$omebody in Detroit is $ort of up$et about Ndamukong $uh

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The Lions decided not to hang onto Ndamukong Suh for one year, mostly since it would have cost them $26.9 million to use the franchise tag.

And it appears someone in Detroit is pi$$ed off about it.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, several digital billboards have popped up alongside area highways in recent days, with a simple, yet ambiguous message.

The billboards read only: “$UH?”

Now, the simplest explanation might be that  fans are simply upset at what they perceive to be the latest greedy athlete.

And that would be easy enough to buy, except one of their baseball players in town is grinding away on an eight-year, $248-million (fully guaranteed) deal, which would buy the Lions at least a couple of Suhs.

Or maybe it’s a shot at management, for constantly restructuring his contract and not getting a long-term deal soon enough that it made his exit inevitable.

The guy who runs the billboard company said they were paid for by the same group of fans who had “Detroit Lyin'” billboards which featured a photo of a referee after their controversial playoff loss to the Cowboys in January.

Either way, some Detroit sports fan has enough di$po$able income to make his feelings known, whatever those feelings are.

60 responses to “$omebody in Detroit is $ort of up$et about Ndamukong $uh

  1. Baseball doesn’t have a cap that limits teams from competing, so it’s apples and oranges. Tigers could pay everyone on their baseball team $248M over 8 years if they really chose to. In the NFL not so much…

  2. No doubt this person was equally upset with the Lions for cutting Bush in order to save some $s. Because if you’re going to demand a player not try to improve his situation because ‘loyalty’, some of that should go the other way.

  3. This notion, that professional athletes shouldn’t want to make as much money as they can in their short playing careers, and the resentment the pops up from it is ridiculous. Does the same person begrudge, an electrician for making the money he/she makes, or a mid level exec, leaving one job for a better job, maybe a step up title and more money? Why no digital billboard for them?

  4. parlett316 says: Mar 4, 2015 12:08 PM

    People who whine about how much athletes are getting paid are losers.

    Big fat losers.
    =====================

    Just think…….if players were not paid so much, ticket prices **COULD** come down, making it easier for the average fan to take the family to a game.

    Realistically there is not a human being created that is worth the kind of money sports players, actors, singers, etc are getting paid!!!

  5. Lions always keep the laughs going. They are the only team that has a problem still w/ the old rookie wage scale. Its been gone for 4 years!

    They want to be offensive minded, fine, then they should have traded Suh for picks last offseason.

  6. If the cost of billboards in Detroit is anything like real estate, it didn’t cost the fan very much.

  7. Wow, put that money back into the Detroit economy instead of directing it towards people who are managing contracts for a bunch of men in their mid 20s/30s running around in tights

  8. Detroit fans bring their shame and embarrassment upon themselves, support your team don’t knock it and then get mad about a bad PI call in the playoffs. Such crybabys!

    Doesn’t look good for Detroit if Suh leaves the Motor city. He is the reason that defense was able to put up such good numbers stopping the run. Ziggy Ansah and Fat Fairley alone is descent(but slow) and way less intimidating without Suh.

  9. Let him walk an break the bank with another team. Lions defense would miss him but last I check were still loaded with guys on defense

  10. The Miami Dolphins looking to offer Suh six year deal said to be worth more than 100 million with 51 million guaranteed with alot of intensives built in

  11. .
    $elfi$h $uh…

    I $till think he will $ign with Detroit. He is ju$t maximizing his leverage to get every $ingle dollar he can from Detroit. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

    Look at how many players changed team$ only to find out they aren’t u$ed the $ame or don’t have the $ame philo$ophy – and a$ a re$ult are unhappy.

    I believe $uh is $marter than the average player. Yeah, he ha$ temper I$$ues, but he will mature a$ he get$ older. Dude I$ a bea$t!
    .

  12. Realistically there is not a human being created that is worth the kind of money sports players, actors, singers, etc are getting paid!!!

    Of course that’s true, but players, actors and singers are the show. When sports owners are getting billion dollar tv contracts, movies are making 100-500 mil, record companies are raking it in, why shouldn’t the talent get their taste?

  13. bigbenh8tr says:
    Mar 4, 2015 12:23 PM

    Wow, put that money back into the Detroit economy instead of directing it towards people who are managing contracts for a bunch of men in their mid 20s/30s running around in tights

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    The money paid for the Detroit billboards was spent in Detroit. So…

  14. 1. I doubt these were everyday fans who did this.

    2. I don’t think anyone looks at Cabrera’s $50,000 per at bat, and says, “I LOVE that he makes more money than the average household salary in Michigan!”

  15. bigtganks,

    But don’t think for a minute that if the Tigers didn’t offer Miguel Cabrera that kind of money and another team did that Cabrera would still be a Tiger. Cabrera stayed with the Tigers because they offered the most money. Suh would now have the chance make as much money as he can just like Cabrera.

  16. read it how you want….i read as $uh is worth every dollar….pay the man.

    Go Raiders! Get him Reggie.

  17. FYI – the Tigers play around 80 home games a year, the Lions not so much.

  18. I interpret it as the Lions need to get him signed…why is my interpretation wrong and yours right?

  19. For all those bashing the Lions and their huge contract situation, this is what happens when you stink for so long prior to the Rookie wage scale.

  20. This situation goes back to the feet of one Matt Millen who under his tenure couldn’t put together teams at least good enough to not draft top 10 every year, top 5 most…the new regime had to rebuild a complete mess and here we are.

  21. I dont get why your interpretation is negative but i guess that is what is expected. Im not sure what your agenda is but you shouldnt assume its a fan bashing Suh.
    I take it more of as pay the man!
    Suh needs to stay in Detroit!

  22. So in other words, some Detroit fans have NOT made their feelings known, since we don’t really know what they are.

    “The money paid for the Detroit billboards was spent in Detroit. So…”

    Assuming the billboard company is owned by people in Detroit, then yes. Story doesn’t say.

  23. Anyone who wastes money on billboards that protest anything to do with a sports team is a total moron. There are much better uses of discretionary income. Charity is one that comes to mind immediately.

  24. He’s one of those few guys that could really change a football teams fortunes. If he wasn’t worth the money, no one would be willing to pay him.

  25. I think all of this is about nothing. this is what Shu is going to do. He’s going to get the best offering outthere and then bring it to the lions. They will do some creative things with the numbers Shu will agree to it and the Lions fans will have him around for the rest of his career. He isn’t going anywhere. And, I’m not a lions fan.

  26. “Either way, some Detroit sports fan has enough di$po$able income to make his feelings known, whatever those feelings are.”
    ___________________

    That’s probably because their mortgage is $1.75 a month…

  27. He’s a great player, but you cannot pay one guy such a huge percentage of your salary cap (with the possible exception of a top notch QB.

    My guess is that he;ll end up one of the few franchises that always make these kinds of bone head moves, they’ll end up in salary cap purgatory, regret it within 1 or 2 years max and end up cutting him as soon as they can absorb the cap hit.

  28. “Just think…….if players were not paid so much, ticket prices **COULD** come down, making it easier for the average fan to take the family to a game.”

    Much more likely: the owners would pocket the money. If you’re lucky, they might only take ticket prices up another $5 per seat for the next season.

  29. It was pretty much already known last year that they wouldn’t franchise him when the Lions said they’d allow him to explore other options in free agency.

  30. Anybody besides me thinking that the Lions might just be a better team with Suh gone? If they spend the money the save by not signing him wisely it would very well happen.

  31. Those who think Suh will stay is Detroit are probably delusional. He has been there how long and no deal has been struck? I may eat these words but I’d say the odds are in my favor.

  32. Detroit fans need to get a grip. The late Reggie White left the Eagles after a hall of fame career there, citing “the lord led him to Green Bay”, who by no coincidence offered him the biggest paycheck. Suh is no different. If the Lions want Suh back, they need to either pay him what other teams are willing to do, or make him their franchise player. They’ve done neither so far. If he signs elsewhere, blame the Lion’s management, not Suh for seeking greener pastures.

  33. returntoexcellence says:
    Mar 4, 2015 2:01 PM
    “Either way, some Detroit sports fan has enough di$po$able income to make his feelings known, whatever those feelings are.”
    ___________________

    That’s probably because their mortgage is $1.75 a month

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    If it was within the actual city limits, perhaps.

    But if it was in one the many surrounding suburbs the the vast majority of people in michigan live, you prob couldn’t afford to live there.

  34. “Either way, some Detroit sports fan has enough di$po$able income to make his feelings known, whatever those feelings are.”

    Except that apparently we don’t know what his feelings are.

  35. I saw the detroit news story on this and it wasnt the take you guys have.

    If it didnt have the ? id sa they were calling him greedy. But it does so i think it is a question asking if hes worth the money

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