Monday, February 02, 2009

Will Calvin Johnson Be The Next Larry Fitzgerald?

The Cardinals surprised me Sunday. I thought it was a fluke they reached the Super Bowl. I thought they were going to get crushed.
And it looked like they were going to fall apart in the latter stages of the game - and the Steelers were going to trounce them.
I’m glad it didn’t turn out that way. To me, that was the best Super Bowl of all time.
Super Bowls tend bog down. One team takes over. The second half is often a bore. Although the last two haven’t been that way.
The Lions have taken a lot of heat for drafting wide receivers in the first round - and justifiably so - but this Super Bowl was a classic example of how a truly special performance by a wide receiver can change the course of a game. Larry Fitzgerald is spectacular.
The Cardinals were in that game because their defense continued to perform better than expected. Their offensive line did an excellent job of protecting Kurt Warner. Those allowed Fitzgerald to become the factor he did. But it does make you realize if the Lions shore up their other areas, just how important a player Calvin Johnson could be down the road.
Seems like he has the same things going for him as Fitzgerald - except he’s faster.

Random Thoughts

- The recent incident involving Michael Phelps is a classic example of how, just when you start to think somebody is too good to be true, they prove they aren’t. But it shouldn’t diminish everything that he has accomplished, and all that is good about him.

- It’s amazing how much better the Cavaliers are with Mo Williams running the point. They will give the Celtics all they can handle in the playoffs.

- There were a lot of things that could have been anticipated this college basketball season. Michigan State losing to Northwestern and Penn State at home weren’t among them. Can’t help but be stunned.



Blogger maddog52 said...

I don't think there is any question that C.J. could be as good if not better then Fitzgerald. However, would fitzgerald be this good lets say he were with the lions the last 2 years? If the lions can start putting together an identity and use C.J. to his ability then I think he can be dominant. Hell he was awesome last year when used.

I agree my favorite SB thus far. I thought the lions commercial was a laugher. If I were them I wouldn't do much selling. I would let things run its course. Build this team and just win games. We as lions fans don't want to hear anything else.

3:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are late to the party Pat on Mo Williams. All of the Pistons suckup writers said that acquisition was not that big. Wow were they wrong.

8:16 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply put....CJ would be the next Fitzgerald with a QB the next Kurt Warner. The commercial was great. It wss totally unlike the Lions organization. Everything that is chronically bad has a recovery that starts with a Low. An alchoholic starts his meeting with "My low was when..."

The Lions low was 0-16. Everything will change. The Citizenry of South East Michigan needs to worry about the Wings for a while and let the Alchoholic shake and sweat in bed cold and alone. Then an epiphany.

Public negativity reinforces the stigma of alchoholism like paranoia deepens a recession. Let calm ensue and the change gestate.

11:15 PM 
Blogger B-Race Miles said...

The Spartans looked scared on Sunday. It seemed as though they were just accepting their fate that Talor Battle was going to take over. Say what you will about Drew Neitzel but he would NOT have let his team lose that game to Penn State. Kalin Lucas is a star in the Big Ten, sure, but State still doesn't have a consummate leader the likes of Mateen or Drew. As it stands now, I see no reason to believe that Purdue won't pass the Spartans en route to a Big Ten Title. Their defense is superior and they just as many playmakers as State right now.

12:42 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Yeah. There is no question the Lions need to built a much better team to bring out truly the best from Calvin Johnson. A lot of people agree with you about the Lions commericial. I don't necessarily agree, but don't blame them.

5:53 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I think the Pistons' beat writers are doing just fine. It was obvious Williams was going to help the Cavs, but it might be even more than thought. Could put them over the top.

5:54 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

At leas the Lions reached out to their fans for a change.

5:55 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

B-Race Miles,
Izzo was pleased with the way his team was progressing before the Northwestern lost. Those two losses just couldn't be seen and they are alarming.

5:57 PM 

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