DTF: Preseason Week One

BY:DALTON

Its time for the Detroit Lions to start playing football again. With it being that time of the year again, SideLion Report decided to bring in the hired gun. That’s right, a no-name blogger who applied at the link down below. Cant figure out who it is? Its ME! Welp, if I had to guess you’re not here to read about me, so here are three things I’m looking for in the Lions first preseason game against the Oakland (1960-1982, 1995-2019) Raiders:

 

  • Back-Up Quarterback Battle: It will be interesting to see who gets more snaps with the second team in the game. Second year quarterback Jake Rudock or journeyman back-up Matt Cassel. A lot of reports from camp thus far says its been a 50/50 race. I would expect to see Rudock to start out with the second team, because hes the incumbent, but if Cassel out performs him in the glorified scrimmage dont be surprised to see a non-Stafford Matt to lead the second team in the second preseason game.
  • Second Corner Position: All-Pro corner Darius Slay is set as the main corner for the Lions, but his partner is still up in the air. As of now, it seems to be between former Seahawk DeShawn Shead and second year cornerback Nevin Lawson. Shead, a former member of the Legion of Boom, would be my pick for the position that mirrors Slay because of his experience and championship pedigree. Lawson wont go down without a fight though. After a strong second half to the 2017-2018 season, he can solidify his spot as the second corner with an impressive preseason, which starts tomorrow.
  • Kerryon Johnson: The rookie running back is the most anticipated player since the last time the Lions drafted a running back. We all know the woes of the Lions in the run game and it seems that the Lions’ front office also know. Trading up to draft Johnson proves their commitment to give Stafford a little bit of help on the offensive end. Obviously Johnson will get a lot of run during the regular season, so this isnt so much about a running back “battle” as much as it is to see how good/bad the rookie will be.

Red Wings 2017-18 Season Preview Pt. 3: In Which I Finally Finish the Preview a Fifth of the Way Through the Season

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The Wings will need to step things up defensively if they hope to contend for a playoff spot.

See also – Pt. 1: FeelingsballPt. 2: In Which We Actually Talk About Hockey

Well folks, we’re already fifteen games into the 2017-18 NHL season, and I still haven’t gotten around to writing the final installment of my Red Wings preview that I’m sure all my readers have been awaiting with bated breath. I’d like to take this opportunity to personally apologize to both of you; you shouldn’t have to wait this long for my opinions. In this segment I’ll take a look at what Detroit has to offer from a defensive perspective, and we’ll review how the team is looking so far this year.

Spoiler alert: if you thought the forwards preview was grim, you may want to avert your eyes from the first section.

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Red Wings 2017-18 Season Preview Pt. 2: In Which We Actually Talk About Hockey

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The Wings will look to their beloved captain to lead the team yet again

 

See also – Pt. 1: Feelingsball

We have finally arrived at the regular season! No more waiting, no more speculating; hockey is back y’all. It’s like being a kid and waking up on Christmas, and I can’t wait to see what new shiny toys Santa left for us. Only this year it’s not quite as exciting as it maybe has been in years past, for reasons discussed previously. Still, it’s nice just to be able to watch meaningful hockey on TV again. In this part of the Red Wings season preview, we’ll take a look at the forwards on the roster and see what kind of dangermen the Wings might have.

Spoiler alert: there aren’t many.

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Red Wings 2017-18 Season Preview Pt. 1: Feelingsball; or, A Period of Transition

 

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A common occurrence during the 2016-17 season

 When I was ten the University of Michigan football team went 7-5 because Tyler Eckert didn’t pitch the ball to Steve Breaston*, and everyone was mad as hell and I thought that was the worst thing that could ever happen to Michigan football. Then the RichRod and Brady Hoke eras were a thing, and I realized that my ten-year-old self was way wrong in that assessment, and that Michigan fans were spoiled when it came to long-term success. After not missing the playoffs for a solid quarter century, a similar phenomenon is happening with the Detroit Red Wings. In this first segment of their 2017-18 season preview, we’ll set the mood for the upcoming season as the Wings prepare to enter their own RichRod era by talking about, like, feelings and stuff. Part Two of the season preview will delve deeper into the actual hockey side of things.

* – Seriously, just pitch the goddamn ball to Breaston!

 

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