Lions en Back to work for the Detroit Lions <p>The longest lockout in the history of the National Football League is over.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, what may be the shortest free agency period in NFL history is about to begin.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Detroit Lions are expected to be busy during the whirlwind of player trades and signings during the next few days.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Lions team president Tom Lewand released this statement yesterday on the deal agreed to by the players and owners.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><em>&ldquo;First and foremost, we are happy for our fans because all they ever wanted was for us to play football and, thankfully, that&rsquo;s what we are getting ready to do. This agreement is a big win for NFL football and for all NFL fans because it helps secure the long-term health of our game.</em></p></blockquote><blockquote><p><em>&ldquo;It is a fair deal for players and teams. We will be able to grow the game and appropriately share that growth with our players as partners. It is a deal that places a high priority on player safety and on the integrity of our game.</em></p></blockquote><p>The Lions released this timetable detailing the off the field and on the field schedule between now and the kickoff of the fall 2011 season. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:26:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 3465 at Back to work for the Detroit Lions Snyder makes bold prediction <p>The crowd at a fundraising dinner for the Michigan Political Leadership program was maybe hoping Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a> would drop some clues on what’s going to be in his budget proposal next week.</p><p>The governor revealed almost nothing about his spending plan. But he did make a bold sports prediction. Governor Snyder said:</p><blockquote><p>"Before I finish office, the Lions will be in the Super Bowl – how’s that?"</p></blockquote><p>The governor did not say if that would be in the next four years – or if a championship season for the Lions would require a second term. The Lions record last season was six victories to 10 losses, following a winless season in 2009. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:34:10 +0000 Rick Pluta 1252 at Snyder makes bold prediction