Monday, September 19, 2011

Soccer pro

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott

A year ago one of my best friends was drafted into the MLS. He and I played soccer together in high school. We both went on to play in college as well. He played at a major university, and I played at a small college. Even though we went to different schools, we remained close. I was a groomsman in his wedding two years ago. When he was drafted by Major League Soccer, I hoped to watch him play. However, he now lives across the country, and I live in a rural area in the southeast. Because of our location, we were having great difficult with our internet service. I looked into satellite internet at I have been much happier with this service, and I am now able to follow him through the team’s website. We also talk on the phone every two to three weeks. I always dreamed of playing professional soccer, but I did not have the talent to realize that dream. However, it is pretty awesome to see a teammate and close friend live out his dream in the professional ranks. I know it is tremendously taxing physically and mentally at the professional level, but his hard work and dedication to the sport has finally paid off.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Lions Are For Real!

After the Tampa Bay win last week, I was pretty confident in the team. I could see clearly that they have the tools to be a good team. They are well coached, and prepared to play their games, which doesn't always seem to be the case early on around the league. So I was a little skeptical after the game as I've seen teams year after year get a big win week 1 that really wasn't that big a deal. Then this

48-3 over Kansas City. You read that right. The Lions beat a team 48-3! I can't remember a beating like that can you? It has been so long to see us handle a team like that I am not sure I was even alive. We are good folks! pool heat pumps
Matt Stafford is a beast. Beast mode QB that looks like he has been around for a decade. Quickly looking at all his reads and making decisions. Throwing darts through coverage on target for big plays.

What makes me the most happy is just how often he goes to Calvin Johnson. Remember last year how almost every week we were askign why the hell isn't Calvin getting more looks? I think it was fear. Hill doesn't have the arm for it. Stafford does. He also doesn't have any fear.

70% of teams that start 2-0 make the playoffs since the Super Bowl system has started kids.

Verlander up to 24 Wins

The debate still rages on about who the AL MVP award will go to, but I think it is pretty obvious who the AL Cy Young Award will be going to. Verlander won his 24th game and 12th in a row today going 8 scoreless innings and lowering his ERA to 2.29 with a WHIP of 0.91.

The Tigers have already clinched the division title for the first time in over 20 years. They are now trying to hold off Texas , Boston, and Tampa Bay for the 2nd best record in the AL. N is still up a bit on the Tigers and it would take another very nice winning run to catch up to them and win the best record in the AL this year for home field up to the World Series.

Just 10 more games to go and the season is over with the Tigers heading for the playoffs! The Lions look awesome too so this is turning out to be a great year for Detroit. Getting life insurance quotes is at an all-time high for the impending excitement.

Titus Young May Not Be Worthless After All

Through 4 preseason games and one week of the regular season we had seen almost nothing out of the 2nd round draft pick Titus Young. In fact today he had not just his first pro catch, but he had some big ones. Mainly a first down grab that was all him stretching out on a 3rd and 24.

In Detroit's 48-3 pummeling of the Kansas City Chiefs, Young hauled in five passes for 89 yards, including a 43-yard bomb on a 3rd-and-24, despite being blanketed by Chiefs safety Kendrick Lewis.
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"I leaned in after he made that catch and said, 'That's the catch of the game in my eyes,'" fellow wide receiver Nate Burleson said. "It really opened up the door. We were on the way to making it a convincing game, but that play right there, digging us out of that third-down hole, was huge."

"When that happens, your other guys have to make plays, and Titus did that today," Schwartz said. "Third-down-and-long and (he makes) a huge, huge play going over the middle and out-jumping a defender. That was a big-time play."