Scanning the Savanna

Scanning the Savanna is a daily feature that brings fresh Detroit Lions and NFL related content to your fingertips each morning. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s scan the savanna together.

 

One more Lions win, and it’ll mark the first time they and the Tigers made the playoffs in the same season in 76 years. One more win stamps an exclamation point on uncharacteristic range of local sports achievement for 2011:

 

Harley Sewell, a Detroit Lions offensive lineman during the championship seasons in the 1950s, has died. He was 80.

 

 

In the wake of Sunday’s NFL results, I’m not sure whether to be more in awe of the 2007 New England Patriots or the 2008 Detroit Lions.

Green Bay’s first loss of the season and Indianapolis’ first win drove home the points that going unbeaten throughout an NFL regular season is extremely difficult and going winless is nearly impossible.

 

 

For Stan Hendrickson, the little World War II airstrip in the New Guinea jungle not only was a long way from the University of Colorado and Folsom Field, it was where he learned that he had been selected in the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.

He tells his story today, saying his service time in the U.S. Army was an interlude in his life while he was “doing what I had to do.”

 

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