Yes, I know it's only the preseason, but on Thursday night the Lions will take the field for the first time in 2008 to play an actual football game. Although the preseason doesn't mean squat come September, for us fanatics it is something to get us through the next month until the regular season does begin.
The preseason for the NFL is technically already underway as the Colts and Redskins played in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday. For the Lions, though, their preseason begins on Thursday when the Super Bowl champion New York Giants come to Detroit. For the fans, Thursday will be an opportunity to get a very short look at some of the starters and a chance to watch some football. For the players, Thursday will be the first of four chances to get tuned up for the regular season or to show why they deserve to make the team. And finally, for the coaches, Thursday will be their first chance to shake off the rust and to see which players should make the 53-man roster.
Over the course of the next month, as stated already, the Lions will play four preseason games. The next one after Thursday's game is on August 17 at the Bengals. Following that contest, Detroit returns home to play their annual exhibition game against the Browns on August 23. And then to close out the preseason, the Lions head to Buffalo on August 28 to play the Bills.
Throughout the entire preseason and the regular season, for that matter, my plan is to provide live updates during every single game here on Pride of Detroit. Every time the Lions play there will be a "game thread" posted for everyone to leave their comments and thoughts on whatever. You can talk about the game itself, the Lions in general, or anything happening in the NFL. Along with the discussion you guys provide, I plan on being here during every game thread to post live updates of what is happening in the Lions' games, and to leave my thoughts on the action as well.
In the past two years, every now and then a few people would be around during games to chat about the Lions, but this year I'd like to see more than a few of you around on a consistent basis. After all, it's more fun to vent with other fans than by yourself.
What makes commenting on Pride of Detroit or any SB Nation blog so unique this season is that you don't have to keep refreshing to see new comments. As soon as a new comment is posted it will appear, making for a much easier way to talk about the game.
Similarly, the new commenting system means that my live updates will happen in real time in the comments section. Often times Lions fans don't get to watch them play on TV since they don't live in the Detroit area, and because of that they have become very familiar with online gametrackers. Gametrackers are an awesome thing to have during games, but updates on Pride of Detroit will be real time, meaning they will happen quicker than gametrackers. I'm talking literally seconds after a play happens there will be updates.
Anyways, I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you can't watch the Lions on TV and want live updates, or if you just want to talk about the game with other Lions fans, then Pride of Detroit is where you should be every Sunday afternoon (or whatever day Detroit plays on during the preseason). Your first taste of what a Pride of Detroit 2.0 game thread will be like comes Thursday night during the Giants game, so I hope to see you all there.