What makes a good story–Detroit Lions

After a surprising 5-0 start, the Detroit Lions have finally faced some adversity. The Lions have now slipped the past two weeks against the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons bringing their overall record to 5-2. During their undefeated start the media went crazy over the tremendous start, but have now cooled off because of the recent losses. On Sunday, October 30th at 1:05 p.m. pacific time the Detroit Lions face the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. There are many blogs and features on the Detroit Lions, but during the NFL season there only seems to be more scouting reports and injury updates rather than articles on players or coaches, which I find strange. However, there are some blogs that still feature some of the best sports writing. These blogs do a good job of providing facts and statistics, but they also do a great job of sharing their opinion on what the Detroit Lions need to do to win each week.

Mitch Albom: Lions set bar high, and then go under it, Detroit Free Press:

Mitch Albom does a great job of grabbing the readers attention at the beginning of the story when he describes Matthew Stafford’s appearance. “Matthew Stafford wore black on gray. Not a good sign. He limped across the locker room. Not a good sign. X-rays were coming, he predicted. Not a good sign. And when someone asked if it was a knee or an ankle or both, he pursed his lips and said, “I can’t really tell right now.” Not a good sign.” This lead to me grabs the reader’s attention especially for any fan that didn’t watch the game and didnt know that Matthew Stafford got injured at the end of the game. Also, Albom’s use of analogies in this article really engages the reader to keep continuing until the end. One example, is when he compared the defensive line to a trick or treat bag, not knowing what your going to get. This story also was very good because Albom shared his opinions and thought into the article also. Usually, we see sports articles just provide statistics and interesting facts, but when you are writing about the last game or upcoming games it is important to share your opinion especially through blogs. One person that comes to mind is Bill Simmons. Simmons always shares his opinions in his articles and it makes the reader build a sort of friendship with the author. This was a well-written article and it is perfect example of how interesting it is to read about your favorite team and read about the writer’s opinion as well.

Drew Stanton and Tim Tebow: 2 Sides of a NFL Coin Flip, The Lions in Winter:

With the upcoming game tomorrow with the Denver Broncos there have been a lot of talk about Tim Tebow facing the Lions. One of my favorite times of the year is the NFL draft that takes place in April and this article compares Drew Stanton and Tebow. I really think this article does a great job of describing how hard it is to succeed in the NFL. “Good players get hurt, or put in the doghouse. Coaches get stuck with players they don’t want. Players land into specific systems that hide their flaws and magnify their strengths—or the other way around. Problems with chemistry and synergy can make working relationships untenable. Success and failure in the NFL are, sometimes literally, a coin flip apart.” Another reason why this article is good is because of the use of pull out quotes. The writer uses quotes from famous sports analysts, which adds to the validity of the article. I really enjoyed this article because I usually dont see many compare and contrast sports articles. The way the author provides a scouting report for both players is interesting, but also cool because he is also writing a feature article about Drew Stanton. This was a great article and a cool read for any Lions fan who is getting ready for the big game versus Denver on Sunday.

William Clay Ford has earned our scorn…yet he “deserves” a Super Bowl, Wayne Fontes Experience:

I really liked this article because of its commentary and the way the article is set up. The article is set up to express why the owner of the Detroit Lions William Clay Ford deserves to win a super bowl. The Ford family has owned the Lions forever and it would be great to see the Lions win very soon. The article is set up for the writer to comment on why William Ford deserves a super bowl and then after puts foot notes to have sarcastic or very opinionated comments. This article is interesting for all Lions fans because it is a blog that tells it how it is without having to worry about the media blowing up the that it brought up. This use of language in the article really hooked me into the story. I like how the writer tells you his opinion and doesn’t care if you like it or not.

About spencerschloss8

Senior at the University of Oregon
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