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Slay thought “Lambeau” was a reference to a car

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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.

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61 Responses to “Slay thought “Lambeau” was a reference to a car”
  1. firestarter0728 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:16 PM

    What a doofus.

  2. detroitlionstoronto says: Aug 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    As long as he can defend the pass, does it matter that he has the brain power of a snow pea?

  3. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Aug 8, 2013 2:20 PM

    It’s named after the Steelers D coordinator, isn’t it?

  4. fancyleague says: Aug 8, 2013 2:22 PM

    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.

  5. jimmysee says: Aug 8, 2013 2:23 PM

    This kid will never earn enough to afford a “Lambo”

  6. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 2:25 PM

    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?

  7. mackcarrington says: Aug 8, 2013 2:26 PM

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

  8. greenbowlpackers12 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:27 PM

    I believe he will know lambeau after he gets torched by the pack there once a year !

  9. theoriginalbvan says: Aug 8, 2013 2:27 PM

    He’ll remember it after October 6th!

  10. captainhairdo says: Aug 8, 2013 2:27 PM

    Isn’t it better that these guys are working on their game and studying in high school and college, rather than watching the NFL on TV?

  11. shaggytoodle says: Aug 8, 2013 2:28 PM

    I promise he won’t forget the first game he plays there

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 8, 2013 2:28 PM

    Are you seriously ripping a guy for not knowing the name of the stadium where the Packers play? That is the most trivial piece of information I can imagine.

  13. poiuyt7 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:28 PM

    So, did he score 50 on the Wonderlic?

  14. polarbear71 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:30 PM

    You mean it’s not the car ? HALAS !

  15. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 8, 2013 2:30 PM

    so while the world champion ravens draft players who love football, a team like the lions drafts duds like this..

  16. muskyhunter2542 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:31 PM

    Ill take a Lambo!!!!

  17. mataug says: Aug 8, 2013 2:34 PM

    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.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 8, 2013 2:35 PM

    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.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:37 PM

    He sort of has it right. If the Packers are a Lamborghini, the Vikings would be a hapless and tasteless Yugo.

  20. Stupid Lions Fan says: Aug 8, 2013 2:38 PM

    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.

  21. whatjusthapped says: Aug 8, 2013 2:41 PM

    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.

  22. bordner says: Aug 8, 2013 2:41 PM

    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.

  23. izlez says: Aug 8, 2013 2:41 PM

    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.

  24. contra74 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:42 PM

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

  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.

  26. lks311 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:42 PM

    Doesn’t mean he’s dumb, could mean he didn’t care.

  27. smstonerock says: Aug 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    Also, knowledge and intelligence are two completely different things. People who confuse the two are the true morons.

  28. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Aug 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    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.

  29. 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.

  30. jda129 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    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.

  31. beavertonsteve says: Aug 8, 2013 2:50 PM

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

    So yeah, I feel for the guy.

  32. machoawesome says: Aug 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    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?

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 8, 2013 2:57 PM

    “Frozen Tundra” is the iced drink you order at the drive thru while riding in your Lambo Genie.

  34. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    filthymcnasty1:

    You got that right, where there’s a Wilf there is a compromised product in terms of both quality and integrity.

  35. mack2x says: Aug 8, 2013 3:00 PM

    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.

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

    He’s a regular Alfred Einstein.

  37. fdugrad says: Aug 8, 2013 3:09 PM

    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?”

  38. FoozieGrooler says: Aug 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    ..it’s also what the chinese people call Rambo…

  39. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 8, 2013 3:12 PM

    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.

  40. eatitfanboy says: Aug 8, 2013 3:20 PM

    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.

  41. GenXJay says: Aug 8, 2013 3:23 PM

    I don’t blame. Lameblow is irrelevant.

  42. jimmyt says: Aug 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    It’s named after one of the Three Stooges right?

  43. staff2cj4td says: Aug 8, 2013 3:29 PM

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

  44. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:33 PM

    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.!!!!!!

  45. deltaoracle says: Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM

    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.”

  46. essentialsausage says: Aug 8, 2013 3:47 PM

    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.

  47. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 8, 2013 3:50 PM

    Sounds to me like Lambeau is losing some of its mystique. And if not, will for sure after Week 12!

  48. onbucky96 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:56 PM

    M.E.NS.A. material he is not. At least he’s not been arrested yet, he is a Detroit Lion after all.

  49. teal379 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:04 PM

    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?

  50. phinswinafceast says: Aug 8, 2013 4:27 PM

    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

  51. randomcommenter says: Aug 8, 2013 4:51 PM

    Everybody knows it was named in honor of the greatest of the 3 Stooges, Curley.

  52. thejuddstir says: Aug 8, 2013 5:08 PM

    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.

  53. staff2cj4td says: Aug 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    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!!

  54. detlions80 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:35 PM

    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.

  55. GenXJay says: Aug 8, 2013 10:50 PM

    teal397,
    The SEC is located mainly in the southeast.
    Nowhere near Minnesota.
    soooooo, you now know. keep milking that bull though.

  56. contra74 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:33 PM

    Packers – the equivalent of a fart in the wind.

  57. tigersfandan says: Aug 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    I think the person who wrote Alfred Einstein wrote it wrong on purpose.

  58. jimmylions says: Aug 9, 2013 9:40 PM

    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!

  59. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:04 AM

    The 3 Stooges have won as many Superbowls as the Vikings have.

  60. packmanfan says: Aug 10, 2013 12:27 AM

    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?

  61. packmanfan says: Aug 10, 2013 12:28 AM

    If he is a blond, it’s forgivable.

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