Saturday, August 9, 2008

32 Teams in 30-Some Days - Detroit Lions

And now, a moment of honesty. On Friday I was given a copy of an interview about Brett Favre Jets' Quarterback #4 with the only Jets fan I know. However, wouldn't you know it - I forgot the copy at work. I had every intention of running it today but I had no intention of going back into work today. So it'll either be put up on Monday or I may just wait until the Jets preview to put it up - which should be in, ohh, about 47 days.


"This ain't no movie, there's no Mekhi Pheiffer."
- B. Rabbit

No movie indeed, this is just sad, sad reality for Lions fans. If this train wreck of a team was a movie it would probably be Vanilla Sky.

Here is something you might not have realized, cause I didn't until I read it this week - with the departure of Brett Favre Jets' Quarterback #4, the Lions' Jon Kitna is now the best quarterback in the NFC North. Isn't that just about the saddest thing you've ever heard?

Time may prove that to be false - Aaron Rodgers and Tarvaris Jackson may turn into the next Kelly and Marino... you know, if one of those two guys had been black. But for right now, Kitna is the cream of the crop.

In all seriousness, Kitna might be the walking embodiment of mediocrity but his receivers are not. Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson have the potential to be the best receiver duo in the league. They're not there yet - it might help if they had 9 other talented players on offence with them. Actually, 9 is probably asking for a lot - 1 other talented player on offence might help.

And if you were worried that Detroit might not be able to meant it's League-mandated quota of running backs named Kevin after they released Kevin Jones, fear not - they drafted a new Kevin, Kevin Smith. So they got that going for them, which is nice.

Oh, in the off-season Detroit traded their best defensive player. And he was the kind of player who liked to take plays off. That should tell you a thing or two about what to expect from the Lions on defence.

The Verdict
The Lions... well, the Lions are still the Lions. There's probably a 'leopard can't change it's spots' joke in there somewhere, I just don't feel like fishing for it at the moment. The good news for the Lions is that Mike Martz is gone - remember when we thought that guy was an actual genius, not just a self-proclaimed one? Despite this speck of good news, it appears as though the paper bags that Lions fans wear on their heads will again be the best selling piece of team merchandise. Personally, I think the whole Detroit Lions organization and it's fans would benefit from participating in this wonderful bit of Detroit culture before every game:

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