By: Mike Stone
After a week of stomach stuffing with turkey and other good stuff, it’s time to wash it all down with another delicious six-pack.
1. The Lions should definitely do their due diligence about the possibility of trading Ndamukong Suh. I still think Suh is a very good player, but when you consider the money they have to pay him, Matthew Stafford, and Calvin Johnson it may make financial sense to trade him. I would only trade him if you get a bevy of draft picks with one definitely being a top 10 pick. The other factor is whether Suh wants to re-sign with the Lions when his deal is up. If he wants to be here and you can’t get value for him you have to keep him, but if they don’t get the answer they need from Suh and they can better themselves on the field and with the cap than its time to say adios.
2. I don’t believe Brady Hoke when he said Al Borges called a great game against the Buckeyes on Saturday. There is no excuse for the play selection in the second half of that game. Nobody can convince me that running the ball up the middle as much as they did was the smart thing to do. Nobody can convince me that Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner should not have been on the field for most of the second half. We don’t know what would have happened if Borges used the creative stuff in Columbus that he used against Iowa, but I can assure you it could not have been any worse than the crap we saw in the final 30 minutes on Saturday.
3. The Pistons are starting to be somewhat fun to watch. The “FUN FOUR”(ok I just made that up) of Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond show that there might be a future for this team. The youth of the team does not take Joe Dumars off the hook though. Keeping Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye on this roster is a joke. At least Tayshaun Prince competes and usually puts up decent numbers. If we look at this team at the end of the season and cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel Dumars should be let go.
4. The Tigers would be fools to sign Rafael Soriano to any type of multiyear contract that averages over 8 million a year. Scott Boras allegedly spoke to Mike Ilitch about Soriano. When Boras and Ilitch speak usually something happens, but that is way too much money for the veteran closer.
5. Despite their disappointing season, I still think the future is bright for Mark Dantonio and his Spartans. The majority of their defense comes back in 2013 and that defense was still really good. Offensively, you have to assume that Andrew Maxwell and the young receivers will get better. Plus, there is no way the offensive line will be as injured as it was last year. Add to that a schedule that has Purdue and Illinois replacing Ohio State and Wisconsin, MSU should guarantee 8 wins minimum.
6. After 11 weeks it is still difficult to figure out who will be playing in the Super Bowl. Before the season I picked a Green Bay-Baltimore match up. In the NFC I still don’t buy Atlanta and Chicago as Super Bowl teams. If I had to guess I would think the 49ers will get there and face the Ravens. Yes, Houston, New England, and Denver are good, but I believe the Ravens have the best combination of offense and defense in the AFC. Hmm, do you think the world could handle an all Harbaugh Super Bowl?