The Detroit Lions new administrative leaders, three guys who replaced Matt Millen for the remainder of this season, believe this season is not a lost cause. Tom Lewand, acting general manager, said Thursday the Lions are two games out of first place with 13 remaining, but that the team has to perform better in the future. Lewand says all efforts of his people are to get the coaches and players ready to win the next game, a week from Sunday at home against the Chicago Bears.
Across the street in Comerica Park, the Tigers held off the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 Thursday afternoon. Armando Gallaraga won his 15th game and is now done for the season. The Tigers ended a six game losing streak and their record skyrocketed to 72-86. They hope to move past Kansas City out of last place by the end of the week end. The Tigers still may have to play a make up game against the White Sox in Chicago on Monday if the divisional race with the Twins isn't clinched one way or the other by Sunday.
The area's two 4-0 high school football teams, Grand Ledge and Fulton, should win Friday night. Grand Ledge hosts Jackson before a big road game at East Lansing. East Lansing, 3-1, should beat Eastern on Friday and that would set up a terrific league match up. Fulton should win over 3-1 Laingsburg.
Michigan State's football team will bus to and from the Indiana game this week end. Head coach Mark Dantonio is aware of the economic issues these days and figures the school will save $100,000 by not chartering a flight for the trip. He told his players if they win the ride home will seem short and if they lose they deserve to ride a bus home anyway.