Lions reach a sellout for preseason opener vs. Jets

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 6, 2013 – 4:21 pm

The Detroit Lions have announced a sellout of Friday’s preseason opener vs. the New York Jets.

By reaching a sellout, the game will be broadcast live (kickoff set for 7:30 PM ET) in Metro Detroit on WXYZ-TV ABC 7.

Tickets returned by the Jets are still available for purchase, however, by visiting or by calling 877-212-8898.

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New Lion Israel Idonije wins Daily Point of Light Award

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on July 9, 2013 – 2:07 pm

Israel Idonije

New Detroit Lions DE Israel Idonije has been recognized for his work away from football with the Daily Point of Light Award.

Idonije’s foundation — the Israel Idonije Foundation — provides support to thousands of kids through after-school programs, sports camps and medical missions. The foundation focuses on three places: West Africa, the Canadian city of Winnipeg and Chicago.

Read more about what Idonije is doing through his foundation on

Founded by President George H.W. Bush, Points of Light is the world’s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy.

Daily Point of Light Awards are given to individuals who find innovative ways to meet community needs; efforts which often lead to long-term solutions and impact social problems in their local communities.

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Lions’ radio play-by-play announcer Dan Miller honored by DSBA

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on July 8, 2013 – 3:45 pm

Dan MillerDetroit Lions radio play-by-play announcer and WJBK-TV FOX-2 sports director Dan Miller has been selected to receive the Ty Tyson Excellence In Sports Broadcasting Award.

The award is presented by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA).

“I am truly humbled to receive the Ty Tyson Award,” said Miller. “To be associated with a pioneer like Mr. Tyson and those that have preceded me is an incredible honor.

“While people may see my face or hear my voice, I never work alone. I share this with everybody at Fox-2 and The Detroit Lions Radio Network.”

Miller has been the play-by-play voice of the Lions going on nine seasons and also hosts a weekly in-season radio show and Sunday pregame show on FOX-2.

The Ty Tyson Award, founded in 2000, is named after Ty Tyson, who was instrumental in the founding of the DSBA in 1948, while also serving as its first president.

Among his many pursuits, Tyson was the radio play-by-play voice for the Detroit Tigers from 1927-42. He returned to the airways in 1947 for play-by-play for the first Detroit Tiger telecast. He was inducted in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Fans can win a Lions helmet signed by Barry Sanders, personalized to them

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 12, 2013 – 2:16 pm

In the “Old School” vs. “New School” Madden Cover Vote, Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders has reached the final four, currently head-to-head with Jerry Rice.

Lions fans on Twitter can enter to win a personalized, autographed Barry Sanders helmet, by voting and then !

After defeating Montana with a 57% majority (546,223 total votes), Sanders (@BarrySanders) tweeted:

“Wow! I didn’t think I would beat Montana on the #Madden25 vote. Thanks to all the fans! I’m coming for you @jerryrice

With Sanders so close to the cover title, family, friends and fans are coming out in droves to support the former Lions’ running back.

Montee Ball (@M_Ball28): Hey guys lets help out Barry sanders and go to and vote for Barry! #Madden25

Jarrett W. Payton (@paytonsun): Vote for my Uncle @barrysanders. Lets get him on the Madden25 cover. vote here or tweet #Madden25Barry #NFL

Thurman Thomas (@thurmanthomas): Lets get @BarrySanders some more votes!! #Madden25 Vote for Barry!!!

Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete): Everyone, PLS vote @BarrySanders for #Madden25 cover #Madden25Barry RT and vote to win a signed photo from B! XO

Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22): Let’s help @BarrySanders get on the cover of Madden.

Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman): Vote for my boy @BarrySanders for Madden25 contest. Tweet #Madden25Barry & tag @jbbernstein or enter online at

The vote has brought out Sanders’ competitive (and trash talking?) side.

Sanders tweeted: Thanks to all my friends and fans for the early support. Its Jerry – he’s got enough rings and awards and records.

Rice is definitely doing his own campaigning, so Lions fans will need to get out and vote. Voting ends April 17!

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Detroit Lions announce their 2013 preseason schedule

Posted by Tara Altman on April 4, 2013 – 4:26 pm

The Detroit Lions announced their 2013 Preseason Schedule that includes home games against the New York Jets in Week 1 and the New England Patriots in Week 3 at Ford Field.

The Lions will also travel to Cleveland to face the Browns in Week 2 and wrap up the Preseason with a road contest at Buffalo.

Additional dates and times for Lions preseason home games will be announced at a later time.

vs. New York Jets
In the 2013 preseason opener, Detroit hosts the New York Jets at Ford Field. The Lions and Jets have played only four times in the preseason, with the series record tied at 2-2. The last time both teams met in the preseason was in 2005 with the Jets prevailing 10-3.

at Cleveland
In Preseason Week 2, Detroit travels to Cleveland to take on the Browns for the 45th time in the preseason, marking the 11th straight season they have battled in the preseason. The Lions own a 24-18-1 record in the preseason series and the teams are even at 5-5 in the series since 2002. The Lions 44 preseason games against the Browns are the most against any other NFL club since 1949.

vs. New England Patriots
In Preseason Week 3, the Lions host the New England Patriots at Ford Field. The Lions and Patriots have faced off seven times in the preseason, with Detroit holding a 5-2 record in the series. The last time both teams met in the preseason was in 2011 when the Lions defeated the Patriots 34-10.

at Buffalo
Detroit closes out the 2013 Preseason with a road contest against the Buffalo Bills. This year marks the 33rd meeting between the Lions and Bills in the preseason, and they have squared off in the preseason finale each year since 2002. Detroit leads the series 20-11-1, including wins the past four years and a 38-32 win in 2012.

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Barry Sanders vs. Ray Lewis

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on March 27, 2013 – 9:47 pm

The Detroit Lions currently hold the reigning Madden cover champion in All-Pro Calvin Johnson.

Now Lions fans have the opportunity to keep the title in Detroit.

Hall of fame running back Barry Sanders is currently head-to-head with recently-retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in the final field of 16.

Buzz surrounding the vote is alive and well on Twitter, with fans encouraged to vote on

In response to fan comments, Sanders tweeted, “I am just honored that fans still hold my game in high regard and remember my career…”

Obviously that is a gross understatement and testament to Sanders’ humility.

Current voting runs today through April 3 – Vote NOW!

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Reggie Bush even embraced by local restaurants

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on March 27, 2013 – 10:22 am

Reggie Bush ribeyeIt certainly didn’t take long for the people of Detroit to stake (“steak”?) claim to Reggie Bush.

Last night, Bush tweeted that he landed in Detroit and needed “a good steak right now!

After receiving plenty of suggestions from fellow tweeps, Bush followed up two hours later, declaring, “Had a great Steak at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse tonight in Birmingham! If you guys get a chance you should def try!”

It appears the Lions running back already has a ribeye named after him.

Those of us within the Detroit Lions organization will be looking forward to the coupons Reggie will undoubtedly be supplying.

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Ndamukong Suh says “It’s time to get to real work” after “Splash” elimination

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on March 26, 2013 – 9:31 pm

Ndamukong Suh on Splash

Photo courtesy of ABC

It was a short-lived stint on ABC’s Splash for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Suh ended up in a “dive off” following the first round of the reality show and was ultimately eliminated.

Upon being told he had been eliminated, Suh told show host Joey Lawrence, “It’s time to get to real work.”

For Suh, the show acted as a way for him to get into even better physical shape leading into the Detroit Lions’ offseason program.

“I had a great time on the show,” Suh told “I really increased my flexibility and it was an amazing challenge for my body and mind.”

Suh, who was a swimmer growing up, went through workouts every day he trained for the show and added yoga to his routine as well.

Follow Ndamukong Suh on Twitter @ndamukong_suh and on Facebook at @Suh90

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With the addition of compensatory picks, the Detroit Lions have eight selections in 2013

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on March 19, 2013 – 10:26 am

Now that the Detroit Lions have been awarded two compensatory picks, the team has eight selections in 2013.

Round No. Overall Note
1 5 5
2 4 36
3 3 65
4 5 102 Traded to Minnesota
4 35 132 Compensatory
5 4 137
6 3 171
7 5 211
7 39 245 Compensatory

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Matthew Stafford tweets on Jeff Backus’ retirement

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on March 14, 2013 – 4:56 pm

Longtime Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus announced his retirement, Thursday, ending a 12-year career that began in 2001.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has had Backus as his left tackle since 2009, had this to say via his Twitter account, @Staff_9:

“I will miss having JB guarding my blindside this year. Jeff is a pro that all of us aspire to be on and off the field. A great warrior! #76″

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