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As most of my loyal readers know, my two favorite football teams are the Detroit Lions and the University of Michigan Wolverines. Blue is my favorite color whether Honolulu blue or the mighty Maize & Blue. This is a pivotal year for both of my teams. On one hand, we have a new GM of the Detroit Lions, Bob Quinn, who was with the New England Patriots since 2000 with his departing title as Director of Pro Scouting. Then we have the mega-hype of the crazy, love him or hate him, Jim Harbaugh as the Head Coach in his second year at the University of Michigan.
Make it quick!
I am going to rip the Band-Aid off the Detroit Lions season first because it’s going to hurt. The Detroit Lions will end the season 12 wins and 4 losses. The Lions will make it into the playoffs as a wild card. If the Lions do not win their wild card game to make it into a second playoff game, I will not count the 2016 season as an improvement on the “same old Lions.” Actually, my gut tells me their season record will be 11 wins and 5 losses, but I am hoping Bob Quinn will not only strike some fear into the team but Coach Caldwell will be feeling the heat too.
Are they the same old Lions?
Only time will tell if the Detroit Lions are on their way to dumping that tired but true tag line, “Same Old Lions.” If Coach Caldwell’s sideline game face is any indication, the Lions will continue to be cooking Brussel sprouts out on the field. Look for penalties and injuries to be their downfall.
What’s new with the Lions
Seriously? This has Kelly Stafford written all over it with the Detroit Lions finally getting their own cheerleaders. But, whatever, I don’t understand the need for cheerleaders in professional sports. I can imagine cheerleaders for other professional teams probably doing great marketing and community service work, but the wives of tDetroit Lions football players have always been outstanding in that area as team advocates in the Detroit and surrounding area. Oh well, what do I know? What I DO know is that cheerleaders don’t win games. And the Detroit Lions better win games this season including making it to and winning in the playoffs.
Hail! To the Victors!
I’ll be honest. I did NOT like Jim Harbaugh when he was the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49’ers. I thought he was abrupt and rude. Since he has been in Ann Arbor, I’ve seen his intensity and true love of the game of football. Is he crazy? Absolutely! But I know how it feels to be intensely in love with football and be a crazy fan of a losing team like the Detroit Lions. So count me in. I am crazy too. Now, am I crazy enough to believe Jim Harbaugh will bring a National Championship team back to Ann Arbor this season?
I think the Wolverines will end the season with 10 wins and 2 losses. They will battle it out in the Big Ten Championship game facing either Wisconsin or Ohio State. I don’t want to be a mean big sister but Michigan will finally turn the tide on the Michigan State Spartans this year. I may not wear green because green gives me a terrible case of the hives, but I will always cheer for Michigan teams just not on Saturday, October 29th. Sorry Sparty friends, the Michigan Wolverines will win in East Lansing this year.
For the Love of Scotch!
I will say it one more time. Respect the rules of the game and Sheri’s Rules for the 2016 Football Season. In case you missed reading them, see my earlier pre-season post, Sheri’s Rules for 2016 Football Season. There have already been a few offenders this season, but I won’t mention any names (Vinny Sal, Mom, Penny).
I’m ready, are you?
I am hoping my teams prove me wrong this season. The Detroit Lions will finally make it to the Super Bowl because I do think there will a surprise team that makes it to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017. I am praying they make it.
Will my mighty Wolverines make it to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on January 9, 2017? Let the Harbaugh hype continue! #GoBlue
Schedules for both teams:
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