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Peeping Tom Picks the Wrong House

Former NFL player had a 'good conversation' with suspect he found outside his daughter's window

(Newser) - If you're going to be a peeping Tom, a) don't, and b) definitely don't outside an ex-NFL player's house. WPBF reports on exactly that situation at the Florida home of Tony Beckham, who used to play for the Detroit Lions. The former defensive back says he... More »

He Went From the NFL to Prison. The Question Is, Why?

The LAT looks at the downfall of Titus Young

(Newser) - "I believe God has a plan for me and deep down I believe it's to dominate the NFL." So wrote Titus Young—from an LA prison. In a piece for the Los Angeles Times , Nathan Fenno tracks the former Detroit Lions wide receiver's unraveling, poking at—... More »

NFL Has a New Highest-Paid Player in History

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford gets 5-year contract extension for $135M

(Newser) - On Monday, per , the Detroit Lions "started gathering the money bags." That's because they decided to break out the checkbook to retain star quarterback Matthew Stafford in a contract extension that runs through 2022. The 29-year-old's new salary over that five-year period: $135 million,... More »

Aretha Franklin Stretches the National Anthem to 4.5 Minutes

It was a 'church spiritual'

(Newser) - Americans were reminded of one more thing to be thankful for on Thursday: Aretha Franklin. In what caused a "Twitter meltdown," per CBS Sports , Franklin sang the national anthem ahead of the Detroit Lions' game against the Minnesota Vikings and stretched the song into an incredible "4-minute,... More »

Lions Owner, Grandson to Henry Ford, Dead at 88

William Clay Ford ran family business for over 50 years

(Newser) - William Clay Ford, the last surviving grandchild of automotive pioneer Henry Ford and owner of the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 88. Ford Motor Co. said in a statement today that Ford died of pneumonia at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Ford helped steer the family business for... More »

Winter Weather Hits ... Just About Everywhere in US

Philadelphia gets a record 8 inches

(Newser) - It's not often the whole US feels serious winter weather at once—but that's what's happened over the past few days, meteorologists say. "This literally spreads across the entire US, and we're 12 days from the official start of winter," one tells CNN . Yesterday,... More »

One Industry Booming in Detroit? Pro Sports

While city goes broke, players and teams are flush with cash

(Newser) - It isn't all doom and gloom in Detroit. At least one industry is still making bank, reports the New York Times : Pro sports. The Tigers have the highest salaries in the league. The Lions recently offered their quarterback $53 million for another three years. And the Pistons just spent... More »

Detroit Lion Apologizes for Trash-Talking Marching Band

Reportedly called members 'fat,' gay slurs

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions' 22-9 loss to the Packers wasn't the ugliest thing that happened on Lambeau Field on Sunday. Center Dominic Raiola has had to apologize to the University of Wisconsin marching band, after he reportedly trash-talked its members. "My interaction with the Wisconsin marching band was inappropriate,... More »

Ex-NFL Player: I Helped Injure My Own Quarterback

Lomas Brown admits missing a block to get Scott Mitchell out of game

(Newser) - NBC Sports catches up with a bizarre story from the NFL: Former player Lomas Brown admitted last week that he purposely missed a block in an attempt to get his struggling quarterback injured—and it worked. Brown, then with the Lions, boasted in a radio interview that QB Scott... More »

Alex Karras, Actor, NFL Star, Dies at 77

Suffered dementia, was suing NFL over head injuries

(Newser) - Alex Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Karras' attorney said he died at home in Los Angeles today, surrounded by family. Karras had been suffering from dementia. He was among the more than 3,... More »

Ndamukong Suh Crashes Car

He smashed into a light pole, tree in Portland

(Newser) - Controversial Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh—who you might remember from the time he smashed an opponent’s head into the turf on Thanksgiving—crashed his car in spectacular fashion in downtown Portland a little after 1 am this morning, careening onto a curb and hitting a light pole,... More »

Lions Player Ejected for Kicking a Packer

Ndamukong Suh denies it, but video is hard to dispute

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh showed a huge Thanksgiving Day audience exactly why he is considered one of the NFL's dirtiest players. The defensive tackle was ejected in the third quarter of the Lions' 27-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers after the replay showed him pushing the head... More »

Tickets to Tonight's Giants-Vikings Game Are Free

Game was relocated after Metrodome roof collapsed

(Newser) - When the Minnesota Vikings play the New York Giants in Detroit tonight, every seat in the house will be free. The game was relocated to Ford Field, home of the Lions, after the Minnesota Metrodome's roof collapsed under heavy snow . Detroit was chosen partially because Fox Sports was already there... More »

Lions Fan, 63, Walks 425 Miles to Inspire Team

Joe Paquette Jr. walks to team's front door, bringing 'sisu'

(Newser) - A 63-year-old Lions fans walked 425 miles to training camp, aiming to inspire his team to reach new heights this season, the Detroit News reports. Joe Paquette Jr. says he made the trip from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to a Detroit suburb to give the Lions a little "sisu"—... More »

Lions Score 1st Win Since 2007

Redskins fall to team that went 0-16 in 2008; Vick returns

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions, winless since December 2007 and holders of the NFL record for futility after their 0-16 2008 season, stunned the visiting Redskins today at Ford Field, recording a 19-14 victory. "Yes, it's just the Redskins. And yes, they are not very good," wrote Shawn Winston of... More »

The Best and Worst NFL Franchises

But hold your bets: Rankings show winning isn't everything

(Newser) - Great NFL organizations don’t always win Super Bowls, so Adam Schein separates the well oiled from the well Lombardi’d for Fox Sports, ranking franchises on everything from their coaching staffs to public-relations people. The top three:
  • New England Patriots: “The model franchise in all of professional sports.
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Lions to Make Stafford No. 1 Draft Pick

Georgia quarterback inks record $78 million deal with Detroit

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions have signed a deal to make Matthew Stafford the NFL's top draft pick, sources tell ESPN. The Georgia quarterback, a key part of the Lions' plans to rebuild after the worst season in NFL history, has been given a 6-year deal worth a maximum of $78 million,... More »

Having Top NFL Draft Pick Is Now 'Lead Necklace'

(Newser) - As far as usefulness and entertainment value, Michael Rosenberg writes for Fox Sports, the NFL draft, which begins Saturday “is dead.” Inflated rookie contracts mean the worst teams have the privilege of paying exorbitant fees for unproven players. Take the Lions, 0-16 last season. Their “reward for... More »

Jets, Lions, and Browns Sack Head Coaches

Departure follows end-of-season collapse

(Newser) - With the NFL season freshly over, the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns, and the Detroit Lions have fired their coaches, the Washington Post reports. The Lions' Rod Marinelli was sacked after having the NFL's first 0-16 season. The Jets' Eric Mangini, at 37 the NFL’s youngest head coach,... More »

Detroit Ends Season Winless

Lions have worst record at 0-16

(Newser) - The Detroit Lions today achieved the perfect record that last season eluded the New England Patriots—only perfectly losing at 0-16, reports the AP. In other NFL games:
  • The Minnesota Vikings secured their place in the playoffs as a walk-off field goal from Ryan Longwell put them 20-19 over the
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