LAW HAS BAD WORKOUT AND ROGERS WILL STAY HEALTHY
Here are just a couple of things to look out for.
The Lions won't sign former New England cornerback Ty Law. My NFL sources are telling me he had a mediocre workout with the Lions a couple of weeks ago. It was not terrible. It just was not worth cutting a couple defensive players to sign him to a big contract.
** Look for wide receiver Charles Rogers to remain healthy and become the Lions best receiver this season. We remember the two injuries that have limited his career to a hand full of games and forget his ability. Rogers does more than catch passes. He has worked on going after the ball more and fighting off defensive backs.
** It would not surprise me if Tigers catcher Pudge Rodriguez asks for a trade during the off season because he is not happy with the direction Tigers President Dave Dombrowski took in trading Kyle Farnsworth.
** The NCAA took a bold stand in banning Indiana mascots and nicknames during post season tournaments. I have no problem with the ban because I sure don't want to see the West Carolina Negroes with a black face mascot roving the sidelines.
But what do you do with a school like Central Michigan University, which enjoys a close relationship with the Saginaw Chippewas tribe? The Chippewas tribe wants the school to keep the nickname because it stimulates economic growth for both the school and the tribe.
** I am hosting a round table today at the Wild Buffalo Wings in Westland today with former Detroit Lions. I will be joined around 1 p.m. by Lomas Brown, Eddie Murray and Chris Spielman. I want to talk about the success of their teams and of course the heart breaks and compare them to this young and upcoming Lions team. Former Pittsburgh Steeler and ESPN anayst Merrill Hoge will also join the discussion.
I will also be part of a media panel talk, which is hosted by AM 1270 The Sports Station.
** So who ends up becoming the Red Wings goalie? Don't be surprised if Chicago Blackhawks goalie Jocelyn Thibault comes here after the club signed my personal and long shot choice of
Nikolai Khabibulin. I hear rumblings of a Chris Osgood return also.
** It is good to see the NHL returning. I always hated leaving Joe Louis Arena late after a game in the winter. That winter wind used to smack you in the face as you wobbled through the ice and snow to the car. But that will feel pretty good next season.