I suppose the virgin launch of the blog wouldn’t be done right without mention (or focus) on our Lions, rather, our 4-0 Lions. For the first time since 1980 our boys are 4-0. That’s longer than I’ve been around, in fact Jeff Backus and Dominic Raiola were toddlers the last time they were 4-0, and they’re the longest tenured Lions (both in the Motor City since 2001).
And, certainly we can’t have an opening post without mention (or focus) on our Tigers, rather, our ALCS Tigers. Of course, since 2007 the Tigers have been expected to win the AL Central and have come short every year, 2010 being the most painful 163 games most of us can ever remember, culminating in a phantom hit by pitch off the jersey of our most beleaguered Tiger, Brandon Inge.
But here we are, September 10th 2011 and the Lions have made it to the Center Stage of the football world, Monday Night Football, and even more importantly, into the bus of Jon Gruden! (How fortunate are Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson – who are pictured above, and we it goes without saying that we hope to never see Stafford in street clothes ever again).
Justin Verlander had no trouble winning games in the regular season (24) but during this postseason, the weather has really affected his appearances, and Detroit has lost both games he has started. Regardless, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer have both proved capable arms, and the Tigers are one of the two top teams in the American League.
Now that we have those silly little intro’s out of the way, I can get to the meat of this post.
If you have ever visited Detroit, actual Detroit and not the rich suburbs (which I’ve lived in), you know what I mean when I say that this day is going to be one of the greatest moments in a great sports city.
If you’ve ever gone to the Hard rock on Monroe and walked to a Tigers game, you know what I’m talking about.
If you’ve ever carpooled with a bunch of rowdy friends, or your family, and drove down 75S on a Sunday morning to cheer on your Lions in one of the best hidden gems in the NFL, you know what I’m talking about.
If you’ve ever spent a night at the Motor City Casino, gambled to your hearts content, and even if you lost out that time and walk out feeling like you’ve been somewhere special, you know what I’m talking about.
If you’ve even spent a night at the Joe, watching the Redwings glide magically across the Ice, wondering why America doesn’t embrace this misunderstood sport just as they dont embrace this misunderstood city, then you know what I’m talking about.
Detroit, this Monday is for you. Win or Lose, I think we’ve been through a lot together and it’ll be a great experience. My only regret is that I’m 1500 miles away, but thanks to technology I can feel like I’m there.