Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who abruptly retired after the 2015-16 NFL season, opened up in an interview with ESPN’s Michael Smith about the physical toll that football had on his body. The full conversation runs on E:60 tomorrow, but ESPN published a few choice excerpts in advance, the most…
If Calvin Johnson is indeed retiring, the NFL will be worse off for his absence. But he leaves it a different league than he found it, a much more confusing one for receivers, officials, and fans. Look at that photo above. Through no fault of Johnson’s, we now live in a world where that is not a catch.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today that Calvin Johnson told the Lions he is retiring. If ‘Megatron’ keeps his word, that leaves his career numbers as follows: 83 touchdowns on 731 receptions for 11,619 yards. Here’s the last touchdown he scored, on the final game of the 2015 season against the Bears. It was…
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson informed coach Jim Caldwell that he is retiring from the NFL. Schefter, citing sources, says Johnson told friends and family before the season that this would be his final one in the NFL—and told Caldwell the day after the regular season ended.
Everyone in the NFL likes Pete Morelli. The 19-year veteran is consistently one of the league’s highest-graded, most-respected officials. Last year he won the Art McNally award, the NFL’s highest honor for an official, for his career body of work. Yet Morelli and his crew are having the single worst officiating season…
This custom-made, 62-inch wooden statue of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is currently on sale for $1,500. It is imperative that someone out there buy it and destroy it, so that the curse binding a tortured soul to it for all eternity can be broken.
This will sound self-contradictory and bring consolation to absolutely no one, but the facemask call that extended the game and gave the Packers the chance to win on a hail mary was the wrong call—and one that no official should be blamed for making.
The thing that stands out, amid all the craziness in Green Bay’s miracle 27-23 win, is just how damn high that pass went. It flew about 70 yards in the air, from Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers, a heave that not many quarterbacks are capable of, but it’s the height of the thing, more mortar than missile.
An untimed down due to a facemask penalty on what should have been the final play of the game allowed Aaron Rodgers to find Richard Rodgers in the end zone 61 yards away to give the Packers an incredible 27-23 victory. The Lions defense, which had made Aaron Rodgers look merely average on the evening, ended up the…
97.1 The Ticket has been the Detroit Lions’ flagship station for 18 years, but the team has decided to ditch The Ticket for another local station. According to a senior vice president of CBS Radio, the owner of 97.1, this decision was made in part because the station refused to allow the Lions to censor its content.
The Detroit Lions expected to be a playoff team this year. Instead, they’re 1-7, and today owner Martha Ford began assessing blame for their failure, firing GM Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand. The Lions coaching staff, including head coach Jim Caldwell, is reportedly safe.
The Detroit Lions have a long history of sucking, but in recent seasons, the team broke tradition and tried winning. They were 11-5 last season, and came very close to making the second round of the playoffs. The Lions were supposed to build on that, but through eight games this season, they’re 1-7. Today, general…
The Lions finally got their first win of the season in a miserable overtime game today against Chicago. Lions superfan Earl Spring didn’t get to see the finish, though, because he and his bizarro world Road Warrior buddy got kicked out for, they say, standing and cheering.
The Detroit Lions are somehow leading the Chicago Bears 21-13 after this Golden Tate tip-play interception was ruled a touchdown. Looks like Tate never established possession in the end zone before coughing it up, but referees checked it out and overturned the original interception call.
Now that we’ve had a night to sleep on the Seahawks’ controversial 13-10 win over the Lions, sealed by an uncalled “illegal bat,” let’s try to process what we saw—even as the NFL figures out what it can do to fix a very bad rule.
Down 13-10 with just under two minutes left against the Seahawks Monday night, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped back from the Seattle 11 and found an open Calvin Johnson. As Johnson was tackled with the ball about to cross the plane of the end zone, Kam Chancellor popped it out of Megatron’s hand. The ball…
Some people are fans of the Detroit Lions. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the Detroit Lions. This 2015 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group. Read all the previews so far here.
Here’s a sound purchase for any Detroit Lions fan: A urinal from the Pontiac Silverdome, autographed by Barry Sanders. With the auction’s opening bid set at a mere $500, it’s an opportunity that can’t be passed up.