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    I always wanted to start a tradition. I never thought that I would play a part Michael Roberts Jersey , just a part, in heaving up some song from the 80s I had barely thought about prior to 2016 and attempting to connect it, by any way possible, to a professional football team like the Detroit Lions.Now, at the end of a miserable 2018 season for the Lions, this silly little thing is the one thing I can count on to bring me joy, every time, during a Lions game.Last Sunday, “Africa” by southern California rock band Toto beat Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” They did that on the Sunday before Christmas, where the universe should have been against it. Before then, it beat Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and countless others. Each week the most suburban anthems came forward to unthrone “Africa,” and they all failed. Even the holidays could not contain it. If you’ve followed Pride Of Detroit on Twitter or listened to the PODcast, you know that “Africa” is our thing. It’s been our thing since about 2016, when we started tagging it into the Lions and their unprecedented antics in last-minute miracles and winning ways.In a way Taylor Decker Jersey , 2016 proved a useful catalyst. It started simply enough. #VictoryMonday music. Celebrate Golden Tate smacking the Vikings with his butt to score a game-winning touchdown on a PODcast. But then it kept happening. Every breathtaking Cardiac Cats comeback had people sending us videos on themselves, usually in a bar, singing “Africa.” It was our thing, la nostra tradizione; it was our—excuse me for using a word that’s lost all meaning in the internet age—meme, lodged deeply in our minds and passed along through contact. It resonated in a collective psyche for people who were fans of what we did at POD and who also liked the Lions.This was all in good fun. We thought one day, wouldn’t it be cool, wouldn’t it be cool to have that power to make it an unofficial anthem? We kept thinking and thinking, and eventually things...Well, you see, things just started to happen.Someone on Lions social media liked the idea so much that they brought in the 2018 New Year the right way:Then they hid a message for us. Then it got on the PA at Ford Field.And then it wouldn’t go away.And it didn’t go away.AND IT WOULDN’T GO AWAYAnd now we are here, dear reader. Now we are here.(For the record, I’m sorry Mike.)Doubling back, I just need to add this. If the first line of the first paragraph above sounds like a lot of self-congratulation, then I’ll step in here a second and just try to say that it’s not. It’s just something that was on my mind. I like thinking about these things. I’m not trying to be important (BUT EXCUSE ME WHILE I WRITE A BUNCH OF WORDS ABOUT THIS), and honestly the connection of “Africa” to the Detroit Lions is something that took a lot of people A’Shawn Robinson Jersey , a lot of moving parts to happen, and safe to say it’s still not done. Traditions have to weather time, multiple generations and enough traction to keep going. Make it clear though. “Sweet Caroline” didn’t just pop up overnight to become the anthem of the Boston Red Sox. Flinging octopi onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena takes gumption, extended effort to circumvent bans and a good fishmonger or five. Texas A&M University didn’t get a trademark on “The 12th Man” and then use licensing to lord over the Seattle Seahawks and soap companies without a proper origin story.In many ways, 2018 was the year of “Africa.” There was the Weezer cover, which was quickly topped by Pitbull and Rhea remixing the beat and chorus in “Ocean to Ocean.” The world was down for the song. It’s uplifting and overly positive in a world of bitter cold and irony.The song itself shouldn’t really be this, but there is great joy to be found in the simple chorus, the enchanting beat, or just the longing phrases that cut somewhere deep in a non-burnished part of my soul.And now we’re going hard, H.A.M. even, to see this song attached to the Lions, for good or for ill. There’s no real reason to see it happen beyond that it should, and therefore must, happen. Will the greater public burn out on “Africa”? Probably. But it is our thing in a different way. It’s not just the catchy song of the moment, but something that was set out to become a tradition; maybe subconsciously Graham Glasgow Jersey , I don’t know.Do the Lions need to be winning for this to become a thing? Not really, even if it is victory music, but it’s not like the Red Sox were winning rings when Neil Diamond became a staple of Fenway Park.Does it need to have a reason? Does it need to have a connection to Detroit at all? Why? You find a thing and you make it your own. That’s how the best traditions work. Someone goes and finds an old shoe and spins a story about it, and before you know it that Magic Holiday Shoe is hanging on the mantle every Christmas at Uncle Craig’s house.The reason becomes secondary, and then it becomes forgotten altogether. Time fades that legend, but it births something new and you accept it as fact. Think for a moment.Do you know why there are trees raised up and decorated for Christmas? Why families hang stockings by the fireplace? Do you know why we all sing “For Auld Lang Syne” at the birth of a New Year? Are the reasons you know or find verified fact or are they additional myths and legends? Would understanding the true reasons to these things help you enjoy the tradition more, or would knowledge diminish it?For that reason, I want to see this survive. But I felt like the world needed an explanation, at least for the sake of record-keeping, before it’s washed away in the sea of information. I don’t know if it’ll suffice, or if this will drift away, but until it does I would hope you join in too. If you see Crosby lined up at guard this summer, don’t jump to conclusions."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsBreaking NewsIntroducing the 2019 Detroit Lions Draft Class! 脳Detroit Lions AnalysisTyrell Crosby may get looks at guard this offseason, but don’t read into itNew,18commentsIf you see Crosby lined up at guard this summer Jake Rudock Jersey , don’t jump to conclusions. EDTShareTweetShareShareTyrell Crosby may get looks at guard this offseason, but don’t read into itMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Lions are going to have a new right guard in 2019. After releasing veteran T.J. Lang earlier this month, Detroit is left with few options. Kenny Wiggins finished the season as the team’s starter and is signed for another year, but he’s best served in a backup role. Detroit added free agent Oday Aboushi, but only committed to him for a single year, and he’s a journeyman who has seemingly made a career out of being an injury replacement. So, many have speculated that 2018 fifth-round pick Tyrell Crosby may be the answer. Since he entered the 2018 NFL Draft, analysts have projected guard as his best position, despite the fact that he has always played tackle. On draft day, general manager Bob Quinn left the possibility of a transition to guard open, but made it clear his best asset is at tackle.“I think he’s a tackle first and foremost,” Quinn said last April.But given that Detroit is nearing desperation at the guard position, have the Lions changed their mind a year later? It’s not so clear.Head coach Matt Patricia met with the media this week at the owners meetings and addressed Crosby’s future with the team, but remained pretty non-committal to his position. He did admit the team will evaluate his value at guard, but that is common practice for all players at his position.“The game’s a little bit different inside than it is outside for Crosby Danny Amendola Jersey , so some of those situations we’re going to have to see if he can do that, but we’ll do that with all of those guys,” Patricia said. “There will be a constant flux of positional—I don’t want to call them situations—where we’re just seeing what they can do, but we want to put our guys in as many possible situations that we can.”The reasoning for this is obvious. The Lions want to see what they have in every single player, while also giving them valuable reps at uncomfortable positions. As Patricia mentioned on Tuesday, sometimes injuries force teams to have to try to slide a guard over to center or a tackle to a guard. “You can’t just put them in those situations in a live game without any reps, because that’s not fair to the player,” Patricia said. So as we near closer to Organized Team Activities and other offseason workout programs, don’t be surprised to see Crosby at guard a little. However, that doesn’t mean he’s making the full transition to the interior. Detroit just wants to do due diligence to make sure their players aren’t put into uncomfortable in-game situations.That being said, Patricia did leave a little door open for Crosby’s future to be inside.“Sometimes you do it and you find out, ‘Hey, this guy is actually okay in this spot,’ and that’s how they build a role from there.”