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Notes: Detroit Tigers have drafted more Super Bowl starting QBs than the Lions, technically

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Not a nice fact to point out, Twitter.

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In case you missed it, there’s a not-so-nice but technically factual tweet circulating the Twittersphere that comes off as a bit of a gut punch.

The Detroit Tigers drafted a 19-year-old Patrick Mahomes in the 37th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Yes, Patrick Mahomes was a Tiger.

Though the Tigers knew he was heading to college to play football, they shot their shot at the right-handed pitcher out of Whitehouse High School in Texas. He, of course, would go on to break records at Texas Tech and get drafted 10th overall in 2017.

His father Pat Mahomes played in the major league baseball for 11 years, originally drafted by the Twins in 1988. He spent most of his career pitching and retired in 2003.

“Baseball had been pretty much his whole life growing up, and he always played basketball, too,” Mahomes’ father told USA Today Sports. “Those were his two sports. I was trying to keep him from playing football. But then his junior year in high school, he said he wanted to try this quarterback thing and see where it took him.”

Even when you’re just trying to enjoy some nice playoff football, Twitter still finds away to poke at Lions fans. Reported for cyberbullying and blocked.

Onto the rest of your notes.

  • The Lions released the top 10 plays of 2019:

  • In an opinion piece for the Detroit Free Press, Shawn Windsor explains why Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel’s success should remind the Lions they made the wrong choice hiring Matt Patricia.