My Favorite Detroit Lions-OT Lomas Brown

I have been a fan of the Detroit Lions since 1989. That is about a lifetime and to be fair they have brought a lot of sadness and misery into my life. If pain makes one strong then Detroit Lions fans are among the strongest fans in the universe. However, when I think about my favorite sports moments a lot of good Lions memories are there. I am from Detroit, my kid was born in Detroit and I rep my city and its teams. That means I bleed silver and Honolulu blue. While I think that they are on the right track now that has not always been the case. Even though I wanted to do a top 25 list to be very honest the Matt “The Idiot” Millen years make that near impossible. With that in mind here are my twenty favorite Detroit Lions players from my 28 years of Lion fandom.

With that being said:

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#19-OT Lomas Brown #75

Since there is no doubt RB Barry Sanders will wind up near or at the top of this list we have to include the guys who opened up the holes for him. Lomas Brown was a key piece of the offensive line and one of the nicest guys ever to go to war on the football field.

Brown was a first round pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, which is way before my time but he and Kevin Glover where the big men who opened up the small holes for Sanders to work his magic. It is a crime there are no stats for O linemen but what we can say is Brown was a premier Left Tackle who played on a very consistent basis. For players who played a significant portion of their career in Detroit it is quite rare for them to sport a resume with two divisional crowns, and four playoff appearances. Brown would get a Super Bowl ring after leaving Detroit following the 1995 season.

Brown is also semi-famous for allowing an opponent to sack QB Scott Mitchell because Mitchell was playing awful poorly. I cannot remember that game specifically…but let’s be honest Mitchell stunk up the joint more than once.

On a more personal note I met Lomas at a NASCAR event at Ford Field and have a picture of him holding my infant son in one of his massive hands. Lomas was a great guy, a fan favorite, a key piece of the Barry Sanders era of the Lions.

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My Favorite Detroit Lions-Kicker Jason Hanson

I have been a fan of the Detroit Lions since 1989. That is about a lifetime and to be fair they have brought a lot of sadness and misery into my life. If pain makes one strong then Detroit Lions fans are among the strongest fans in the universe. However, when I think about my favorite sports moments a lot of good Lions memories are there. I am from Detroit, my kid was born in Detroit and I rep my city and its teams. That means I bleed silver and Honolulu blue. While I think that they are on the right track now that has not always been the case. Even though I wanted to do a top 25 list to be very honest the Matt “The Idiot” Millen years make that near impossible. With that in mind here are my twenty favorite Detroit Lions players from my 28 years of Lion fandom.

With that being said:

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#20 Kicker Jason Hanson

It says a lot about a team and how they have failed to build a championship contender when a kicker makes a list of all time favorite players. I can remember whole seasons where the only bright spot on the entire roster was Mr. Hanson.

First and foremost he played his entire career in Detroit and those kinda guys are very rare. Better than that this guy virtually owns the Detroit Lions kicking record book. Most points scored for a career by a wide margin. Most points in a season, for which he also holds the number two and three spots. Most extra points for a career and in any one season by a very wide margin. Most field goals in a career and in any one season. Highest percentage of field goals made for a season. The only thing not dominated by Hanson is longest field goals since Matt Prater has come around and beaten Hanson’s 54 yards twice. I wonder what that says about Matthew Stafford and his coming new contract?

It is really too bad that the middle of Hanson’s Lions career was the terrible Millen years. He played for six different head coaches and two interim ones. He was a member of teams that went to six playoffs all losing in the Wild Card round. Such a shame that such a talent wasted his career like so many others.

There was some controversy when Hanson decided to retire but this list is more about what the players did on the field and how important they were to the team’s success. Hanson was a key part the limited amount of success the Lions were able to achieve during his long career.

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Star Wars Expanded Universe: Legacy of the Force #2 Bloodlines

A few notes before we begin:

Bloodlines is the second book in the legacy of the force series and the 24th book published by Del Rey after they took over the Star Wars book publishing prior to the New Jedi Order series.

This book shows us how Jacen Solo begins to rationalize his fall to the dark side. It also covers how he flow walks into the past to try to figure out how his decision is different from the one that his Grandfather made. That is important now that in the Disney timeline we are going to start to see how Ben Solo becomes Kylo Ren. I imagine we will see that in the books more so than the movies but we should see some of that in Episode 8.

Karen Traviss is the author and is the main force behind the writing about Mandolrians and Mandolrian culture. With that we get a very in-depth look into the mind of fan favorite Boba Fett. That is very interesting stuff and it makes this book a very easy read.

However, seeing Jacen solo grapple with his family’s past and his decision to take a step towards the Dark Side is why I wanted to read this series in the run up to Episode 8.

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I really enjoy reading about Jacen making a similar choice for similar reasons that Anakin Skywalker made in Episode 3. Jacen’s motives are more shades of gray as we can effectively argue that he is doing things for the good of the galaxy and the Galactic Alliance. In later book even Luke Skywalker realizes that Jacen’s actions are for the most part for the greater good.

For me though this run of books proves how important having a cohesive story team in place is for huge multi-media projects like Star Wars. The seeds for this turn were planted in the final few New Jedi ORder books. The parallel between Jacen and Anakin is further developed in the Dark Nest Trilogy, and finally in the opening books of this series we see Jacen really wrestle with this monumental decision.

On the surface Jacen makes this choice to bring stability and peace to the galaxy. However given his secret affair with Tenel Ka and their very secret parentage of her daughter Allana really makes this decision as selfish as the one Anakin makes. In the end Jacen is really diluting himself thinking he isn’t repeating this mistake.

In the end this book offers us a very in-depth look at two really intriguing characters. I like that Jacen Solo is really the central figure of this series and the more established characters from the movies and previous books are moved more towards the edges. That is the thing the Expanded Universe has over the new books in the Disney timeline. They established unique fan favorite characters and then developed them into something great or in Jacen’s case something very menacing.

I also like the way Ben Skywalker’s character was developed over the course of the Del Rey books. Here is a character that they created and turned into something very different from anything else we have ever seen. He goes from being afraid of the force to being okay with that great responsibility and power to the loyal apprentice of Jacen. Like most teenagers he learns life lessons not so much from his parents but from the role models he chooses to have in his life. The bond between Jacen and Ben is very strong and Ben is on a pah to learn a lot of things, not all of them good.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Thirty

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Thirty-Who do I want to win the Game of Thrones

Given that the two narratives are in very different places…I think I will have two different answers.

In the books I still want Daenerys Targaryen to win. Not only is she the rightful Queen of Westeros but her arc has taught her the things she needs to know to be a wise and just ruler. Granted how she goes about doing just that could drastically change my opinion of her. As of the end of book five I am a firm Danny supporter and hope she will win the Game of Thrones.

In the show…I am not so sure. I think for now I want Jon Snow to win. I think given his life and the way he was raised and now what he has seen as a young adult he has the best mix of skills to be a kind, just ruler. However he may be a better fit asKing of the North and there are a lot of theories out there that the Seven Kingdoms will not survive the war to come. There is a possibility that the realm will be ruled more directly by the Lords Paramount and not from a overseeing King of Queen.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Nine

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Nine-Best Player of the Game of Thrones

I am going to have two different answers because the two stories are in very different places. If not for one huge miscue I think we could all agree on one but in the show’s narrative that character has made a gigantic mistake that will most likely lead to his ultimate demise.

Let us start with the books. While I want to say Littlefinger here I cannot. Mostly because Varys has a plan to restore the Targaryen dynasty to the throne and at the end of book five that plan is taking root in Westeros. We do not know everything but he has been working behind the scenes for a very long time to execute this plan and I am not so sure anyone has an answer for it.

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In the show I want to say Littlefinger but he made one serious miscue. By giving Sansa Stark to Ramsey Bolton Littlefinger has made his first real error and it will likely mean his end. On top of that Cersei Lannister has blown up all of his remaining supporters and co-conspirators so he is left with no real base of support. His plan seems to have come off the rails and he is being forced to the sidelines as they real power players make the final moves on the board.

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For the show I think we have to say Daenerys. Even though she has struggled early and often she is in a real power position as the game moves to its end steps. She has learned a lot through her mistakes and let us not forget she has a fresh army, three dragons, a beachhead in Westeros, and the support of some of the wisest advisers. She is a force and the rest of the players must deal with her.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Eight

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Eight-Saddest Death

I think there is only one answer for both mediums.

While watching season one it is the death of Eddard Stark that got me hooked on this show, and ultimately got me to read the books. I read books one and two before season two started and Game of Thrones became a huge part of my life.  Yes I do have a GoT tattoo and both my kitties have GoT inspired nerd names.

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I think in the end most of the deaths in Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire book series feel deserved. They are karmic payback for some unspeakable act. That is not the case with Ned. Sure he is a dumb Stark and he has no idea how to play the game everyone else is playing but that paying for that with your life (with your own sword) and the obliteration of your house seems to be a very steep price. Granted I think in both mediums House Stark rises from the ashes.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Seven

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Seven-Favorite Death

This might be the easiest one to answer of the thirty. COme on…there truly can be only one in the show and in the books. Is there any other answer? Of course there isn’t.

Favorite death is without a doubt Joffrey Baratheon.

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Who didn’t cheer when this little cunt finally got what he so had coming? Who didn’t wish for his death through three seasons, or two books? It is one of the best scenes in the show, and in the books. The fact that we all rooted for he murder of a this little bastard proves my point. Even his own father felt his fate well deserved.

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