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Rob Otto is a former broadcaster on Sportsradio 1130 WDFN, WWJ Newsradio 950, 97.1 The Ticket, Fox Sports Detroit and Comcast SportsNet. He is a lifelong Michigander, a graduate of Central Michigan University, and has an opinion on everything.

Lions Leftovers: Blame loss to Falcons on Lions themselves

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. I...

3 Biggest takeaways from the Detroit Lions’ 30-26 loss to Atlanta Falcons

The Lions beat the Falcons 33-30 on Sunday on a last-minute TD pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden…wait…what? They reviewed what? A 10-second WHAT?!? So, I stand corrected. The Lions fell to the Falcons 30-26 to fall to 2-1 on the season. Here are the...

MUST SEE: Lions players and coaches react to controversial ending against Atlanta

Well, Detroit Lions fans have seen this all too many times in the past: a loss snatched from the jaws of victory. It could be a crazy play, a mental mistake, or a little-known rule. Despite it being ingrained in the team’s lore, every...

3 Biggest takeaways from the Michigan Wolverines’ 28-10 win over Purdue

Michigan went on the road to begin Big Ten play and topped Purdue 28-10 on Saturday. As has been the case all season, they started slow and finished strong. Michigan remains perfect, improving to 4-0 on the season. Here are the top three takeaways from...

What loss of Jarrad Davis would mean for Detroit Lions against Atlanta Falcons

Lions rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis has had a pretty impressive debut. Through two games, he leads Detroit’s defense with 15 tackles, has a fumble recovery, got his first career sack in the Monday Night game against Eli Manning and the Giants, and even received...

Lions Leftovers: Detroit dominates NY Giants in every phase but one

The Lions had the national spotlight Monday night and used it to dismantle the New York Giants 24-10. At first blush, it appears that Detroit dominated in all three phases of the game. I agree with two of the three. The special teams were top-notch....

Next 5 Notes Week 2: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions’ next five opponents

Now that the Lions have improved to 2-0 after their 24-10 win over the Giants on Monday Night Football, let’s take our weekly look at Detroit’s next five opponents and the top storylines to come out of their most recent game. WEEK 3 – vs....

EDITORIAL: Why Michigan fans should be concerned despite a 3-0 start

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State
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. I...

3 Biggest Takeaways from the Michigan Wolverines’ 29-13 win over Air Force

Michigan beat the Air Force Academy 29-13 on Saturday. The win keeps the Wolverines perfect on the season, improving to 3-0 heading into the start of the Big Ten portion of their schedule next week at Purdue. Here are the top three takeaways from the...

Next 5 Notes: Look ahead to the Detroit Lions next 5 opponents

NFL: Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions
Every week we will take a quick look at the next five opponents for the Detroit Lions and the top storylines to come out of their most recent game. WEEK 2 – at New York Giants (0-1), Monday Night Football, MetLife Stadium The Giants offense was...

Lions Leftovers: Ugly start, beautiful finish as Detroit Lions beat Arizona Cardinals

Welcome to Lions Leftovers, my weekly post-game commentary of the team that gives fans both heart attacks and outright elation, often on back-to-back plays. The Lions started the season Sunday with a 35-23 win over the Cardinals at Ford Field. That final score, though, is...

MUST SEE: NFL analyst surprising prediction for the Detroit Lions

NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
You have to see it to believe it, but Fox's Peter Schrager has picked the Detroit Lions to be the surprise team in the NFC this year. His big reasons why? Schrager believes the only reason the Lions didn’t win the NFC North last season...

Top 5 takeaways from Michigan’s 36-14 win over Cincinnati

This is an odd day to be a Michigan fan. On one hand, the team is 2-0 and the defense has looked impressive two weeks in a row. However, Saturday’s 36-14 victory over Cincinnati hardly seems like something to celebrate. This game was supposed...

How Matthew Stafford’s contract details affect Lions future

It seems like a lot longer than this, but Matthew Stafford only signed his contract extension a week ago today. The new deal is a five-year, $135-million extension which likely locks Stafford in as the Detroit Lions quarterback through the 2022 season. I say...

WATCH: Cincinnati RB believes they can “shock the world” against Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines have everything going for them. They topped then-No. 17 Florida in their season opener 33-17 at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, TX, then were moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press Poll as of today. The Wolverines, who are...

JUST IN: Jim Harbaugh names starting QB for Cincinnati game

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
In his weekly press conference, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Wilton Speight will start in Saturday’s home opener against Cincinnati, but he won’t be the only quarterbacks to take the field against the Bearcats: https://twitter.com/247Wolverines/status/904748277895135232 In the season-opening 33-17 win over Florida, Speight had a pedestrian...

JUST IN: Michigan’s Quinn Nordin earns Big Ten honor

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
The Big Ten announced their Players of the Week for the opening weekend of the college football season, and anyone that watched Michigan’s 33-17 win over Florida likely has a good idea which Wolverine made the list. Freshman kicker Quinn Nordin was named the Big...

Lions announce practice squad

The Detroit Lions filled out their practice squad today, signing the maximum 10 players. Here is the list: OLB Thurston Armbrister CB Adairius Barnes WR Jace Billingsley WR Dontez Ford C Leo Koloamatangi DE Derrick Lott FS Rolan Milligan T Storm Norton DE Pat...

Detroit Lions claim two, lose two to NFL waivers

NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
NFL teams were required to cut their rosters to 53 players yesterday, making today at 1:00 the deadline to claim any players that were waived. The Detroit Lions picked up a pair of players, but also saw other teams claim two of theirs, including...

5 Biggest takeaways from Michigan’s 33-17 win over Florida

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines began the 2017 college football season with a big-time win in a big-time stadium against a big-time team. No. 11 U-M topped the No. 17 Florida Gators 33-17 at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, TX, in a huge matchup for...

BREAKING: Detroit Lions make trio of cuts, including two recent draft picks

The Detroit Lions continue paring down their roster to get to the 53-man limit, and for a second straight day, that includes players that they selected in a recent NFL Draft. 2016 fifth-round pick Antwione Williams is among them, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. https://twitter.com/josinaanderson/status/904005632759656448 That one...

WATCH: Tigers react to Justin Verlander trade

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves
It has been a rough day for many Detroit Tigers fans who woke up this morning to hear that their ace and 2011 Cy Young winner/ AL MVP Justin Verlander was traded at literally the last minute to the Houston Astros. As difficult as it...

How you can help Detroit Lions, JJ Watt with Hurricane Harvey relief

With Hurricane Harvey still dumping rain on Texas and Louisiana, local sports figures have joined the fight to help Houston and the surrounding communities fight through devastation. It is a process that will take months, if not years, and it will utilize every penny...

NFL analyst picks Lions to return to playoffs

As the NFL season approaches – we are just a week and a half away from the Detroit Lions hosting the Arizona Cardinals – the pundits are weighing in with their annual predictions. Every one of them needs to be taken with a grain...

Is newest Pistons guard Avery Bradley set to break out this season?

The big move the Detroit Pistons made this off-season was trading for Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics.  Well, it was really their ONLY move, but it should pay immediate dividends. Bradley comes in as a tenacious on-ball defender, something the Pistons have been lacking...

Former Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush makes Dallas Cowboys roster

Jerry Jones confirmed that former Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush has made the Dallas Cowboys roster. https://twitter.com/DMN_George/status/901827210369171456 It may not “officially” be as Dak Prescott’s backup, but that is assumed. Former Lion Kellen Moore and Luke McCown are still fighting for a roster spot that might...

JUST IN: Lions lose another defensive lineman to injured reserve

The Lions already depleted defensive line took another hit on Sunday. Detroit announced today that defensive tackle Jordan Hill has been placed on Injured Reserve. The team says Hill injured his bicep in the 30-28 preseason loss on Friday night. https://twitter.com/davebirkett/status/901850915988267009 Hill was signed as a free...

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather trash talks Conor McGregor DURING fight

One of the moments everyone is talking about from Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor happened right after the bell rang at the end of the fifth round. Mayweather was chirping at McGregor and even gave the multiple-time UFC champion a shove with his left hand....

After beating Lions, Tom Brady shows why he is among the greatest

With two sentences Friday night, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have demonstrated why some people consider him the best quarterback of all time. Brady’s team handed the Detroit Lions a 30-28 loss in their third preseason game, but when “Tom Terrific” was in...

LISTEN: Detroit Lions talk about Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight

As the sports world turns toward Las Vegas tonight for the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match, the Detroit Lions locker room is not oblivious to the spectacle. WJR reporter Michael Stets talked to Marvin Jones, Jace Billingsley, Matthew Stafford, Jarrad Davis, Cornelius Washington, Ameer Abdullah,...

Lions first half against Patriots could be precursor to a long, ugly season

Anyone that pays attention to the NFL preseason knows that the third game is usually the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. This is the week that coaches use to mimic the regular season. They actually watch game film, do some game planning for...

WATCH: Matthew Stafford’s PERFECT reaction to being snubbed by ESPN

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford famously played football at Highland Park High School in Dallas. Perhaps you heard once, or twice that it is the same high school that Lions great Bobby Layne attended. And perhaps you heard once, or twice, or A THOUSAND...

Palace of Auburn Hills to close next month

It comes as no surprise, but the speculation became official today that The Palace of Auburn Hills is closing. https://twitter.com/freep/status/900692986857570305 When Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores announced last year that the team would move downtown and play in the new Little Caesars Arena, it seemed like...

Former NFL linebacker, Michigan native Tim Shaw to receive huge hometown honor

Michigan native Tim Shaw has lived a pretty amazing life. He was an impact football player at Livonia Clarenceville High School, helping lead the Trojans to the state championship game in 2001. He earned an athletic scholarship to keep playing football in college at Penn...

Kelly Stafford comments on NFL protests

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
The number of NFL players protesting during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustices against the African American community has been on the rise. It began last year with Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, but this preseason, players from the...

ESPN, Marvel Comics turn Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators into superheroes

This Labor Day weekend could be the greatest kickoff to a college football regular season ever. Understanding that many college football fans were tired of the top teams in the country opening the season against 50-point underdogs, the NCAA has been pushing schools and...

FLASHBACK: Anquan Boldin hauls in final career touchdown with Lions

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
With the unexpected news that receiver Anquan Boldin decided to retire just days after signing with the Buffalo Bills, that means the last regular season game Boldin played in his career was with the Detroit Lions. Boldin's 14-year career saw him play with Arizona, Baltimore...

Detroit Lions defense shines vs. Jets in every category but one

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
They say football is a game of inches. The difference between being a potential playoff team or having a disaster of a season can come down to a handful of plays over the course of the season. If the Detroit Lions want to step up...

Ameer Abdullah Could Be Key to Lions Season

One of the positions Lions fans will be keeping their eye on very closely this weekend in their second preseason game against the Jets, and especially all season long, is the running backs. Ameer Abdullah is entering the third season of his four-year rookie contract....

Oh My! Dick Enberg Returns for Tigers-Dodgers Telecast

Michigan native and Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg will be back home on Sunday to receive a lifetime achievement award, and to return to the television broadcast booth to call the Tigers-Dodgers game. Here are the details from the Detroit Sports Media press release: Dick...

EDITORIAL – Hey Golden Tate: How You Can Stand Up without Kneeling Down

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.   On...

Tigers celebrate Alan Trammell, Hall of Fame does not

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
When the Tigers host the Dodgers this Saturday night, they will honor Alan Trammell. It is not with a Baseball Hall of Fame ring, or by retiring his number. Nope. He gets a bobblehead. As for the other two honors, I am sure that as...

Lions Fans: Tap the Brakes on the Kenny Golladay Hype Train

Detroit fans love their Lions. That isn’t a shocking revelation to anyone. Unfortunately, it is an unrequited love that has delivered only one playoff victory in the last 60 years. Lions fans are hungry for more, and this ravenous desire for a winning team...

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