Scanning the Savanna


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My instinct is to place a cold compress or two on Lions Fever, at least in advance of a presumed free-agency period during which the Lions ostensibly must strengthen deficiencies at cornerback and outside linebacker. Moreover, their division includes the NFC’s top two teams from 2010, and their 2011 schedule opens with road games in three of the first four weeks.

With that said, spring should be a time for hope, optimism and, most of all, positivity. (Even from me, especially during the lockout.) Instead of looking at Lions Fever through the prism of possible pratfalls, let’s carve into stone a few goals that must be fulfilled in order for the Lions to make their first playoff appearance in 14 years.

Two-week furloughs began earlier this week for employees of the Detroit Lions, but that didn’t stop them from scrounging up enough money to make a hire during the midst of the NFL lockout.

Was watching one of those top-10 shows on the NFL Network the other night. This one was the “Worst Teams in NFL History.” Obviously, these are meant to incite debate, which is fine, and for the most part, had no problem with those selected. Could argue with a few, but that’s not the point of this particular column.

Alas …

Okay, can’t let this slide: The 2008 Detroit Lions are not, in any way, shape or form, deserving of the No. 1 ranking.

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