With the return of real, live, honest-to-God, sort-of Lions football, we all happily delved into the old familiar cycle of preview, review, and analysis. We hashed, re-hashed, debated, and rebated all of last Saturday’s happenings. We sat down at the pigskin feast, and we gorged ourselves like gluttons until we couldn’t have another bite. We were presented with heaping helping of not-quite Lions football, so we loosened our belts, rolled up our sleeves, and tucked in. Hours later, we collapsed back onto the couch, fat and sated, and happily drifted off to sleep. There’s only one problem: there’s more football.
As the Lions take on the Broncos, they’ll be taking on their second straight 3-4 defense—great, because they’ll play quite a few during the regular season. Basically, all we want to see is more of the same: Matthew Stafford completing lots of passes, Jahvid Best running like an NFL starter, the defensive line getting lots of push, the secondary not totally horrible, and—most of all—our ones outplaying their ones. If we get that, again? Everything else is gravy.
One of the great things about the NFL is that the games take place on Sunday, the day of rest, the day when most people either have nothing going on, or can easily carve out time. I will be at the wedding of a close friend on Saturday night, so I’ll be watching a replay between then and 11:00 pm Sunday night—the new time of the Fireside Chat podcast!
That's right, I’ve slid back the broadcast time by an hour. Why? I realized that everybody’s watching Mad Men then—and when the season starts, that’ll be right in the middle of Sunday Night Football. 11:00, though, should be right when the game stops being interesting. So, stop by at 11:00 pm EST, and be ready for some almost-really real Lions football analysis! In the meantime, hit up the comments.