Morning Roar: Tulloch, Raiola play softball

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."

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