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September 30, 2007

Lions Stun Bears With Record 4th Quarter: The Lions scored an NFL-record 34 points in the fourth quarter as they overcame the Chicago Bears 37-27 Sunday.

posted by commander cody to football at 06:56 PM - 45 comments

Who are these guys....and what have they done with the real Detroit Lions? I've been a Lions fan for 50+ years if you count me watching them from the crib and I can't remember them ever breaking any NFL record of any kind! Did they fire Matt Millen and just not tell anyone yet?

posted by commander cody at 06:59 PM on September 30

Go Lions! It was obvious they'd win with Griese in, but I never thought the D Line would melt down like the Mets and Chargers.

posted by SFValley_Dude at 07:30 PM on September 30

50+ years as a Lions fan? Really? If you know about Commander Cody you're fairly old but 50+ years as a Lions fan. Prove it. What was the name of the stadium 50 years ago and who was Yale Lary?

posted by BlindAlvin at 07:45 PM on September 30

Da Bears changed quarterbacks. Maybe they should change their defense.

posted by BlindAlvin at 07:46 PM on September 30

BlindAlvin - the answers are as folllows . . . Briggs Stadium and Yale LarRy was . . . In 1952, the Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns for the NFL Championship. The Lions would go on to repeat in 1953 as they were led by a dominant defensive unit which included defensive back, Yale Larry. Larry, who was an extraordinary punter as well as punt returner, was excused from the 1954 and 1955 seasons to serve in the United States military. In his second year back from the military, Larry helped lead the Lions to the 1957 NFL title. This would be Larry’s third and final title as he would retire after the 1964 season. And by virtue of all their losses on the defense to injury - the Bears DID in effect, change their defense . . .

posted by B-2 Spirit at 08:16 PM on September 30

Hey, I didn't say I could repeat the roster from 50 years ago, but I was born in 1956 and being a Lions fan is sort of like a genetic disorder handed down from your father. So since I'll be 52 on my next birthday that makes me a 50+ year Lions fan.

posted by commander cody at 08:28 PM on September 30

Ssshhhh, CC thats nothing to be bragging about in a public forum. Oh by the way, congrats on the win. Enjoy it for the next 6 days! Us Browns fans are for a 2nd time this season.

posted by jojomfd1 at 08:53 PM on September 30

Ssshhhh, CC thats nothing to be bragging about in a public forum. It is sort of like admitting to being a masochist isn't it? I'm not worried though. They'll soon revert to their old form. Every few years they put together a few good games just to get our hopes up, but in the end they always cave. I have faith in them, they'll collapse. It's in their DNA.

posted by commander cody at 09:17 PM on September 30

Cody, maybe this is a mutant football team. Maybe someone spliced their genes or something. You know: three-eyed frogs, two-headed turtles, and Detroit Lions that win football games. If that's true, there's a mad scientist out there that could threaten us and hold our world for ransom. Scary thought!

posted by NerfballPro at 12:26 AM on October 01

umm has everyone forgot that the whole starting secondary was out for the bears and also lance briggs didnt play.i think the bears did a hell of a job holding them in check for 3 quarters.just goes to show that the lions can put up points quickly for the first time in there history,but i am not convinced that they are for real.they should have dominated the bears offensively from start to finish. lions are the nfl feel good team of the season.nfl seems to have one every year now.they will suck again by next season just like the saints suck now.

posted by rageagainstthemachine at 06:36 AM on October 01

50+ years as a Lion fan, I can join that club. I do remember some names from those years. Rekindle some memories: Milt Plum, Nick Pietrosante, David Middleton, Robert Long, David James, and Jack Christiansen. These names bring back the "Black and Blue" division to me. By the way I am 60 and have been on the up and down side of the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons. They each give us a little something to hope for each season just to keep us happy.

posted by coach at 07:19 AM on October 01

Yale Lary (one r) is correct... Les Bingaman!

posted by ajaffe at 07:35 AM on October 01

It was a good game. I was just waiting for the Lions to come up with a way to self-immolate, but they were unable to pull it off. They're not looking bad on offense, but judging by the game yesterday, they really need to get their act together on defense and special teams. Too many stupid penalties, including the inexcusable one at the end (which didn't really affect anything)—offsides on the kickoff. They've really got to work on that.

posted by deadcowdan at 08:48 AM on October 01

I'm a Patriots fan, but I've liked the Lions since the days of Nashua, NH's, own Greg Landry (who, by the way, was the last Lions Pro Bowl Quarterback). I hated Landry when he played for UMass and always beat my alma mater, Northeastern. Still, when he played for the Lions, I was a fan. And, CC, I'm older than you - by double-digits.

posted by Howard_T at 09:48 AM on October 01

Man, as I ate breakfast I realized some of the GREAT names I forgot. Bobby Lane, Howard (Hopilong) Cassidy, Pat Studsill, and more. Then we can go to the "60's" and add Landry, Danielson, Morrell, Charlie Sanders (brought the tight end position into the game), Terry Barr, Alti Taylor, and soooooo many more. Go Lions!!!!

posted by coach at 10:29 AM on October 01

Yeah,the Detroit Lions 49 years of rebuilding. Wait, didn't they set the NFL record for consecutive road losses? The Lions use to own Thanksgiving Day games. This is a different team, before they stayed in games with the D and then eventually lost the close one. Kitna said 10 games this season...time will tell. Go Lions.

posted by lpaulson at 11:16 AM on October 01

Relax, Chicago. The NFL season is still fairly early. You still have the Cubs in the playoffs. Imagine all the possible heartbreak, controversy and humiliation still to come!

posted by dyams at 11:24 AM on October 01

umm has everyone forgot that the whole starting secondary was out for the bears and also lance briggs didnt play.i think the bears did a hell of a job holding them in check for 3 quarters.just goes to show that the lions can put up points quickly for the first time in there history,but i am not convinced that they are for real.they should have dominated the bears offensively from start to finish. Nobody forgot, I don't think anyone cared. However, somebody did forget where the shift button and space bar were, huh?

posted by jojomfd1 at 12:41 PM on October 01

Nobody forgot, I don't think anyone cared. However, somebody did forget where the shift button and space bar were, huh? Not to mention the run-on sentence meter.

posted by hawkguy at 12:48 PM on October 01

And not to mention which their/there/they're to use. They're celebrating that their runningback ran the ball all the way there. They're = They are Their = possesive There = place.

posted by apoch at 01:23 PM on October 01

I feel like I just walked into a grammar police shakedown expecting a discussion about the NFL.

posted by Ricardo at 02:47 PM on October 01

I feel like I just walked into a grammar police shakedown expecting a discussion about the NFL. Now you know how the rest of us feel when we expect to walk into a discussion about the NFL and instead find ourselves in the midst of a bunch of "MY TEEM ROOLZ FUKKIN A!!1!11!" homeristic crap.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:21 PM on October 01

That is a far cry from the above. Sure he could've used a few capital letters and spaces, but he wasn't using numbers for words. One comment was good enough to make the point. So what if he accidentally used the wrong their/there/they're. That seemed to go over the top a little.

posted by Ricardo at 04:30 PM on October 01

To spell it out...Ricardo, I wasn't talking specifically about rageetc's comment, but more about the fact that spofi counters a trend. The shoe's on the other foot, and I'm okay with that.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 05:41 PM on October 01

In which case I agree. What I take issue with is all these comments (mine included at this point) about this grammar make this all sound like the status quo web blog where those types of things happen. Like yourself, I enjoy most of the banter thrown around here and very much appreciate the fact that there is no backwards numbers to be found. And at this point I'm a little sorry to have hijacked the thread so I'll try to get it back on track. While not a Detroit fan, I am a UVA football fan which has to be comparable or worse. Not knowing the ins and outs of back office management, I assume Matt Millen does something in Detroit that ownership likes. I just can't for the life of me figure out what it is. I do hope the Lions continue the trend, but I'd bet it was more the Bears defense struggling from the depletion they have suffered in the last few weeks than the skill of Detroit shining through.

posted by Ricardo at 06:01 PM on October 01

I was talking about this with my brother the other day. If the Lions do well this year, as a fan, I have to give Matt Millen credit. His personnel moves are starting to pay off. Gah! Of course, I'd rather see the Lions be successful than spite Matt Millen.

posted by apoch at 06:14 PM on October 01

That is actually a dilemma a struggle with often. I love the Lions but oh how I hate Matt Millen.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:18 PM on October 01

Yea the lions are getting better, but easy people the Bears are not that good. The Bears finally are seeing a harder schedule, and their QB problems are just not going to improve the rest of the season. Mike Marks has some players to do something with finally. I hated him being promoted to head coach in St. Louis, but he makes a pretty good offensive coach. Lions won't make the playoff's , but they are getting better. And I don't see how Matt Miller can be responsible for this current years team results. I agree Ying Yang he sucks!

posted by robi8259 at 09:27 PM on October 01

you right i have bad grammar.so what it doesnt matter because i am not in school anymore and i bet that most of you morons that had a problem with how i spelled the words or the words that i used probably used a dictionary or spell check to get your words right.i stand by my statement that the lions are not for real.it took them 3 quarters to expose a team that did not have one of its starters in the secondary.and was missing the best olb in the game today.hate to break it to you lion fans but if your team makes it to the playoffs they will be done in the first round.you dont go far in the playoffs with out a running game.kevin jones is not himself and tatum bell is a joke.

posted by rageagainstthemachine at 01:50 AM on October 02

you right i have bad grammar.so what it doesnt matter because i am not in school anymore Hm, I think I've found the problem. Sounds like you left too early. You're not soup yet. Also, kind of funny how, in your earlier post, you claimed that the whole starting secondary was out for the bears, but in your latest post, you admit that it was one of its starters in the secondary. You then go on to bash the team that effectively handled your team and made them look like stooges (and not the good kind of stooges, either). Talking trash about a team that just beat your brains out is never good form. This post proudly written without the aid of dictionaries and/or spell check.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:42 AM on October 02

It matters because it makes any point you may have harder to read. There is no reason to be ashamed of using a dictionary or spell check, it means you at least care enough about communicating to make sure your point gets across. Nobody here is saying that the Lions are equal to the Colts or the Patriots in team quality. Are they a hell of a lot better than they were a couple of years ago? Yes. Are the Bears worse than they were a year ago? Yes. As far as the playoffs go, I'd be happy just to make it at this point. Running games aren't as important as you think. If you have the top rated passing offense you are more likely to win the Superbowl than you are if you have the top rated rushing offense.

posted by apoch at 05:40 AM on October 02

We miss Mike Martz in St. Louis. We used to have an offense here.

posted by budman13 at 09:07 AM on October 02

And now I'm sorry I defended rage...

posted by Ricardo at 09:09 AM on October 02

Another one bites the dust.....Hey, Hey!

posted by sterlingsilver at 09:45 AM on October 02

We miss Mike Martz in St. Louis. We used to have an offense here. Rams fans miss him as an offensive coordinator, but definitely not as a head coach.

posted by dyams at 11:16 AM on October 02

ricardo i dont need nor did i ask for your help.apoch u take this posting shit way to serious.black hand go to the nfl home page and you will see for your self that the bears did not have any of its starters in the secondary.like i said it does not matter how i spell the words.for anyone that has a problem with my spelling or my use of terms get a life.really i dont care one way or the other if u understand me or not.only reason any of u pointed out anything is because you know i am right about the lions not being that great of a team.since you cant come up with a defense for your sorry ass team, you attack me instead.well good i say keep attacking losers, if it makes u happy.and for those that want to know i dont have a favorite team i am just a fan of the game itself.

posted by rageagainstthemachine at 11:26 AM on October 02

Man, joining a web community just to call people morons and single out long-standing members? Not a good idea. You might belong elsewhere.

posted by hawkguy at 11:34 AM on October 02

really i dont care one way or the other if u understand me or not Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 11:49 AM on October 02

Now I know you saw this page, rage. You might want to give it a re-read.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:17 PM on October 02

Matt Millen is a genius. The Detroit Lions are going to win it all. Kitna is a HOF'er. Sorry, I just wanted to see what it looked like all written out. Hey rebelwithoutamachine or meagainstthespofites or whoever you are, let's put it this way: When you post like that, all we are getting is clicks and buzzes. Nothing's coming through, capiche? I promise not to bust your balls or whatever else might be applicable for bad spelling or the occasional typo. But do try to get with the program, old hound, will you? Now buck up, 'lil cowpoke, and let's see what you're trying to say.

posted by THX-1138 at 12:55 PM on October 02

Rams fans miss him as an offensive coordinator, but definitely not as a head coach. You're correct, dyams. I should have been more specific.

posted by budman13 at 12:57 PM on October 02

well good i say keep attacking losers I was under the impression that's what we were doing. And, just to clear up any confusion, the Lions aren't my team, Hoss. I'm a Dolphins fan, so my team is even worse than the Lions. They're losers, and I know it already. See? Some of us can be honest with ourselves. Perhaps you should try it.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:48 PM on October 02

Hey gang, it's football not rocket science In the 50's, the lions were good - they aren't now - so were my Browns. The Steelers were lucky to win 2 games a year at one time. It all changes - juat watch it happen

posted by SHOPVAC289 at 09:36 PM on October 02

Cody, maybe this is a mutant football team. Teenage Mutant Ninja Lions?

posted by commander cody at 10:21 PM on October 02

Despite the mindless babble going on here, I do enjoy the fact that teams like the Lions, Chiefs, Browns, Texens and even the Cardinals are off to a better start this season compared to previous ones. But I believe the ones to beat this year so far are Dallas and Green Bay. Looks to be an interesting season. Hmm...

posted by sportsbugger at 05:54 PM on October 04

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