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Lions Pull Even With Packers, Calvin Johnson Single-Handedly Keeps Detroit Alive
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 2:57PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, PackersIf the Detroit Lions are to avoid going 0-16, it will be thanks to Matt Millen’s one and only great draft pick.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson scored his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter today at Green Bay, and the Lions have now tied the Packers, 14-14.

Of course, these are the Lions we’re talking about, and that means they’re still probably going to find a way to lose this game. They were, after all, ahead of the Packers in the fourth quarter when the teams played earlier this season. They ended up losing, 48-25.

But with Johnson — who despite playing with some absolutely horrendous quarterbacks this season is actually leading the league with 12 receiving touchdowns — the Lions have a chance.

Detroit Lions Fall to 0-16 With Loss to Packers, Worst Record in NFL History
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 4:16PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, Packers
The Detroit Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers today, earning a place in history as the first 0-16 team ever.

For Detroit, it was both an embarrassing conclusion to the season and a fitting end of an era; in the eight years since Matt Millen took over the Lions’ front office, they’ve been the worst team in the NFL. Millen is gone, but not forgotten.Continue Reading

Detroit Lions Coach Rod Marinelli: 0-16 Record Speaks for Itself
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Dec 28th 2008 5:50PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFL VideoAfter his team lost to the Green Bay Packers to become the first 0-16 team in NFL history, Lions coach Rod Marinelli addressed the media:

“The record speaks for itself,” Marinelli said. “I felt I gave it my best, but sometimes your best is not good enough.”

Asked about whether he might get fired, Marinelli said he would come back into work and talk to Lions owner William Clay Ford on Monday.

Asked if he was glad the season is over, Marinelli said, “No, I could go another 16. Never. No. I love what I’m doing.”

One Man’s Plan to Revive the Lions
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 29th 2008 5:00AM by Chris Burke (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFL Draft, NFL Free AgencCalvin JohnsonEvery Sunday during the 2000 NFL season, a hearty group of friends and I came together to watch our beloved Detroit football team take the field. “The Lions Den,” as we affectionately called ourselves, grew while the Lions themselves fought for a second-straight playoff berth.

One home win, in Week 17 against an eliminated-from-playoff-contention Bears team, would have sent Detroit to the playoffs. Instead, Chicago kicker Paul Edinger booted a last-second field goal for a 23-20 win, the Lions sat out the postseason with a 9-7 record and have not finished .500 since.

It was that day I sensed the Lions were destined to try my fandom. It was Dec. 28, 2008, when the first 0-16 season in NFL history concluded, that the feeling was confirmed.

It’s incredible, really, to think that a team could run off a winless season in today’s NFL. But it’s even more incredible to think that a turnaround might be just around the corner.
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Detroit Lions Fire Rod Marinelli
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 29th 2008 8:41AM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions
The Detroit Lions have fired head coach Rod Marinelli, a day after he finished the first 0-16 season in NFL history.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the firing was handed down this morning. According to Schefter, the entire coaching staff was fired, with the exception of wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and running backs coach Sam Gash.

The Lions will now begin a coaching search, although it’s not clear who will be in charge of the hiring. Lions owner William Clay Ford, who fired team president Matt Millen in September, has not said exactly what the structure of his team’s front office will be in 2009. But Ford has said he does not believe the team needs to make big changes in its management.

The Lions Have Bottomed Out, Now an Intervention Is in Order
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Dec 29th 2008 9:00AM by Tom Mantzouranis (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, Pressing Issues, NFL Fans, NFL Real Talk

It had to end this way.

That is, to say, this is actually the end.

The Lions are addicted to bad football. I’ve tried coming up with a justification for so many years of substandard play as well as faulty personnel moves on and off the field, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re simply addicts. It doesn’t make them bad people, it simply means that they’ve embraced what we deem destructive as suitable to their way of life. They are a gigantic failure of an organization comprised of hundreds of individual enablers.

This isn’t to trivialize or poke fun at addictions of a much more serious nature — addictions come in all shapes and sizes, from manageable to fatal, from heroin to Starbucks. This is a unique variety, and the Lions are deep in it. Those close to the team, as is always the case with addiction, have suffered the most, and they’ve tried all they could — walkouts, websites, effigies — to pull the Lions out of their hole. But the thing about addicts is that they have to recognize their problem, and that only usually comes when they’ve bottomed out, when they’ve fallen so far that they have to choose to embrace recovery.

As the first team to finish a season 0-16, it seems obvious that this Lions era has officially bottomed out. But do they think so?Continue Reading

Glass Half Full: Going 0-16 Doesn’t Have to Be All Bad
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Dec 27th 2008 10:45AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFC North, NFL FansA year ago, the Patriots were a game away from a perfect run through the regular season and just three games from duplicating what the ‘72 Dolphins hoped they’d never to see: another team matching their undefeated season.

The Giants monkey-wrenched the whole thing and somehow Mercury Morris avoided death by schadenfreude. But before New York pulled off one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets in recent years, the Patriots were scrambling to capitalize on the marketing opportunities that go along with a historic 19-0 season. Which inevitably led to stuff like this.

While no team came close to perfection this season (the Titans won their first 11 games before losing), the Lions (or, more likely, their fans) could be sitting on a gold mine as they attempt to become the first NFL franchise in the history of man to (avoid) go(ing) 0-16.

CNBC.com’s Darren Rovell points out that despite Lions wideout Calvin Johnson ranking just 75th in jersey sales, bitter, disgruntled Detroit fans have created a market for merchandise highlighting the team’s futility.Continue Reading

Cornerback Travis Fisher on 0-15 Lions: ‘We’re a Great Football Team’
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Dec 27th 2008 3:11PM by Shane Bacon (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFC NorthThere are some things in this world you just shouldn’t say. Like going up to an extremely overweight man getting his haircut and asking if he’d like his fade “Super Sized.” Or asking a person in a wheelchair for a ride. Bad idea, you look like an ass, and you shouldn’t even utter the sentence.

That rolls us into Detroit Lions cornerback Travis Fisher, who was chattering about the game this week against the Green Bay Packers. Unless your address is 1461 Rock and Hard Place Drive you know the Lions are 0-15, and they face off against a Packers squad that may be better than their record indicates this Sunday at Lambeau.

Fisher had a chance to say some things about the Lions. For instance — “We really want to win this game.” Or, “It would be great for the team moral if we could pull this one out in the last game of the season.” He even could have gone with, “Nobody in this locker room wants to be that team to go 0-16.”

Instead, he said this.
“I think we’re going to shock a lot of people with a great game. I feel like we’re going to win,” he said. “Not to take anything away from Green Bay, but . I know the record doesn’t show it, but I’m going to say it.”Continue Reading

Ain’t No Party Like a Detroit Lions 0-16 Party, And It’s Being Advertised on Facebook
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 2:36AM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFL Fans, NFL Media Watch, NFL Rumors

The Detroit Lions are most likely going down in history with, well, um, no one else by the end of Sunday — a loss to the Packers would mean an 0-16 season, the first in the history of the NFL. You would think that they were horribly bothered by this turn of events.

Turns out, well, yeah, they kind of care (and maybe think they’re “great” for some silly reason) but mostly, they’re just getting ready to throw down after the season is over. And you can join, too — thanks, Facebook!
On Sunday, December 28th, all of the Detroit Lions will converge on Downtown Detroit’s very own, Esko Lounge to celebrate an end to their season. This will be an upscale event and will be hosted by starting safety, Dwight Smith, and Gosder Cherilus, a 2008 1st Round draft pick. Brought to you by Playmakers Entertainment and MIH International

Confirmed Lions in attendance include: Calvin Johnson,Chris Roberson, Daunte Culpepper, Rudi Johnson, Ernie Sims, and Kevin Smith, just to name a few. In addition, players from other NFL teams, the Detroit Pistons, and Tigers have also been invited.

Although the season did not end as they anticipated, this party is guaranteed to be a WINNER!!! Don’t miss out!
“As anticipated” is such a vague and fantastically pleasant term considering the circumstances; not to mention ladies get in FREE — so I suppose it’s worth cutting the party planners a break.

Additionally, whoever is in charge of this little shindig is making sure that there will be no baggy clothing or jeans. This is, after all, a totally upscale party. Because nothing screams “high class” like “total losers” or “winless”.

If Lions Beat Packers, Travis Fisher Will Celebrate by Walking Back to Detroit
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 26th 2008 3:10PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, Packers, NFL FansOur unnamed resident FanHouse Packers fan is convinced that the Lions will avoid 0-16 thanks to the generosity of Green Bay’s defense. I find that very hard to believe because Detroit hasn’t won a game this season and are fresh off a 35-point home loss to the 8-7 Saints.

When you include the starting quarterback situation, the head coaching situation (or, if you’re Rob Parker: the defensive coordinator/son-in-law situation), and the general apathy towards winning, well, oh-for-’08 appears eminently doable.

More proof: Detroit cornerback Travis Fisher either has very little confidence in the Lions’ chances or he LOVES walking. “If we win, man, I ain’t catching the plane back home,” Fisher said today. “I might walk. I’ll walk back. I’ll walk back to Detroit.”

Asked jokingly whether the media can hold him to that, Fisher said, smiling: “That’s a guarantee. I’ll walk back to Detroit.” It’s not an Anthony Smith-style guarantee, and certainly less eye-gouge-worthy than when ESPN employee Sean Salisbury’s “promised” to walk naked from Bristol to DC should the ‘Skins make the playoffs. But, if nothing else, it was a lighthearted moment for a team in desperate need of one. (Assuming you’re not into the comedy stylings of Rob Parker, of course.)

It’s probably worth mentioning that Fisher suffered a concussion against the Saints, although he sounds more lucid here than Marinelli has at any point this season.

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