Taking a Moment to Reflect on the Return of Detroit Lions Football

I’m sure I have spent more time in front of my twitter feed screen than a television screen this week. [note: that twitter thing, it's kind of a big deal. You're following SLR, right?] It sounds kind of sad but I have actually really enjoyed it. This free agency period has been so crazy and twitter puts all the latest news at your fingertips.

I am blessed to be able to write this post half-disconnected from that fast paced world I’ve followed and chronicled here over the past few days. I can look up from my computer screen as I write and see a beautiful sunrise over one of Northern Michigan’s inland lakes and take a few moments to reflect. In fact, the sun has poked over the trees and the resulting warmth tells me Summer is still here but my twitter feed tells me Fall is rapidly approaching.

A friend tweeted at me earlier this week to express how excited he is for preseason football – and he wasn’t ashamed to say it. I can only imagine how he’ll feel once the regular season starts.

It was on the ride up to the cottage yesterday that a buddy and I were discussing the Lions and it both dawned on us that the Lions open preseason play in just two weeks. After months of lockout, we’re down to two weeks before the first “real” game. TWO WEEKS!

I get the sense that a lot of fans are content just to be able to talk about football, track the player movement and discuss the possibilities of the upcoming season. It seems like it almost doesn’t matter if games are two weeks or two months away, we know it will be played as scheduled.

As far as the Lions are concerned, there is all excitement and no drama. The draft picks are signed and the team appears to have the right leadership on the field, the sidelines and the front office. Practices just started yesterday and while some will be seen by fans, the rest of us have just two weeks to see them in action.

This is fun. The NFL is off and running and it won’t stop until the last piece of Confetti has fallen on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf in early February. After that, a regular off-season and repeat for the next decade.

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