Slay thought “Lambeau” was a reference to a car

Football fans often assume that NFL players are football fans, too.  Many aren’t.

The latest example comes from Lions rookie cornerback Darius Slay, who according to Robert Klemko of Peter King’s TheMMQB.com believed that the name of the place where the Packers play football referred to something else entirely.

“Lambo? Like the car?” Slay said.

While a “Lambo” is roughly as hard to come by as a season ticket to games at Lambeau Field, that’s where the connection ends.

Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham defended Slay against the perception that Slay’s NFL IQ is inversely proportional to his physical skills.

“If you talk to him about football, he was really well-coached,” Cunningham told Klemko.  “This kid knew the game coming in.  I kept quizzing him.  He knew things that a lot of coaches don’t know.”

But Slay doesn’t need to be defended on this point.  So what if the name “Lambeau Field” didn’t ring a bell?  It’s not like he went to college in the home state of one of the greatest players in franchise history.  (Oh, wait.)

Regardless, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill demonstrated last year during Hard Knocks that he has no clue regarding the divisional alignment of the league’s 32 teams, putting the Chiefs in the NFC East and the Giants in the NFC North.  And Donovan McNabb didn’t know, during his 10th NFL season, that a regular-season NFL game can end in a tie.

So if anyone is going to criticize Slay for not knowing about Lambeau Field, he’d hardly be the only guy with an NFL dunce cap on top of his NFL helmet.

61 responses to “Slay thought “Lambeau” was a reference to a car

  1. This is the reason colleges should offer degrees in football. Give the players credit for attending team meetings and give them courses on football theory and history. Make them students of the game — their chosen profession.

  2. Cut him some slack. He’ll know it soon enough. I ran in to a kid his age recently that didn’t know who Hitler was, and we’re worried about stadium venues?

  3. Every day we are seeing, more and more, just how dumb stupid and ignorant football players are in general.

  4. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it. There are times when people say fedex and I think they are going to the courier service.

  5. Well the car manufactured did originate in 1963 and the football field name was adopted in ’65. Considering the car company produces the more elite product of high quality, well why shouldn’t one think of the car first before the less exciting football team? Pretty funny.

    Also acceptable answers would be “you mean the Anime character or the 2nd kicker on Texas A&M’s depth chart?”. Be specific on your “Lambos” cause there are a lot of them.

  6. I don’t care if this guy eats apple sauce with a thumb stick. If he can cover Marshall then it’s all open arms to the ballclub my man.

  7. Let’s see if I have this straight, we have a dunce with a low IQ level playing in a bankrupt city where the residents kept re-electing the Democrats who were robbing them blind playing for the most inept franchise in the NFL and we are worried about whether he knows the names of the stadiums in his own division?

    The kid has problems alright but not knowing the name of the stadium in GB hardly ranks in his own top 100.

  8. In his defense, the team that he now plays for has never won a game there in his entire lifetime. It’s probably not something they like talking about in Detroit.

  9. Not knowing is somewhat weird…. Making a connection that a qb that played at Lambeau’s home state is the same state as the state that Slay played college in, even though it’s not HIS home state… is making quite a stretch to try to make him look bad.

  10. Don’t worry kid, not many people know where to find that 2 streetlight hillbilly flyover town on a map.

  11. This might come as a news flash to some, but there are parts of this country that is obsessed with college football, but really don’t follow the NFl at all. This is true in SEC country, and states where there is no pro team.

  12. I can understand this. I have a friend who is a very gifted athlete and played football throughout high school and a little in college. He plays flag football now, but he has no interest in watching games on tv. It’s still weird to me that someone wouldn’t pay attention to the NFL.

  13. Reminds me of an episode of Hard Knocks with the Dolphins where Matt Moore asked Tannehill to name the teams in the NFC North, and after struggling to get Green Bay and Minnesota, blurted out an AFC team.

  14. In his defense, he will play at Ford Field so fields named after an auto manufacturer isn’t crazy. Plus who wouldn’t say the Packers are to a Lamborghini what the Lions are to a Ford Fiesta.

  15. When I was a kid I thought Curly Lambeau was one of the 3 Stooges…

    So yeah, I feel for the guy.

  16. So all young kids coming into the NFL are supposed to know who Curly Lambeau is? Are they also idiots if they think Winter Park is named after the most Minnesotan of seasons?

  17. mackcarrington says:
    Every day we are seeing, more and more, just how dumb stupid and ignorant football players are in general.
    ___________

    This coming from the guy that never misses an episode of honey boo boo.

  18. Another one of those well-read, intellectually-curious, and knowledgable- of- their- vocational-choice-history “student athletes,” who when asked to name tree areas of interest stated: running back, time outs and payday.” What chance do any of the old-time vets have regarding updated benefits as they struggle for the support of their shockingly uneducated, uninformed and self-centered current NFL “brothers?”

  19. poiuyt7 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 2:28 PM
    So, did he score 50 on the Wonderlic?

    ______________________

    The new backup QB scored a 7…. reportedly.

    Scores above 10 indicate the test taker is literate.

    The starting QB on the other hand scored a 35 (Well above average 20)

    Difference between t.u. education and a Berkley education I guess.

  20. sikoix says:
    Aug 8, 2013 2:44 PM
    Reminds me of an episode of Hard Knocks with the Dolphins where Matt Moore asked Tannehill to name the teams in the NFC North, and after struggling to get Green Bay and Minnesota, blurted out an AFC team.

    Probably would have helped to read the whole article.

  21. …….in a related story, the Packers defense thought Colin Kaepernick was going to stop running!

  22. Its still a crap hole. packer fan come see a real stadium in D.C. Now that’s a Palace 92,000 capacity and anything and everything you need. HTTR.!!!!!!

  23. On the other hand, he did correctly respond “It’s the car where they can roll the top down, right?” when given the word “Metrodome.”

  24. If you were to ask most normal people on the street, they wouldn’t know what Lambeau is either. Most people don’t care about sports, let alone the arenas where games are played.

  25. smstonerock says: Aug 8, 2013 2:42 PM

    This might come as a news flash to some, but there are parts of this country that is obsessed with college football, but really don’t follow the NFl at all. This is true in SEC country, and states where there is no pro team.

    Oh – so like Minnesota?

  26. rasalghoul says: Aug 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    He’s a regular Alfred Einstein.
    ————————

    Now you’re the idiot for saying Alfred instead of Albert, dumbass

  27. Hey, Vince Young is still trying to find his way to historic “Ashwaubenon” WI to report to work. People in Wisconsin can’t understand why anyone who lives outside it’s borders knows nothing about this suburb of Chicago.

  28. right before Michael Vick killed all those dogs, remember he came to Green Bay on that Saturday Night in the playoffs and he killed the Lambeau mystique!!

  29. shaggytoodle says:
    Aug 8, 2013 2:28 PM
    I promise he won’t forget the first game he plays there

    You know why he won’t forget, right? He won’t forget cuz it’ll be a big win for the Lions. First W in GB in a looooong time.

  30. Sigh. This is funny. And as much as I love defending the Lions from all comers … I got nothing. Slay, you’re on your own here!

    Shades of John Kerry in 2004!

  31. The Packers won a recent SB and have been on the NFL map again for quite some time because of Burnt Fail and Reggie White.
    And this guy who got drafted by Detroit hasn’t heard of historic Lambeau Field?
    Does he at the very least know that he is playing for the Lions and will be playing against the Packers?

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