The Low Down on D-Town (December 5, 2011)

Sports in the Motor City have cranked it up a notch.  The NBA is back on Christmas Day, although the Pistons don’t play until after.  The Major League Baseball Meetings are under way and the Tigers are ready to be in the thick of it, the Red Wings had their red hot winning streak come to an end and the Lions took a couple of losses against the Packers and Saints to fall to 7-5.

Detroit Tigers:  The Tigers entered the Winter Meetings yesterday in Dallas with some things to take care of.  They recently signed Ramon Santiago, who platooned this past year at second base with Ryan Raburn, Scott Sizemore, and Will Rhymes.  By signing Santiago, the Tigers keep one of their top utility players.  The Tigers are looking hard at pitcher Mark Buerhle, Cuban centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and outfielder Coco Crisp.  The Tigers will also look to make some moves during the winter meetings, whether that is trades or free agency.

Detroit Pistons:  There isn’t much to say about the Detroit Pistons, but the lockout is over and there will be a 66 game regular season, but the schedule has yet to be announced.  The Pistons will go into the season with a new coach, Lawrence Frank and possibly a brand new roster, with free agency opening up very soon.
Detroit Red Wings:  The Red Wings rode a seven game winning streak from before Thanksgiving up until this past Sunday.  After a rough first half of November, the Wings regrouped and found a way to win.  In their third win, from when we last left off, they beat Calgary 5-3.  They traveled to Boston to take on the Bruins the day after Thanksgiving and beat the Bruins, who were on a 10 game winning streak 3-2 in a shootout.  The Nashville Predators were up next, and the Wings took care of them too, in a 4-1 win.

It was the return of Steve Yzerman to Joe Louis Arena since he left to take the General Manager position of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He deserved a warm welcome, but when the puck dropped, the Red Wings beat them too, 4-2.  They then traveled to Buffalo this past Friday and took care of the Sabres 4-1.  The Red Wings ended their winning streak to the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-2 loss this past Sunday.

        During the seven game winning streak, Jimmy Howard won all seven, and Conklin took the loss in the game against the Avalanche.  The Wings will play the St. Louis Blues tonight at 7:30pm on Versus, and will come back home to play the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, also at 7:30pm.  Then they will play the Winnipeg Jets this Saturday at 7:00pm.

Detroit Lions:  The Lions yet again had another Thanksgiving Day game.  Yet again, they lost.  It was a big game as it was against the Green Bay Packers, who are still undefeated.  The Lions fell to the Packers on Turkey Day, 27-15.  It was 7-0, Packers, going into halftime looking like this could be a great game until the end, but the Packers opened up and played some championship football.  Ndamukong Suh was ejected in third quarter after stomping on a player.  Suh was suspended two games by the NFL and missed the game against the Saints this past Sunday.  The Lions had three turnovers in the game, all interceptions coming from quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Just like the Thanksgiving Day Game, the Lions played a pretty bad game against the Saints taking 11 penalties for 109 yards.  The Saints took off early and often in a 31-17 loss for the Lions.  Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 408 yards exposing the Saints defense but the penalties just kept coming.  Suh did not play, being the first game of his suspension.  The maturity of the Lions is now in question now with the penalties that were taken.  Head coach Jim Schwartz is more than likely to come down hard on the Lions during the week for the penalties.  The Lions are still in the thick of the playoff hunt as a Wild Card.  Let’s hope the 7-5 Lions can turn it around against the lowly 2-10 Minnesota Vikings next Sunday at home at 1:00pm on FOX.

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