Barry Sanders fans are upset with me. So what else is new?

I will never learn my lesson. You do not attack Barry Sanders in this town without backlash.

Last week I wrote that hiring Chris Spielman and Barry Sanders as consultants was a public relations move by the Lions. I am not sure either will have real power. The line that seemed to tick people off the most is when I labeled Barry as a washed up casino greeter who was hired to lure you to the giant crap table known as Ford Field.

I stood by those words last week. I stand by those words today although it drew your criticism.

That’s OK. We are not meant to hug every day. Disagreement and debate is good.

Let me address some of the comments.

DOES THIS MAKE ME A WASHED UP RADIO TALK SHOW HOST?

Yes, it does. I am an old washed up radio talk show host and journalist. I am not ashamed to admit that. We all get old, hopefully, and over the hill. Am I relevant? No. I am just a guy with a mini platform who spews his poison from a computer in his basement. I do it because I love it. I do it because I’m having fun.

I’d write for a publication if anyone would have me. But who wants a washed up journalist and talk show host on their platform?

WHEN I WROTE THOSE WORDS ABOUT BARRY I COULD NOT HAVE EXPECTED MOST PEOPLE TO AGREE WITH ME.

That is also true. I do not write for you to agree with me every day. I don’t write to be liked. I write to be right. Or at least I want to present my truth.

I knew as soon as I mentioned Barry Sanders’ name that the shit would hit the fan. Of all the athletes I covered I got the most flak from readers when I criticized Sanders. I never criticized his on field performance. It was always the offensive line, which kept me in hot water with the linemen. Or it was the coaches.

My problem with Sanders is he never wanted to engage with the Ford family and present solutions from players. The Ford family did not listen to most of their players. Guys in the dressing room were convinced they’d listen to Barry because of his greatness on the field and what he meant to the community.

Teammates begged him to meet with the Fords. But Barry was like, hey they don’t pay me to be general manager. They pay me to run the football and I will do that to the best of my ability. Even the players that won the only playoff game since 1957 and made the NFC Championship game, were frustrated because they expected more.

I wrote about Barry’s refusal to get engaged and was slammed by fans.

I criticized him when he walked out on his team and was criticized by fans.

That’s OK. We don’t have to like each other every day.

I believe Spielman and Sanders are being used by the Lions.

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I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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