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The Eighth Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Contest


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It has reached that special time of year in Michigan again.

The summer is drawing to a close and the faintest signs of autumnal color may already be glimpsed on verdant leaves.

The first frost of the season is not far away, though the waters of the big lakes are yet placid.

The sounds of children splashing playfully along the shorelines is being replaced by the sounds of hunters in the woods.

The Canadian geese have arrived, if only for a short while as they follow the sun southward.


And for a few fleeting moments the hopes of Detroit Lions fans have again arisen with the advent of September.

For surely they think, this season will be different, the inevitable will surely be avoided.

Alas, these dreams are destined to wither and crumble as certainly as the leaves of summer will fall to carpet the forest floor.

All that remains is the question which has haunted the minds of generations long past...






So, here again is the contest: In which week will the Detroit Lions first lose by more than 20 points?

--Also include your answer to the tie-breaker: How many points will Detroit score in the game in which they first lose by more than 20 points?

--Further note that by tradition, if no team defeats the Lions by more than 20 points then no one will win the contest. (In year's past, Spain would have automatically won the award, but, alas, he is no longer with us.)

--There is only one postcard, so the first person to guess the correct week/score combination will win the award. (NOTE: I am busy and unlike in past years, I will not go back and check to see if people have selected duplicate entries, so make sure you are NOT picking something that has already been selected.

--If you make a mistake, do NOT edit your entry, instead post a new entry (and then please go back and delete the bad entry).

--The contest deadline is kickoff time of the Lions first game (September 13th at 1:00 pm EDT)


Please note that the actual postcard seems to have been destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I will send an alternative prize as appropriate.


					 The Edmund Fitzgerald Award				 Presented Annually by wiegie   in Commemoration of the Futility of the Detroit Lions					   in Memory of Spain					   Award Recipients					2002	Paul Ott Carruth					2003	Hugh One					2004	RFFL Chump 					2005	Sunysteelfly					2006	Tbimm					2007	Broncos					2008	Timmypg


For your benefit, here is the Lions schedule for this year:


1 Sep 13 @ New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX

2 Sep 20 Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX

3 Sep 27 Washington 1:00 PM FOX

4 Oct 04 @ Chicago 1:00 PM FOX

5 Oct 11 Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS

6 Oct 18 @ Green Bay 1:00 PM FOX

7 Bye

8 Nov 01 St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX

9 Nov 08 @ Seattle 4:05 PM FOX

10 Nov 15 @ Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX

11 Nov 22 Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS

12 Nov 26 Green Bay 12:30 PM FOX

13 Dec 06 @ Cincinnati 1:00 PM FOX

14 Dec 13 @ Baltimore 1:00 PM FOX

15 Dec 20 Arizona 1:00 PM FOX

16 Dec 27 @ San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX

17 Jan 03 Chicago 1:00 PM FOX

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