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I'm Still Optimistic About the Lions' Future, Hear Me Out

Against all common sense, I still believe that Lions have a successful future ahead of them in the years to come.

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The Detroit Lions have been a record-breakingly awful team for the majority of its history. The Lions are only one of four teams who have not only never won a Super Bowl, but haven't even BEEN to the Super Bowl. And it isn't like they have even come close to that - the Lions have never won a playoff game since 1992. With failure after failure of players and coaches, they can just never seem to get it right. The Lions were the first team to record the 0-16 winless season back in 2008. Even though history doesn't show up any hope, with a new coach, GM, and players, they might just have a chance to be above average instead of just average.

1. Matt Patricia 

Matt Patricia has worked alongside one of the greatest coaches of our generation, if not all time, in Bill Belichick. Belichick has led the Patriots to five Super Bowl victories and eight Super Bowl Appearances. The Lions need someone leading them who is familiar with a winning culture and strategy. While Patricia hasn't been excellent this season, he is still adjusting to being a head coach instead of a defensive coordinator, and he is still getting used to his players. I think his knowledge of how to win will serve the Lions well in the long run.

2. Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn is also an ex-Patriot that has been a great addition to our system as GM. Quinn has substantially upped our quality of players that we draft, getting us players like Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay, who both have potential to be this team's future superstars. Also with Additions like Jarrad Davis, Frank Ragnow, Taylor Decker, and Graham Glasgow, Quinn understands the importance of the player who plays in the trenches as well. Quinn knows we have to win at the line of scrimmage, which is something this team has lacked.

3. Kerryon Johnson

Kerryon Johnson was the team's second-round pick out of Auburn in 2018. The Lions desperately needed help in the run game, given the fact they had not had a 100-yard rusher since 2013. Kerryon gifted us with 100 yards against the Patriots, which is an accomplishment that gives me hope that he could be the savior running back this team has been waiting for. After the failures of Abdullah, Leshoure, Best, and other recent running back draft pick that turned into busts, Kerryon looks like he has the potential to be the superstar we need in this position.

4. Kenny Golladay

Kenny Golladay has the unfortunate circumstance of coming to the team after Calvin Johnson was here. Megatron has raised the city's expectations for what a wide receiver should be. Since filling in the Hall of Famer's role, Golladay has had some very impressive catches that have shown us his superstar potential. He has the same ability as CJ to be able to make those crazy catches while being triple teamed and also being a great route runner.

5. Defense

Darius Slay has been the biggest superstar on the Lion's defense for the last few years. Slay had 8 interceptions in 2017 and went on to the Pro Bowl that year, as well as this year. Alongside Slay is Glover Quin, who is a also a veteran defensive back with Slay. The newcomers like Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, and Damon "Snacks" Harrison, have added more playmakers and depth into this defense. Looking ahead, the Lions will need some ore improvement on the defensive line, but as far as linebackers and defensive backs go, the Lions have pretty good talent.

6. The fans

The Detroit Lions fans have gone through hard time after hard time with this team. You can't even say ups and downs because there really hasn't been any ups. My family has had season to the Lions games for years, and we still continue to go year after year, just to get our hearts broken again. The Sunday tradition of being angry after losing can be turned into fuel to get your homework done, though. The Lions fans still show up the Ford Field every Sunday, just as enthused as ever, that this year could be the year of the Lions.

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Everything The Student Athlete Loses When They Move On From Sports

Enjoy it while it lasts.

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We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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It's Been A Year And I Still Miss It

The memories with my teammates and coaches are remembered everyday.

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Never thought I'd say it but here I am. I am happy to say I am proud to be where I am today but the thoughts of never playing a sport again linger in my mind. Those emotions of anticipation and excitement when it comes to playing a sport are long gone. Sad to say I will never have butterflies before running a race, floor burns all over my knees and sweat mixed with softball dirt all over me.

The little aspects that I took for granted are what I remember the most. I am who I am today because of my coaches and teammates. Each and every sport came with a support system to fall back on and friendships that would last a lifetime. My coaches and teammates taught me life long skills that I will carry with me forever. They taught me the true meaning of dedication, teamwork, perseverance and respect. Yes, I love the game but the connections and memories I have built have impacted me. Especially, the times I have created with my teammates and coaches on the bus rides, practices and game days.

Those are the moments I will never get back. I will never forget the times my volleyball teammates and I would run over to Perkins after a win. We would eat junkie, greasy food till our tummies were full but during those moments we were all owning the moment while being young and careless. Even during track season my teammates and I found time to have fun while running rigorous workouts. I will never forget the mid-dance parties during track meets to keep our mind off of the stress of performing to our best ability. Softball season always seemed to be on the road, which meant plenty of bus rides with my teammates. Those hours of traveling were the best from the never have I ever games to singing along to great hits.

I will never get the chance again to compete in front of a crowd. The cheers and the roars of the fans is such a surreal feeling. Running on the blue oval was something I will never forget. As much as I hated the queasy, uneasy feelings before running, I would go back for it one more time. Stepping foot on the blue oval meant a great athlete once took those same steps I did. The moment my teammates, coaches and I clinched the win to go to State for the first time in school history was unbelievable. It was an accomplishment for us seniors, for our coaches, for our families and fans, for our school and for the past softball players. We did something that was never done before in school history and all I can say is I'm proud to have done it with the group of girls that I did.

Getting to state and playing with the best of the best is remarkable but what seemed to be even better was getting a victory against a city rival. Everyone came out for those games from grandparents to students to alumni. Our best performances were amongst us when competing against city rivals. Particularly, through volleyball, my teammates and I seemed to be hungrier for a win whenever it was a city rival. I guess, the best moments happened when we beat a cross-town rival. You could say we got bragging rights for the year.

To all the athletes out there competing in their last game, last match or last race, relish in those last seconds because before you know it you will never pick up a ball again, race in a relay or dance after a victory.

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