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The Legacy Of The Detroit Lions

November 16th, 2022

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Detroit Lions are the city’s only professional football franchise. The team currently resides just a luxury sedan or limo ride away at Ford Field, located in downtown Detroit. Here are some team historical highlights:

The Lions weren’t Detroit’s first pro football team. In 1920, the Detroit Heralds were a charter member of the American Professional Football Association, but the franchise folded after two years. Then the Detroit Panthers formed in 1925, but that team also folded after two seasons. In 1928, the Detroit Wolverines were formed, but they failed after only one year. Finally, Detroit welcomed the Lions in 1934. The team originated in Ohio and was purchased for $7,952.08 by a group headed by Detroit radio executive George A. Richards and then moved to Motown.

The Lions played in the University of Detroit Stadium before average crowds of 16,000 people. The new Detroit Lions won the NFL Championship in only their second year in 1935. Under Coach “Potsy” Clark and stars like Hall of Famer “Dutch” Clark, Ernie Caddel, George Christensen, “Ace” Gutowsky,
Glenn Presnell and “Ox” Emerson, the early Lions established pro football in Detroit.

In 1940, Chicagoan Fred Mandel bought the club. The team was sold eight years later to a group of local businessmen under the leadership of Edwin J. Anderson. The Detroit syndicate controlled the club until 1964, when William Clay Ford became sole owner for a price of $4.5 million…

The Lions dominated in the 1950s with four division titles and three league championships. Under head coach Buddy Parker, the team won back-to-back world crowns in 1952-53, defeating Cleveland on both occasions. The Detroit-Cleveland battles of the era were classic confrontations between two giants of the blossoming NFL.

Don Shula- How Much Do You Know About Miami’s Main Man?

April 21st, 2022

If there is one person who is Mr. Miami, it’s Don Shula. The coach of the Dolphins for practically ever, Don Shula, even in retirement, is one of the most recognizable faces in sports. As a leader, he knew how to win, he knew how to carry himself, and he knew how to keep his players disciplined. But, what do you know about him? Take our quiz to find out if you make Don Shula proud or if you come across as a dead fish.

1. Where was Don Shula born?

a. Flint, Michigan

b. Keizer, Oregon

c. Grand River, Ohio

d. The stork dropped him off in Miami

2. He currently holds the record for most NFL career wins with how many?

a. 308

b. 318

c. 328

d. 2

3. During his playing career, what three teams did Shula play for?

a. The Chicago Bear, the Baltimore Colts, and the Detroit Lions

b. The Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Colts, and the Washington Redskins

c. The Denver Broncos, the Cleveland Browns, and the Boston Patriots

d. The Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Carolina Panthers

4. How many passes did Shula intercept during his playing career?

a. 15

b. 33

c. 21

d. He played offense

5. Where did Shula start his coaching career?

a. Miami University of Ohio

b. The University of Virginia

c. Ohio State University

d. He was never a coach

6. Don Shula got his first NFL head coaching job with what team?

a. The Miami Dolphins

b. The Washington Redskins

c. The Baltimore Colts

d. The Baltimore Ravens

7. How old was he when he first became a head coach in the NFL?

a. 33

b. 37

c. 29

d. 12; he was the Doogie Howser of football

8. How many years did Don Shula serve as a coach of the Miami Dolphins?

a. 20

b. 31

c. 26

d. Oh about one or two

9. Over the years, the teams Shula coached were consistently what?

a. The least penalized in the NFL

b. The oldest in the NFL

c. The biggest in the NFL

d. Made up of actual dolphins

10. The Don Shula Foundation, a foundation Shula set up for his late wife, helps find a cure for what?

a. Breast cancer

b. Multiple Sclerosis

c. Parkinson’s Disease

d. Heart Disease

Answers: 1. c. Grand River, Ohio; 2. c. 328; 3. b. The Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Colts, and the Washington Redskins; 4. c. 21; 5. b. The University of Virginia; 6. c. The Baltimore Colts; 7. a. 33; 8. c. 26; 9. a. The least penalized in the NFL; 10. a. Breast cancer