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

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.


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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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Till's Return: The Gorilla Is Back

Liverpool's Darren Till Is Ready To Take Out Everyone


The #3 ranked fighter in the welterweight division former title challenger Darren Till has recently expressed that he is ready to get into the octagon multiple times this year as he aims to get that top spot in the division. He has said since UFC 228 with the bout between himself and the current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley he has essentially reassessed the situation. He is ready to capitalize on the lessons he has learned while showing why he is still the biggest challenger in the 170-pound division.

He has called out all names but he has not hesitated to express his interest in getting that rematch with the champion "The Chosen One" Tyron Woodley because he knows and is confident he has the skill to defeat Tyron. The Gorilla is definitely ready to be the Main Event on the London card in March but there is no clear set opponent yet.

Rumors began to spread in the mix martial arts world that Darren Till would be facing Colby Covington but it was not set in stone. Darren would have much more to win if he took on Colby and dismantled him. He would resolidify himself as the #1 Title challenger as Colby would have a lot more to lose. Colby Covington does not seem to be on the best of terms with the UFC as is so it seems like this would be the most appropriate fight to make since Kamaru Usman vs Tyron Woodley was booked for UFC 235 for the belt.

Darren Till is absolutely ready to get back into action but many would like to see him step into the Middleweight division and show what he can do. He does not want any rest and wants to fight 3 times or more in 2019 as it looks to be a promising year. The Gorilla recently received a call out for the London card by #9 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal as they both share the same amount of interest in the past but the fight was never booked.

Another huge fight he has interest in is with the "Style Bender" from the middleweight division, top prospect Israel Adesanya which would be absolute madness and would be a huge sell for the business. But in the meantime, he does believe he will stay at welterweight even though the division is in a very weird place right now. He expressed his dislike for Colby but knows the game Colby Covington is trying to play. A fight between Darren Till and the (Former?) Interim Title holder Colby Covington would definitely put a clear understanding to who the next title challenger could be in the division for Tyron Woodley.

The 26-year-old has 17 wins and 1 loss with 1 draw in his mix martial arts career. The last time we saw the #3 ranked "Gorilla" Darren Till was when he took on Tyron Woodley who become the first person to finish and stop Darren giving him his first loss at UFC 228. It is very exciting to see Darren so hungry and eager to get back in the cage. Hopefully, it will be in the Main Event in London.

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