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TweetI’ve rarely called out the leaders of the Detroit Lions. Neither the coaches nor executives receive much criticism on this blog. For starters, The Lions in Winter exists partly as a haven from brain-dead “fire the lousy bums” talk. For seconds, the Lions’ leadership hasn’t done much to deserve criticism. When they have, I’ve been […]

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Lions Kool-Aid? Make Mine a Double http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/19/lions-kool-aid-make-mine-a-double/ Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:30:10 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/19/lions-kool-aid-make-mine-a-double/

TweetLately, I’ve been catching some flak in the comments (and on Twitter) for drinking the Lions Kool-Aid. Baking the Lions cornbread. Being trapped in a bizarre delusion that the Lions are going to make the playoffs. Insisting all the injuries the Lions have suffered won’t affect the bottom line. Calling Matthew Stafford a top five […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, & Mikel Leshoure’s “Career Ending Injury.” A Study in Devilish Details http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/09/lies-damned-lies-mikel-leshoure%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9ccareer-ending-injury-%e2%80%9d-a-study-in-devilish-details/ Tue, 09 Aug 2011 17:27:05 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/09/lies-damned-lies-mikel-leshoure%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9ccareer-ending-injury-%e2%80%9d-a-study-in-devilish-details/

TweetA third of NFL players who rupture their Achilles tendon never play again. The rest are significantly less effectiveness and durable. These are facts, gleaned from an actual medical journal, The Lower Extremity Review. This study is being shared far and wide around the Lions-y corners of the Internet, and fans are mutually crying in […]

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Mikel Leshoure Out For The Year; Lions Doomed Forever http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/08/mikel-leshoure-out-for-the-year-lions-doomed-forever/ Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:47:05 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/08/mikel-leshoure-out-for-the-year-lions-doomed-forever/

TweetThis morning Mikel Leshoure ruptured his Achilles tendon, ending his 2011 Lions campaign, maybe his career, definitely the Lions’ playoff chances for the next five years, and also every reason you had to ever be happy again. Or, you know, not. The culture of hype surrounding the NFL draft, and NFL draft picks, leads us […]

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The Lions Have Arrived; The Blue Bonfire Roars http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/01/the-lions-have-arrived-the-blue-bonfire-roars/ Mon, 01 Aug 2011 17:14:16 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/01/the-lions-have-arrived-the-blue-bonfire-roars/

TweetWelcome. Whether you've been here since the beginning, or just wandered up to the blue bonfire, welcome. Today is the first day of the first year of the New Lions. Not the possibility, not the promise, not the potential. Reality. This is the year when the Detroit Lions will take the field knowing they should […]

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Lions Sign Eric Wright; Are They Onto Something? http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/29/lions-sign-eric-wright-are-they-onto-something/ Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:47:12 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/29/lions-sign-eric-wright-are-they-onto-something/

TweetI almost overlooked him. I almost left him off my cornerback shopping list. “It would be a lot of extra typing,” I thought. “I’ve got to get this post up soon,” I fretted. But there was something about Eric Wright, something about his potential and production, something about his story intrigued me. I got a […]

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Thickening the Herd: The Lions’ UDFA Cattle Call http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/26/thickening-the-herd-the-lions-udfa-cattle-call/ Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:08:22 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/26/thickening-the-herd-the-lions-udfa-cattle-call/

TweetLast night, Twitter was burning up with rumors of undrafted free agent contract agreements. Speculation, rumor, confirmation; media and players and agents and fans all Tweeting at, about, and over each other about who’s going where. I was fielding questions about potential and actual signees, and I had to say something that I don’t like […]

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Our Backus Against The Wall? The Lions’ Tackle Woes http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/21/our-backus-against-the-wall-the-lions%e2%80%99-tackle-woes/ Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:22:07 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/21/our-backus-against-the-wall-the-lions%e2%80%99-tackle-woes/

TweetOne of the biggest questions about player-led team and individual offseason workouts was, “What happens when somebody gets hurt?” Whether it’s due to the noncontact drills actually being noncontact, or low participation, or less strenuous workouts, there hadn’t yet been a notable injury . . . until yesterday.

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Contrition & Forgiveness: The Cusp of a NFL CBA http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/19/contrition-forgiveness-the-cusp-of-a-nfl-cba/ Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:24:13 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/19/contrition-forgiveness-the-cusp-of-a-nfl-cba/

TweetIf all the reports are to be believed, the players and owners are within days, perhaps hours, of agreeing on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. All outstanding lawsuits will be settled, all remaining hatchets will be buried, the NFLPA* will recertify itself as a union, and by week’s end the engines of professional football will […]

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Old Mother Hubbard: Shopping for Linebackers, Pt. II http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/14/old-mother-hubbard-shopping-for-linebackers-pt-ii/ Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:35:54 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/14/old-mother-hubbard-shopping-for-linebackers-pt-ii/

TweetWhen we first shopped for linebackers, we assumed the Lions would be bringing in a new middle linebacker and shifting Andre Levy outside. The result? Stephen Tulloch was the only 4-3 MLB who looked like a clear upgrade over Levy, though Kirk Morrison looked like an excellent option if the Lions wanted to bring in […]

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Haunted By Hope: The Ghosts of Lions Past http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/12/haunted-by-hope-the-ghosts-of-lions-past/ Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:57:04 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/12/haunted-by-hope-the-ghosts-of-lions-past/

TweetSo here’s the headline on Tom Kowalski’s latest mailbag: "Three reasons why the Detroit Lions have 'real' hope this year" Those quotes express life as a Lions fan. When has our hope been real? When have the Lions truly been building something worthwhile? When has it all been a fraud? What’s the tipping point between […]

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Old Mother Hubbard: Shopping for Linebackers, Pt. I http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/07/old-mother-hubbard-shopping-for-linebackers-pt-i/ Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:53:40 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/07/old-mother-hubbard-shopping-for-linebackers-pt-i/

TweetThe Lions’ linebacker shopping is a tricky thing. What the Lions, in theory, need, is an outside linebacker—but the pool at inside linebacker is deeper, and starting MLB Deandre Levy has the tools to play outside. In Part I, I’ll assume the Lions kick Levy outside, and bring in a starting middle ‘backer. One of […]

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