It's playoffs-or-bust for this team the Lions have lost three of four since grabbing the NFC North lead and Bush knows it'll likely be the latter if he doesn't produce as promised in this stretch run.
These weren't exactly the big, bad Wolves. But Minnesota's bigs certainly made Detroit's look bad for much of Tuesday night's game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, a 121-94 home-wrecking that offered another reminder how much easier the Pistons have it in the Eastern Conference.
Ever drop your keys in the snow? Then you know how Matthew Stafford felt Sunday. And you know how the Lions feel today after getting snowed under at Lincoln Financial Field, blowing a 14-point second-half lead against the Philadelphia Eagles and failing again to seize firm control of their playoff fate.
It's easy to get lost in the fine print. Bell, the Lions running back and ex-Wayne State star, understands that as well as anyone in the NFL, where the daily transaction reports manage to turn life-altering and often career-ending decisions into a tidy list of agate type.
But now that everyone's finally paying attention and by everyone, of course, I mean the Southeastern Conference, where even the conference commissioner admits he's cheering for Michigan State this week the Spartans will have to prove it again to validate all they've done.
The Spartans sent their seniors out in style Saturday, with a 14-3 win over Minnesota that capped another perfect home record and the school's first unbeaten Big Ten regular season since 1966.
No man is an island, but there Reggie Bush was Thanksgiving Day, all alone on the bench, looking more like a pitcher between innings of a no-hitter than a firing pin in of one of the NFL's most explosive offenses.
It has been a full decade since the Lions last won on Thanksgiving, and 20 years since they won their division. A victory today over their NFC North rivals would end the first hunger pangs, and it'd go a long way toward feeding the masses.
Just as he had in a win over the New York Knicks last week, Stuckey led the Pistons in scoring Sunday, finishing with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Pistons (5-8) pulled away from one of the league's worst teams.
Tom Izzo called it a championship day. And in his pregame speech to his team Saturday night here at the Barclays Center, Michigan State's basketball coach urged his players to follow the MSU football team's lead.
Before becoming a sports columnist, John was the News' Lions beat writer. He has covered the last three Olympics for the News and served as the beat writer covering the Red Wings -- including every playoff game during three Stanley Cup runs -- as well as college football and hockey.
- John can be reached at John.Niyo@detnews.com.
- Favorite sports venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. -- Postcard view, perfect weather, and a football tradition that still means something, BCS be damned.
- Least favorite sports venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. -- This is why kids play Nintendo these days.
- Favorite sporting event, journalist: Game 4, 1997 Stanley Cup Finals -- After 42 years, it was about time, eh?
- Favorite sporting event, spectator: 1998 World Cup in France -- Vive le pastis!
- Favorite athlete interview: Igor Larionov -- Talked about a lot more than hockey with the "Professor"
- Favorite movies: "Rushmore," "Caddyshack," "Harold and Maude"
- Favorite quote: "How about a Fresca?" -- Judge Smails
- Favorite restaurant: Local -- Streetside Cafe, Birmingham; Anywhere -- Deetjens Big Sur Inn (Big Sur, Calif.)
- Favorite drinking establishment: Tom's Tavern (7 Mile and Wyoming, Detroit) -- Tom's gone, but Ron has kept the light on and the roof's holding steady.
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