Time for the Lions to change the script


DETROIT – In honor of the late, great Joe Falls, it's a Fish Fry Friday. ...

The Detroit Lions head to Seattle for the Monday night game against the Seahawks.
It's a chance not only for the Lions (0-3) to win a game - the first of the 2015 season - but to change the script, too.

Sadly, it's been the same movie for the last seven years.

That's why few fans give the Lions any chance of beating Seattle (1-2). Not just because it's hard to win on the road in the NFL and the Seahawks are nearly unbeatable in their crib.

Most give the Lions no shot because they just haven't beaten many good teams in the Matthew Stafford Era.

With Stafford at QB, the Lions are 3-30 against teams that finish over .500. He's winless against those teams on the road.

Enough with the excuses.

The Lions, if they ever want people to take them seriously, need to win a game like this. They beat a good team. It doesn't have to be perfect or a blowout - just a win.

If they want a shot at turning their season on the brink around, they need to win this game.

"We do have 13 games left," said Lions coach Jim Caldwell after they lost to Denver Sunday night. "They aren't handing out any trophies after three games and you can't be eliminated after three games.

"I know there are all the stats that are out there about who does what at 0-3. I don't care about that stuff. The thing I care about is trying to get better."
Monday is the perfect night for it to happen.

Ausmus' Return Bout Cash?

The Tigers bringing back Brad Ausmus makes absolutely no sense.

Granted, the Tigers terrible season isn't all his fault. A last place finish looms. Still, if you're not going to extend his contract another season, Ausmus enters 2016 as a lame duck manager.

That decision has to make you believe the Tigers brought him back for financial reasons. It appears the Tigers simply didn't want to pay two managers - Ausmus and the guy they would have replaced him with.

Let's not forget the cash being poured in for the Wings' new arena. The Tigers also get no playoff money this season and had no walk-up cash on September games.
With all that being said, it's hard to believe the Tigers will spend big bucks on free agents this winter. Stay tuned.

MLB Parity King

Major League Baseball is king. Parity king, that is.

This past Tuesday night, when the San Francisco Giants were officially eliminated from the postseason, it assured that baseball wouldn't have a repeat World Series champion for the 15th straight year.

It broke the record of 14 straight years, dating back to 1979-1992. The Blue Jays ended the streak when they repeated as champs in 1993.

It's an incredible testament to the game, it's parity and balance.

The wealth of winning is spread all over MLB America. No wonder the game has never been healthier - both attendance-wise (MLB expects growth again when final '15 numbers are added) and financially (the sport is approaching $9 billion in revenue) as well.

For sure, MLB blows out the water the notion that professional sports leagues need a salary cap to maintain parity.

It's a myth.

Owners have been spewing this nonsense since the 1980s. Sadly, fans have bought it hook, line and sinker.

The only reason for a salary cap is to stop owners from outbidding themselves and driving up the cost of labor.

Baseball is proof positive. There is no salary cap. Yet, the sport is more competitive than the NFL and NBA.

In the last 14 championship seasons, MLB has had nine different teams win it all. In the same span, the NFL has had eight and the NBA six.

That's not the way it's supposed to be. Many claimed MLB would kill itself because all the players would only go to big markets and smaller markets wouldn't be able to compete.

Not true.

It's never been about money. It has been - and always will be - about who is spending the money and picking the players. If all teams have the same amount of money to spend as the other teams in the league and a team has a bad general manager, you're team will still be bad because of the bad decisions.

Enter Matt Millen.