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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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At least they don't need a back-up QB.
Commented on Has Kellen Moore done enough to win a roster spot? on Aug 29 2014, 11:37p - 1 reply
As in hurray for vision impaired squirrels, or
Commented on No fine for Ndamukong Suh on Aug 29 2014, 11:29p - 1 reply
Well you can only have 11 on the field at once.
Commented on Lions restructure Glover Quin's contract, according to report on Aug 29 2014, 11:24p - 2 replies
Depth chart =/= Rep chart
Commented on Has Kellen Moore done enough to win a roster spot? on Aug 29 2014, 6:23p - 1 reply
Great quote today
Commented on Lions approval poll: Jim Caldwell (August 2014) on Aug 26 2014, 8:41p
for Yes
Voted on Aug 26 2014, 8:19p
That's what I thought about Greenwood though.
Commented on Lions notes: Kyle Van Noy, Nate Freese, more on Aug 26 2014, 2:41p
Gosder did it.
Commented on Lions notes: Kyle Van Noy, Nate Freese, more on Aug 26 2014, 2:40p
So now I'm thinking about cancelling Sunday Ticket
Commented on Winners & losers from Lions' third preseason game on Aug 23 2014, 7:46a - 1 reply
Security blanket
Commented on Winners & losers from Lions' third preseason game on Aug 23 2014, 7:43a - 1 reply
See you guys in the post-game thread.
Commented on Lions vs. Jaguars: Open thread on Aug 22 2014, 7:16p
Crap.
Commented on Lions vs. Jaguars preseason: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more on Aug 22 2014, 7:15p
Checked the Jacksonville affiliates
Commented on Lions vs. Jaguars preseason: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more on Aug 22 2014, 5:20p - 1 reply
Nevin Lawson is actually doing pretty well there, too.
Commented on 10 things to watch in Lions' preseason game vs. Jaguars on Aug 22 2014, 5:14p
Backboard? Staff don't need no stinkin' backboard.
Commented on 10 things to watch in Lions' preseason game vs. Jaguars on Aug 22 2014, 5:13p
Only thing Fairley's been hitting hard this preseason
Commented on Lions vs. Jaguars: Five questions with Big Cat Country on Aug 21 2014, 8:22p
Megatron broke the Madden curse.
Commented on Lions are quite healthy going into Jaguars game on Aug 21 2014, 8:09p
...and that catch will be a TD.
Commented on Lions are quite healthy going into Jaguars game on Aug 21 2014, 8:07p
Puppy Bowl
Commented on Lions notes: Calvin Johnson, Larry Warford, more on Aug 21 2014, 5:16p - 1 reply
Maybe
Commented on Joe Lombardi and Teryl Austin's quotes from Wednesday on Aug 20 2014, 9:37p - 1 reply
for Giorgio Tavecchio
Voted on Aug 19 2014, 9:13p
Wow. Just became a Tavecchio fan.
Commented on Lions notes: DeJon Gomes, Justin Jackson, more on Aug 19 2014, 8:59p - 1 reply
Gotta say this is up there.
Commented on Nick Fairley remains with the Lions' backups on Aug 18 2014, 9:51p - 2 replies
Politicians watch TV
Commented on Sunday Lions open thread on Aug 17 2014, 11:34p
This is probably the best insight into whether or not Kellen stays
Commented on Lions training camp: Jim Caldwell's quotes from Saturday on Aug 17 2014, 11:26p - 1 reply
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