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Celebrating a Detroit Lions win with a Detroit Tigers team on the gridiron

Allen Pines
Former Detroit Lions receiver and Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson Jr. threw out the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers played Cleveland at Comerica Park, Sunday, August 15, 2021.Tigers Clev3
Former Detroit Lions receiver and Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson Jr. threw out the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers played Cleveland at Comerica Park, Sunday, August 15, 2021.Tigers Clev3 /
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Yesterday was the first “Victory Monday” of the season for the Detroit Lions, and with Major League Baseball on strike, I thought it’d be a fun idea to give the Detroit Tigers something to do and see how the roster would line up on the gridiron!

Huddle Up

First things first, congrats to the Lions on their first win of the season, defeating the division rival Minnesota Vikings in a thrilling 29-27 contest. It was a true feel-good sports moment. The dedication of the victory by head coach Dan Campbell to the victims of the Oxford shooting was especially touching.

With things looking bleak in the baseball world, I decided to build off of the joy following the Lions’ win and give the Tigers roster something to do. Let’s see how they would line up if the NFL was on strike, and we needed a sort of Keanu Reeves “The Replacements” scenario.

Detroit Tigers Position by Position Breakdown

Quarterback – Casey Mize

It all starts with the signal-caller. The Tigers roster for sure has some hard throwers who could rocket the ball down the field if needed, but I’m going with the pedigree of the former number one overall selection, Casey Mize. Mize has poise and really blossomed this past season into a major league-caliber starting pitcher. It’s only a matter of time before Mize is a perennial All-Star selection, and has Tigers fans calling for an extension. Mize is a great athlete and has the composure and smarts to lead a team to a victory.

I’d have Kyle Funkhauser as the backup, being that he played some QB in high school.

PS – I was going to call Kyle “Funkman” and link to some classic Marty Funkhauser bits, but they were mostly NSFW. RIP Bob Einstein.

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