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October 14, 2011


Millenball – watch more funny videos

When you’re currently 5-0, and own the NFL’s longest active winning streak at 9 games dating back to last year, it’s a lot easier to look back and laugh at some of your darker days. And I mean really dark. Like, 0-16, drafting three wide receivers in a row with your first overall pick dark.

That’s the kind of luxury Detroit Lions fans are afforded these days, and that’s exactly what they’re doing with this nice little parody of the critically acclaimed, baseball business-focused hit Moneyball.

Here, of course, former Lions General Manager Matt Millen plays the pivotal, Billy Beane-like role in shaping a franchise from the ground up via some rather unorthodox strategies. The results are vastly different, obviously, but, as Millen says at one point, it was still a team that could have changed the game forever (if they could have just won one game with those players back in 2007).

As expected there are a handful of historical inaccuracies. For instance, I think we all know the Lions would have been MUCH better a few years back if Matt Millen was actually relying on EA Sports/Madden for scouting/talent evaluations. There may also be a handful of jokes in here that will only register with Lions fans, but overall it’s pretty damn good.

I give it two Jim Schwartz fist pumps.

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Is the NFC North inept enough for the Lions to make a title challenge?

October 26, 2010


Jim Schwartz throwing the greatest challenge flag in NFL history

Jim Schwartz is certainly hoping his Lions can make a run at the playoffs

Assuming Detroit’s goal is to win the NFC North, Week 7 of the 2010 NFL season may have been the Lions most productive performance in quite some time.

Two of the Lions’ three “Norris Division” contenders getting clipped was an obvious positive, and the bye week, of course, meant Detroit was atypically safe from suffering its 6th loss of the season.

The fact that these two blessings coincided, well, again: let’s just say that, for 2.5  NFL seasons, Week 7 was about as good as it gets for the boys in Honolulu Blue.

But wait…there’s more. Let alone the losses themselves, did you happen to catch any of the Packers, Vikings, and Bears this weekend? Oh my, it wasn’t pretty.

If the Packers offense was ever on the same page, it was in different books; Brett Lorenzo Favre played about as well as he would have in a Rascal – and may have actually needed one at the end; and the Bears participated in possibly the sloppiest game in recent NFL memory, not to mention against Detroit’s Week 8 opponent, the Washington Redskins.

Combined, the three active NFC North offenses turned the ball over 11 times in Week 7, and, ultimately, one has to wonder just how capable any of them are of cementing a playoff birth anytime soon.

Enter the Detroit Lions, who, at 1-5, certainly don’t appear any more capable than the rest at first glance.  With a closer look, however, one sees that Jim Schwartz’s team might just have an outside shot at what few ever considered possible…


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Mr. Irrelevant 2010: Tim Toone

April 24, 2010


Tim Toone: Mr. Irrelevant to the Detoirt LionsIn an industry so dominated by superstars — or at least the players that make a habit of breaking the rules more often than they should — shouldn’t we, just once in awhile, profile the little guy? The guy that, you know, isn’t all that relevant?

Well, we’ve been saying for awhile that, given the Detroit Lions held the last pick in the year’s NFL Draft, 2010’s “Mr. Irrelevant” might better be known as “Mr. Relevant.”  Now, we’re not so sure.

Really didn’t expect the Lions to go WR here, but then I guess it likely won’t matter in the end.  They don’t call it “Mr. Irrelevant” for no reason, after all.  Nevertheless, in the interest of letting our readers decide for themselves, we tracked down this highlight reel of Weber State WR, Tim Toone on some site called YouTube. 

Toone hauled in 83 balls for 1,109 yards and 10 TD’s for the Weber State Wildcats last year. He also compiled 378 yards from 19 punt returns, two of which were for TD’s (that’s a good average, I’d say). Who knows.  Maybe the names running through Matt Stafford’s mind as he’s going through his reads will soon be “Johnson, Burleson, Scheffler…Toone.”

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