he NFL and its teams regularly perform charitable acts, but it’s worth noting the unique relationship between teams and the beat writers who cover them. Team policies and the mission of a beat writer create natural and inevitable conflict. For the Lions to take the measures they did speaks to how Kowalski transcended that struggle and earned the respect of a team that by definition would have liked him to do his job a little differently.
PewterReport.com is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2011 season opener against Detroit will be blacked out. The number of tickets sold for the Bucs vs. Lions game on Sunday, September 11 is close to 50,000 and it is nearly impossible to expect that the team will sell 15,000 more seats by Thursday to meet the NFL-mandated 72 hours prior to kickoff time frame to lift blackouts in the local television market of home teams.
The influx of capable talent in the ensuing two years has a bittersweet flavor; probably more sweet than bitter, but the Lions have to deal with a different problem: cutting good players when it’s time to make final cuts.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.