Scanning the Savanna

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The hype going into this Detroit Lions season was pretty much unbearable and most likely set up one huge feline trap for the boys in Honolulu Blue.

But after a 2-0 start and an undefeated preseason, doesn’t the Lions bandwagon look like too much fun to miss?

Further, the Lions beat us late in the season last year. Heck, the Tigers owned the Twins this year. Maybe we will never beat another Motown team as long as I live. It is certain the Timberwolves will help in that realm. The Wild, too.

Somewhere on an interstate between Florida and Michigan, one of the biggest, baddest athletes in Detroit history flipped on his radio Sunday for the Lions game. And Bill Laimbeer smiled. There is this brute of a man playing on the defensive line for Detroit now, and in some ways, he reminds Laimbeer of himself.

Any and all conversations about the unusually lofty expectations for the 2011 Detroit Lions end with this caveat:

” … if, of course, Matthew Stafford stays healthy.”

It’s a big if to those of us on the outside of Lions camp. Stafford potentially is a brilliant quarterback. But he also had more missed games because of knee and shoulder injuries (19) than games played (13) in his first two seasons. He also had surgery on that rocket right shoulder.

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