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RECAP: Week 1 of Lions Training Camp

The 2022 Lions are out of the gate and have officially completed the first week of the 2022 training camp in Allen Park, MI. While there are a number of new faces, the question always persists if it will be another year of “the same old Lions.” While fans balance hopeful optimism with historic cynicism, there is a lot to take stock in so far.

Jared Goff enters year two under second year head coach Dan Campbell. Late season wide receiver addition Joshua Reynolds, a player Campbell likened to a “praying mantis” and “freaking spider of death” now finds himself at home with a full off-season as a Lion. Off-season acquisition DJ Chark brings an experienced NFL starter to the mix. Draft picks Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams will add much needed dynamic weapons to the offense and defense (though fans will likely have to wait a little longer for Williams to take the field following rehab on his torn ACL).

These reasons and more have fans and media critics, alike, wondering if this could be the year that the Detroit Lions make a huge leap forward and find themselves the beneficiary of a wildcard playoff berth; a dream that may have seemed much further off after last season’s disappointing 3-13-1 finish that saw Detroit fail to notch a win until week 13 in a win over the Vikings at Ford Field.

So far, the Lions look to be doing the things they should be at this early stage. The defense looks to be much improved and forces the offense to check down to running backs or underneath routes, while rarely giving up the big play. While those moments are bound to happen in camp with miscommunication or just stellar offensive play, they have been limited. Likewise, Goff looks extremely comfortable in his second year as a Lion and runs through reads with efficiency and poise to find the best possible option.

While, we predict the Lions will fall just outside the wild card, a move from the bottom to the bubble is a huge step and sets an important foundation for year 3 when the Lions should be poised to vie for a division title.

OLSM Star Pitcher Brock Porter Signs with Texas Rangers

Brock Porter was recently drafted #109 by the Texas Rangers after being projected to go much higher. The Gatorade National Player of the Year had committed to Clemson after an incredible career and senior campaign. However, Porter said he would not sign at the slot amount and instead go to college. The Rangers negotiated and gave him a deal for just under 4 million dollars to sign and the recent graduate will be heading to Texas as a professional baseball player.

A Stinky Affair: Kalamazoo Plugs its Nose for New Ordinance

Business and community members in Kalamazoo say a new ordinance stinks; literally.

City leaders recently voted to put forward “equitable changes” that decriminalize public urination, defecation and littering in addition to other offenses. The move has caused backlash, most notably from business owners in the city center that have had to clean human waste from doorsteps and other publicly used areas. While human waste is certainly a pressing and even dangerous situation, littering has also increasingly become a problem as the city combats issues related to homeless in the area.

Kalamazoo follows other cities, which have taken similar actions; most notably New York City, which eased laws regarding public urination and drunkenness.

While these issues will be shaken out over the remainder of the summer, Cherri Emery, a business owner in Kalamazoo, explained in a recent interview that the trouble extends far beyond waste and trash.

She told Fox & Friends First, “It’s not just the urination part of it. The part of it that’s really upsetting to us is people approaching other people, people following some of their employees to their cars and asking them for money, and when they get to the car, and they’re still not giving them money, we had one guy that started throwing rocks at their cars.”


BREAKING: President Joe Biden has Tested Positive for Covid

News broke Thursday morning that President Joe Biden, 79, has tested positive for Covid. The elder politician has received both shots of his initial vaccine and has been boosted with two additional shots.

Famously, Biden has claimed on several occasions that the vaccine keeps a person from a coronavirus infection and the associated disease, Covid-19. While the counterpoint was called a conspiracy theory, it has been confirmed that recent variants and even the original strains were not stopped from spreading based on vaccination status, but were granted therapeutic benefit in the body fighting off the virus.

The president’s team shared that Biden is experiencing mild symptoms and will be taking a regimen of Pfizer’s Paxlovid to combat the illness.

This story will be updated as details emerge.

What to expect of Goff in year 2

Jared Goff came into Detroit with high hopes, but middling expectations. The young quarterback was not long removed from a Super Bowl appearance, but the LA Rams decision to move on was troubling for an organization that had just drafted him in recent years. The trade was part of a deal that sent veteran Matt Stafford to Los Angeles for a season that ended with a championship and Super Bowl MVP.

The sad reality was fitting and not at all surprising for Lions fans. Meanwhile, Goff struggled early and the Lions didn’t fare well either under first year head coach Dan Campbell. But while the bitter taste of watching your ex living it up in Hollywood was a tough pill to swallow, there is reason to be optimistic that things will fare better in the second season with Goff at the helm.

Goff threw for only 3,245 yards, his worst full season since entering the league, but protected the ball and posted a respectable 19-8 touchdown to interception ratio. Part of what should excite Lions fans is the organization’s commitment to adding weapons in hope of moving the ball more effectively and earlier in the season.

A year into the office and improved weapons around him, Goff should be expected to put up decent numbers in the realm of 4,000 & 25-12. That improvement should translate in at least 3-4 wins over Detroit’s ‘21-22 campaign.

Predicting Every Game of the 2022-2023 Lions Regular Season

The revamped Lions are looking to make sizable gains this upcoming season. My prediction is they trade games the first quarter of the season before falling to 2-4 in a loss to Dallas. Things will start to click for the young team and they will eventually pull even at 7-7 against the Jets and end the season just outside the playoffs with a season finale loss to the Packers. While not peaking early enough to make the playoffs, young talent proves things are headed in the right direction and the Lions will finish tied for second in the division, splitting games with Minnesota and edging out the Bears who bring up last place in the NFC North. The Packers claim the division… again.

PHI

PHI 1:00 PM Loss 0-1

WSH

vs WSH 1:00 PM Win 1-1

MIN

@ SEA 1:00 PM Win 2-2

NE

@ NE 1:00 PM Loss 2-3

DAL

@ DAL 1:00 PM Loss 2-4

MIA

vs MIA 1:00 PM Win 3-4

GB

vs GB 1:00 PM Loss 3-5

CHI

@ CHI 1:00 PM Loss 3-6

NYG

@ NYG 1:00 PM Win 4-6

BUF

vs BUF 12:30 PM Loss 4-7

JAX

vs JAX 1:00 PM Win 5-7

MIN

vs MIN 1:00 PM Win 6-7

NYJ

@ NYJ 1:00 PM Win 7-7

CAR

@ CAR 1:00 PM Loss 7-8

CHI

vs CHI 1:00 PM Win 8-8

GB

@ GB TBD Loss 8-9

Forecasting Week Two of MHSAA Football

Game of the Week
It may be July, but the days are quickly passing like a 7 on 7 tournament happening all over the Mitten state as teams prep to chase their dreams at a state title. While some may have more reasonable hopes of achieving that dream, squads of helmeted teens prepare, nonetheless, to take the field in just over a month.

We wanted to take an early look at what will be our game of the week taking place during Thursday/Friday week 1 action the Rockford Rams and visiting Mona Shores Sailors.

The Sailors finished their season last year with an 8-3 (6-1) record with victories and defeats that were lopsided. When the Sailors won, they did with emphasis. When they lost, it was by a large margin. Much of this was due scheduling some difficult opponents in eventual state champion Detroit Martin Luther King and perennial power Muskegon. Mona Shores eventually fell in the second round of the playoffs in a lopsided 49-12 defeat to Caledonia.

Rockford had a tremendous season 11-1 (7-0) that saw them finish the regular season with a conference championship and undefeated record before being bounced in heartbreaking fashion in the third round of playoffs to Grand Blanc 28-27. The Rams came through in clutch time with several close victories throughout the year, but were unable to do it one more time and the magical run came to an end.

If the game had been played last year, Rockford would have been the clear favorite, but a single year can make a large difference; even at schools with larger class sizes. Rockford graduated a considerable number of impact players on both sides of the ball in 2021 and will see someone new under center in 2022. Replacing such incredible talent won’t be easy. On the flip side, Mona Shores also graduated star quarterback Mark Konecny. Both teams will be looking to find success regardless of changes in the lineup.

Mona Shores struggled to keep up when their defense put them in a position to make the game a shootout last year. If the Sailors are going to have a chance, it will be with stout defense in a game that keeps the score tight and low. If the Rams start stacking up points, the game will likely get out of reach for Mona Shores’.

Our “too early” prediction for the week one game of the week is: Rockford 38 Mona Shores 20

Other Week One Predictions:
Coopersville 28 – Sparta 7
GR Catholic Central 35 – Port Huron 20
Unity Christian 48 – Whitehall 14
Cedar Springs 7 – River Rouge 56
Reeths Puffer 14 – Grand Haven 13
Kent City 20 – Newaygo 13
Forest Hills Central 21 – Jenison 14
Northview 27 – West Ottawa 20
Forest Hills Northern 40 – Wyoming 13
West Catholic 28 – Edwardsburg 35



LIONS SIGN SEVEN 2022 NFL DRAFT SELECTIONS

Detroit also signs 12 undrafted rookie free agents

Allen Park, Mich.— The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed the following 2022 NFL Draft picks:

DL Aidan Hutchinson – Michigan
WR Jameson Williams – Alabama
Kerby Joseph – Illinois
TE James Mitchell – Virginia Tech
LB Malcolm Rodriguez – Oklahoma State
LB James Houston – Jackson State
CB Chase Lucas – Arizona State

In addition, the Lions have signed the following undrafted rookie free agents: 

RB Greg Bell – San Diego State
CB Cedric Boswell – Miami (Ohio)
TE Derrick Deese Jr. – San Jose State
Obinna Eze – TCU
TE Nolan Givan – Southeastern Louisiana
Kevin Jarvis – Michigan State
WR Josh Johnson – Tulsa
Zein Obeid – Ferris State
WR Kalil Pimpleton – Central Michigan
WR Corey Sutton – Appalachian State
DL Demetrius Taylor – Appalachian State
CB Jermaine Waller – Virginia Tech

The Lions will open at home on September 11, 2022 against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Unity Christian Freshman Arie Landstra Sinks Hole in One

Arie Landstra began developing a love for the game of golf at a young age during outings to the course with his father. 8 years later, the Unity Christian freshman is in his first year of high school golf as part of the Crusader junior varsity golf team.

The individual nature of the game appeals to Landstra, “unlike the sports I play like basketball or football… there is a lot more of a mental game in golf.” That focus and mental game was tested last Wednesday when Unity Christian participated in a jamboree against five other schools at Pigeon Creek Golf Course.

Landstra opened with a slow start and triple bogeyed his very first hole. He shook off the nerves and managed to get clicking. By hole 17, a 170 yard par 3, he was in a rhythm. He approached the tee wielding his 7 iron and with the wind at his back. He entered his backswing and launched a beautiful shot that sailed towards the flag and disappeared from view.

Landstra was immediately overwhelmed by what he was almost certain he had seen and took off running towards the pin to verify it for himself. What he found was what all golfers aspire to achieve; his golf ball nestled soundly in the bottom of the cup. A hole in one.

He closed the day shooting a 41 on 9 holes, which placed him first as an individual and aided Unity Christian in sealing the team victory as well.

Landstra has checked this milestone off his bucket list, but several goals still stand before him. He hopes to close his freshman campaign with a winning record and work towards earning a spot on varsity next year. His long term goal is to raise a state championship trophy. He is certainly off to a great start.

Top 35 Girls Basketball Players We Saw This Season

Player of the Year – Abbey Kimball, West Catholic (Senior)
Our player of the year is senior West Catholic guard, Abbey Kimball. While she came in second to Detroit Edison senior, Ruby Whitehorn, in the Miss Basketball standings and her Falcons lost to Edison in the state championship, she was the most complete and skilled player we saw all season. She is the best half-court scorer in the state and is able to finish in the paint or behind the arc. She also has excellent passing vision and transition skills to go with solid athleticism on the defensive end.

#2 – Ruby Whitehorn, Detroit Edison (Senior)

#3 – Indya Davis, West Bloomfield (Sophomore)

#4 – Macy Brown, East Grand Rapids (Junior)

#5 – Mya Petticord, Arbor Prep (Senior)

#6 – Theryn Hallock, Forest Hills Central (Senior)

#7 – Myonna Hooper, West Bloomfield (Senior)

#8 – Amanda Roach, Hartland (Senior)

#9 – Madisen Wardell, Detroit Edison (Senior)

#10 – Gabi Lutchka, Grass Lake (Senior)

#11 – Cadence Dykstra, West Catholic (Junior)

#12 – Jaci Tubergen, Hudsonville (Senior)

#13 – Soraya Timms, East Lansing (Senior)

#14 – Alyssa Wypych, Rockford (Junior)

#15 – Janae Tyler, Holt (Senior)

#16 – Maddie Petroelje, Hudsonville (Junior)

#17 – Ashley Bower, Portland (Senior)

#18 – Maddie Geers, Kent City (Sophomore)

#19 – Summer Davis, West Bloomfield (Sophomore)

#20– Claire Groenewoud, Holt (Senior)

#21 – Karianna Woods, Arbor Prep (Senior)

#22 – Dakota Alston, Detroit Edison (Junior)

#23 – Ella Miller, East Lansing (Senior)

#24 – Anna Wypych, Rockford (Freshman)

#25 – Lexie Bowers, Kent City (Junior)

#26 – Michelle McGee, Wyoming (Senior)

#27 – Mia Riley, Fowler (Senior)

#28 – Alaina Diaz, Hudsonville (Senior)

#29 – Brax Baker, Lowell (Sophomore)

#30 – Emma Riley, Fowler (Junior)

#31 – Lydia Meredith, St. Patrick (Senior)

#32 – Jamya Robinson, Muskegon (Senior)

#33 – Grace Lyons, Rockford (Senior)

#34 – Jayd Hovey, Hart (Senior)

#35 – Madison Garbow, Morley-Stanwood (Senior)

Top 5 Returning Players in 2023 – Indya Davis – West Bloomfield, Macy Brown – East Grand Rapids, Cadence Dykstra – West Catholic, Maddie Petroelje – Hudsonville and Alyssa Wypych – Rockford.

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