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I’ve got big plans tonight 

October 10, 2011
The Mining Journal

I'm going to tell the Lovely Linda Lou something important tonight. I hope she understands.

We've been married more than 25 years, so she should know me well enough by now to give me some slack.

I'm going to tell her I want to use our big-screen TV tonight, not the smaller, older, one in our family room that doesn't get high-definition.

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I'm going to say I don't want to be disturbed. No talking about the day's events, no taking of phone calls, nothing.

I'm going to be hunkered down in my recliner watching ESPN's Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and my Detroit Lions.

I may get up to get some snacks and something to drink. I may also take a bathroom break.

But mostly, I'll be watching the Lions for the first time in prime time - other than the annual Thanksgiving game - for a decade. That's how long it has been since the last time TV moguls thought enough of the Lions to feature them on a Monday night broadcast.

Putting the Lions on TV tonight probably wasn't because the team is 4-0 heading into the game with the Bears. I don't think the Monday night schedule can be determined that close to a game.

It's probably because NFL - and ESPN - officials thought enough of the Lions' four straight wins at the end of last season to give them a Monday night TV date when making out the 2011 schedule.

Of course, it has worked out marvelously. The Lions are the feel-good story of the league to date. After winning all four of their - albeit largely meaningless - preseason games, the team is the only undefeated NFL squad besides the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers at this point of the season.

It took two huge comeback wins against the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, both on the road, to accomplish that feat. But the Lions ARE undefeated, nevertheless.

Along the way, the club has won a franchise-record five straight road contests since breaking its NFL-record 26 road losses in a row.

Writing that nearly gives me the shakes. It's just such a complete turnaround. Few expected it to be so much, so quickly.

There were signs the Lions were making some progress in fielding a respectable team capable of staying with most opponents. But the team's current winning streak dating back to last season is something most NFL followers and even Lions fans never saw coming.

Everything could blow up tonight, of course. The Bears are formidable foes and won't be pushovers. And if the Lions have another first-half disappearing act like the last two games, they may not be able to pull off another second half "miracle" comeback to grab the win.

But, we'll see.

I'm going to enjoy myself tonight watching the game, as long as the Lions make a respectable showing. I'm not working Tuesday, either, so I can watch the entire contest if I want.

The Lovely Linda Lou just won't be able to watch "Dancing With the Stars." At least not on our big TV.

I hope she understands.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.



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