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Lions fans start petition for patch to honor Kowalski

T. Kowalski

Several (OK, more than several) Lions fans have pointed out to us over the past two days a new Facebook page that serves as a petition for the franchise to honor long-time beat writer Tom Kowalski with a uniform patch.

And so in order both to do the right thing and to stem the tide of emails asking us to mention the petition, we’re mentioning the petition.

We’ll even go one step farther:  We encourage all of you to click on it and “like” it.

We also encourage the Lions to think of a fitting way to honor a man who spent 30 years covering a team that hasn’t been very good for many of them.  The ultimate honor, of course, would be to win the Super Bowl.

We’ll settle for a helmet decal.

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23 Responses to “Lions fans start petition for patch to honor Kowalski”
  1. m2karateman says: Sep 1, 2011 9:28 AM

    So much for those of you out there who call the Lions fans classless…..

  2. schmitty2 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:31 AM

    The Lions shouldnt even to need to see a petition to honor Killer. One of the best!

  3. kingmj4891 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:42 AM

    Tom “Killer” Kowalski was the best at what he did. Most Lions fans read his work at one time or another. His insight was always factual and straight forward even when it was negative stuff about the team. He did an excellent job of keeping us sane during the Millen years and 0-16. The Lions were lucky to have such an excellent beat writer covering them for 30 years. Honoring him should be done whether it is a patch or decal or something else.

  4. bengalsown says: Sep 1, 2011 9:48 AM

    Orioles are honoring that dude that blew his own brains out, why wouldn’t the Lions honor a guy who tragically passed away?

  5. ronniemexico says: Sep 1, 2011 10:01 AM

    Great guy. But this is a reach.

  6. trbowman says: Sep 1, 2011 10:06 AM

    “We’ll even go one step farther: We encourage all of you to click on it and “like” it.”

    Done.

  7. polegojim says: Sep 1, 2011 10:09 AM

    Thanks for the charity Mike – but why not stop your second paragraph after saying ‘in an effort to do the right thing…’ Everything you said after that is just humoring us and disrespectful to Kowalski.

    Sorry his death and our appreciation for him would have burdened you with a bunch of annoying emails. What a hassle that would have been. Sorry to inconvenience you.

    That stinks of a backhanded compliment and false sincerity to cover it up. We don’t need that and Kowalski doesn’t deserve it.

  8. brettfavrecellphone says: Sep 1, 2011 10:11 AM

    Probably a better idea then the ’0-16′ patch they were planning on wearing.

  9. simplesimon1 says: Sep 1, 2011 10:14 AM

    I went on twitter 3 days ago and messaged coach Schwartz and Cliff Avril about it, as did many others. It’s very much warranted and should be done, no questions asked.

  10. 1liondriven says: Sep 1, 2011 10:18 AM

    As much as I admired, respected and relied on Tom s reports I don’t agree with the petition.

    Tom was not a Lion, he did not belong to the Lions, Tom belonged to us, the people, his readers…he was ours, not theirs.

    With that said, who’s to say that the Lions don’t have a little something planned.

    Maybe they will trot out an honorary captain in a Kowalski jersey or something, any way, I’m not going to blame or disparage the Lions if they do nothing.

  11. nickster2k says: Sep 1, 2011 10:21 AM

    i don’t get it.

    Make the other media members wear a patch or a pocket protector or something in his honor. Why should the players have to honor him?

  12. paydrt says: Sep 1, 2011 10:43 AM

    Renaming the pressbox in his honor may be more fitting.

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 1, 2011 10:44 AM

    something unique.. like a mustache patch.

  14. mwill2 says: Sep 1, 2011 11:15 AM

    1liondriven says: Sep 1, 2011 10:18 AM

    As much as I admired, respected and relied on Tom s reports I don’t agree with the petition.

    Tom was not a Lion, he did not belong to the Lions, Tom belonged to us, the people, his readers…he was ours, not theirs.

    With that said, who’s to say that the Lions don’t have a little something planned.

    Maybe they will trot out an honorary captain in a Kowalski jersey or something, any way, I’m not going to blame or disparage the Lions if they do nothing.
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    nickster2k says: Sep 1, 2011 10:21 AM

    i don’t get it.

    Make the other media members wear a patch or a pocket protector or something in his honor. Why should the players have to honor him?
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    Myra Kraft wasn’t involved in the Patriots in any official capacity, yet the team is honoring her with a patch. All NFL players will wear pink gear in October, as they do every year, for Breast Cancer Awareness month–and I’d guess that none of the NFL players have ever had breast cancer. Should the NFL stop wearing pink? Should the Patriots remove their Myra Kraft patches?

    Why in the world would anyone discourage a display of empathy and respect?

  15. 1liondriven says: Sep 1, 2011 11:33 AM

    mwill2 says:

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    Why in the world would anyone discourage a display of empathy and respect?

    mwill2…
    I am not discouraging any display of empathy or respect.
    I think it would be great if they did something for Tom I just don’t think petitioning is the thing to do.
    It assumes the Lions are not contemplating any thing for Tom, good grief give ‘em a chance.

  16. colinsnooks says: Sep 1, 2011 11:52 AM

    @mwill2

    The pink gear for breast cancer awareness is beyond stupid. Breast cancer is a big problem, and everyone is aware of it. If you are not aware of breast cancer, you have to be a dummy. Think about it, why waste money producing pink gear to provide even more awareness? If the NFL wants to be involved with it. they should use that money towards a cure of breast cancer.

  17. icewalker946 says: Sep 1, 2011 12:53 PM

    bengalsown says:
    Sep 1, 2011 9:48 AM
    Orioles are honoring that dude that blew his own brains out, why wouldn’t the Lions honor a guy who tragically passed away?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This is a little too much….ever heard of the word ‘tact’?

  18. motorcitydiddy says: Sep 1, 2011 1:14 PM

    @colinsnooks

    Speaking of awareness, you’re aware that game worn gear/jerseys are worth much more than new items off the rack? On top of raising awareness they’re racking in that money you speak of auctioning that stuff off at various fund raisers or giving it to Make-a-Wish. I don’t think its all getting torched at the end of the month, just sayin’.

  19. runrickyrun34 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:23 PM

    bengalsown says:
    Sep 1, 2011 9:48 AM
    Orioles are honoring that dude that blew his own brains out, why wouldn’t the Lions honor a guy who tragically passed away?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This is a little too much….ever heard of the word ‘tact’?

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    I tried posting a response to this and I guess it wasn’t approved. I feel the same way. I’m trying to figure out how this guy thinks suicide is any less tragic than another death.

  20. sportjones96 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:30 PM

    He was – BY FAR – not only the best beat writer for the Lions but simply the best beat writer in Detroit period. I read his articles daily and I already miss them very much.

    I too, however, agree with those who don’t like the idea of the Lions wearing a patch in his honor. He was not a member of the team, he was a member of the media.

    There is another facebook petition on facebook titled “Petition to rename Ford Field’s press box the Tom Kowalski Press Box” which I find much more appropriate and am hoping very much that the Lions will consider.

    Tom was the best, naming the press box after him seems a fitting way to honor his legacy.

  21. justwinsomeday says: Sep 1, 2011 2:48 PM

    bengalsown says:
    Sep 1, 2011 9:48 AM
    Orioles are honoring that dude that blew his own brains out, why wouldn’t the Lions honor a guy who tragically passed away?

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    Wow dude, seriously the next time you want to put your thoughts in writing…don’t. Flanagan was one of the best pitchers in Orioles history, a front office executive and a good announcer and it’s a real tragedy he was that ill and no one knew.

    RIP Tom – you were a heck of a journalist and will be missed. I definitely think some sign of support by the Lions is appropriate.

  22. jimmylions says: Sep 1, 2011 7:57 PM

    The patch would give some official recognition for Killer’s contribution to the team and its fan base. Having the team wear the patch is the right thing to do.

    I think Killer would have preferred to have a bar named after him instead of the pressbox!

  23. nickster2k says: Sep 1, 2011 10:21 PM

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    mwill2 says:

    Myra Kraft wasn’t involved in the Patriots in any official capacity, yet the team is honoring her with a patch. All NFL players will wear pink gear in October, as they do every year, for Breast Cancer Awareness month–and I’d guess that none of the NFL players have ever had breast cancer. Should the NFL stop wearing pink? Should the Patriots remove their Myra Kraft patches?
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    You do know Myra Kraft was the owner’s wife, right? Which pretty much made her part owner of the team. She was a lot more closely affiliated than any media member.

    Why don’t they just wear patches for any usher or hotdog vendor that passes too?

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