The Lions, lying in wait for the new year ...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Stephen Tulloch is adamant. This season, he is going to win the softball game he helps put together each year to raise money through his foundation.
It hasn't gone well for him in the past, as he had lost to a team captained by former Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson. With Burleson now in Cleveland, center Dominic Raiola has taken over the team opposite Tulloch. He would like to keep the Lions linebacker winless in his own game.
"I'm not losing this year, I promise you," Tulloch said. "I'm tired of losing, man."
No one really loses, though, since the game is played for charity -- raising money for the Detroit public schools through his Stephen Tulloch Foundation.
The event starts with a home run derby at 2 p.m. Saturday at Diamond 1 at Ford Woods Park in Dearborn, Michigan. Many current Detroit Lions are scheduled to participate, including Eric Ebron, Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo.
"It's another way to bring the team together and it's for a good cause," Tulloch said. "This year, we're raising money for Detroit public schools. It's going to be a great event. A lot more participation this year amongst the team."
And now, a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs:
The guys over at Pro Football Focus have the Lions as the No. 11 roster in the league, talent-wise.
Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is not concerned about Ezekiel Ansah missing practice repetitions, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Pain is secondary to Glover Quin, writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News.
A hernia is what has been ailing cornerback Chris Greenwood, writes Kyle Meinke in MLive.
Eric Edholm from Yahoo! Sports writes that the Patriots and Lions can improve their passing games easily -- catch the ball.