Detroit Lions’ 2014 Schedule Released

The Detroit Lions will open the 2014 season with a Monday night home game against the New York Giants. They’ll close it with road games at Chicago and Green Bay, with the Bears visiting Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

The full schedule, as reported by the Detroit Free Press:

Week 1: vs. NY Giants (MNF)
Week 2: at Carolina
Week 3: vs. Green Bay
Week 4: at NY Jets
Week 5: vs. Buffalo
Week 6: at Minnesota
Week 7: vs New Orleans
Week 8: Atlanta (Game in London)
Week 9: Bye
Week 10: vs. Miami
Week 11: at Arizona
Week 12: at New England
Week 13: vs. Chicago (Thankgiving)
Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay
Week 15: vs. Minnesota
Week 16: at Chicago
Week 17: at Green Bay

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Max Scherzer Featured on Cover of Latest Sports Illustrated

Max Scherzer — and, more specifically, Max Scherzer’s contract situation with the Detroit Tigers — drew a cover for this week’s Sports Illustrated.

The headline reads “Mad Max’s $144 Million Bet”, followed by this tease of Albert Chen’s article: “Max Scherzer has a Cy Young arm and a beautiful mind to match, but did he make a dumb wager on his future?”

Here’s a look at the cover:
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GIF: Brendan Smith Knees Brad Marchand

Two things about Brendan Smith’s open-ice collision with the Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand during Game 3 Tuesday night:

1. Smith definitely deserved the penalty that he was assessed for tripping, as he clearly left his leg out to trip up Marchand.

2. Marchand still somehow oversold the play anyway.

The Bruins’ agitator tumbled to the ice after Smith clipped his left left … then grabbed at his right leg in pain and stayed down on the ice for a couple moments before being helped to the bench. Marchand returned shortly thereafter (and then took a penalty of his own). But it made for a bizarre moment (GIF via¬†@MyRegularFace):

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Rapping Red Wings Series Reset: Detroit Must Ignore Goon Tactics, Play Mentally Strong

detroit_red_wings_logoIn a playoff series against a physical opponent, there’s a fine line between being tough and being strong. Friday night, the Detroit Red Wings were strong, while Sunday afternoon, they tried to be a bit too tough.

It was no coincidence, then, that the Red Wings lost 4-1 on Sunday after winning 1-0 on Friday. The enduring image from the weekend was 6’1″ Brendan Smith attempting to challenge 6’9″ Zdeno Chara to a fight. Chara laughed, mocked him, dropped his stick, and fortunately for Smith, officials then quickly intervened. It was a life saving maneuver. If they hadn’t cut in, Smith could have spent an unpleasant Easter Sunday eve in the hospital. Continue reading

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Video: Ian Kinsler Scores Bizarre Run as Angels Commit Three Errors on One Play

Ian Kinsler scored a run straight out of Little League on Sunday afternoon, tying the Detroit Tigers’ game with Los Angeles at one in the bottom of the first.

Kinsler was on first base with Miguel Cabrera facing a 3-2 count. Cabrera took ball four with Kinsler running, but catcher Hank Conger fired the ball to second anyway. As Kinsler then made his way over to third, Mike Trout’s throw back into the infield sailed high, so Kinsler broke for home. Pitcher Hector Santiago scooped up the loose ball and attempted to gun Kinsler at the plate, only to throw wide for his team’s third error on the play.

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Video: Nick Castellanos Hits 2-Run Home Run off CJ Wilson

Nick Castellanos handed the Detroit Tigers a much-needed boost on Saturday, as they finally snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Angels. The rookie third baseman turned on a C.J. Wilson pitch in the bottom of the second and drilled it over the left-field wall for a two-run homer and 2-1 lead.

The Tigers went on to win the game, 5-2.

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Video: Milan Lucic Spears Danny DeKeyser

The Boston Bruins love to play a physical, in-your-face style of hockey and Milan Lucic wasted no time landing the first cheap shot of this playoff series with Detroit.

Late in the second period, Lucic drifted behind Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser and delivered an obvious, dirty spear between DeKeyser’s legs. The play happened in open ice, not far from a ref, but Lucic somehow managed to escape a penalty on the play.
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