June 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 6 comments

Big Bird says: Look, Oscar - Everyone has three names!

It has been announced that Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions.

She is the widow of the late William Clay Ford.

Control of the team is being passed to her daughter Sheila Ford Hamp.

The Ford family purchased the Lions on Nov. 22, 1963, the day that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated - allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The team has no connection to Detroit native Francis Ford Coppola, who apparently got his middle name as a salute to the auto manufacturer's sponsorship of his family's music broadcasts.

Long suffering Lions fans will not gain a renewed sense of hope from this transition. According to former Great Lakes resident No Ford Mich, it's just another day at the orifice.

posted by beaverboard at 02:41 PM on June 23, 2020

Fords. Notice the s there at the end. As in: my brother got a job over there at Fords. Or: I need to run up to the KMarts, need anything? Not sure why the SE Michigan rednecks gotta put an s on the end of every proper noun that doesn't already have one, but there you go. No Fords Mich at your service.

Oh, and sure *this* is the Fords family member that will make the Lions a winner. Right? /sigh

posted by NoMich at 04:09 PM on June 23, 2020

Adding the extraneous S is also a Chicago thing. "Going over to the Jewels to do my shopping..."

posted by holden at 09:00 PM on June 23, 2020

Yes! Or some people would call it Oscos

posted by NoMich at 09:48 PM on June 23, 2020

Can't say that I ever heard a Chicagoan say they were in a hurry to get to Garys Indiana.

posted by beaverboard at 11:30 PM on June 23, 2020

Eh, it's a complicated system.

posted by NoMich at 08:06 AM on June 24, 2020

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