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My name is Ryan, I'm the Pistons editor for DSN. My hobbies include listening to better music than you and watching unhealthy amounts of Always Sunny.

MUST SEE: Golden Tate and Butterfinger candy help clown the Bears on Twitter

If you were watching CBS' Thursday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, you probably needed to be looking for another form of entertainment. The Packers crushed their NFC North rival by a score of 35-14 to improve to 3-1...

Pistons owner Tom Gores releases statement regarding President Trump and anthem protest

Add Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores to the list of sport franchise owners backing the players right to protest. These comments, of course, come after President Donald Trump's inflammatory remarks that any "son of a bitch" kneeling during the national anthem should be fired. "America’s most...

BREAKING: Lions sign Jim Caldwell to extension

NFL: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
It's official, Nation. Jim Caldwell will be the Detroit Lions head football coach for the foreseeable future. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/911696996343443457 Caldwell has been coaching the Lions since 2014, and in that time has compiled a 29-21 record, and his .580 win percentage is the highest by any Lions...

LOOK: Pistons unveil new Nike ‘Statement’ jerseys

https://twitter.com/DetroitPistons/status/908864265435717632 https://twitter.com/DetroitPistons/status/908860989793222656 The Pistons will be donning some new gear this year, as they look to "rebrand" heading into the new Little Caesar's Arena. The new jerseys seen above will be sporting a gray, blue, and red color scheme and will be worn five times this season. I for...

BREAKING: Lions rookie Jarrad Davis picks up his first career fine

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida
It certainly didn't take long for the NFL to officially christen Lions first-round linebacker Jarrad Davis. It was just announced that Davis picked up a fine for his exquisite WWE-level body slam of Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham. https://twitter.com/jjgatorman/status/906974444098392065 https://twitter.com/davebirkett/status/908786319232520192 The fine is *only* $9,115 of Davis'...

Grading the Detroit Lions: Week 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals

WOOOOOOOOOO, DNL! Different New Lions! That was the feeling around the Motor City after the Detroit Lions put a sluggish first half behind them and exploded for 26 points in the second half of a 35-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. There was A LOT...

Kelly Stafford: MATTY CAN’T GET NO RESPECT

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
Just moments after Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford inked the largest deal in NFL history, every major news outlet was in on the story. Unfortunately, for those news outlets, not all of them could escape the wrath of Kelly Stafford, Matthew's wife. The Staffords have been...

UPDATE: Lions make Matthew Stafford highest paid player in NFL history

https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/902348222009573377 https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/902353429833666565 The long awaited Matthew Stafford contract is finally done. The Detroit Lions are set to make quarterback Matthew Stafford the highest paid player in NFL history. Since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009, Stafford has set team and NFL records and taken the Lions to...

LOOK: Pistons all-time roster for NBA 2K revealed

NBA 2K is far and away the best basketball based video game series on the market right now, and they always find a way to create massive hype around their yearly releases. One new addition that has fans clamoring for NBA 2K18 is their release...

Roger Goodell calls Bob Quinn ‘maybe the best general manager’ in the NFL

NFL: Combine
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was recently touring Ford Field in Detroit as part of an NFL fan forum. The commissioner had plenty to say about the future of the Detroit Lions and the NFL as whole but one comment has caused plenty of heads...

BREAKING: Michigan’s first AP Poll ranking revealed

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Many predicted Jim Harbaugh's Michigan Wolverines would check in the top ten of the first official Associated Press rankings for the college football season, but coming off a 10-3 season, Michigan checked in at No. 11. For the rest of the top 25, see below: (###)...

BREAKING: Ex-Lions receiver Anquan Boldin retires

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
https://twitter.com/JimTrotter_NFL/status/899421506974785536 https://twitter.com/LLamorandier/status/899426512260263936 Anquan Boldin career stats: 1076 receptions 13,779 yards 82 TDs Boldin, 36 years old, a 14-year NFL veteran, spent the 2016 NFL season with the Detroit Lion, and posted 67 receptions for 584 yards and eight touchdowns his only year in the...

BREAKING: Lions LB Brandon Copeland out for the season

http://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/897250817920692225 Not even two weeks into the preseason and the Detroit Lions already have two major defensive injuries. In the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, defensive end Kerry Hyder tore his achilles and was announced out for the year. Just a little over 24 hours...

Lions WR Kenny Golladay is getting rave reviews from teammates and coaches

There is no quicker way to fall into the trap of believing this season of Detroit Lions football is going to be different than any of the past 50 than by following preseason camp closely. With that being said, it is remarkable how much buzz rookie...

LOOK: Jim Harbaugh reveals three honorary captains for this season

There is no bigger celebrity in college football than Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, and with the Wolverines season set to kick off September 2 against the Florida Gators, Harbaugh is working his team back into the news cycle, and working the phones as well. Throughout...

Detroit Pistons select Luke Kennard 12th overall in the NBA Draft

After much speculation, and pryaing some top end talent would fall, the Detroit Pistons have selected Duke guard Luke Kennard 12th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. Luke Douglas Kennard is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college...

The one draft day trade the Pistons must try to make

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
This year's NBA Draft is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Partly due to the outstanding talent in this year's draft class, but also because there major names that are reportedly on the trading block, and teams at the top with a lot...

REPORT: Pistons looking to trade Jackson, Drummond

NBA: Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons
Just because the Detroit Pistons season ended in disappointment doesn't mean the front office has gone on vacation quite yet. According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the Pistons are actively shopping their two best players, Reggie Jackson, and Andre Drummond. https://twitter.com/MikeAScotto/status/872941126981963776 There was talk around the trade deadline that...

BREAKING NEWS: “Trader Jack” McCloskey, architect of the Bad Boy Pistons, has died at 91

Sad day for the Detroit Pistons community as former General Manager Jack McCloskey has died at age 91. https://twitter.com/Keith_Langlois/status/870448663809732609 McCloskey served as the Pistons GM from 1979-1991 and is largely credited with orchestrating the "Bad Boy" Pistons who won back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 amd 1990. Our...

REPORT: Pistons to target guard C.J. Miles in free agency

One of the Detroit Pistons main focuses of the off-season will be to add more shooting. The team finished 28th out of 30 teams in three-point percentage last year, which is one of the main reasons they finished with only 37 wins and missed...

WATCH: The Taiwanese Animators are back with their 2017 NBA Finals preview

The Taiwanese Animators are back in glorious fashion to take on the NBA Finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The video features Stephen Curry relentlessly laughing at Kyrie Irving's flat-Earth theory and Draymond Green reintroducing himself to LeBron James' mid-section. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpBNlmqW2ow

DSN NBA Finals predictions

It's finally here. After sitting through two months of what most people called unbearable playoffs, we finally get the match-up we've been waiting for since last June. The rubber match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The finals...

T.J. Lang says Ndamukong Suh is a ‘nutjob’ and ‘psychopath’

TJ Lang
Take it back to 2014. Ndamukong Suh was Lions fans favorite mean defensive tackle, and nothing he ever did was dirty. T.J. Lang, on the other hand, was a loud-mouth, punk-ass whiner that played guard for the Green Bay Packers, who only talked trash about Suh...

REPORT: Pistons bumped their head, are looking to trade 12th overall pick to “win now”

The Detroit Pistons are inexplicably win-now mode. Despite not tanking hard towards the end of 2017 for better draft position, the Pistons still missed the postseason, and were a virtual non-threat all year long. Surely this would mean the Pistons would use the 12th pick in...

Detroit Lions sign running back Matt Asiata

https://twitter.com/Justin_Rogers/status/868268611567325185 After appearing as though they were going to stay put at running back, the Detroit Lions have signed former Minnesota Viking Matt Asiata to a one-year deal. Asiata played in all 16 games in 2016 and finished the season with 402 rushing yards and six touchdowns...

Detroit Pistons land 12th pick in the NBA Draft

The ping pong balls have bounced and the Detroit Pistons 2017 NBA Draft fate has been determined. The Pistons will pick 12th in this year's upcoming draft, which barring a trade, will be their only pick of the night. https://twitter.com/chadfordinsider/status/864644207872401408 The entire NBA Draft Lottery is as...

How the Pistons could land the #1 pick in lottery tonight

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Kentucky vs UCLA
What are the Pistons chances of getting the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft? Almost zero. But that 'almost' gives us some hope. If the unthinkable were to happen tonight, here's how it would have to breakdown:  DETERMINING THE NBA DRAFT ORDER via Tankathon.com 1....

ICYMI: Stan Van Gundy adopts special needs puppy that was left alone at Michigan shelter

Stan Van Gundy
On Saturday, April 29 the Bissell Pet Foundation funded the "Empty the Shelters" pet adoption day which saw more than 1,500 animals from 66 shelters find new forever homes. At the time, the saddest story of the event was the tale of Eastwood, a special needs...

Report: Lions 1 of 2 teams with a chance at signing LeGarrette Blount

One of the biggest criticisms of the Detroit Lions 2017 draft class is that they didn't select a runningback. The Lions had a chance at landing some of the top backs in the class, but decided the current crop of Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner,...

Detroit Lions 2nd round pick Teez Tabor to the haters: “Watch the tape”

When the Detroit Lions selected Florida cornerback Teez Tabor with the 53rd overall pick the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the pick was met with immediate head scratching. After being touted as a first round prospect before the NFL Combine, Tabor showed up with a...

2017 NFL Draft: 5 biggest positions of need for the Detroit Lions

NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
The NFL Draft is this week, and usually us Detroit Lions fans are discussing what we are going to do with our first round pick, and then get irate when the selection does not address any of the team's needs. It's almost tradition at this point....

Pistons offseason notes: SVG says Drummond needs work, Jackson lost confidence

NBA: Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons
There's no sugar-coating it. This season was a brutal one for the Detroit Pistons. After winning 44 games and earning a playoff spot last year, the seemingly up and coming squad took a major step back in all areas in 2017. Just how much...

SOURCES: Miles Bridges ‘leaning heavily’ towards staying at MSU

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Michigan State vs Miami
The Michigan State men's basketball team might have had their season end unceremoniously getting popped by the Kansas Jayhawks in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, but the future of Spartans basketball looks eminently bright if what Adrian Wojnarowski's The Vertical is reporting is...

Remembering The Palace: The building’s best moments

The Pistons are about to play their final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, a building that has certainly provided the franchise many great moments. As an ode to one of the best basketball arenas of all time, we took to the DSN...

Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson will sit out the remainder of the season to ‘clear his mind’

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic
With the Detroit Pistons expected to be officially out of the playoff race soon, the team is making some serious and necessary lineup changes. Point guard Reggie Jackson's season will be cut short, with coach Stan Van Gundy announcing that Jackson will not play in any of the team's final four regular...

Lions seek to begin working on contract extension with Ziggy Ansah

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions have brought in a lot of new blood this offseason that has the fan base excited for what is ahead. One of the virtual guarantees moving forward is the team will sign quarterback Matthew Stafford to a contract extension, but he's...

Editorial: The NBA’s issue of resting players goes way beyond the fans

Man oh man, it's been a really interesting week for the NBA. On Monday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a league-wide memo stating that resting star players in marquee match-ups is "an extremely significant issue for our league." He's right. But not for the reasons he's stating....

Michigan’s Moe Wagner pens powerful “Still Alive” piece for The Players’ Tribune

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round
What a ride it's been to the Sweet 16 for the Michigan Wolverines, literally. It's a ride that begins even before the NCAA Tournament. Way back on March 8th, the Wolverines were preparing to board their plane and take off to Washington D.C. for the...

Where do the Pistons currently stand in the playoff race?

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls
It's been an up-and-down, but mostly down for the Detroit Pistons. Before losing five out of their last six games, the Pistons had an 18-game stretch where they went 12-6. So where has wiping out essentially all of their progress gotten them? Out of the...

WATCH: Ian Kinsler blast two-run home run for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic

Big Poppa Ian looks in mid-season form already. https://twitter.com/EvanPetzold/status/844731878485757952 https://twitter.com/WBCBaseball/status/844737808979935232  

Former No. 2 pick Darko Milicic opens up about hating life in the NBA, and what it means to be labeled a bust.

Darko Milicic Draft
The most famous draft bust in Detroit Pistons history is unarguably Darko Milicic. Milicic was picked No. 2 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. What makes Milicic's bust so much worse is the elite company he was in. Darko went second, the rest of...

Marcus Morris cussed out teammates, spurred his team to victory, and became your favorite Piston

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers
It's no secret that this year's version of the Detroit Pistons has lacked leadership the entire season. The team's de facto leaders Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson aren't nearly vocal enough to will the team, and the constant and often deserving berating from head...

JUST IN: Lions receiver Anquan Boldin will return to the NFL and enter free agency

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
Good news: The Detroit Lions leading touchdown getter from 2016, Anquan Boldin, is returning for his 15th NFL season. https://twitter.com/JimTrotter_NFL/status/841315133070561282 Bad news: He might not be returning to the Lions. https://twitter.com/davebirkett/status/841315324716822531 Boldin was a very nice addition to the receiving core last season and played the part of...

NSFW VIDEO: Pistons Andre Drummond spits a guest verse in extremely vulgar rap song

The Notorious B.I.G died on March 9, 1997. 20 years after his death, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond makes his rap debut in Detroit rapper Nate Nixen's (I don't know, either) new song. https://twitter.com/GoBlueDET/status/840007831386542081 As a true fan of hip hop, I can appreciate Andre's effort...

JUST IN: Lions add defensive line help, sign 2 more players

More updates to come https://twitter.com/caplannfl/status/839955648011976704 https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/839955738537644033 UPDATE: Washington's contract. https://twitter.com/caplannfl/status/839956926427435014

TJ Lang to Detroit?

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars
This could be huge literally and figuratively for the Lions. Former Packers all-pro guard T.J. Lang is scheduling a free agent meeting with Detroit. Lang, a native of Royal Oak, Michigan. Brother Rice High School and later went on to play his college ball at Eastern Michigan...

JUST IN: Riley Reiff plans to sign with Vikings

NFL: International Series-Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs
More details to come https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/839946222278434817

WATCH: Jimmy Butler tries and fails to dap up Marcus Morris after missed free throw

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Sometimes all you want is some nice firm dap. During Monday night's Pistons-Bulls game, Jimmy Butler was denied that opportunity. https://twitter.com/ESPNNBA/status/838946549212332032 To be fair to Morris, I don't know why any opposing player besides his brother Markieff would think he's the guy that would dap them up. The cold...

WATCH: Isiah Thomas says ‘Bad Boys’ Pistons would have matched up perfectly with Golden State Warriors

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons
TNT made an excellent decision Monday night when the television network decided to turn its NBA coverage entirely over to former players. In the studio, Chris Webber hosted a panel featuring Isiah Thomas, Baron Davis and Chris Bosh. Of course, the league-leading Golden State Warriors were discussed,...

5 free agents the Lions should avoid at all costs

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings
There's a million and one ways to improve the Detroit Lions in 2017, one of the biggest and most important ways to do that is through NFL free agency. While signing a coveted free agent can be the difference in putting a team over the...

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