Scanning the Savanna


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In June 2011, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz sent a tweet to fans asking them to nickname the team’s defensive line of Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nick Fairley.

 

Yes, that game got the Buffalo Bills got their first win of 2010 against the Detroit Lions, but the lasting impression from that game was how well right guard Eric Wood fared against star rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

 

 

I’ve never been to any of the campuses of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. I’ve never stepped foot on their practice field in the heat of August. I have no idea if its facilities are those of a polished football factory, or of a rural high school. Is the grass lush and green, or dusty and scraggly? Is a cajun waterboy at the ready with a filtered backpack, or is there a garden hose with holes in it zip-tied to a chain link fence? I don’t know. I do know that Wesson, Mississippi is a long way from the bright lights of SEC football—and that’s where a huge, cat-quick pass-rusher from Mobile named Nick Fairley expected to be.

 

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