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Monday Notes: Ephraim Salaam Visits Lions

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  • Offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam is visiting the Lions. Salaam most recently played for the Texans and is someone that could contend for a starting job. He apparently is a bit wary of signing with the Lions due to their play last season and the possibility of a LT being drafted. There is a very good chance one of the Lions' first-round picks will be used on a LT, and Salaam doesn't want to be stuck in a backup role again like he was in Houston last season. Salaam had started 30 out of 32 games for the Texans in 2006 and 2007, but rookie Duane Brown took over the job last season.
  • The Boston Globe's Mike Reiss mentioned in a column yesterday that the Lions "have made calls about trading the No. 1 pick, but interest is predictably light because of the cost to sign the player." This really isn't new news. Martin Mayhew said last month that the Lions are open to trading the pick, though there wasn't a whole lot of interest in it. The best scenario possible for the Lions would be to trade out of the No. 1 spot, but that is highly unlikely.
  • The Lions' locker room is unlucky for more than just the Lions. According to the AP, every basketball team that has used the Lions' locker room for a game at Ford Field has lost. Michigan State used it in 2003 against Kentucky and earlier this season against North Carolina. Both of those games were losses for MSU. Last year Wisconsin lost to Davidson after using the locker room, and Davidson lost to Kansas two days later after occupying the Lions' digs for the game. On Saturday, the locker room belonged to UConn, and we all know how that turned out. North Carolina could use the Lions' locker room today since they are the higher seed, but Tyler Hansbrough doesn't want it since he is superstitious. MSU isn't going to be in regardless of what UNC decides to do, so the Spartans won't be getting cursed by the Lions.

    (This is unrelated to the basketball curse, but didn't the Tigers practice inside Ford Field before the World Series? Could they have been cursed as well?)

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