Friday, July 30, 2010

Lions Congregation: Training Camp Eve

Lions Congregation: Training Camp Eve

July 30th, 2010 | by detfan1979 |
…and Lions fans tucked, all snug in their beds…visions of Touchdowns danced in their heads…
Yes, it’s like Christmas Eve for the Lions Congregation — Football season approaches…the preseason will soon be upon us. So what thoughts are running through the heads of the panel this fine summer’s night?
Question: Damien B.: What are you looking forward to most about training camp?

Al of The Wayne Fontes Experience: I can answer this week’s question with one word.
Seriously, I want to see some NFL football played…even though, for the most part, we’ll be seeing never-gonna-be’s in uniform and on the field for the next 5 weeks.If anything, the preseason exhibition season has we fans acting like Pavlov’s dog, drooling at just the mere thought of regular season NFL football, when every game is important. Yes, even Lions games.
I love baseball as much as anyone, but the NFL really has become our new national past time.

The Wayne Fontes Experience: “In Detroit, you’re with us, or we hate you!”

{I love Al’s logo and just felt it captured the mood right on tonight! ~DetFan1979}
Zac of The Sidelion Report: There is a lot to look forward to but I am most looking forward to seeing the offense on the field. This is the first time in quite some time that the offense should feel like a solid unit rather than some warm bodies and a couple isolated islands of talent. We can expect a huge year from Calvin Johnson as the excuses made for him (legitimate or otherwise) should be completely gone with Nate Burleson, Tony Scheffler, and Brandon Pettigrew filling the defensive backfield. I’m also really looking forward to see what Jahvid Best can do considering his speeds is an added dimension the Lions have sorely missed. I can’t wait to see if Matthew Stafford can take the major step forward that many believe he can and needs to take. The Lions figure to have a number of problems on defense but the offense may be exciting enough to compensate and make Sunday afternoons worth watching.
NetRat of The NetRat Detroit Lions Site: I am looking forward to all the roster battles. Not just the starters either, but the entire roster. I believe that the new special teams coach along with the bottom of the roster is going to help the team more then some of the other moves that were made. Perhaps not right at first, but as the season progresses. Then again, I expect the entire team to improve in season enough to make the second half of it look nothing like the first half of it. This is assuming that the players that I suspect will make the roster actually do and the coaches do what I think they are also capable of.
Michael of Blue and Silver Pride: Honestly, camp is a rough time for the media because each year (for every team), end of the roster talent shines briefly before burning out and bumming just about everyone. For the Lions especially, hope springs forth in such a way many of us have become overly cynical.
Honestly, the best thing about camp is just the proximity we now are to actual, meaningful football being played once again. Every year, there seems to be an even longer break between the Super Bowl and the first game seems to just never come. Now, it is right around the corner.
So, here’s to the skill player everyone is going to overhype and the one injury that is sure to happen. But, most of all…here’s to football!
DetFan1979 of Roar of the Lions: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? With Suh’s contract, I mean. The eve of training camp is like the day before you go on vacation for me. We’ve been iffing all ifseason, and now we finally get to see the beginnings of how things are really going to roll this season. With the Lions in the unusual position of having most of the starters set, it comes down to the backup battles and special teams duels. I’m really looking forward to the preseason and how the various return men fare. It is just wild that guys who were starting last season who are on the roster now might lose position battles to be a backup! Thrilling!
Most importantly, it means Football is on it’s way soon! Like the buds peeking out on the trees, the first leaves changing hue in the fall…the opening of training camp signals the early beginnings of a new season – my favorite – Football Season!!
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