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Lions making all kinds of noise

Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 11:57 pm
 
DETROIT -- Something special is happening here in Detroit, and not just on the football field -- although it's awfully damn special on the football field, where the Lions improved to 5-0 on Monday night with a 24-13 drubbing of the Chicago Bears.

Matthew Stafford is a special quarterback. Charles Calvin Johnson a special receiver. Ndamukong Suh? Special defensive tackle. I'm starting to think Jim Schwartz is a special coach, too.

It's special off the field, too. Or in the crowd. In the building. Inside Ford Field.

I'm not big on ranking crowd noise, mainly because I can't do it. Was this place tonight louder than that place in 2007? How should I know? I can't remember how loud it was in some other stadium in 2007.

But I can tell you this: I'm almost never tempted to write about crowd noise like I'm writing about it here. That's how loud Ford Field was -- so loud that I couldn't ignore it, even after the game ended and the noise went away.

It was so loud, the Bears became completely unglued. Their offense committed six false-start penalties in the first half, then added three more in the second half. No idea if nine false-start penalties is an NFL record for a single team, but it could be. It happened because of the noise, which reminded me (ahem) of Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke campus, a tiny basketball building where 9,314 people can sound like, well, 67,861 -- the attendance Monday night.

So to recap: The Lions are a special team having a special season in front of a special crowd.

Good for you, Detroit. After enduring Matt Millen, you deserve this.




Category: NFL
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Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:14 am
 

Lions making all kinds of noise

The Roar is being RESTORED! GO LIONS!!!



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:33 am
 

Lions making all kinds of noise

it was so loud and hard to ear at fords feald on monday nights game it was great as I am a long time fan 40 + years and I am from Cambridge Ontario it sure is nice to hear the roor comming back to a lions team that truly is a good team do they go 6-0 nect week all I know is that it will be loud at my house come sunday after a short rest week can they beat the 49ers my bet 6-0 go lions



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:54 am
 

Lions making all kinds of noise

I don't know how you can say that.  I was at the Lions game, it was pretty loud, and it was persistant.  Of course I wasn't in Seatle, but I just wonder how you were able to make that call.


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