Friday, January 16, 2009

Ahh, That New Coach Smell

It's that time of every-three-years again: a new coach for the Detroit Lions is announced!

The lucky daring soul this time was the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. [Insert Spaceballs joke here.] I must have been pondering this the other night before bed, because I had a vivid and hilarious dream involving Titans coach Jeff Fisher showing me around a "training camp" which looked like a summer camp--while I was wearing pajamas. I asked him about the possibility of getting a job since I knew I'd be cut from the team (ya think?). I love my crazy dreams.

Coach Schwartzbewithyou is certainly saying all the right things to impress me so far. Then again, don't they all? I am just glad they pulled the trigger on who they wanted so they can get on with hiring assistants and scouting for the draft. Can we interest anyone in a really expensive #1 pick? Please? Nope, we are probably stuck with it. Let the great QB vs. O-line vs. defense debate commence. After all, the fans have been anticipating this #1 pick since, well, the disastrous first play of the regular season. It's all we have to what we look forward to. As the saying goes, "We're the Lions. The draft is our Super Bowl."

But hope springs eternal even, or especially, in beaten-down Detroit. Mitch Albom wrote a great (if a tad schmaltzy) article called "The Courage of Detroit" which captures this spirit. It's almost enough to make a person want to move to Michigan. (Okay, maybe not quite to the eastern part though.)

Coach Schwartzbewithyou, we wish you luck, perseverance, a sharp shovel, and the wisdom to not take the wind.

Who do you think the Lions should draft #1? And clearly a different question: who do you think they will draft?

9 comments:

Enor said...

Should go with Andre Smith

Will go with Matt Stafford


I really hope we trade down, though.

Anonymous said...

My question: What kind of chocolate did you eat to have such a vivid, hilarious dream? At Lions camp in your jammies?!
:) mom

Pulaski said...

It doesn't matter as long as WCF is in charge. Same losers until he is out of that office.

Anonymous said...

Hey--the east side of the state isn't all that bad. Some of your favorite relatives live here!!!! Although, not really true Lions fans.....

Anonymous said...

West side, best side!!
West coast, best!!

Amy said...

The advice to Schwartz that I liked best was "rent, don't buy." :)

WMW said...

Y'all are very entertaining, but Amy, THAT is funny!

RMMcDowell said...

That Mitch Albom article pretty much made me proud to be from Michigan. His version of it, anyway. And probably (hopefully?) not enough to spend the rest of my life here.

pmfh said...

Every new coach experience for the Lions is like a Mitch Albom story; after not too long, it's like the one you didn't link: The City Where the Sirens Never Sleep.