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Wednesday Notes: Still No Cheerleaders for the Lions

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  • Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best returned to the practice field this week after missing one of last week's OTAs to be at the rookie premiere, a mandatory marketing event.
  • Rumors emerged earlier in the offseason that the Lions were finally going to have cheerleaders, something most fans have wanted for quite some time.  Those rumors don't appear to be true, though, at least not based on what Tom Lewand said in response to a question about them.
    "My focus has been what happens on the field," Lions president Tom Lewand said. "I don't think that the folks in Green Bay and Pittsburgh and some of the other places get asked a lot about cheerleaders. And one of the big reasons for that is because they're successful on the field. And that's where our focus is. The more entertainment we can provide by winning football games, that's where our focus should be."
    Yes, the focus should be on giving fans a winning football team, but it's not like Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz would be responsible for adding cheerleaders.  If anything, adding cheerleaders seems like it could be a good marketing tool.  Then again, although there are plenty of positive changes going on with the football team and the franchise, I guess this is just one thing that will never change.
  • The Lions in Winter took a statistical look at what effect the defensive line can have on the secondary.
  • The owners decided not to vote on extending the new overtime rules to the regular season, meaning that they will only apply for the playoffs for this coming season.  I'd be willing to bet that this is changed next offseason, because a coach complaining about not getting to experience the rules in the regular season and then losing in the playoffs is bound to happen.
  • Tony Dungy commented on the lack of uniform overtime rules and is squarely against the way it will be for 2010.
    "If it's a bad rule in the regular season it's a bad rule in the playoffs," Dungy said. "I, for one, would not want to have the first time I had to make those decisions as a coach be in a playoff game or possibly the Super Bowl."
    That is basically what Jim Schwartz has said in the past as well.
  • The chairman of South Florida's host committee for the 2014 Super Bowl said "the fix was in for New York."  While that's just the sour grapes talking, he's probably right.  The vote was close enough that it took four ballots for NY/NJ to finally win, but from the minute the New Meadowlands Stadium started to be built it was obvious that they were the favorites to host the 48th Super Bowl.  The fix was likely in, but I don't think that's a big deal.  This was no surprise, and besides, it's not like South Florida has never gotten to host a Super Bowl before.