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    Rebirth of the SILVER STRETCH in Motown

    PRO BOWLERS:

    STAFFORD, DROUGHNS, ROGERS, JOHNSON, REYNOLDS, McDOUGLE, PORCHER, WOODSON, CARTER, SWANK

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      YEAR 6 PLAYOFF STARTERS:

      QB MATTHEW STAFFORD (93) - A young Elway, bazooka arm and quick feet, still learning
      HB MICHAEL BENNETT (89) - Superlative speed and strength, perfect fit for the offense
      FB REUBEN DROUGHNS (74) - Picked off the scrapheap, has great speed, improving
      WR1 CHARLES ROGERS (99) - The sky is the limit for this fabulously gifted youngster
      WR2 JARRETT DILLARD (90) - Hulking and super-fast, hands a bit of a question mark
      WR3 MICHAEL OWEN (77) - Big man is also fast
      TE JOSH NORMAN (74) - Great speed, still a bit raw
      LT JEFF BACKUS (91) - Not dominating, but technically accomplished
      LG KRAIG URBIK (79) - Behemoth is beginning to really improve
      C ALEX MACK (86) - Mighty youngster has HOF potential
      RG DALLAS REYNOLDS (81) - Super-strong road-grader is also technically adept
      RT STOCKAR McDOUGLE (89) - Very strong, lot of potential, emerging

      LE MICHAEL STRAHAN (93) - Incredible pass-rushing talent, plays the run well too
      RE ROBERT PORCHER (89) - Great strength and an accomplished pass-rusher
      DT SHAUN ROGERS (93) - Good agility and leaping skills
      DT AARON BAKER (91) - Amazing agility and great strength
      LOLB BOSS BAILEY (91) - Accomplished veteran is very fast with superlative acceleration
      MLB EARL HOLMES (92) - Not the fastest, but a big hitter
      ROLB SCOTT McKILLOP (88) - Young, fast, strong and mean, what's not to like?
      CB1 CHARLES WOODSON (94) - At last, a true shutdown corner
      CB2 DRE' BLY (85) - Accomplished cover guy
      CB3 TERRY FAIR (77) - Speedy but not much else
      FS VONTAE DAVIS (82) - Great agility and acceleration, still pretty green
      SS MIKE CARTER (94) - Fabulous speed, hits like a truck

      K SAM SWANK (90) - Big legged youngster walks the walk
      P KEVIN HUBER (93) - Brilliant youth with enormous kicking power

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        That's all for now, folks, join me next time for the PLAYOFFS!

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          First up, it's the 10-6 RAMS! FAULK has moved on (he is a STEELER) but they still have WARNER, who is on the point of retirement.

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            The LIONS strolled to a 48-17 victory courtesy of STRAFFORD's 4 TD, 300 + yard game.

            MICHAEL OWEN scored a couple of TDs, as did MICHAEL BENNETT, and TEYO JOHNSON also scored.

            The victory was however marred by DRE' BLY getting hurt - he was replaced by SHAWN SPRINGS.

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              In the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, the 12-4 REDSKINS!

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                A big shootout, with the SKINS prevailing 37-25.

                Both teams put up 400+ yards of offense, but PATRICK RAMSEY threw for 4 TDs and STAFFORD obly threw for 1.

                LAVERANUES COLES caught 7 balls for 150 yards and 3 TDs as CHARLES WOODSON got burned repeatedly.

                AMANI TOOMER was the surprise hero for the LIONS catching 7 balls for 106 yards from his #4 WR slot.

                A very disappointing result for a LIONS team that expected another championship!

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                  And WASHINGTON went on to win the SUPER BOWL!

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                    On with the OFF-SEASON, with the urgency building to deliver another Lombardi Trophy!

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                      RETIRED:

                      Amani Toomer
                      Al Harris

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                        RE-SIGNED:

                        Vontae Davis (14/7)

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                          NOT RE-SIGNED:

                          Luther Elliss
                          Brodie Lloyd
                          Neil Ware
                          Kenyatta Blackmon
                          Michael Owen
                          Ricky Johnson
                          Toby McDaniel
                          Tony Neal
                          William Johnson

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                            DRAFT:

                            1st HB (10/7)

                            With no other available talent we are forced to take ANOTHER HB, this one with speed 99! At least we have an embarrassment of riches at that position!

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                              FREE AGENTS:

                              Napoleon Harris (28/7)
                              Patrick Surtain (38/7)
                              Marty Booker (32/7)
                              Donovan McNabb (38/7)
                              Chris Chambers (5/1)
                              Plaxico Burress (5.5/1)
                              Mitch Mayberry (5/7)

                              HARRIS gives us the big, strong, fast MLB we needed. He is ranked 97 and aged 30.

                              SURTAIN gives us another shutdown CB to pair with WOODSON, he is ranked 95 and aged 33.

                              BOOKER is ranked 89 and aged 33, he will help our WR corps.

                              McNABB is ranked 87 and aged 32, he will be a great backup to STAFFORD.

                              CHAMBERS is ranked 84 and aged 31, great depth for our WRs. Similarly BURRESS is ranked 84 and aged 32.

                              MAYBERRY is an undrafted FA rookie FB who has some potential. He is 22, ranked 60, but with speed 77 and strength 78, not bad. With DROUGHNS ageing he could have a role soon.

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                                CUT:

                                Roderick George

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                                  RENEG:

                                  Earl Holmes (5/1)

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                                    PRE-SEASON:

                                    Moreno +1 to 75
                                    HB +1 to 72
                                    Mayberry +1 to 61
                                    Byrd +2 to 73

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                                      Join me next time for YEAR 7 of the LIONS saga!

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                                        What's your record on Thanksgiving the past 7 years ?

                                        Because the Lions team that played today put on what may the funniest turkey-day performance since Leon Lett trying to pick up that ball in 1993.

                                        They should be called the Turkeys. They played like the turkeys in the Sarah Palin video.

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                                          Great stuff, Torcida. Did you do a draft input from NCAA Football? I'm curious how you got Knowshon Moreno in the game.

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                                            Incandenza wrote:
                                            Great stuff, Torcida. Did you do a draft input from NCAA Football? I'm curious how you got Knowshon Moreno in the game.
                                            I didn't, I just name the players I draft after current college stars!

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                                              So here is our Year 7 roster:

                                              QB

                                              Matthew Stafford (5) 95
                                              Donovan McNabb (10) 87
                                              Pat White (3) 70

                                              HB

                                              Michael Bennett (8) 89
                                              Knowshon Moreno (1) 75
                                              HB 72

                                              FB

                                              Reuben Droughns (9) 76
                                              Mitch Mayberry 61

                                              WR

                                              Charles Rogers (6) 99
                                              Jarrett Dillard (5) 90
                                              Marty Booker (10) 89
                                              Plaxico Burres (9) 84
                                              Chris Chambers (8) 84
                                              Percy Harvin 73

                                              TE

                                              Teyo Johnson (6) 74
                                              Josh Norman (7) 72
                                              Larry Burton (1) 64

                                              LT

                                              Jeff Backus (8) 94
                                              Henry Newton 66

                                              LG

                                              Kraig Urbik (5) 81
                                              Randy Sikes (2) 74

                                              C

                                              Alex Mack (3) 89
                                              Kalen Foley (2) 58

                                              RG

                                              Dallas Reynolds (4) 84
                                              Eric Stewart (3) 60

                                              RT

                                              Stockar McDougle (9) 90
                                              A.J Spikes 64

                                              LE

                                              Michael Strahan (16) 91
                                              Robert Porcher (17) 89
                                              Terrill Byrd (2) 73

                                              RE

                                              Rashard Price 49

                                              DT

                                              Shaun Rogers (8) 94
                                              Aaron Baker (5) 91
                                              Lawyer Warren 54

                                              LOLB

                                              Boss Bailey (6) 92
                                              Leslie Wilkerson 65

                                              MLB

                                              Napoleon Harris (7) 97
                                              Earl Holmes (13) 92

                                              ROLB

                                              Scott McKillop (5) 90
                                              Jaret Thompson 64

                                              CB

                                              Patrick Surtain (11) 95
                                              Charles Woodson (11) 94
                                              Dre' Bly (10) 85
                                              Shawn Springs (12) 82
                                              Terry Fair (11) 77

                                              FS

                                              Vontae Davis (4) 83
                                              Brandon Winfield (3) 57

                                              SS

                                              Mike Carter (5) 96
                                              Eddie Harris (1) 71

                                              K

                                              Sam Swank (5) 93

                                              P

                                              Kevin Huber (4) 95

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                                                I have to say, I consider this year's team, the final product, the completed entity, in terms of our construction of the team.

                                                Even though we won the Super Bowl a few years back, there were still positions where I thought, well, we could really improve there.

                                                But now with the latest round of acquisitions we have an incredibly well-rounded team.

                                                For my idle amusement, here is how the team was "constructed" (they used to do this in Super Bowl preview magazines, if you recall)!

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                                                  QB: Matthew Stafford - drafted R1 Year 1
                                                  HB: Michael Bennett - UFA Year 3
                                                  FB: Reuben Droughns - UFA Year 1
                                                  WR: Charles Rogers - original Lion
                                                  WR: Jarrett Dillard - drafted R2 Year 1
                                                  TE: Teyo Johnson - UFA Year 4
                                                  LT: Jeff Backus - original Lion
                                                  LG: Kraig Urbik - drafted R5 Year 1
                                                  C: Alex Mack - drafted R1 Year 3
                                                  RG: Dallas Reynolds - drafted R4 Year 2
                                                  RT: Stockar McDougle - original Lion

                                                  LE: Michael Strahan - UFA Year 1
                                                  RE: Robert Porcher - original Lion
                                                  DT: Shaun Rogers - original Lion
                                                  DT: Aaron Baker - UFA Year 5
                                                  LOLB: Boss Bailey - original Lion
                                                  MLB: Napoleon Harris - UFA Year 6
                                                  ROLB: Scott McKillop - drafted R4 Year 1
                                                  CB: Charles Woodson - UFA Year 2
                                                  CB: Patrick Surtain - UFA Year 6
                                                  FS: Vontae Davis - drafted R3 Year 2
                                                  SS: Mike Carter - UFA Year 5

                                                  K: Sam Swank - drafted R3 Year 1
                                                  P: Kevin Huber - drafted R2 Year 2

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                                                    A few interesting things about the above.

                                                    There are still plenty of original Lions on the roster, so it shows we did have an original core.

                                                    Secondly, the draft at the end of our first year netted an incredible goldmine of talent - our starting QB, WR, LG, ROLB and K. Not too shabby.

                                                    Thirdly, we took both our starting Gs very late in the draft and developed them.

                                                    And finally, we took both our specialists very high, but they both really panned out and are now among the best in the league at their position. It shows it can be worth investing in talent there.

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