Mitch Albom Believes You Have a Drinking Problem

How long does it take the Internet to pierce Mitch Albom’s ivory tower? About a week.  The distinguished columnist fired up the old e-mail machine to watch a clip of a drunk Lions’ fan on YouTube.  This screamed for context and credentials.  We laymen needed someone to comprehend it.  Someone with…a master’s in journalism.

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Don’t Be a Sucker and Pick The Lions This Weekend

zornThe Redskins had a bad week.  The fallout has been rough.  A rookie linebacker was a dimwit.  Jim Zorn may be in trouble.  Morale is low.  Washington scored just nine points at home last weekend.  That said, they still did something the Lions have not done in nearly two years, win.

Inspired by Washington’s troubles, Pro-Lions sentiment has been simmering.  The Redskins expect a challenge.  The Lions “have a chance.”  They may even pull off “an upset.”  They won’t.

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2009 NFL Preview: Detroit Lions

staffordkegThe Lions finished 0-16 last season, the worst record in NFL history and a fitting piece de resistance for forty-six years of failure under the Ford ownership.  Some might call their losing “epic,” but that would imply there was a story.  The Lions’ season had neither drama nor interest.  They were neither cursed nor compelling.  They were, simply, demonstrably worse than every team they opposed.  It was not a year to relive. (Continued)

NFL Draft Gurus Should Be a Little More Humble

050429minicamp01jpgTBL scored the definitive mock drafts of NFL draft gurus, with the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock coming in first, with 10 points out of a possible 32. Most other analysts were within range. There are two reasonable assertions from this, that these guys are, to a man, overpaid charlatans, or that the NFL draft is extremely difficult to predict. The latter is far more likely.

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Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Pre …

Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press jumps on a blog post from (people wonder why newspapers are going out of business) discussing the possibility of the Lions getting Broncos’ quarterback Jay Cutler. Scharader’s contribution to the discussion is a question.

So should the Lions go for Cutler and risk having it blow up in their face — like it did with the Broncos’ run at Matt Cassel — and Daunte Culpepper will demand a trade, too?

In what world is Daunte Culpepper demanding a trade? To whom? He was available for nothing last year. The only team pathetic enough to pick him up was Detroit, and even that was mid-season. He hardly stabilized the position. He was worse than Orlovsky.

The Broncos’ move blew up, because they had an established quarterback who went to the Pro Bowl. Then the new coach denied it, lied to his face and insulted him while trying to assert his own authority.

The Lions were the worst team in NFL history last season. They did not win a game. They had arguably the worst offense and worst defense in the NFL. Why do they have an established starter at any position going into next season, and why are Daunte Culpepper’s feelings relevant?