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Predicting 5 Problem Spots for the Detroit Lions in 2012
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Don’t start shopping for your flights to New Orleans just yet; there are a few problem spots that will most likely keep the Detroit Lions from partaking in Super Bowl XLVII.

Problem spot—the term in relation to football is an opinion based on observation. In medical terms, it’s a candy-coated synonym for unforeseen horror.

A close family friend’s two year old daughter had been rushed to U-M Mott Children’s Hospital because of a “problem spot” identified while checking the 30-month old’s eyes during an examination, a cancerous brain tumor.

Thankfully, after a 12 hour procedure, the tumor was removed and the diagnosis is for a healthy recovery.

It's amazing the polar difference in significance a term can carry when the context is changed.

The Lions have made tremendous strides in their still unattained goal of becoming the newest franchise to make their inaugural trip to the Super Bowl.

Improvements can be seen everywhere—the front office, the coaching staff, the players. Hell, I bet the ball boys are even better under the Schwartz regime. But the team is still far from perfect and I’ve highlighted five areas of concern. Some are oldies but goodies and some may ruffle a few feathers…  

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