The NFL and USAA, an Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, announced Atlanta Falcons CEO STEVE CANNON, Detroit Lions Head Coach MATT PATRICIA, andLos Angeles Chargers Legend DONNIE EDWARDS as finalists for the ninth annual Salute to Service Awardpresented by USAA.
Cannon, Patricia, and Edwards were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. The Salute to Service Award recipient will be recognized at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 1, the eve of Super Bowl LIV, on FOX.
USAA will contribute $25,000 in the award recipient’s honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches. The NFL will match USAA’s donation of $25,000, which will be donated to the award recipient’s military charity of choice. The award recipient will receive a specially designed military challenge coin, recognizing their commitment to the military. In what has become a long-standing tradition, challenge coins are presented to members of the military community to encourage excellence, boost morale or to recognize a fellow brother- or sister-in-arms.
“Each having different life experiences and connections to our military, all three finalists for the ‘Salute to Service Award presented by USAA’ are connected by a shared belief in honoring and showing appreciation to our nation’s service members and veterans,” said Vice Admiral (Ret.) JOHN BIRD, USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs. “Steve, Coach Patricia, and Donnie are all worthy finalists and we salute them for their continued commitment to America’s military community.”
Matthew Stafford had started 136 consecutive regular-season games entering today, the 6th-longest streak for a QB in NFL history. The last Lions’ QB to start a game other than Stafford was Shaun Hill, in Week 17 of the 2010 season, when he beat the Vikings 20-13.
I’ll get this started by saying this: I may be covering the NFC East and all of the NFC North, but it’s still #OnePride all day long over here. And I’ll be even more honest, it’s sometimes really hard when I have to play nice and write good stuff about the NFC North rivals. After Monday night, it got even harder.
It’s been almost 24 hours since the infamous Monday Night Game that I’m writing this, and it’ll be almost 36 hours by the time you read this since the latest travesty in the saga between the Lions and the referees. So, I’ve had time to cool off.
If you have a child that is 9 years old or older, or if you’re just into the what the kids are listening to on the radio/iTunes/Spotify, etc. you more than likely have gotten a chance to hear Ariana Grande’s song 7 Rings.
In it, she talks about how she likes to buy stuff. While it can get a little repetitive (“I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it”), one of the lines makes me laugh. “Happiness is the same price as red bottoms.”
Well apparently, Bob Quinn either has a kid that is around my daughter’s ages or he’s just an Ariana Grande fan. Cause he wanted it, and he got it. Quinn got the free agency negotiation period started with a bang.
The Detroit Lions will be picking 8th in this year’s draft. It will be the 2nd draft for head coach Matt Patricia and the 4th for general manager Bob Quinn. And while it’s “early” in the Patricia/Quinn era, they need to hit big.
Lions fans have been chomping at the bit for the team to be regular Super Bowl contenders, and always in the playoff mix. When it was announced that Quinn was to be the general manager, most were hopeful that the Patriot Way was coming to Detroit. Throw in Matt Patricia and some of us Lions fans were thinking we’re the Patriots West and on the road to winning multiple Super Bowls.
Then reality set in and the Lions had a “disappointing” season. They finished 6-10 and last in the NFC North. The team is at a sort of crossroads.
Head coach Matt Patricia’s first year is almost up.
I’m disappointed. Not in the team at all, but in myself.
It’s what football does to you. You get your hopes all up and excited about a new season, and then boom. It all comes crashing down. One would think that as a Lions fan, that I wouldn’t fall for it. But this year got me.
This season came with the hope of finally being able to right the ship and making it to the playoffs. And to even up the ante on the hope, perhaps even get that elusive playoff win. All thanks to the hiring of former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia by a former Patriots front office person, GM Bob Quin.
The St. Louis Rams came to town and pretty much did what was expected. They won, but it wasn’t as much of a slaughter fest as originally thought. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t a bloodbath! Though there was some hope when left tackle Taylor Decker scored a touchdown to make the score 16-13.
However, all hope was lost when the Rams defense did their thing. Quarterback Matthew Stafford got hit by defensive tackle Aaron Donald and fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter, and the Rams were able to score and pulled away from the Lions. The Rams were able to win their division, and the Lions are looking forward to the draft. Once again.
I’m really not asking this in a philosophical and/or rhetorical way. If I’m being honest, they’re something different every week. At this point, what can we really expect from this team? That’s another question for another post.
Last night, the Lions were again brought into the national spotlight. This time by legendary game show host, and insurance spokesperson, Alex Trebek.
First off….I was eating before I wrote this, so forgive me if it goes astray. I’m quite literally tryptophan wasted as I write this. I was determined not to let the Detroit Lions ruin the dinner that my mom worked hard all day to cook.
Coming off of a win against the Carolina Panthers, that quite frankly not too many people were expecting, expectations were starting to creep up that the Lions may actually fare better in Detroit on Thanksgiving against the Chicago Bears than they did in Chicago. Plus, the Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t going to be playing, it could be a win!
According to a 2001 New York Times article in describing the role of a lioness in a pride, they are responsible for the hunting and gathering of food. They also have a true community where they are all the same, and there are no bosses. They essentially are equal.
The same can be said for another group of Lionesses. My fellow Lions fans who just so happen to be female. These are some very smart women, and thankfully we’ve formed such a great community.
Because they’re pretty cool people and smart fans, I figured I’d chat with them and get their thoughts on the State of The Pride. Here are their thoughts on the current state of the Lions going into week 5.