Continuing the trend of Detroit Lions in commercials is quarterback Matthew Stafford who was recently featured in a new commercial for Champs Sports. Check out the video below:
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the world of professional sports and the idea of heroes. While there are certainly heroes in every profession and in all walks of life, the real heroes are the men and woman who fight to protect this country every day.
On this memorial day, remember those — past and present — who have served our country in the armed forces. It’s because of their dedication, bravery, and sacrifice that we get to enjoy the things we love — like the Detroit Lions — every day. We appreciate all that you do.
Here are a few messages from the Detroit Lions on this Memorial Day:
Update: Details have emerged since we first learned that Nick Fairley was arrested for a DUI. We now also know that Fairley was driving 100 mph when he passed a police car and was eventually pulled over. The Lions released a statement saying simply that they are aware of the arrest and are gathering more information.
Because no nice weekend would be compete without a little controversy, it was reported early this morning that Detroit Lions defensive defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested for driving under the influence and attempting to elude police. According to the police report, he was also ticketed for driving recklessly, no proof of insurance, and having an open container.
And in his mugshot, he doesn’t look like he gives a single ****. Good show, Fairley.
To make the situation much worse, this is Fairley’s second arrest in as many months. In April, Fairley was arrested for marijuana possession. He apparently didn’t learn his lesson.
Alabama State Troopers say Fairley was arrested shortly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday on I-10 near the intersection of Highway 90 in Tillman’s Corner. » Continue reading “Nick Fairley Reportedly Arrested for DUI”
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco recently published a list of the top 100 players in football and three Detroit Lions made the cut. The list, voted on solely by Prisco, was based on “eyes (mine), ears (listening to scouts) and hours of watching tape.”
The Lions finished as follows:
- No. 4 – WR Calvin Johnson
- No. 50 – QB Matthew Stafford
Last week, Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch was seen on crutches around Allen Park. Despite the fact that he was dealing with knee tendinitis, he said he had every intention of participating in OTAs, which started Monday.
When Monday came and went without any sign of Tulloch, we eventually learned that he would in fact miss the entire month of May in order to heal his injury. Head coach Jim Schwartz even said Tulloch could miss three to four weeks.
But Tulloch wants to get back sooner, saying he hopes to return to Allen Park for minicamp June 12-14.
“It’s just a little spot,” he said. “The whole knee is perfectly fine, it’s just one spot, which is important ’cause it’s your get-off. I just want to take precautions when it comes to that, so I can give 100-percent effort throughout the season and not have to worry about it. It’s something that coach decided to hold me out and rest and get ready for the season.”
Ashlee Palmer took first team reps in Tulloch’s absence.
Following a skirmish last week that involved Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young and safety Louis Delmas, Young missed the last two days of organized team activities (OTAs). It was reported yesterday that not only had Young punched Delmas when he wasn’t looking, but that he was asked to not participate in OTAs.
According to a team report today, however, Young was not officially suspended by the Lions and Tim Twentyman instead said “his absence Monday was not the result of any punitive action by the team.”
I don’t know about that. I’m sure there was some sort of understood agreement between the sides involved to maybe “sit this one out.” Especially when you’re dealing with one of the leaders on the defense and certainly on the team in Delmas.
When asked his opinions of the incident, wide receiver Nate Burleson did his very best to downplay the whole thing. Even going so far as to say it happens regularly across the league.
“We (Burleson and Stephen Tulloch) were working out,” Burleson said. “I don’t know if it was a punch, a push or a shove. It’s one of those things that happen all the time. When I played in Minnesota, we fought like every other day, and we were the closest team that I’ve been on up until that point. A scuffle in every eight or nine months here, that’s something rare. That shows you we don’t do it often. » Continue reading “Nate Burleson Downplays Titus Young, Louis Delmas Fight”
After Stafford donated transportation and Monday Night Football tickets to Chicago in October to the Griese-Hutchinson-Woodson fundraiser, he then put in the winning $15,000 bid so he could purchase the package for a patient at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital named Faith Falzone.
Stafford and his girlfriend, Kelly Hall, sat with Faith Falzone, who is having surgery this week, and her brother, Will, during the Griese-Hutchinson-Woodson fundraiser gala for the new children’s hospital in the U-M system on Saturday night. Stafford was so moved by their family’s story, he bid on his own auction gift, including six tickets — two provided by ESPN broadcaster and Ann Arbor resident Mike Tirico.
“They have been through so much in the past couple years, and to see how much they all supported each other and Faith through their tough times was really inspiring,” Stafford said in a text message. “I wanted to give them something they could really be excited about and something I know they deserved.” » Continue reading “Matthew Stafford Makes Impact On and Off the Field”
The Detroit Lions start organized team activities (OTAs) Monday, which can only mean one thing … organized team activities start Monday. There’s been a steady stream of news this off season, but I would expect it to pick up a bit next week.
In the meantime, let’s talk about some things I missed recently.
- The Lions placed RB Jerome Harrison on the reserved/non-football illness list. The move means Harrison will be out for the 2012 season, but it also means the Lions have space for two signings they made official this week. Harrison’s trade to the Eagles was halted last season after doctors discovered a brain tumor in his physical.
- After rookie mini-camp last week, the Lions signed safety Sam Proctor and wide receiver Wallace Miles. Proctor played college at the University of Oklahoma — making him the fourth Sooner rookie to be signed by the Lions. Miles played his college ball at North Carolina A&T.
- Matthew Stafford recently visited the Pentagon and White House and WXYZ has video of the event.
- After being named Madden 13 cover boy, Calvin Johnson made numerous media stops immediately following the reveal in Times Square. Luckily for Lions fans, the good people at EA Sports caught all this on tape and released a behind-the-scenes video of his whirlwind media blitz. Check out the video after the jump: » Continue reading “Lions’ Droppings: News, Notes and Nonsense”
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah recently put together a list of the top 10 NFL players under the age of 25, and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made the cut.
Stafford, just 24 years old, played in just his first full season last year and threw for more than 5,000 yards as a result. A healthy Stafford means a dominate Stafford. Here’s what Jeremiah had to say about him:
Surprised? It’s hard to believe that Stafford is still only 24 years old. After two injury-plagued years, he was able to stay healthy and post some incredible numbers in 2011. He passed for more than 5,000 yards and 41 TDs while leading the Lions back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. He has a tremendous skillset for the position. He has good size, arm-strength, touch and poise. He should be one of the league’s elite signal callers for the next decade.
I don’t know about you, but a Lions QB being named one of the best young players in the league is not only exciting, it’s very telling. It means the Lions are relevant again — and that’s awesome. When was the last time Detroit could say they had one of the best QBs in the league. Yeah, I can’ remember either. » Continue reading “Matthew Stafford Named a ‘Top 10 Player Under Age 25′”
I really do my best to not go all fangirl on this blog. And with the exception of one or two rare occasions, I think I’ve done a pretty good job. But, I’m sorry, today is not the day for sublety. Screw pride. Screw other people taking me seriously. I don’t care.
Look, I love football. But when you take my favorite football player and put a baseball bat in his hand, he instantly becomes more awesome.
And then when said football player, with said baseball bat hits a home run that seemingly looks effortless, I actually die a little inside.
Johnson — who was invited to throw out the first pitch at last night’s Tigers game — took batting practice with the team. And like everything he does in life, he made it look easy.
On his fifth pitch from third-base coach Gene Lamont, Johnson launched a shot that cleared the left-field fence with considerable ease.
Check out the video of him taking batting practice after the jump: » Continue reading “Calvin Johnson Proves Once Again that He’s Better Than You”