The Detroit Lions are in training camp and made a huge move on the defensive side of the football. The Green Bay Packers released Mike Daniels, the defensive tackle, and he decided to play for Detroit. The reason he chose the Lions is to play for head coach Matt Patricia. Mr. Daniels actually called Coach Patricia a “genius.” How about that? I say drug test him before he signs the contract! The contract is for one year at $9.1 million with $7.8 million guaranteed.
The Lions will be strong on the defensive line this season and that’s encouraging.
The negative for me is that the Lions had to cut Theo Riddick, who spent six years in a Lions’ uniform. I personally loved Theo. He was solid on third downs and could catch the rock out of the backfield. I never thought the Lions used him enough, actually.
I believe Theo will be alright and will sign with some other NFL team. The rumor is that the New Orleans Saints are interested.
The early impressions out of camp on first-rounder T.J. Hockenson are tremendous. He seems to be catching the ball in traffic and in the red zone. I hope this all transfers over to the regular season. The tight end position has been pretty weak in recent years in the Motor City. By the way, how great is it to have football talk back on the agenda!
The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Pat Flaherty one week into training camp!
Talk about a short leash! Meanwhile, the Cowboys are still waiting for Ezekiel Elliott to report to camp, as he wants a new contract. The Cowboys will be forced to pay him because without him, they will struggle.
The Hall of Fame game is Thursday night with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons taking the field. Can it be football on television already? Yes, and hold on, Fat Guy, it’s only lousy pre-season games.
The Lions’ first pre-season game is 7:30 on August 8 at Ford Field against the New England Patriots.
The baseball trade deadline was Wednesday night. I watched with eyes wide open after I filed this column. I really believe the wheeling and dealing will be hot and heavy. I mean a few deals have been done here on Monday, but nothing of significance. The New York Mets have made a few moves sending Jason Vargas to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets, in a move directed at next season, traded for Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Bluebirds. (Jays). The Tigers could be active, so let’s see what worthless moves Al Avila musters up.
He scares the heck out of me at this time of the year. He will trade someone for two dozen dirty baseballs!
I mean the Tigers are 30-71, so let that sink in for a second. Detroit is the worst team in baseball and I’ll keep my profanity-laced tirade to myself as this is a family paper. I will evaluate the winners and losers at the deadline next week. My guess is the Tigers will be losers.
It’s good to be No. 1
How about Brooks Koepka winning the FedEx St. Jude Invitational? He is on some kind of roll. The win will make Brooks the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup playoffs. There is nobody in golf hotter than Koepka in 2019.
I don’t think the golf world has seen anything like this since Tiger Woods, to be honest. He is one focused guy on the golf course and I enjoy watching him.
College pigskin anyone?
The college football season is creeping up fast as the first games are August 24. The Saturday-night opener will see the Miami Hurricanes take the gridiron against hated foe the Gators of Florida. I have to admit that is a pretty darn good opener.
The late game will be Arizona and Hawaii.
I think next week I will preview what to expect out of the Big Ten Conference in 2019. The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans both have high aspirations in the Big Ten. I look for both to have great seasons. firstname.lastname@example.org.