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Julius was born and raised on the east side of Detroit. He discovered his love for sports writing while attending his alma mater Warren Fitzgerald High School. He is a 7 year veteran of the United States Army and is stationed in Fort Hood, TX with his wife and son. The story of his service and journalistic aspirations were featured on NBC's The Today Show in the spring of 2014. Follow Julius on Twitter @TheDetSportsGuy

The Pistons are quitting on Stan Van Gundy

We can all remember the days when Detroit sports fans were proudly proclaiming Detroit Pistons head coach/team president Stan Van Gundy as far and away the best coach the town had to offer on the professional sports level. In the words of the great Bob...

How to solve the Detroit Lions offensive line dilemma

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions
If there is one position group that has been historically plagued by underperformance and spoiled potential it's definitely (with the defensive backs a close second) the Detroit Lions offensive line. This has been the case for as long as I've been alive - a little...

5 deadline trades that could push the Pistons over the hump

The Detroit Pistons went into the all-star break on a solid note with their 98-91 victory over Dallas this past Wednesday and temporarily solidified the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Yet - there's a shadow of uncertainty about the future that...

The Pistons don’t need to tank – they just need to wake the hell up

Tanking is one of the smartest, saddest, hopeless things in sports. Teams decide their futures are so bleak, that the front office tries to create the poorest roster possible in order to secure a prized draft pick down the line. They damn near lose on...

Grading Bob Quinn’s first NFL draft class for the Detroit Lions

With the fog of the Detroit Lions 2016 season starting to clear up, it's now time to look back at it all. We assign a grade to every NFL draft selection in Bob Quinn's first year as general manager. His total final grade will...

Top 10 plays of the Detroit Lions 2016 season

The 2016 NFL regular season for the Detroit Lions was... unforeseen. By that I mean, no one saw the Lions coming. Not many gave the Lions a shot to do much of anything this season and all the Lions responded with was a 9-7 record,...

NFL referees continue to be the 12th man on the field against the Lions

Let me make myself abundantly clear on this subject. Officiating was NOT the reason the Detroit Lions lost their 9th playoff game in a row on Saturday in Seattle. The Lions were plagued by drops, missed assignments and the inability to stop the Seahawks' running...

3 reasons the Detroit Lions will beat the Seattle Seahawks

On first impression, it's easy to wave the Detroit Lions off as just "happy to be here" for the NFL playoffs. In many people's opinions, the Lions "backed into" the postseason and didn't show they could hang with the contenders in their last three games...

“I Also Have A Dream”

I can remember his voice - swimming in love and belting with urgency. When I first heard Martin Luther King Jr.'s history shaping "I Have A Dream" speech, I was six years old. It is a pivotal and peculiar moment in my life because it's when...

Week 17 Preview: Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers (9-6) @ Detroit Lions (9-6) WHERE: Ford Field - Detroit, Michigan KICKOFF: 8:30 p.m. EST WEATHER: Dome TV/RADIO: NBC/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Packers -3.5, Over/Under 50.5 Injury Report Green Bay James Starks HB Concussion Out Damarious Randall CB Shoulder Questionable Joe Thomas LB Back Questionable Randall Cobb WR Ankle Questionable Detroit  Theo Riddick HB Wrist IR Stefan Charles DT Knee IR Travis Swanson C Concussion Doubtful Darius Slay CB Hamstring Questionable DeAndre Levy LB Knee Questionable Riley Reiff OT Hip Questionable Andre Roberts WR Shoulder Questionable Three things to watch for:  Are the Lions ready to unseat...

BREAKING: Lions’ RB Theo Riddick out for the remainder of the season

The Detroit Lions have placed running back Theo Riddick on season-ending IR for the remainder of this season. https://twitter.com/kmeinke/status/815302347719147520 Riddick has missed the last three games with a nagging wrist injury. It's clear that this is not-so-great news for a team already struggling in the run...

What a home playoff game would mean for Lions fans

Simply put... a home playoff game at Ford Field would mean everything that 2016 wasn't. It would mean that Detroit Lions fans everywhere, especially in Southeast Michigan, have a reason to come together with all hearts and minds in the city of Detroit and cheer...

Top 10 Sports Cities of 2016 (and the top five college sports towns)

When the history books are rewritten in about a hundred years, there's little doubt that 2016 will go down as one of the worst in recent memory. The United States was divided in an ugly presidential election, radical religious terrorism was at an all-time...

Herman Moore doesn’t think Calvin Johnson deserves to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer

There's a bit of sour air breezing in the Detroit Lions alumni atmosphere. In a recent interview with Dan Leach on 97.1 The Ticket, Lions' legendary wide receiver Herman Moore went into clear detail on his opinion of Calvin Johnson's legitimacy as a first-ballot Pro Football...

WATCH: Fan-made hype video to get you ready for Cowboys-Lions on MNF

The Detroit Lions are playing in a meaningful, prime-time football game tonight for the first time all season and there's no doubt that the Detroit Lions-sphere is abuzz with the optimism of clinching a playoff spot with a win over the Dallas Cowboys. And to...

3 ways the Detroit Lions can destroy the Dallas Cowboys

You read the title correctly. The Detroit Lions have a massive matchup in front of a national television audience on Monday against the Dallas Cowboys and they have the opportunity to change the "pretender" narrative that many non-Lions fans have labeled the team with so far...

The Lions need their fans to rise up and believe more than ever before

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. The...

MUST WATCH: This new Matthew Stafford MVP hype video will give you chills

Detroit Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford has made quite a case for himself as an NFL MVP candidate so far this season. Fans are definitely starting to notice and "Stafford for MVP" hype videos are popping up around the web. Check out this gem by YouTube...

Lions Twitter account goes full troll-mode on ESPN, Pro Football Focus

The Detroit Lions are feeling themselves. Apparently, their Twitter account decided to call out those that doubted them. The entire ESPN NFL prediction panel picked the New Orleans Saints to beat them on Sunday and the Lions decided to let them hear about it. https://twitter.com/Lions/status/805522642489016320 Not...

An open letter to DeAndre Levy from a Lions fan

Dear DeAndre Levy, Something is just not right. You've been cleared to practice for the last few weeks. Reports are that doctors have told you that DeAndre Levy can play whenever DeAndre Levy is ready to play. When will that be?! Now, to start off, I know that football...

Lions starting LB Tahir Whitehead ruled out vs Saints

With the Detroit Lions already expecting to be without key linebacker DeAndre Levy for yet another game, the team reported even more debilitating news ahead of their matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The team ruled out starting weakside linebacker Tahir Whitehead on Saturday. This...

Lions make litany of roster moves ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Saints

The Detroit Lions are shuffling their cards ahead of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. With the status of starting WR Marvin Jones facing increasing doubt, the Lions decided to sign receiver T.J. Jones to the active roster on Saturday. They replaced Jones' practice squad...

LOOK: Ohio State fans make joke out of Flint water crisis

The lead up to Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State football showdown was tense, to say the least. Both sides took joy in mouthing off to the other and most of it was all it in good fun. Say for a few. Photos have emerged of Buckeye fans cracking...

For Lions and Wolverines fans, this week could be heaven – or hell

Most of us (sorry Sparty fans) are among the biggest football week of our adult lives. The Detroit Lions have what is presumed to be a division title on the line on Thanksgiving against the Minnesota Vikings - in front of a national TV audience...

Detroit Lions fans hearts have aged 20 years through Week 11 of NFL season

Eleven weeks of NFL football. Ten heart attacks. The Detroit Lions bye week is the only explanation why I am still alive. They have played from behind in all ten games this season and have come out in front in six of those ten. The...

Watch Sen’Derrick Marks brain stop working at worst time possible in loss to Lions (Video)

During a crucial play late in the fourth quarter in the Detroit Lions 26-19 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, I witnessed the most Lions-esque mistake ever committed and it wasn't even the Lions who committed it. On the Lions final offensive drive of...

Healthy and tested, it’s time for the Detroit Lions to bring it all together

The Detroit Lions are like that brother that keeps making the wrong decisions in life. You love him to death but you come to expect the worst. Let downs are just the name of the game when it comes to this team. When things are...

PHOTO: Wikipedia says Golden Tate “killed” Harrison Smith

The troll meter was on one thousand following Sunday's Detroit Lions overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings. The victim was Vikings' safety Harrison Smith, who missed the tackle on Golden Tate's run after the catch that lead to the Lions winning touchdown. Some fan (probably...

Listen to Dan Miller’s awesome call on Lions game winning touchdown

In my opinion, FOX 2/WJR longtime anchor and play by play guy, Dan Miller, has long been underrated in his profession. Proof of that can be heard below when he emphatically calls the Detroit Lions game-winning touchdown against the Minnesota Viking in overtime. Give it...

15 phrases every Lions fan yelled/thought during Sunday’s win in Minnesota

What. A. Game. The Detroit Lions are going into their bye week on cloud nine after they absolutely stunned the Minnesota Vikings in overtime in Week 9. There's no doubt that the three hours and some change that Lions fans endured was quite a roller coaster -...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 9 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions (4-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-2) WHERE: U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. EST WEATHER: Dome TV/RADIO: WJBK-TV FOX 2/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Vikings -6, Over/Under 42 Injury Report Minnesota  Sharrif Floyd DT Knee Out Zac Kerin C Hand Out Alex Boone G Concussion Out Eric Kendricks LB Concussion Out Jerick McKinnon HB Ankle Questionable Tom Johnson DT Concussion Questionable Andrew Sendejo S Ankle Questionable Detroit  Riley Reiff OT Illness Out DeAndre Levy LB Knee Out Theo Riddick RB Ankle Questionable Taylor Decker OT Ribs Questionable Haloti Ngata DT Shoulder Questionable Darius Slay CB Hamstring Out Ezekiel Ansah DE Ankle Questionable Adairius Barnes CB Hamstring Questionable Three things to watch for:  Can Lions take...

MMLH: As Lions fans, hope is all we know.

When I first decided that I wanted to follow my boyhood dreams and follow my military career up by becoming a sports writer, the question immediately came to which team or league I would write for or about. I immediately threw the idea of writing...

Royals, Cavs, Indians will have nothing on when the Lions finally deliver

God hated Cleveland. Now, not so much. The question begs my brain cells - when will he lighten up on the Detroit Lions? In recent years, there have been a sizable number of tortured fan bases who's professional team has arisen to the once unthinkable heavens...

Looking ahead to the Lions next three games: Unbeaten Vikings await

The Detroit Lions are on a winning streak for the first time this season after beating the Los Angeles Rams 31-28 this past Sunday. They are now back to .500 and very much in the thick of things in the standings. Today, we look...

MMLH: Stafford should be in the league MVP conversation

So many have held the promise to deliver the city of Detroit something grand and either never lived up to that promise or left before the job was done. In the case of the Detroit Lions, there have been many promising players to come and...

MMLH: Yesterday, the Lions finally found their hearts

It took long enough. For three straight games, we watched as the Detroit Lions stared at the ground and went through the motions of playing professional football. When the moments called for a big play or extended efforts, the Lions simply could not find the intestinal fortitude...

Darius Slay’s fiance throws dirt at Detroit fan base on Twitter [Photo]

It's no secret that fans of the Detroit Lions were very upset at the performance of their team in their 17-14 loss to the injury-ravaged Chicago Bears this past Sunday. Following in the footsteps of other famous Lions' girlfriends/wives (*cough* Kelly Stafford), the fiance...

Monday morning Lions hangover: Van Gundy’s Pistons have the fight we wish the Lions had

I cannot wait until the new NBA season begins. With the NFL only a quarter of the way through, the Detroit Lions have presumably already decided they don't want any part of progress and success. Honestly, I'm not sure they are even upset about it all. For...

If the Lions play like they don’t care, then why should the fans?

Enough is enough. Fans everywhere of the Detroit Lions need to hear this. We can't continue to care and cheer for a professional football team that plays like they don't give a damn about anything except picking up their game checks every Sunday. Newsflash - it...

Monday morning Lions hangover: Jim Caldwell’s lack of energy is rubbing off on all of us

We all love nice people. They're easy. They make life easier to deal with. A sincere smile and a handshake can go a long way in a world of uncertainties and letdowns. But being nice can only get you so far and eventually a time will come...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers

DETROIT LIONS (1-1) @ Green Bay Packers (1-1) WHERE: Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. EST WEATHER: Cloudy/Isolated thunderstorms. High 69F. Winds SSE at 15 mph. TV/RADIO: WJBK-TV FOX 2/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Packers -7, Over/Under 48 Injury Report Green Bay  Clay Matthews LB Ankle/Hamsting Out Sam Shields CB Concussion Out Morgan Burnett S Groin Out Letroy Guion DT Knee Doubtful Dantone Jones DE Knee Doubtful T.J. Lang G Hip Questionable Detroit  Ezekiel Ansah DE Ankle Out DeAndre Levy LB Quad Out Antwione Williams LB Hamstring Out Adairius Barnes CB Ankle Out Eric Ebron TE Back Questionable Wallace...

Tuesday afternoon Lions hangover: Yeah, it took that long

Following the final whistle of Week 2's matchup between the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans, I found myself completely emotionless. Usually, I am feeling either two ways after a Lions game. Happy they won or hysterically heartbroken that they lost (and how they lost).  I...

Monday morning Lions hangover: Why being a Lions fan might be worse for your health than smoking

I started off my day with a cold cup of Joe. I had my wife make it last night because I knew I would need a jolt to get me going this morning and the icy stuff always works faster. I am physically, mentally...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 1 vs. Indianapolis Colts

DETROIT LIONS (0-0) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-0) WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN KICKOFF: 4:25 p.m. EST WEATHER: Partly cloudy. High 75F. Winds NNE at 4 mph. TV/RADIO: WJBK-TV FOX 2/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Colts -3, Over/Under 51 Injury Report Indianapolis  Darius Butler  CB Ankle Out Vontae Davis CB Ankle Out Clayton Geathers S Foot Out Henry Anderson DL Knee Out Sio Moore LB Hamstring Questionable Joe Haeg OL Ankle Questionable Jack Mewhort G Knee Questionable Detroit  Eric Ebron TE Ankle Questionable Graham Glasgow C Toe Questionable Corey Robinson OT Ankle Questionable Golden Tate WR Ankle Questionable Tyrunn Walker DT Calf Questionable Three...

Three reasons why the Lions will demolish the Colts in Week 1

Opening kickoff of the 86th season of Detroit Lions football is set to begin Sunday on the road against the Indianapolis Colts, and it's safe to say that optimism is very low among the "experts" as it pertains to the level of the success...

Sports: What’s race got to do with it?

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone.   The world is...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Preseason Week 3 vs. Baltimore Ravens

DETROIT LIONS (1-1) @ BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-0) WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium - Baltimore, MD KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m. EST WEATHER: Sunny. High 87F. Winds E at 4 mph. TV/RADIO: WJBK-TV FOX 2/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Ravens -3, Over/Under 43 Injury Report  Baltimore Joe Flacco QB Knee Probable (Expected to play) Elvis Dumervil LB Foot Probable Breshad Perriman WR Knee Questionable Sam Brown CB Undisclosed Questionable Steve Smith Sr. WR Achilles Out Matt Elam S Knee Out Za'Darius Smith LB Ankle Out Dennis Pitta TE Finger Out Terrell...

The 5 key ingredients of Honolulu blue Kool-Aid

Thirst. Every year around this time I am dying from it. Not only I but millions of others are as well. We are the Detroit Lions fan base and we have been on a six-decade journey across the unforgiving NFL landscape. We are told that this journey will...

Should the Detroit Lions call Michael Vick?

Through the first two preseason games of 2016, very few training camp questions have been clearly answered and there are still many tough decisions to make for the Detroit Lions' front office. However, one thing has become painfully clear - the Lions do not...

Dear 2016 Detroit Lions… Win.

It really doesn't get any simpler than that. I sat at my desk, thinking for hours about what would be a great title to get the fans pumped up for the 2016 Detroit Lions season. Something that would excite the hearts and minds. Something that would...

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