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The Detroit Lions training camp has finally arrived and all other teams are in the full-training camp action, too. The major fear of all these NFL teams are injuries during training camp and preseason games. The Baltimore Ravens have already received a scare with Joe Flacco (stiff back) although it should not be too serious for Joe Flacco. The Lions already suffered a tough injury earlier this spring when Taylor Decker, the 2016 No. 1 draft pick went down with a shoulder injury. The good news is that Decker’s arm is out of the sling and he might be back sooner than later. I believe the Lions thought at one time it might be a season-ending injury, but hopefully, it won’t be for Taylor.

Taylor Decker has a tremendous rookie campaign on the offensive line for the Lions in 2016. The Lions, who have struggled up front on the offensive line for what seems like decades, look pretty good here in 2017. The addition of T.J. Lang at right guard and Rick Wagner at right tackle will be a major improvement over the 2016 O-Line. The addition of draft flop Greg Robinson from the L.A. Rams could be a diamond in the rough. The fact Robinson was a high draft pick and has not lived up to expectations was the reason the Rams dealt him to Detroit. However, sometimes a player will flourish in a different colored uniform. Let’s hope this is the case with Greg Robinson.

The offensive line will help Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah run the football in 2017. We all know the Lions’ running game has been pitiful for a decade or two. However, I see the Lions’ running game on the upswing in 2017.

I love the signing of Glover Quin to a new contract. I think Quin is a true professional and I like how he plays on defense. Man, it feels good to have football back in the news, doesn’t it? Will we hear the Lions roar or snore in 2017? What are your thoughts?

MLB trade deadline gone

The trade deadline in baseball has passed and Justin Verlander will stay to take the mound in the Ole English D. I have mixed emotions on this. The positive is that Justin Verlander is still a good pitcher and he is the face of the Detroit Tigers, in my opinion. I guess one could argue it’s Miggy, but not in my eyes. I think Justin wants to end his career here in Detroit on the preface that Detroit stays competitive on the diamond. I think Justin wants a shot at winning a World Series before his career is over with. I do feel the Tigers’ window has closed as a World Series contender.

Let’s all be honest, too. It was Justin’s contract situation and amount of money he makes as the reason he is still in Detroit. There are two players no longer in Detroit as left-handed relief pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila are Chicago Cubs. The Cubs offered up their No. 1 prospect, third baseman Jeimer Candelario and Isaal Paredes and the Tigers made the deal. Jeimer Candelario is currently at the Triple A level and at 23-years old, has a shot at making the Tigers’ roster. I will say this deal is much better than the J.D. Martinez trade of a week or so ago. Al Avila has stated that he has never been told to trim pay roll by the Tigers’ top brass. I find that insulting, to say the least. If it’s one thing I can positively say, the Detroit Tigers are trimming pay roll; plain and simple! Let’s see if any more Tigers switch teams here in August. I highly doubt it, but you never know.

The deadline really helped the New York Yankees and the L.A. Dodgers. The Dodgers, who are the best team in baseball right now, acquired Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers. The stronger get stronger and that makes the Dodgers the World Series favorites, in my opinion. I realize Yu Darvish isn’t the pitcher he once was, but he is a great addition to the starting pitching rotation. The New York Yankees pried Sonny Gray away from the Oakland A’s. That was an awesome move by the Pin stripers. Sonny Gray has dominating stuff and he will make the New York Yankees American League East winners over the Boston Red Sox. The American League playoffs will be a October extravaganza and must-watch television. I see no prohibitive favorite to go to the World Series from the American League, as all the teams are dead even on paper. I will be honest, though. I want the Houston Astros or Cleveland Indians to represent the American League.

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