Curse Of The Discount Double Check: Lions' Tulloch Out For Season With Torn ACL
Rick Chandler 01:43 pm, September 22nd, 2014
And once again we are reminded to leave the Discount Double Checking to the professionals -- like the highly-trained, cheesehead-wearing athlete in the inset above.
Neither Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell nor linebacker Stephen Tulloch are the least bit embarrassed over this, they claim. But should they be? The Detroit Lions said today that Tulloch tore his ACL during Sunday's win over the Packers, and it almost certainly happened during his first-quarter celebratory dance after he sacked Aaron Rodgers. Tulloch was placed on the IR today, which means he is likely lost for the season. His little dance was an attempt to mock Rodgers' 'Discount Double Check' move.
"I've been playing nine years and never missed a game in my career," Tulloch said. "I've been fortunate enough to take care of my family and do some good things in the league. I'm never embarrassed of anything I do, and I made a play on the quarterback to help my team.
"Unfortunately, I got up in celebration and it happened. But I ain't embarrassed by nothing. We all celebrate when we make a play."
That's not true. But anyway. Lions coach Jim Caldwell backed his player's comments.
"There's got to be some enthusiasm in the game," Caldwell said. "That's why these guys play. That's why we coach -- because you got passion for it. And that was a big moment.
"I mean, things happen. I remember sometime ago, Gramatica hurt his knee on a particular play. But hey, those things are flukes, and our guys will keep certainly being excited about what they do."
... and by watching the playoffs from home.
Well, Tulloch certainly seems embarrassed. He thought he needed to defend himself on Twitter:
9 years 131 straight games. Minor setback for a huge come back. I give everything I have EVERY SUNDAY.… http://t.co/97n8XYvAol