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A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced a 35-year-old Detroit Lions fan to three years' probation for phoning in a bomb threat to the Louisiana Superdome during the New Orleans Saints' playoff win over the Lions in January.
Shawn H. Payton of Jackson pleaded guilty in June transmitting threats to injure in interstate communications.
Prosecutors say Payton twice called the Superdome during the Jan.7 game and claimed there was a bomb in the building.
Judge David Lawson sentenced him Thursday. Besides the probation, Payton also must serve 60 days of home confinement.
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According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch agreed to restructure his contract giving the team some cap relief. Vanden Bosch reportedly had his $5 million base salary reduced to the league minimum ($925,000) and took the remaining $4.075 million as a signing bonus.
Brian McIntyre of NFL.com notes that the simple restructure lowers...
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Calvin Johnson has made it known that he wants to average 100 receiving yards per game this season, but he hasn't ruled out an even bigger milestone.
Quietly, the Detroit Lions have improved a porous offensive line over the past four seasons. The group has come together nicely and was a huge reason for the success and health of Matthew Stafford in 2011. The group is constantly improving, and if they're able to take another step forward during 2012, that will lend Detroit's offense an even bigger helping hand.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- You wanted a new secondary. You got it.
The consensus opinion was that the Detroit Lions had to do something after getting torched for a combined 90 points and 928 passing yards during their final two games last season.
The changes might not be exactly what many had in mind, but it's a totally revamped unit entering Sundays regular-season opener against...
In football, if defense wins championships and offense wins games, where exactly does that leave special teams? Though they'll never generate the same praise as glamor positions, the play of the punters, kickers and return units is no less important to the success of a team as every other spot. For years, stability has dominated in Detroit with Jason Hanson. In 2012, that won...
When the Lions acquired Matthew Stafford with the first overall selection in the 2009 draft, the selection was met with cynicism from many in a fan base that had developed a callus to optimism. Since that time, Stafford has been special.
The NFL regular season kicked off tonight, and before we know it we will be filing down to Ford Field to see our Detroit Lions start the 2012 season against the St. Louis Rams. This feels like a trap game to me. The Lions should be able to handle a Rams team still searching for an identity, but I still remember the Arizona Cardinals coming to Detroit and burning up a Lions secondary...
Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told the Detroit Free Press that he wants a 2,000 yard season, which would break the single-season receiving record that was set by Jerry Rice when he gained 1,848 yards in 1995. If it’s anyone that’s going to break Rice’s record, it would probably be Megatron.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Its such a fine line between bad and good in the NFL.
The Detroit Lions went from a winless, pathetic team in 2008 to 10 victories and the playoffs three years later.
You would think that theyd be a popular choice to take the next step and seriously contend for the Super Bowl, especially with the star power of quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin...
Hopes are high in the Motor City as the Detroit Lions attempt to build on their successful 2011 and compete for another playoff berth in 2012.
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Everybody should feel bad for Sam Bradford in this matchup because that boy named Suh and company will unleash the hounds on the Sooner legend.
Speaking of quarterbacks, how about the career season that Matthew Stafford had?
Calvin Johnson is arguably the best player in the entire NFL when you take away a few of those franchise quarterbacks, but Stafford has an absolute rifle.
Lions safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.
Delmas and Houston did not participate in practice this week due to their injuries. Although it is unlikely either will play on Sunday, Lions coach Jim Schwartz held out hope after today's practice.
"Both of those guys are getting better,"...
As I mentioned in the Madden Curse History post and on Friday's podcast, we here at Boris Diaw Time are going to be holding a special contest in honor of The Madden Curse. The contest goal will be to predict the Madden Curse as accurately as possible.
Here is some backstory as to why I would ever have such an idea...
In the fall of 2006, I was a junior at Grace College in...