Two Former MSU Spartans help Detroit Lions end Road Losing Streak

Sports fans in Tampa Bay proved their futility once again by leaving large areas of their cavernous stadium empty despite their home team entering this game with a 8-5 record. This is one reason why the Red Sox and Yankees are set to regain control of the AL East (just like old times, but that’s another discussion)

The approximately 48,000 who did show were treated to some efficient if not fantastic football by both sides. The Detroit Lions were led by two in-state products, who played their college football just two hours from Ford Field as Michigan State Spartans.

Former Spartans Quarterback Drew Stanton (Farmington Hills, MI) (23-37-0, 252, 1 TD, 2 rushes, 24 yards) and placekicker Dave Rayner (3-3 FG, long 41, Game winning kick in OT) gave football fans in the state of Great Lake Splendor something to be excited about.

But the biggest hero was Calvin Johnsonm with big catches near the end of regulation and in overtime. His numbers (10-152)  show what a huge factor that he was for the Lions offense.

By Patrick Herbert

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Detroit Lions: A Case of Good News and Bad News

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The Detroit Lions held the lead heading into the fourth quarter once again this week, but (as expected) lost it. Despite their two and ten record through twelve games, the Lions were able to attract over fifty eight thousand fans out to Ford Field Sunday for their intra-divisional matchup with the geographically attractive Chicago Bears. The latter’s fans were out in full force; partially due to their current position atop the NFC North. And partially due to the ASTRONOMICAL cost of all tickets in their home stadium.

Michigan State product Drew Stanton filled in admirably for the two men above him on the depth chart even though he must have been fuming that his Spartans were left out of the BCS shuffle even though they were Big Ten champions.

By Patrick Herbert

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