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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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for Yes
Voted on Apr 15 2014, 8:54p
Because when they give up their 2nd rounder to draft Watkins
Commented on Lions host Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Nate Freese for pre-draft visits on Apr 15 2014, 8:51p - 1 reply
for Jadeveon Clowney
Voted on Apr 15 2014, 8:28p
for Yes
Voted on Apr 14 2014, 9:46p
Jean-Baptiste did pretty well for NU
Commented on Lions bring in Kyle Fuller, Kevin Pierre-Louis for pre-draft visits on Apr 14 2014, 9:41p - 1 reply
Clowney? Why!!!?
Commented on Lions host Eric Ebron for pre-draft visit, schedule meeting with Jadeveon Clowney on Apr 14 2014, 12:21p - 1 reply
Well deserved.
Commented on Rashean Mathis agrees to re-sign with Lions on Apr 14 2014, 12:20p
for Yes
Voted on Apr 14 2014, 1:19a
FWIW
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Lions select Anthony Barr on Apr 13 2014, 9:26p - 1 reply
I understand the Sheridan- David connection
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Lions select Anthony Barr on Apr 13 2014, 11:12a - 2 replies
I agree with Pryor & Donald
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Lions select Anthony Barr on Apr 13 2014, 10:36a - 1 reply
for No
Voted on Apr 13 2014, 10:29a
Because Suh's job is to occupy 3 offensive linemen and pressure the QB
Commented on Lions notes: Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford, more on Apr 11 2014, 12:26p
Alternative Theories
Commented on Lions' public infatuation with Sammy Watkins makes no sense on Apr 11 2014, 12:19p
And the Jags...
Commented on Lions' public infatuation with Sammy Watkins makes no sense on Apr 11 2014, 11:56a - 1 reply
The band-aids help hold the evil in.
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Raiders select Sammy Watkins on Apr 11 2014, 11:43a
for Yes
Voted on Apr 11 2014, 11:41a
for No
Voted on Apr 10 2014, 12:37p
Not me
Commented on Ryan Broyles cleared to take part in offseason conditioning on Apr 9 2014, 6:36p
Cancel the flights home.
Commented on Lions host Sammy Watkins for pre-draft visit on Apr 8 2014, 11:38p
Suh is intentionally missing workouts for a good reason.
Commented on Lions' offseason workouts begin without Ndamukong Suh on Apr 8 2014, 10:39a
Godspeed, Nate
Commented on Nate Burleson agrees to deal with Browns on Apr 7 2014, 12:19a - 1 reply
Bet my mom could beat Janis in the 40
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Now with more compensatory picks! on Mar 31 2014, 11:52a
I don't know about that
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Now with more compensatory picks! on Mar 31 2014, 9:56a
I voted #2
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Six different seven-round scenarios for Lions on Mar 24 2014, 3:46p - 1 reply
for 2
Voted on Mar 24 2014, 3:40p
Signing Reggie Bush was the highlight of my offseason last year
Commented on Five questions on Golden Tate with Field Gulls on Mar 20 2014, 3:51p - 1 reply
I could see grown-man tears on the keyboard over at Field Gulls
Commented on A look at various Golden Tate-related stats on Mar 17 2014, 11:45p - 1 reply
V:
Commented on 2014 NFL Draft: Lions host Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for visit on Mar 17 2014, 11:30p - 1 reply
So you have us taking Johnny Football?
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Three-round mock for Lions on Mar 17 2014, 10:32a - 1 reply
Watkins is the kind of talent you trade up for
Commented on 2014 NFL mock draft: Three-round mock for Lions on Mar 17 2014, 10:29a - 4 replies
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