Calvin Johnson retires; Megatron processes his options

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Both Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions announced on January 6th that Johnson’s storied NFL career could be over. It appears that Megatron is processing all options, including retirement and that’s the way he’s likely going to go.

It’s sad that Calvin Johnson Rule is actually going to outlast Calvin Johnson.

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2016 NFL mock draft 12-8-15


This 2016 NFL mock draft order is loosely based off the order derived at SB Nation. They took current record plus strength of schedule into account. We then made a few changes based on how current injuries could impact the team and their final season record.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.”

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Jim Caldwell still very much on the hot seat in Detroit


Credit the Detroit Lions for playing with some pride (get it, “Lions,” “Pride” see what I did there?) as they may be trying to save the fate of Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Although they Lionsed away their last game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Detroit has definitely not been the LOLions lately.

A team that early on looked destined to be the club on the clock first for the NFL Draft, has now been playing very respectably.

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Detroit Lions promote Jim Bob Cooter; Twitter has fun


Over the years, the Detroit Lions have certainly given the internet plenty of comedic material. Indeed all the losing has made them the LOLions. Today broke new ground however, even for them, as the Lions promoted QB Coach Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator.

The fun starts with his name, and continues with an exploration of his personal legal history. Factor in the setting for where he got into trouble- Knoxville, Tennessee, and you have quite the story.


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Bart Scott Sizes up the NFC North race


The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury.

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Cornhuskers Ameer Abdullah could be Reggie Bush heir apparent


Ameer Abdullah is looking like the third or fourth running back on the NFL Draft board. Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, who very likely could land in Seattle (here’s a whole separate article on this idea and how it could happen) tops the positional rankings. Georgia’s Todd Gurley is number two.

#FearAmeer is right there with another Big Ten back, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, for the third and fourth slots.

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Five reasons why Ndamukong Suh will stay with the Lions

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In the NFL, top players rarely hit the market. It’s even rarer that they hit the market in their prime. Following the 2014 season, Ndamukong Suh may be hitting the free agent market. The mammoth defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions is slated to become a free agent if he doesn’t come to an extension agreement with the team. In just four seasons, Suh has been dominant.

He is the focal point of the Lions defense and has made the Pro Bowl three years. It hasn’t all been good for Suh though. He has been fined over $200,000 in his career for a variety of dirty moves on the field.

Here are five reasons why he will be back with the Lions in 2015 though:

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Man United vs Real Madrid attended by Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah


Ndamukong Suh was famously quoted a few years ago:

“I’m just a different breed. I hate to say that, but it’s kind of like, no athlete in the NFL is like any other person. You can’t treat everybody the same exact way. That would be unfair, but there’s guidelines that everybody needs to follow behind, so that’s more or less the understanding that I needed to see.”

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Your 2014 Detroit Lions Season Preview


Let’s get this party started  with the Detroit Lions season preview.

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PHOTO: Hilarious Detroit Lions fan t-shirts celebrate “Conference Participation”


Only the Detroit Lions can lose when their defense gives up just six field goals. Only the Detroit Lions can turn the ball over 3+ times in 5 straight games. Only the Detroit Lions could lose the NFC North title and a playoff berth on a 61-yard field goal. Remember, the all time NFL record is 64. Yes, “Lionsing” is indeed a real phenomenon. And your Detroit Lions are truly the LOLions.

And now t-shirt company alternative hero presents this:

Sound familiar??

Yes, this is the exact idea railed against by Michigan State Spartans Coach Tom Izzo a couple night ago. He just gave a speech against the participation ribbon generation, where even 23rd place get a trophy. Here’s an excerpt: (full speech here)

“It is a little harder to motivate kids I guess because they’ve been pampered so much. We’re in the trophy generation, give ‘em a trophy for 23rd place, make ‘em feel good. Make mom and dad feel good, you know.”

The Detroit Lions have lost their last 8 games in the months of December and January. To quote Yoda “that is why you fail.”

As I wrote on November 25 in “Detroit Lions own stupidity keeps them from controlling the NFC North:”

They’re like the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA; very talented, but playing dumb. Very dumb. They make dirty plays, commit dumb penalties, and get stupid penalties for playing dirty.

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Detroit Lions hire Jim Caldwell as new head coach


Jim Caldwell supposedly watched every single pass that Matthew Stafford threw this season in order o prepare for his interview with the Detroit Lions. It paid off as the Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell to be their 26th head coach. The Detroit Free Press, ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today all reporting that the Detroit Lions have ended their search.

Yes, it’s the same Jim Caldwell that went 26-22 (2-2 in the postseason) as head man with the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11. He was the fallback option as the Lions missed out on Ken Whisenhunt.

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Chicago Bears logo re-imagined as a European football crest, NFL badges

This comes to us from football as It’s every NFL team reimagined as a European football crest. Or “soccer” as we call it here in the United States. And it is AWESOME! That’s why it’s called “football as football” Every team more than one to choose from. I’ll lead with the hometown team the Chicago Bears of course, but we’ll include everyone here from the NFC North division in the NFL.

At the end, you’ll find the link to see the rest of the NFL football as football.

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