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Pride Of Detroit 16 hours ago

2016 Detroit Lions Name Bracket tournament: The finals

The finals of the 2016 Name Bracket tournament is here. Jace Billingsley vs. Miles Killebrew. Vote now! In our complete one-year history before this year’s tournament we have never seen anything like we saw this year. We saw the champion fall before even the final four. We saw rookies dominate the tournament and a 12 seed nearly make it into the Sweet 16. But the storyline of the tournament has been the rise of hometown hero Jace Billingsley, who -- with the exuberant support of his friends and family — has made the unlikely run into the finals of this tournament. In the finals,...
Pride Of Detroit 19 hours ago

Post OTA/minicamp Detroit Lions 53-man roster prediction

With OTAs and minicamp in the books, we have a better sense of who the Detroit Lions may have a leg up to make the final roster. Here are our latest predictions. With training camp still a month away, the Detroit Lions roster is fairly stable for the time being. Now that we have a small impression of how the coaches feel about the roster -- based on minicamp and organized team activities -- it's time to go back to the current 89-man roster and predict who the final 53 players on the team may be. Of course, chances are by Week 1 the Lions will have at least one or two players on their team...
Pride Of Detroit 21 hours ago

Lions Monday open thread

Chat about the latest Detroit Lions news. Tweets from https://twitter.com/PrideOfDetroit/lists/lions-coverage
Pride Of Detroit Jun 26, 2016

Calvin Johnson update: Still retired

Calvin Johnson expressed his commitment to retirement in his first public interview since calling it quits. For the first time since announcing his retirement back in back in March, Calvin Johnson faced the public. After spending the day in Detroit running a day of his "Catching Dreams" football camp, Johnson spoke briefly with a few reporters on site. Naturally, his retirement came up immediately. "I’m not coming back. You ain’t gotta worry about that," Johnson said unequivocally to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. But Johnson did more than address the obvious. He also shot down...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 25, 2016

Lions notes: Calvin Johnson back in Michigan for his kids camp

The now retired Detroit Lions' receiver is back in Michigan for his "Catching Dreams" football camp. Calvin Johnson was back in Michigan on Saturday for his "Catching Dreams" football camp. The camp proceeds go towards Johnson's charity foundation The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, which strives to "assist youth with catching their college and career dreams through participation in relevant, realistic, and rigorous programs during their progression to adulthood." Calvin Johnson opening his camp by speaking to the campers and letting them know what's... https://t.co/gb3b88LEbD...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 24, 2016

Lions notes: Jim Caldwell ranked 12th in current NFL coaches' playing career

The jury may still be out on Jim Caldwell as a coach, but there's no denying he was a pretty good player back in college. ESPN ranked each current NFL coach in terms of their years as a player. Jim Caldwell came in at No. 12. Caldwell never played in the NFL, but was a standout defensive back at Iowa for four years.  A'Shawn Robinson was one of many Detroit Lions players at Michigan International Speedway a few weeks ago. During his time there, he did a 21-questions interview. Most notably: his favorite movie is "White Chicks." While most Lions players are out on vacation,...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 23, 2016

Former Hurricanes player rips Lions tight ends coach

Al Golden says he was burnt out at Miami, but former player paints a very different picture On June 15 the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News published stories about newly minted Lions tight ends coach Al Golden, who was formerly the head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes. The marriage of Golden and Miami ended bitterly and he found himself kicked out of town in the middle of the 2015 college football season following the school's worst loss in history. But as Golden told the press, coming to the Lions helped him to feel like he's got new life to him: "I needed this right...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 23, 2016

Lions notes: Theo Riddick to have high school field named after him

The Detroit Lions running back will be honored by his high school. Theo Riddick is being honored by his former high school: lmmaculata High School in New Jersey will honor #Lions RB Theo Riddick by naming their turf field after him. "Theo Riddick Field" — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) June 22, 2016 Detroit Lions rookie long snapper Jimmy Landes did a Q&A with DetroitLions.com. He believes Don Muhlbach is the best long snapper in the league.  The Detroit News will be saying goodbye to their Lions beat writer this season: Some personal news: I accepted a job at @NOLAnews covering...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 22, 2016

Lions notes: Bob Quinn calls retaining Jim Caldwell an easy decision

The Lions general manager joined SiriusXM on Tuesday and talked about several topics. Lions general manager Bob Quinn joined SiriusXM radio on Tuesday. One the most interesting things he said during the interview was his unwavering support for head coach Jim Caldwell. Via MLive's transcript of the interview:  "Looking back, that was the easiest and best decision I made. I really have a great working relationship with Jim. All the sets of meetings we've had, whether it was when I first got there figuring out our team, leading into free agency, leading into the draft meetings, really...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 22, 2016

Lions Wednesday open thread

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Pride Of Detroit Jun 21, 2016

Ask POD: Mailbag on Parade

Who got next? Another gate to the football offseason has passed as the NHL and NBA playoffs wrapped up on Sunday, a truly massive postseason period that spans multiple months and a good chunk of the sporting calendar. Y'all had the narratives written, taken down, plays captured and all the rest. You'd love to say that now, now is the time to think about football again but you have all this pesky summer to deal with first. Lucky you. This means that for the PODcast, LISTCAST protocols will continue. Mailbag will continue. Everything is still the same, please return to your homes. With the...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 21, 2016

Lions notes: Making sense of Matthew Stafford's second half turnaround

Today's notes looks at Matthew Stafford's drastic turnaround, checks in on a retired Pro Bowler and debates which Lions player would make the best coach. The Playbook looked at three quarterbacks who drastically improved in the second half of the 2015 season. Obviously, Matthew Stafford was one of those quarterbacks and The Playbook used stats to make sense of the marked improvement. Speaking of Stafford, he joined SiriusXM on Tuesday to talk about life without Calvin Johnson: Which current Detroit Lions player would be the best NFL coach after retiring from the league? ESPN's...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 21, 2016

2016 Detroit Lions Name Bracket tournament: The elite eight

We are down to the elite eight of the 2016 Name Bracket tournament. Vote now. I’m proud of you all. Seriously, I’m proud of you. The Sweet 16 of the Detroit Lions Name Bracket tournament was the most entertaining round in the two-year history of the event. Ezekiel Ansah and Quandre Diggs were within 10 votes of each other for nearly the entire weekend, and in the end, you made the right choice. Ansah has been eliminated, meaning we will have a new champion this year (and subsequently, this hasn’t been a complete waste of time). Now eight teams remain, and I couldn’t be happier with...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 21, 2016

Report: Rumored Lions red Color Rush jerseys ‘not in the works’

It doesn’t look like the Lions will be wearing red anytime soon. But black and silver jerseys look like realistic options. Last Friday, the twitter account @NFL_Leaks released a photo of what they suggested was the "final color sheet" for NFL’s Color Rush promotion. The photo showed the Detroit Lions were preparing to wear red for their Thanksgiving game against the Minnesota Vikings. The same twitter account "leaked" a picture in April showing the Lions would be wearing black Color Rush jerseys. That leak was quickly confirmed as fake, yet for whatever reason the most recent leak...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 20, 2016

Notes: Lions wish Kyle Van Noy happy birthday three months late

Someone made a whoopsie. The Detroit Lions Twitter account wished Kyle Van Noy a happy birthday on Sunday. Only one problem... I appreciate the S/o but my birthday is March 26.... Same day as levy unfortunately that's why it's forgotten haha! https://t.co/ulAOs3V5zb — Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) June 19, 2016 To the Lions' credit, they owned up to the mistake by not deleting their original tweet. They also had a good sense of humor about the error: @KVN_03 Sorry Kyle! Happy unbirthday! pic.twitter.com/GSFAARdNDr — Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 19, 2016 And Van Noy took it well,...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 20, 2016

Next man up: Kyle Van Noy (Part three)

The Lions need Kyle Van Noy to stop trying to be explosive and simply do his job. We now finish our analysis of Van Noy's progress from 2015 and join Lions fans everywhere in hoping for a better result in 2016. Next man up is a series of articles examining players further down the depth chart, particularly young players being developed for larger roles. This time, we are looking at linebacker Kyle Van Noy. For the first article in this series, see Next man up: Kyle Van Noy (Part one) For the second article in this series, see Next man up: Kyle Van Noy (Part two) Paul Rhoads and the Five...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 20, 2016

Are the Detroit Lions the next sports team to end their drought?

Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers are champions, which sports team is next to end their drought? The Cleveland Cavaliers are champions for the first time in their 46-year franchise history. Prior to Sunday's victory, the entire city of Cleveland had been shut out of professional championships since the Cleveland Browns won the title game in 1964. When a team ends a long streak like this, it brings hope to hapless fans across the entire sports world. .@Lions Anything is possible, guys. — Sean Yuille (@SeanYuille) June 20, 2016 The Detroit Lions are one of those long-suffering fan bases...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 19, 2016

Notes: Lions players share family stories on Father's Day

Several Detroit Lions players shared their appreciation for their fathers this weekend. ESPN's Michael Rothstein has a great article on what Father's Day means to Lions receiver TJ Jones. Jones tragically lost his father to a brain aneurysm back in 2011. Tahir Whitehead is spending his Father's Day weekend running his second annual football camp for kids: 2nd Annual Tahir WhiteHead football camp Detroit Lions #JerseyFootball #Newark #HomeTownHero thank you for all u do pic.twitter.com/fFsnIUWEDj — bigbody_nas (@NasirGaines) June 18, 2016 Geoff Schwartz celebrated Father's Day...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 19, 2016

Bob Quinn expects Ameer Abdullah to be back for training camp

Lions general manager Bob Quinn believes Ameer Abdullah’s shoulder injury won’t keep him out of training camp in July. One of the biggest surprises this offseason for the Detroit Lions was the revelation running back Ameer Abdullah underwent shoulder surgery in January. The Lions running back did not miss any time during his rookie year due to the injury and a shoulder injury never appeared on the injury report. When the report of his injury finally broke in May, one source thought it may cause Abdullah to miss the entire offseason. Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah underwent...
Pride Of Detroit Jun 18, 2016

Lions notes: Detroit waives Corey Washington from injured reserve

Today's notes feature a minor team transaction, a Lions charity event and more or Ziggy Ansah being snubbed. The Detroit Lions announced on Friday they have waived wide receiver Corey Washington from their injured reserve list. Last week, the Lions waived Washington from the roster with an injury designation and he returned to the team's IR list after clearing waivers. Now that he has been waived from IR, it means the team has reached an injury settlement with the receiver. This lets the Lions off the hook for Washington's entire salary and also opens up the possibility of...

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