It’s always interesting to see who the Detroit Lions choose to feature on promotional items. It’s never a surprise to see the team’s superstars like Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford show up but the season ticket strip extends the necessary pool of images to ten (two preseason games, eight regular season games).
With ticket deliveries to season ticket holders starting yesterday, we now know who the Lions have selected for each week:
Game One – Lions fan
Game Two – Rob Sims
Game Three – Jason Hanson
Game Four – Brandon Pettigrew
Game Five – Ndamukong Suh
Game Six – Herman Moore
Game Seven – Stephen Tulloch
Game Eight – Matthew Stafford
Game Nine – Chris Houston
Game Ten – Calvin Johnson
Notably absent are any of the new additions like Reggie Bush or Ziggy Ansah but that could easily be explained by the lack of game photos of them in their new Honolulu blue and silver duds. The most glaring omission, in my mind, is Louis Delmas. It’s not uncommon to hear him referred to as the “heart and soul” of the Lions defense but you won’t find him pictured on a 2013 game ticket.
Perhaps the fact that Louis Delmas was a free agent had something to do with that decision. The problem with that theory is that tickets were just delivered this week, four months after Delmas re-signed with the team.
While Delmas may be a curious omission, the two curious players who appear on game tickets are, in fact, no longer players at all: Jason Hanson and Herman Moore. The Lions immediately announced upon Hanson’s retirement that he would be inducted into the Lions ring of honor and although no official announcement has been made as of yet, it would make sense to expect this to happen week one (home game three) as Hanson appears on the ticket.
Moore’s inclusion also makes sense as the game for which he appears on the ticket has been designated a Detroit Lions alumni game.