“It was up there. I mean, it was unbelievable. You know, especially early on some of those third downs, you couldn’t hear yourself think and you know, that’s just the potential of this city. We know that they can get behind us like that and come out and really wreck a game for another team.”
Detroit is a sports fan’s dream today as the Detroit Tigers play Game 2 of the American League Championship series vs the Texas Rangers this afternoon and the Detroit Lions get ready for their first Monday Night Football appearance in a decade!
1. The Reason for the Return is Relevance. The Lions haven’t hosted a Monday night game since October of 1974. The Detroit News reports that downtown hotels are booked, bars are opening early and 2,000 standing-room-only tickets sold out online in four minutes. It’s the first MNF game ever at Ford Field, and Lion kicker Jason Hanson observes: You’re a relevant team again. It comes with winning. You’re playing a game that people are paying attention to.
Relevance also bring numbers, and the Lions are not just shooting to shatter the 62,257 for a 2007 game against the Green Bay Packers, they have a shot at the 68,206 who attended Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5, 2006.
2. The last time the Lions lost a regular season game was 24-20 on December 5th at the hands of the Bears, who are 10-4 during coach Lovie Smith’s tenure. While the two teams definitely don’t have a storied rivalry, there’s definitely little love lost. The Detroit Zoo and Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo have a little wager on the game.
3. Hank’s Loss is the Lions’ Gain. After the country music star compared the President to Hitler, MNF went looking for a replacement for the opening video tonight. They found Detroit Lion legend Barry Sanders. Read all about it here and tune in tomorrow for a copy of the video!
4. So how ’bout them Tigers? An early rain delay in Arlington pushed the Tigers to this afternoon as well. The extra day of rest has at least one positive after news that Magglio Ordonez is done for the season – it looks like Tiger #3 hitter Delmon Young will be in the lineup. Add an extra day for starter Max Scherzer and things are looking pretty good for the Tigers.
5. Who wins? The CBS Sports preview (video below)has 5 experts and ALL 5 select the Lions. ESPN’s MNF page has the Lions all over it and their experts are mostly picking the Lions as well. MLB experts are split but one thing is for sure, it’s a wonderful week to be a Detroit sports fan!