Lions tales: Lions (colors) on tour, Smith with the starters

Not much up in Lions-land today, but there are couple of news nuggets.

Ben Curtis, wearing the Lions’ colors of Honolulu Blue and Silver (and quite a bit of black), is leading the PGA Championship by a stroke going into the 4th and final round:

I know what you’re thinking, “Why on earth would a PGA golfer be wearing Lions’ apparel? Is he NUTS?

He’s not NUTS, he’s contractually obligated.

Curtis has an endorsement deal with Reebok to wear the colors of the nearest NFL team when he plays on tour. Obviously, with the the PGA’s final major of the year being played in the Detroit suburbs at Oakland Hills CC, Curtis is severely handicapped by having to wear the colors of those not so lovable losers, the Detroit Lions.

Actually, this is the closest the Lions have been to any kind of title in years. SLR will be rooting for Mr. Curtis today (who’s attired in a natty Honolulu Blue fleece and Lions cap), if only in hopes of seeing someone wearing Lions colors actually WIN a championship. Any championship.

It’s the one dream I have left, and if a GOLFER is the one to accomplish it…Well, I’ll take what I can get.

Kevin Smith was running with the 1st string in workouts today:

Though the beat writers were more concerned with Calvin Johnson sitting out practice with a bruised leg (nothing serious, just precautionary), I think the more important story is Smith gtetting reps with the 1st team, while Tatum Bell was working with the 2nd team.

Rod Marinelli told the media there was nothing to it…

“We’re just rotating, I’m rotating the defensive line, too … we’re just practicing football.”

If you say so, Rod.

But if you go by the performances in the 1st exhibition, Smith showed more of a spark than Bell, and deserves getting some time with the starters. It’s simple. The Lions’ future is with Smith at running back, not Bell. So why delay the inevitable?

Pooch kicks:

Marinelli likes what he’s seen from rookie defensive lineman Cliff Averill. It’s all about speed…

Want the running game to improve? Then let’s get physical! Physical!

Did you know the NFL has adopted the NCAA rule of allowing the team that wins the coin toss to defer to the 2nd half? So it has. As conservative as NFL head coaches are, with group-think being the norm, and anything even remotely controversial never considered, how often would you expect a team to turn down the ball to start the game? Never seems like the best answer.

Topics: Kevin Smith

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  • Uncle Omar

    Al, your prescience is amazing.  If only Mike Shanahan had asked you before signing Boss Bailey.  Da’ Boss has suffered a severe ankle sprain and is out for the entire preseason.  The Donkeys, 44-8 losers to the hapless Lions last year, are hoping that he ready to go in the first regular season game against the Raiders.  Picking up Da’ Boss and dumping John Lynch was supposed to beef up that Donkey D.  Dream on. 

  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Big Al

    Thanks, Unc.

    Between his knack for injury (Boss could sprain a knee reading the paper) and his lackluster tackling ability, Boss Bailey is a bill of goods. His speed sucks coaches in, until they realize he can’t tackle and spends more time on the injured list than on the field.