle, and upon being pulled over he eat the weed, though he did comply when asked to spit it out.

update: Lashoure skipped his arraignment, and there is now a warrant for his arrest. From bad to worse!

Check Up!

As many will tell you, I am not a doctor, but here is a quick check up on Detroit sports.

Tigers

Opening day is Thursday already!?  It’s easy to get excited about the new look Detroit Tigers. The bats? The starting pitching? Heck even the bullpen looks poised to be improved.

Drew Smyly  has been named the Tigers’ fifth starter out of spring training after finally beating out Duane Below (Be-low) for the spot left open when the Tigers decided not to bring back Brad Penny (who went 11-11 and I contend did an adequate  job).  It is my prediction that he will not hold onto it for very long, though I am certainly OK with him getting the chance. It’s obvious to me whomever is in the fifth spot is just keeping the seat warm for Jacob Turner anyhow, but before you see Turner, I think you’ll see Below there.

It was also mentioned today, unfortunately not in the form of an April Fools day joke, that Brandon Inge could start the season on the DL. Inge has been out the last few days with a groin injury, which is ironic because a blunt force groin injury is exactly what it would feel like to a player replaced on the Tigers’ roster by Inge, if that in fact does happen. Inge is the serial killer in those slasher movies that will just not go away, or the Undertaker popping up when you think he’s down for the count.  Either way its a nightmare.


Pistons

While I openly admit that I haven’t sat and watched an entire Pistons game this season, I have been flipping over a lot more lately and I have to admit I like what I am seeing. I thought the season was going to be a complete disaster but it appears maybe, just maybe, Joe Dumars has a finger closer to the pulse of this team than we thought.

It’s clear to me that Tayshaun Prince needs to be the first one out the door at season’s end because he is not interested in the team.

Lot’s of talk about the Pistons playing themselves out of lottery balls, but I think they did the right thing by putting effort into this season, even if it did hurt their draft standing. When you have a team that is young like the Pistons are, asking them to tank is a good way to poison whatever future a player might have.

A very rare kudos from me to the Pistons.

Red Wings

Friday was a disaster, but Sunday’s victory over the Florida Panthers put the Wings fate back in their own hands. With three games to go the Red Wings lead Nashville by one point and Chicago by two (all three with the same amount of games remaining). That’s the good news.

The bad news is the sixth defenseman spot seems to be up for grabs, even after the position appeared to be filled when the Red Wings acquired Kyle Quincey for a first round pick at the deadline.  Quincey didn’t do himself any favors by getting called for a 5-minute charging penalty and a game misconduct on Sunday either. The hit could also draw a suspension from the league, which would give Kindl at least one more game to try and impress his way into a starting gig in the playoffs. Quincey is presumably the favorite to start on the third pairing when the playoffs start, but with the recent benching of “presumed starters” its hard to say anything is for sure.

Nothing to do with the Red Wings, but the Flyers and Penguins are on a collision course for the first round of the playoffs and things just got more interesting. Also, they still have one more to play!

 

Detroit Lions

Still dominating headlines and they haven’t played a a game since January. We long wondered what a winning football team would be like in the age of constant media coverage, and this is our answer. The Draft is coming up, but for once the Lions are too far to really venture a guess at a pick. This should be a year where they draft by need and not best player available, with focus on filling holes in the secondary, and freshening up that O-line.