The Lions’ pulled off a fantastic comeback victory against the Cowboys on Sunday, and fortunately for us, QB Matt Stafford was mic’d up, so we could hear exactly how all it went down ... including Stafford’s now-infamous fake clock/spike at the goal line, and leap over the line of scrimmage for the game-winning touchdown.
As we learned after the game, Stafford even fooled his own team on the final play, only making the decision to go for the endzone when he lined up under center:
“So I’m on the line, and everyone in the stadium thinks I’m spiking it, and that was the plan,’’ Stafford said. “The other 10 guys [on offense] thought I was too. I thought I was—but then I saw a couple of their guys, almost standing up, and I just had this thought: Maybe I could make it by sneaking, or just putting the ball over the line. Maybe that was our best chance. . . . You just feel it. Hard to explain. You just go to the line and you feel it sometimes, and I just felt: Our best chance is me taking the ball and diving it over. I mean, all we were was three inches from the end zone.”
Watch and listen to the final drive, including Stafford’s genuine jubilation (aka girlish screams) after scoring the touchdown.
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Barry Sanders – the newest cover boy for Madden ’25 – shared this awesome video to his official YouTube page yesterday, showing highlights from his playing days back at Wichita North High School in Kansas. It contains a lot of grainy, mid-80′s quality video, but you can still get a sense of just how special Sanders – wearing number 3 – was, even at a young age.
Now for comparison, take a look at Barry Sanders Jr’s high school highlight reel from 2009 … including a bonus highlight reel of Sanders’ pro career. Seems the ol’ apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
This video from Friday night’s Lions-Ravens pre-season game is definitely not your normal highlight reel. Shot at 240 frames per second, the video captures all the action in high definition, providing a unique perspective on our favorite game – and some of the world’s best athletes – in super slow motion.
Simply put, for an NFL fan, this is just cool to look at (be sure to activate full-screen and HD):
The Detroit Lions just made Calvin Johnson the richest wide receiver in the NFL, signing him to an new eight-year contract worth up to $132 million, including $60 million guaranteed. It’s one of the biggest deals in league history, surpassing the contract Arizona gave Larry Fitzgerald last year (8-year, $120 million), and ensures fans in Detroit will have the Johnson-Stafford connection to look forward to for the foreseeable future.
In case you were wondering why the Lions were willing to break the bank for Johnson (and were curious why we chose the headline we did for this post), this Megatron highlight video should give you an idea:
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It seems we had another James Harrison moment at Lambeau Field during the Packers-Lions game on Sunday.
A 15-year-old fan ran onto the field and managed to run free for 90+ yards before turning toward the Green Bay defense, where linebacker Brad Jones finally stepped in and did security’s job for them.
Watch the fan video below, via Shutdown Corner:
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This season, the Detroit Lions have been working hard to change their image from perennial NFC North doormat to the new bad boys of the league. And along the way, part of this new image has included getting busted for dirty play and – as exemplified by Ndamukong Suh – committing all sorts of foolish personal fouls that ultimately hurt the team.
Well, following their week 13 loss at the hands of the Saints, in which Detroit committed 11 penalties for 107 yards, including several critical unsportsmanlike conduct calls, Lions’ veteran center Dominic Raiola had finally seen enough. Check out this profanity-laced, post-game diatribe from the Lions’ captain, in which he delivers a fairly singular message to his fellow teammates: “Grow the f@#k up!”.
Audio below (Curses are bleeped out, so its relatively SFW):
Last year, we posted this spoof of those “Pure Michigan” TV ads that have been running around the country, which examined the sheer insanity of being a Lions fan.Well, they’re back with the 2011 edition of “Pure Michigan: Detroit Lions”, which focuses on the newfound bad-boy image of this year’s club.
With Jim Schwartz (“a madman who can barely stay on the sidelines”) and Ndamukong Suh (“wanted for murder in 11 states”) leading the charge, the Lions and their fans have discovered a brand new swagger … one that just may transcend winning and losing:
To be honest, I’m not sure that highlighting murders in Detroit is going to have the desired effect of boosting tourism in the state … ya know, since they’ve had a bit of a problem with that, and all.
During the national anthem prior to yesterday’s Lions-Packers game, the camera landed on Lions DL Kyle Vanden Bosch, and an entire nation shivered in terror at the sight of his blood red eyes.
Apparently, Vanden Bosch has been sporting these red contact lenses for a little while now in an effort to psych out his opponents … but the colored Nike MAXSIGHT contact lenses are also said to help reduce glare and contrast. Vanden Boasch’s use of the lenses dates back as far as 2006, when he first donned the amber-tinted versions, and he has recently said that they “help to block the sunlight” better than the more traditional visors. They usually come in either amber or green-tinted colors, so it seems that Nike created these blood red versions specially for Vanden Bosch.
We can’t really speak to whether the lenses work or not, but there’s no doubt that with his demon-like gaze and six sacks so far this season, the veteran lineman is helping to increase Detroit’s bad boy image on the defensive side of the ball … and giving nightmares to opposing offensive linemen on a weekly basis.
The NFL’s newest bad boy, DT Ndamukong Suh, was clearly missing out on the Thanksgiving spirit today, getting ejected during the 3rd quarter of the Lions’ ugly 27-15 loss to the Packers for kicking OL Evan Dietrich-Smith while he was down after a play. Not exactly a good look for the Lions, who were hoping to reverse their bad fortunes in turkey day games, but ended up losing their 8th straight nationally televised holiday affair in brutal fashion.
Green Bay was leading 7-0 at the half, and had failed on a 3rd and goal attempt when frustration overcame Suh and he took it out on Dietrich-Smith in plain view of the refs. The Packers lineman had driven Suh to the ground on the play, and Suh responded by driving his helmet into the turf before standing up, and stomping on his right arm as he walked away:
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