Marko Beslach thought he was giving his favorite team, the Detroit Lions, an advantage by shining a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players during a game at Ford Field last October. Little did Beslach know that the laser pointer would be targeting him months later. The Detroit Free Press reports that Beslach, an 18-year old from West Blooomfield, Mich., pleaded guilty, but was banned from Ford Field, given 80 hours of community service and a $235 fine. Beslach paid his fine, but according to a Lions spokesperson the community service couldn’t have possibly been completed. According to the Free Press, the court records initially said Beslach could complete his community service through the Lions’ charities, however the organization apparently doesn’t accept outside volunteers. Social media was the main source that tracked down Beslach. Beslach used Twitter to brag about the laser-pointing strategy. And if we can learn anything from this incident, among many at this time ( Larry Nance Jr. ring a bell? ) social media can bring almost anything to light, good or bad. Beslach deleted his Twitter account after the fact, however once posted on the Internet, it’s always there; social media Lesson 1. Screen shots were grabbed, and even a Facebook group was started to ban the teenager from attending NFL games.
Matthew Stafford tries not to spend too much time thinking about how close his Detroit Lions came to an elusive victory in the postseason. If the second half of Detroit’s playoff game at Dallas had gone a bit differently, the narrative surrounding Stafford might have changed considerably. The Lions have won one postseason game in the past half-century, and in six seasons with the team, Stafford has been unable to add to that meager total.
The Panthers have announced they will have joint training camp practices with the Miami Dolphins this summer. The practices are scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in advance of the Dolphins-Panthers preseason game in Charlotte on Aug. 22. The Panthers haven’t held a joint practice with another team since 2000 when they hosted the Detroit Lions.
Joique Bell remembers what it was like to be a rookie, when he was with Buffalo and roomed with first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller. Now a 28-year-old veteran coming off a couple of productive seasons, Bell is the top returning running back for the Detroit Lions. ”Go to sleep on the playbook,” Bell said.