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From a band kid growing up in Florida to a fearsome offensive tackle who played 18 seasons in the NFL, including 11 years with the Detroit Lions, Lomas Brown certainly has a story to tell. He was named to the Pro Bowl for seven straight seasons. And he got a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown first came to Michigan when he was drafted by the Lions in 1985. Despite the snow and cold winters, he’s still here in the Detroit area. His new memoir, co-authored with Mike Isenberg, is titled, If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions: Stories from the Detroit Lions Sideline, Locker Room and Press Box.

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell at the podium at the 2009 NFL Draft, at the Radio City Music Hall, New York City.
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Last week, more than 4,000 people crammed into Chicago’s redundantly named Auditorium Theater to watch NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announce the names of 256 players. Two-hundred-thousand more watched the action on big TVs in Grant Park. I’m always amazed at the attention the NFL draft attracts. This year, more than three million Americans watched a middle-aged white guy – also known as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – walk up to a podium, open an envelope, and announce the name of a...

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This week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Rams would be allowed to move from St. Louis back to Los Angeles. I realize you might not care, but you should, because we’re the ones paying for it – again.

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The struggling Detroit Lions have shaken up the front office.
Lions president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew were fired on Thursday. Team owner Martha Firestone Ford announced the moves and did not take questions from reporters.

The Detroit Lions prepare to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
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The Lions have won only one game this year, and in their most recent game, Matt Stafford suffered 13 hits, seven sacks, and the Lions went from a 17-6 lead over Minnesota to a 28-19 loss. Bacon says to the Ford family's credit, they've stayed out of the way as the team struggles. "They're pretty much everything you want in owners except an inability to hire the right coach," he says.

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Superbowl 49 has passed and much of the resulting conversation has revolved around not the game itself but instead its breakout star: Left Shark. Michigan Radio sport commentator John U. Bacon says he's relieved that at least this new topic has allowed the discussion of “deflategate” to dissipate. "Deflategate was the most overblown issue of all time," says Bacon, "It amounts to almost nothing. It is truly hot air." Instead, Bacon expresses his hope that the media will now focus on more...

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When Michael Sam told his University of Missouri teammates he was gay before last season, it wasn’t a big deal. It’s a safe bet that NFL teams – who know what kind of gum their prospects chew – already knew this, too. But when Sam came out publicly, it changed the equation. The NFL has already had gay players, so that’s not new. But publicly declaring you’re gay is new – and so is the onslaught of media attention. After Sam came out, he dropped from a projected fourth- or fifth-rounder to the...

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The Detroit Lions introduced the team's new head coach today. Jim Caldwell comes to the Lions after being part of two Super Bowl-winning teams. He also led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl in 2010, only to lose to the New Orleans Saints. Caldwell says he’s already talked with Lions players about winning a National Football League championship. "They believe and I believe the time is now,” says Caldwell. “Not two years or three years from now, down the road somewhere, but right in here...

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Its not exactly an apples to apples comparison. The Detroit Tigers had just clinched a division title after a long season, and the Detroit Lions had simply won a game, b ut the two different ways the head coaches of Detroits major sports teams celebrate a win does show something about their personalities. Heres the Jim Leyland moonwalk making the rounds online (You can scroll to 1:25 to see the moonwalk, but his heartfelt thank you to his players, staff, and fans is worth watching. - you can follow this link if the video doesnt load below): <A data-cke-saved-href="http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&src=v5:embed:syndication:&from=shareembed-syndication" href="http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/video?videoid=30cac00e-dcc7-42f8-b3c9-bbd9fcd23732&src=v5:embed:syndication:&from=shareembed-syndication" target="_new" title="Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1">Video: Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1</A> And heres the Jim Schwartz headset throw going around the net (the Lions had just beaten the Washington Redskins - follow this link if the video doesnt load below): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MSZstYvv5c Maybe its just the difference between baseball and football . H/T to Tony Brown.

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Students in Michigan's public schools are back at their desks. And for young football players, soccer players and other athletes around the state, practice has been happening in earnest for weeks. This will be the first school sports season under Michigan's new sports concussion law. We wanted to find out what it will mean to student athletes, their coaches and their parents. Laura Rowen joined us today. She's an injury prevention consultant with the Michigan Department of Community Health. Listen to the audio above.

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Super Bowl XLVII provided us with thrills, spills and record electric bills – plus a football game somewhere in there. Congratulations! You not only survived that annual orgy of conspicuous consumption called the Super Bowl, you also survived the two weeks of endless stories without news that lead up to the big day. And when the big game arrives, what is our reward? On the one day we actually look forward to watching TV ads, they were so bland and boring and just plain bad, we had no choice but to turn our attention to the actual football game.

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With Ann Arbor’s own Harbaugh brothers about to square off in the Super Bowl, you’ll probably start to hear lots of stories from the folks who met them along the way. Well, count me in.

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The University of Michigan will receive some unusual applicants next year.

Several dozen current and former National Football League players are expected to apply to the Ross Business School to learn how to open franchise businesses.

Dubbed the "NFL Franchising Boot Camp," the program will educate 30 of these athletes from across the country about the ins and outs of running a food, hotel or fitness chain.

During the four-day program this April, former professional football players will stay on the Ann Arbor campus and attend workshops with the school's faculty and business

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A former National Football League player from Michigan filed a lawsuit yesterday against the league and four others for failing to warn him of football-related head injuries, reports the Associated Press. Derrick Walker lives in West Bloomfield, and he began his football career playing for the University of Michigan Wolverines where he served as co-captain in the 80s. Since then, the plaintiff went on to play tight end professionally for the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders. Over that time period, Walkers lawsuit says he was concussed multiple times which led to memory loss, difficulty concentrating, headaches and difficulty sleeping. Now hes seeking at least $500,000 in damages, reports the Detroit Free Press .

For three quarters, the Detroit Lions performed like playoff veterans. They led Drew Brees and the mighty New Orleans Saints at halftime. They were still right in the game heading to the fourth quarter. But Brees and the Saints blew it open in the final period, turning Detroits postseason return into a one-and-done affair with a 45-28 NFC playoff victory that was much closer most of the night on a raucous Saturday at the Superdome. Having already eclipsed Dan Marinos 27-year-old record for...

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The city of Detroit could face an economic hit this fall if the National Football League and its players dont agree on a new contract. How big an impact is not clear. The current contract between NFL owners and the players association expires at midnight. Without a deal, Ford Field in Detroit will sit empty during the Lions scheduled pre-season and regular season home games this fall. A study commissioned by the players association says $20 million is spent on average in NFL cities during regular season home games. In some cities, much more is spent. The Christian Science Monitor reports small businesses may pay a big price. Jesse David is a senior vice president with Edgeworth Economics , the company that did the study. David admits people will probably spend money on some form of entertainment, whether or not they go to a game, but they may not spend it in Detroit. It may be that someone else, somewhere else sees their income go upbut theres still going to be an effect on a group of people. Even if they miss tonights deadline, NFL owners and players still have several months before games will have to be canceled or rescheduled.

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Update: 10:49 a.m.: The Lions are reporting that due to "overwhelming" response, free tickets to tonight's NFL game at Ford Field are no longer being offered. Update: 12/13/10, 9:30 a.m.: Fans in downtown Detroit are lining up at Ford Field to get free tickets for tonight's NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand said on WJR this morning that there going to work to make sure everyone can be accommodated, "but I think we're going to be a little oversubscribed." In case you haven't seen it yet, the NFL has some impressive video of the Metrodome collapsing . 12/12/10, 12:45 p.m.: The New York Times has put together an interactive before and after photo showing how the roof of the Metrodome deflated after heavy snowfall. The Giants and Vikings were scheduled to play there today. The NFL moved the game to Ford Field and will be played tomorrow night (Monday) at 7:20pm. The Detroit Free Press reports it'll be the "first ever regular-season Monday Night game at Ford Field."