Courtesy of Toei Animation
This was perhaps the moniker Calvin Johnson's significant others were going for. I don't blame them for their mistake, 80's cartoon characters turned lovable action figures are hard to keep straight. Which reminds me of my new nickname for the Detroit Lions franchise.
When you think about it, Voltron works just as well as Megatron. For instance, both have 'tron' in the name which is of course super cool. But similarly Voltron as a nickname implies the same titanic, gargantuan figure that Megatron does, only now without villainous undertones.
When you watch him play, it's almost as if Calvin Johnson is made from various skilled athletes who have lent their body parts in an effort to save the galaxy and the Lions' playoff hopes.
At times during the Dallas game, Johnson seemed to have the legs of Shannon Brown and the hands of Patrick Roy with his gloves on.
In pushing defenders aside he had the upper body of Dwight Howard without the foul calls.
In his placement and route-running, Johnson appeared to have the brains of Steve Nash inside the head of Deandre Liggins.
The tunnel run-out sequence writes itself. After Stafford makes his entrance, the entire stadium goes black. Multi-colored searchlights suddenly ignite, spinning colors all over the field. The PA announcer lowers his voice:
“From days of long ago...from uncharted regions of the universe..comes a legend. The legend...of VOOLLTROOONN!!!!”
Johnson runs out, the crowd goes wild. That's how you sell tickets. No way this nickname doesn't benefit everyone involved. Who wouldn't want to be loved by good and feared by evil?
Voltron and Co. return to Detroit for three straight games starting with the Chicago Bears. It may not be a cosmic battle for the universe, but don't expect Calvin Johnson to treat it as anything less.