With three months of the offseason ahead of us, there is still a lot of time to kill. To help pass the time and make us more educated, we introduced the Pride of Detroit Offseason Book Club this year, and we’re already two books deep. First, we brushed up on the Patriot Way by reading Steve Belichick’s “Football Scouting Methods.” Then we got a history lesson on the popular football schemes of yesterday and today with “Blood, Sweat and Chalk” from Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden.
Now it’s time to make things a little more personal. It’s time to learn a little more about our dear Detroit Lions. This month’s POD Offseason Book Club is “If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Lions: Stories From the Detroit Lions Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box” written by former Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown.
Here’s the synopsis as provided by Amazon:
Written by Lomas Brown, the former Detroit Lions offensive tackle who paved the way for Barry Sanders, and Mike Isenberg, this work is an insider’s account of the last 20 years of the team’s history. A behind-the-scenes look at the era, Brown shares stories about coaches from Wayne Fontes to Jim Caldwell and stars including Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, and more. This book covers all of the successes and failures, elation and embarrassment of recent Lions history, making it essential reading for any fan.
This should be an interesting look at the low points of the franchise and their slow crawl out of the league’s basement. Brown’s insider perspective should give us a unique viewpoint of what was happening behind the scenes. Hopefully we’ll hear an interesting story or two along the way.
Due date: July 10