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Old 12-04-2016, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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The Detroit Lions are #1 in the NFC North and have handling business lately (which is why it's getting so hard to get tickets). I was sad to see Calvin Johnson aka Megatron go but Matt Stafford has really picked things up and actually has better stats than Aaron Rodgers this season. How do you guys feel about the Lions this season? How do you feel about Matt Stafford's performance this season? Any predictions for the future?
My predictions:
We beat the Chicago Bears easily.
We beat the New York Giants
A possible loss to the Dallas Cowboys
We beat Green Bay at Ford Field probably in a close game.
We win at least one playoff game.
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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I started paying attention to the Lions in 1962.
There have certainly been a lot more lean years than not for me. I am cautiously excited about this year. But I do have concerns about Jim Caldwell's skills as a head coach. I also have concerns about the Ford family ownership. Martha is 91 years old. That is "borrowed time" by any measure. Since Bill senior died Bill junior seems to have been swept aside. So which daughter will run the team? Or when Martha dies will the Ford family sell the team?
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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I've been impressed with the Lions. I adopted them as my team since for the past 29 years I've kind of just held loyalty to whatever random team felt exciting to follow or had a local college kid playing there. Everyone told me not to bother, because they're always terrible, but since the weekend I moved here they've been 15-8, which isn't too bad!

I would love nothing more than to see them beat Dallas. The Vikings nearly pulled it off last Thursday, so I don't see any reason why Detroit can't. That 11-1 record looks daunting, but going into that game they should have their division wrapped up and possibly even home field - then again the Lions may too have their situation set, so it's hard to say who will play and how many minutes they'll get, but I don't see any reason they can't pull it off.

Regarding playoffs, I believe if the season ended today we'd host Tampa, which is a very winnable game for the Lions.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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I started paying attention to the Lions in 1962.
There have certainly been a lot more lean years than not for me. I am cautiously excited about this year. But I do have concerns about Jim Caldwell's skills as a head coach. I also have concerns about the Ford family ownership. Martha is 91 years old. That is "borrowed time" by any measure. Since Bill senior died Bill junior seems to have been swept aside. So which daughter will run the team? Or when Martha dies will the Ford family sell the team?
Yea I have a feeling there are going to be major changes to the Lions if the Ford family ever sells them. But I'm pretty sure some of the billionaires like Gilbert, ect won't let the Lions leave MI so at the same it might be good change. What's crazy is I'm almost at the point where I DON'T expect them to blow a game doing something stupid. Which is a weird feeling for a Lions fan lol.

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I've been impressed with the Lions. I adopted them as my team since for the past 29 years I've kind of just held loyalty to whatever random team felt exciting to follow or had a local college kid playing there. Everyone told me not to bother, because they're always terrible, but since the weekend I moved here they've been 15-8, which isn't too bad!

I would love nothing more than to see them beat Dallas. The Vikings nearly pulled it off last Thursday, so I don't see any reason why Detroit can't. That 11-1 record looks daunting, but going into that game they should have their division wrapped up and possibly even home field - then again the Lions may too have their situation set, so it's hard to say who will play and how many minutes they'll get, but I don't see any reason they can't pull it off.

Regarding playoffs, I believe if the season ended today we'd host Tampa, which is a very winnable game for the Lions.
Their just trying to save you the headache and frustration that we all have been going through lol. Idk if I should buy a ticket to the almost sold out Bears and Green Bay games or if I should hold of and hope they make the playoffs and just buy a ticket then.
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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But I'm pretty sure some of the billionaires like Gilbert, ect won't let the Lions leave MI
I'm no expert but because of the NFL's weird cross ownership rules I think in theory Mike Illitch or Tom Gores could buy the Lions but Dan Gilbert could not.
My understanding is that because Illitch owns teams in the same city he is OK. Same with Gores. But Gilbert owns a basketball team in Cleveland that also has an NFL team so Gilbert wouldn't qualify unless he sold the Cavs under NFL ownership rules. If he owned a basketball team in a city that didn't have an NFL team he would be OK.
Again I'm not an expert and someone who is could correct me.
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Old 12-07-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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I'm no expert but because of the NFL's weird cross ownership rules I think in theory Mike Illitch or Tom Gores could buy the Lions but Dan Gilbert could not.
My understanding is that because Illitch owns teams in the same city he is OK. Same with Gores. But Gilbert owns a basketball team in Cleveland that also has an NFL team so Gilbert wouldn't qualify unless he sold the Cavs under NFL ownership rules. If he owned a basketball team in a city that didn't have an NFL team he would be OK.
Again I'm not an expert and someone who is could correct me.
I don't know if that rule is still in effect. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owns the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers.

I think the Lions will split their last 4 games and go 10-6. They will win the NFC North Division and host a team like Atlanta or Tampa or Washington in the first round of the playoffs, and will have a good shot of winning their first postseason game since 1991 and only their win playoff win in 59 years.
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Old 12-09-2016, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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I don't know if that rule is still in effect. Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owns the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers.
If my interpretation is correct that doesn't violate the rule because Portland doesn't have an NFL team.
The rule is you cannot own another sports franchise in another city with an NFL team. If they are all in your own city its OK.
I think the theory is the other sports team would compete with the NFL team for sports dollars spent by fans. But within your own city you are competing with yourself.
The theory as it applies to Gilbert is the Cleveland Cavs compete with the Browns for sports dollars. So he could not own the Lions and compete against the Browns for fan money with his Cavs.
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Old 12-09-2016, 09:20 AM
 
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I am a Chicago Bears Fan, but I am cheering for the Detroit Lions, because they are the underdogs and I always cheer for the underdogs
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Old 12-10-2016, 02:13 PM
 
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If my interpretation is correct that doesn't violate the rule because Portland doesn't have an NFL team.
The rule is you cannot own another sports franchise in another city with an NFL team. If they are all in your own city its OK.
I think the theory is the other sports team would compete with the NFL team for sports dollars spent by fans. But within your own city you are competing with yourself.
The theory as it applies to Gilbert is the Cleveland Cavs compete with the Browns for sports dollars. So he could not own the Lions and compete against the Browns for fan money with his Cavs.
Got it. Thanks for the explanation.
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Old 12-13-2016, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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1 Win (or 1 Vikings loss) away from clinching their first division title since 1993. That's pretty cool. I remember 1993. My friends and I would play football at recess (3rd grade, I think?) and pretend to be Steve Young or Emmitt Smith. I liked to play running back, so if someone else "called" Smith - I'd be Barry Sanders.
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