In extremely uncharacteristic fashion, the NFL's Detroit Lions are riding a high wave of having won three consecutive games for the first time in what seems like forever. And their fiery head coach Dan Campbell, who had earned plenty of criticism for his WWE-style persona and in-game coaching mistakes, appears as though he's been able to turn things around...at least for the time being.
That being said, it's certainly hard not to notice it around the Motor City, and first year Detroit Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde is no exception. In fact, he would love to have Campbell address his own team with a fiery speech at some point this year!
“The same passion and excitement the fan base has with Coach Campbell, I have it to,” Lalonde said. “When their season is over, I’m going to ask him to come talk to the guys. I don’t care what you talk about, just talk with the passion like you always do.”
Lalonde also said that he had gotten an invite to visit Lions training camp, though he was unable to at the time.
“I’m kicking myself,” he said. “They invited me over to training camp and I was still in Tampa.
“I’ve liked watching him, his passion, what he’s about. I’m looking forward to meeting him sometime. Not looking forward to wrestling him or getting into a bar brawl with him, maybe if he was on my side. If he looks me in the eyes, I’ll be looking for nickels on the ground for sure.”
The Red Wings are back in action tonight at Little Caesars Arena against the Nashville Predators, while the Lions will be playing their annual home Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on Thursday afternoon, which Lalonde plans to attend.