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Thursday Notes: Lions Claim Tra Battle

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  • The Lions claimed defensive back Tra Battle off waivers on Wednesday.  Battle was just released by the Cowboys yesterday, and the Lions wasted little time in adding him to the roster.  I'm not sure if he is a cornerback or a safety, but he will add depth to the secondary either way.  Many sites list him as a CB, but the Lions have him as a safety.  Chances are he'll be more of a special teams/depth player anyways, so it probably doesn't matter all that much.
  • Terry Foster wrote a great article that provides an update on Lions director of security Ricky Sandoval, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2006.
  • There is now some talk that Matt Millen could become the color commentator for NFL Network games.  He would still have his job with ESPN from the sound of it, so it looks like I may have to boycott one show and put games on mute. 
  • Staying on the topic of announcers, FOX has replaced Brian Baldinger with John Lynch.
  • Some football game in Royal Oak was played based on innings rather than time and ended early due to a brawl between the two teams and people from the stands.  Talk about a bizarre story.
  • In case you're wondering what the Stanley Cup Finals schedule looks like, you can check it out here.  I have to say, it is pretty crappy that the first two games are going to be played on back-to-back nights.  It is all thanks to NBC, which wants as many games on its network as possible.  The problem is they don't want any games during next week because of the debut of the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.  If a game goes to OT, it could cause a conflict with the show, so NBC has basically turned the finals schedule into a joke.  What happens if Game 1 goes on for three overtimes?  The teams are going to have to turn around and play a game less than 24 hours later, which will be tough on everybody.