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Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:28 pm

This one's from my personal collection. It's by Bill "Rembrandt" Cunningham, the team photographer.

This was taken on October 30, 1971 the last game of the season, when the Leos took down the heavily favoured future Grey Cup champs, 31-7.

Late season acquisition Dickie Lyons is the ball carrier (wearing Paul Brothers' old #10, who was released a couple of months earlier). Jim Young looks on in the foreground, Ken Sugarman in the background, and #62 Ross Boise to the far right.


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Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:22 pm

In light of the recent conversation about the 1990 season on this thread viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17772, here is some simple information on a QB Lion who never played a single game and retired just after he Lions got his rights. In other threads, I've stated that the March 1990 trade of Matt Dunigan to the Toronto Argonauts for six essentially useless players was one of the worst trades the Lions have made in franchise history. One of six players received was this guy:


Rick Johnson played four seasons for the Calgary Stampeders with only a mediocre performance despite his selection as the 1986 QB All-star selection and he eventually lost the starting job to Rick Worman. He moved on to the Argonauts for the 1989 season where he was also relegated as third string QB behind Gilbert Renfroe and John Congemi. Then in the 1990 6 for 1 trade for Matt Dunigan, the Lions acquired Rick Johnson. Using an apples to apples comparison, that's got to be one of the worst QB to QB trades ever. :bang: To add insult to injury to the Lions, Rick Johnson decided to retire shortly after to become an actor.

Then GM Joe Kapp certainly wasn't a good negotiator in acquiring Rick Johnson as he knew full well that there was enough QB's already competing for the starting job for the 1990 season - Joe Paopao, Doug Flutie, Rickey Foggie, and Major Harris. Talk about a huge wasted trade, and the five other players received from the Dunigan trade to the Argonauts only had very minimal impact and none of them seemed to last longer than one season. :puke:

It's debatable whether Rick Johnson did better as a professional football player or a professional actor as most of his roles have been very minor, with very small roles in films Jerry Maguire and Mulholland Falls and TV series Law & Order, Malibu Shores, Dallas, Silk Stalkings.




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