Charlie Sanders's Tales from the Detroit Lions

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Sports Publishing LLC, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 177 pages
Often when friends get together at home or perhaps at a sports bar on a Sunday afternoon during football season they'll trade interesting short stories about the game, acquired from memory or from reading. It's not necessarily a competition, but rather a way to impress others with what they believe is their wealth of knowledge. When it comes to swapping anecdotes about the Detroit Lions, even today's generation is going to know about some of the tales that have been handed down over the years about fabled quarterback Bobby Lane, or defensive tackle Alex Karras, or other legends who have worn the Honolulu blue and silver of that National Football League team that's been around for more than 70 years. To be sure, there are interesting anecdotes about some of the familiar faces from generations ago, and some from more recent stars, but what of the more obscure Lions? Many players, as well as coaches and officials, long lost to memory were rife with off-the-wall experiences worthy of any barroom or recreation room chips and beer party. Charlie Sanders's Tales from the Lions Sidelines records some of those anecdotes for posterity before they evaporate into the abyss of history. Many of the tales told here are first-hand from the memory of the great former Lions tight end. Some, also, are from the memory and records of coauthor Larry Paladino, a veteran sports writer who covered the Lions for a dozen years for the Associated Press and then for numerous sports publications. But perhaps the most interesting anecdotes--some funny, some serious, some sad--are the ones discovered through research in the old, crumbling pages of Lions' yearly newspaper scrapbooks. Regardless of what tales peak theinterests of readers, we're certain there is a lot to fascinate--and to pass on--for those who read Sanders's tales.
 

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Contents

Anecdote Magnets
1
Barnstormers
15
Baseball Beckoned
17
Basketball Gridders
21
Big Bucks
24
Breaking Barriers
25
Coach Carousel
27
Conniving and Conspiracy
40
Nicknames
107
Ornery Opponents
108
Outside the Lines
111
Owners Travails
117
Paper Lion
120
Paying the Bills
124
Politics
126
Practical Jokes
130

Cup of Coffee
44
DraftFree Agent Debacles Successes
47
Eclectic Execs
50
Embarrassing Moments
53
Fashion Plates?
56
Fifth Estate
58
Frustrating Rivalry
62
Gifted Players
63
Injury Setbacks and Medical Oddities
72
Innovators and Innovations
76
Knuckle Sandwiches
83
Long Arm of the Law
90
Mascot Minutiae
93
Milestone Moments
96
Military Commitments
97
Musical Inclinations
104
Publicity Stunts and More
136
Quarterback Tales
140
Rival Leagues
143
Stadium Stories
147
Students of the Game
151
Teaser Season
153
Terrific Toes
155
Then and Now
158
Tough Guys
163
Trainer Tips
165
Tragedies
166
Travel Travails
171
TV Tales
173
Weather Adventures
176
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