The New Detroit Colossus

The New Colossus


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

I feel like this poem, written at the base of the Statue of Liberty, symbolizes the 2021 off-season for the Lions.

Sheila Ford-Hamp lifting the lamp beside the golden door in Detroit. Shining light for those of us that have been in the dark for so long with this franchise. And these (coaches), saw that light…

And I’m very excited as a fan, that these men washed up on our shores…

Dan Campbell, Anthony Lynn, Aaron Glenn , Duce Staley, Chris Spielman, Brad Holmes, Dom Capers, Mark Deleone, Aubrey Pleasant, Todd Wash, Marc Brunell, Hank Fraley…

I’ve never had this much optimism for a coaching staff. There is a ton of motivation and hunger in this staff and Detroit is the land of opportunity. They all WANTED to be hear. They all have something to prove and wanted a shot to prove it here in Detroit. This may not translate into wins, but Detroit has never felt MORE like a place of “opportunity and hope” for top shelf NFL minds.


I know. This is crazy stuff and to see seemingly everything fall from the sky into our laps feels…strange. It takes years to be Lionized. Can you be de-Lionized in 2 weeks?

I recently read this quote by Miguel de Cervantes in “Don Quixote” and it applies:

“All these squalls to which we have been subjected are signs that the weather will soon improve and things will go well for us, because it is not possible for the bad or the good to endure forever, and from this it follows that since the bad has lasted so long, the good is close at hand.”

I hope Bobby Layne agrees…


I use to delionize myself every offseason. I think many here still do.

I, think I’m getting the klemp…