|Lions Finding New Incredible Ways to Lose
||[Dec. 20th, 2004|01:53 pm]
|||||The Lemonheads - If I Could Talk, I'd Tell You||]|
Joey and the Leos march 80 yards in 1:27.
27-28, all on the PAT, but we're automatic. It's Jason Hanson, and it's Don Muhlbach.
"No one ever knows you until you mess up," Detroit's long snapper said.
Actually, I knew who Don Muhlbach was before the game. He was actually a rather highly touted long-snapping prospect before this season. The scouts said he was as close to automatic as you can get. Fast as hell, accurate. He'd miss one of 100 snaps.
That one of hundred snaps happens to knock us out of playoff contention.
So another season is over, but you know what, I have a new favorite picture of the whole year.
"Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci, center, stands with long snapper Don Muhlbach, seated left, and wide receiver Roy Williams (11) in the closing moments of the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004. Williams had scored a touchdown with :12 left in the game and the extra point would have tied the game. Muhlbach's snap bounced to holder Nick Harris, who was tackled before he could get the football spotted for kicker Jason Hanson."
Oh well. We can still go 7-9.
Other fantasic pictures:
I heard Az had a totally sick play where he ran for 37 and pitched to Bryson for another 25. That's awesome. Glad to see he's finally catching the football.
KJ! Not as many yards, but a big TD and 35 yards receiving. He had the flu too. This kid is awesome.
Ironically, Joey was the hero of the day.
"Harrington came down with flu-like symptoms overnight and was being given intravenous medication before and during the game, but he still passed for a career-high 361 yards and engineered one of the best late-game scoring drives of his career when he brought the Lions within an extra point of tying the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.
'I got a call from the trainer while I was having breakfast in my hotel room,' Mariucci said. 'That's never a good sign to get a call from the trainer the morning of the game.'
When Mariucci arrived at Ford Field, he saw Harrington lying on one of the trainers' tables, looking none too healthy.
Mariucci said he wasn't expecting Harrington to play. He said that he and his assistants discuseed making Harrington the No. 3 quarterback and starting Mike McMahon with Rick Mirer as No. 2, but Harrington was having no part of that.
'When I told Joey, he said, "no. I'm starting,"' Mariucci said. 'He didn't look very convincing but he was bound and determined to play. He did, and he played pretty darn well.'"
The fans were chanting "Jo-ey! Jo-ey!" 74% of the voters in the fan poll on detroitlions.com said Joey turned in the Lions' best performance Sunday. Now listen, they have this poll every week and he NEVER gets it. Even the weeks he deserves it. So it's good to see some pressure off him for once.
Elsewhere, Damien Woody learned what being a Lion is truly about:
"Wow," Detroit guard Damien Woody said to himself on the field. "Wow."