LIONS CAMP TO OPEN... PLENTY OF HOLES TO FILL

     The Detroit Lions report to Allen Park on Wednesday and practices begin bright and early Thursday morning.  It's amusing to read in the newspapers about all the holes this team has to fill-- virtually every position needs help except for the kickers.

     The Lions hope second round draft pick Kevin Smith, the Central Florida running back, can help right away.  Tatum Bell is the only other established running back in camp.  The Lions need a back up quarterback for John Kitna and apparently Dan Orlovsky is considered a better bet at the moment over Drew Stanton.  The offensive line is always shaky, so is the pass rush on the other side and the Lions' secondary was a sieve at times last year.  This is a team coming off a 7-9 season after blowing a 6-2 start.

     the Lions have a 31-81 record with Matt Millen as president and it has had seven straight losing seasons, the last two under head coach Rod Marinelli.  And for the first time since Ford Field opened in 2002, blackouts of home games are a distinct possibility because sellouts may be hard to come by.  Yes the economy is bad, but so are the Lions and until they win they may have to deal with empty seats.

     I still think the Tigers can win the American League Central.  I think they have the best offense in the American League.  If they can get another starting pitcher by the July 31st deadline, they could be in business.  They have a chance to be much closer than the 5 1/2 game deficit the Chicago White Sox currently hold on them in the division race.  Two more games at weak Kansas City are ahead after a 19-4 win on Monday.  Then they host the White Sox this week end and what if the Tigers sweep?  Watching the Royals Monday I kept wondering how could the Tigers possibly be 0-6 against this team this season?

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