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Despite Controversial Calls, Detriot Lions Must Foot the Blame

January 30th, 2015 at 1:30 PM
By Sports Media 101

There's been no shortage of talk about that call in the Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys Wildcard playoff game at the weekend. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford launched one in the direction of Brandon Pettigrew as they looked to hold on to a 20-17 lead. Cowboys man Anthony Hitchens was deemed to have interfered with the linebacker and back judge Lee Dyer called it as it happened.

What came next confused players, fans and broadcasters alike, as Dyer picked up his flag after a discussion with head linesman Jerry Bergman. Referee Pete Morelli had announced the call in the meantime and had to withdraw it moments later, all adding to the bewilderment of those in attendance.

Lions players, fans, and even those with no vested interest in this particular battle felt scorned as the call was pulled. Instead of having the opportunity for a first down, they had a fourth-and-1 and very few prospects. Things went awry from there and ultimately they'd go on to lose 20-24. When the fourth didn't pay dividends due to a poor kick, they were then sent crashing to defeat when the next drive from the Cowboys did deliver in the shape of a Terrence Williams touchdown and subsequent extra point. The tabloids were on their side, online outlets all had their say, and there was very little to defend what seemed like a straightforward call.

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Get Super Bowl XLIX Tickets for up to 90% Off Through TicketScore

August 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 AM
By Dan Benton

Every NFL fan dreams of seeing their team in the Super Bowl and now you can check that off your bucket list with the help of Ticketscore.com. They have a system in place to get you to the biggest games for a fixed weekly buy-in price; and when your team goes to the Super Bowl, you will be there to root them on at an extreme discount.

Typically, TicketScore can get you to the Super Bowl with savings between 70% and 90% off the market price. That means you can score tickets to the biggest games (not just the Super Bowl) for a fraction of the cost and be a part of your favorite team’s history.

TicketScore works in three easy ways. First, you will pick your favorite team and the championship game you want to go to. Next, you will buy-in at a low weekly price over the course of the full season. Lastly, you can go to the Super Bowl when your team makes it at no additional ticket cost.

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A Look at the Detroit Lions 2014 Regular Season Schedule

April 24th, 2014 at 1:47 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

After months of waiting, fans can start getting even more excited for the upcoming season.  The NFL has released its regular season schedule for 2014.  For the Detroit Lions, 2014 looks to be an interesting season.

 

'Ford Field, host of the MotorCity Bowl being played on December 26, 2008' photo (c) 2008, Debra Drummond - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 

Even though the Lions will not have much primetime presence, they will have a few notable games this season.  They open up their regular season on a Monday night at home against the New York Giants, which will mark the first time they open their season on a Monday night since 1971.  The Lions will also be participating in the International Series as they face the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium in London, England.  For their annual Thanksgiving afternoon matchup, they will host their division rivals, the Chicago Bears.

There will be a fair share of teams of all calibers, and the bye week comes at a perfect time for the Lions as they will have week nine off.  In the first seven weeks, they will face some tough competition such as the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and New Orleans Saints.  The second half of the season, the Lions will have an even tougher group to face, which includes the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, and the Bears and Packers to close out the season.

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Super Bowl Experience Valued Highly by Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:39 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

Tuesday was a big day for the Detroit Lions as they began minicamp for the 2014 season.  As new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell spoke to the media after practice, the topic of Super Bowl experience from new team members came up.  Caldwell finds it very helpful.

 

'Golden Tate' photo (c) 2010, Matt McGee - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
 

Two of the biggest acquisitions for the Lions in free agency were players from the last two Super Bowl champions.  Safety James Ihedigbo earned a ring with the Baltimore Ravens two seasons ago, and wide receiver Golden Tate spent comes to Detroit from the new champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

Caldwell, who actually has Super Bowl experience himself as a coach, views having such players to be very beneficial for the team as they move forward.  "It’s invaluable.  You can’t have enough of them," stated Caldwell.  "Obviously, Golden Tate, you’re talking about Dig (James Ihedigbo), both guys are guys that have been in the thick of it as leaders, that know what it takes to win.  Not just to win, but to win a championship."

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Detroit Lions Sign Cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness

April 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 AM
By Mario E. Scipioni

The Detroit Lions are continuing to make sure they will have depth in their secondary for the 2014 season.  They have now added even more security by signing cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness.  The terms of their contracts have not been revealed.

 

'Ford Field, host of the MotorCity Bowl being played on December 26, 2008' photo (c) 2008, Debra Drummond - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 

The signing of these two players adds to what has become a collection several signings have been made in the secondary by the Lions this offseason. They added James Ihedigbo and Cassius Vaughn via free agency and also re-signed Rashean Mathis. What makes bringing in Hester and Ness different is that they do not have the experience that Ihedigbo, Vaughn, and Mathis have. 

Hester, who is the cousin of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and kick returner Devin Hester, was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie last April but released four months later. He spent his college career at UCLA, where he tallied 42 tackles and five interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Ness has been in the NFL since 2009 but has barely seen any action.  Since signing his first NFL contract, he has appeared in only eight games and recorded eight tackles.  The Arizona product has bounced around the league, and the Lions are now the eighth different NFL team he has been signed to.  Out of those eight teams, Ness has not made it past the practice squad for four of them.

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