Mariucci returns with a smile

Steve Mariucci's Lions are 1-3. But it's a much different 1-3 record than the one his former team finds itself stuck with.

Updated: October 3, 2003, 10:55 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Right, let's do the math. The Detroit Lions, coached by Steve Mariucci, are 1-3 at the quarter-turn of the NFL season. The San Francisco 49ers, the team that wanted any coach not named Mariucci by the end of last season, are 1-3 as well.

Adding it up and carrying the zeroes, we find that Sunday's Lions-49ers meeting at Candlestick Park does not necessarily shape up as your all-time grudge match. But that doesn't answer the question: Which 1-3 is it that you want?

If you're Mariucci, ...

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