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Dr J

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A little known fact about the State of Nebraska- if you're raised there, you cannot leave without pledging lifelong allegiance to the Big Red. The only clause out of this rule is that if you choose to fly another team's flag, your first born must attend UNL.
I had grown up a Raiders fan (10 years sober of that mess) thanks in large part to my boyhood sports idol, Bo Jackson, but when I left for Australia in 2004 I took a 3 year hiatus to become a rugby league fan. When I returned in 2007 to find a sissified NFL, I was fed up with the ineptness of the Silver and Black. Besides, all hope of getting Chuckie back was gone. The Lions got my attention by drafting Suh, and I became a Lions fan when my worlds collided with 2 other team captains (Raiola & Vanden Bosch) being former Huskers.
Mine was one of the first few hockey families in Nebraska. I grew up thinking having your Grandparents host Junior A players was just something everyone did when they got old, and watched my parents valiantly attempt to start a team of our own. I was a fan of all the Midwestern NHL teams- Blackhawks, Blues, Northstars; and as a young sports fan read an SI article on rookie sensation Sergei Federov that got me interested in the Red Wings. Eventually the Stars moved to Dallas, the Hawks traded away my favorite players, and the Wings stepped up to give me a team I could consistently cheer for.
I helped my sister land a job in their Marketing department by devouring the media guide they'd sent her and quizzing her on the way to her interview, and in 2001 she repaid me by giving me the peak sporting experience a fan could have ever wanted: Hanging with the future Stanley Cup winning team in the training room as a sports chiropractic intern, breathing the same golden air as a roster that included Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, Chris Chelios, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman, Pavel Datsyuk in his rookie season (who couldn't speak a lick of English), Tomas Holmstrom, Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Uwe Krupp and legendary coach Scotty Bowman in his final year behind the Red Wings' bench. The first person I saw in the locker room was Chelios, whose number I wore growing up. He offered his hand and said "Hi, my name is Chris."
Mind-blowing about sums it up.

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He IS fresh off a World Cup visit.
Commented on Live updates from Day 3 of Lions training camp on Jul 30 2014, 11:38p
Suh blocks kicks.
Commented on Lions training camp: Notes from Day 3 on Jul 30 2014, 11:30p
Thanks Sandman
Commented on Lions notes: Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, more on Jul 30 2014, 12:56p - 1 reply
Wait, that was awesome
Commented on Kyle Van Noy suffers thumb injury on first day of training camp on Jul 28 2014, 10:40p
Over/Under on TE speeding tickets this season?
Commented on Sunday Lions open thread on Jul 27 2014, 12:45p - 1 reply
I think Fairley put an inch on his legs!
Commented on Sunday Lions open thread on Jul 27 2014, 12:18p
Loved the concept of the Nike/SB Nation Spot
Commented on Lions notes: Naaman Roosevelt signs with Bills on Jul 22 2014, 4:30p - 1 reply
Sean, by "Partner of ours"
Commented on Lions notes: Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, more on Jul 21 2014, 9:06p
game's sold out already
Commented on Lions notes: Stephen Tulloch checks out Wembley Stadium on Jul 19 2014, 2:02p - 1 reply
Perspective
Commented on Matthew Stafford discusses Lions' offseason changes on Jul 15 2014, 5:35p - 1 reply
Hoping the new situation, the converse isn't true
Commented on Golden Tate looking forward to chance for more touches on Jul 15 2014, 3:30p
Best mis-read ever
Commented on What does Matthew Stafford need to do to become a 'Tier 1' QB? on Jul 13 2014, 7:14p - 1 reply
Guessing The Hammer will be next article
Commented on Presenting the Lions' All-Overhyped Team: Offense on Jul 12 2014, 8:52p - 1 reply
Carlin Isles is like 5'4"
Commented on Presenting the Lions' All-Overhyped Team: Offense on Jul 12 2014, 8:49p
C'mon man
Commented on Presenting the Lions' All-Overhyped Team: Offense on Jul 12 2014, 8:47p
His mama will always have that Fathead on the living room wall
Commented on Presenting the Lions' All-Overhyped Team: Offense on Jul 12 2014, 8:39p - 1 reply
This is a league that fines a player for wearing the wrong socks
Commented on Lions notes: Ndamukong Suh, Eric Ebron, more on Jul 10 2014, 7:07p
And this is why we got a new coach...
Commented on NFL's Top 100 Players of 2014: Calvin Johnson comes in at No. 2 on Jul 9 2014, 10:59p
Hmmm
Commented on Saturday Lions open thread on Jul 7 2014, 9:33a
There's such thing as a non-throwing shoulder.
Commented on A fair breakdown of Matthew Stafford vs. Colin Kaepernick on Jul 4 2014, 3:50p - 1 reply
Actually, No.
Commented on A fair breakdown of Matthew Stafford vs. Colin Kaepernick on Jul 4 2014, 3:47p - 1 reply
2012
Commented on A fair breakdown of Matthew Stafford vs. Colin Kaepernick on Jul 4 2014, 3:20p - 2 replies
You're right, not yet.
Commented on A fair breakdown of Matthew Stafford vs. Colin Kaepernick on Jul 4 2014, 1:08p - 1 reply
And yes, I realize there's more than one The Drive.
Commented on A fair breakdown of Matthew Stafford vs. Colin Kaepernick on Jul 4 2014, 12:45p
Injuries are going to ruin Kap.
Commented on A fair breakdown of Matthew Stafford vs. Colin Kaepernick on Jul 4 2014, 12:40p - 5 replies
Fixed it
Commented on A fair breakdown of Matthew Stafford vs. Colin Kaepernick on Jul 4 2014, 12:19p
for Matthew Stafford
Voted on Jul 4 2014, 12:15p
"Larry Warford is such a beast," said JJ Watt...
Commented on NFL's Top 100 Players of 2014: Calvin Johnson makes top 10 on Jul 4 2014, 12:12p
21 years old in a bright red "F-U, I'm Famous" ride like that?
Commented on Lions notes: Eric Ebron, Matthew Stafford, more on Jul 4 2014, 11:58a
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