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Political Football: Ghost of Lions games past

Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm predicts Sunday's result will feel frighteningly familiar to the Redskins.

Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins is on Halloween, a scary prospect for the Redskins.

The last time the Redskins played on Halloween was in 2004. They lost 28-14 to the Green Bay Packers. That's a terrifying precedent.

Washington is haunted by last year's game at Ford Field as well. The Lions drove a stake through the Redskins, 19-14.

And Washington probably will be spooked by the return of strong-armed Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. They should be - the Redskins rank next-to-last in the NFL in passing yards given up per game. Chilling.

What's not frightening is the Lions talent, which is steadily improving. This team is being rebuilt through excellent draft choices, skillful trades and key free agent signings. It's a team on the rise led by young athletes with names like Matthew, Calvin, Louis ... and Ndamukong.

The Lions have experienced tough times in recent years, but they have a rebuilding plan and a determination to succeed. That's emblematic of what we're doing in Michigan. We've been steadily working our own plan to diversify the state's economy and create jobs with a particular focus on wind, solar and advanced battery manufacturing - and we're seeing success.

In a little over a year, 17 advanced battery companies have popped up across the state, and Michigan is well on its way to becoming the advanced battery capital of North America. Last week we announced that a company plans to build a specialized foundry for wind turbine castings that would be the largest in the world. And this week we announced a historic $2.1 billion investment by 16 companies in Michigan, creating more than 6,000 new job opportunities for workers and retaining more than 216,000 jobs.

These are still tough economic times in Michigan. But the people of Michigan are tough, too, and this toughness is reflected on the football field by the Lions.

So when the Lions and Redskins line up on Sunday, it should be a rough, hard-hitting, bone-rattling affair. I'm predicting a thriller, a close game decided by a late field goal by Jason Hanson. Sorry, no treats for the Redskins this Halloween.

Go Lions!

By Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm  | October 29, 2010; 8:39 AM ET
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It is funny to see this. I remember before opening day for the skins against dallas, a similar remark was made by the governor of Texas (with much more incendiary words). Now another one is made here. I'm happy to see another claim of victory made by one of our state's governors against the 'skins.

Anyone in politics should know you must be careful of what you say.

Posted by: DownLowTooSlow | October 29, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your two cents, Governor. Nevertheless, Lions' fans don't support their team enough to fill their stadium, leaving local stations to AGAIN realize the unimportance of televising the game. You can't convince your constituents that this team is worth watching, but your telling Redskins Nation it has something to fear?? Thanks Gov, but I'm not scared. Here's to wishing you prosperity... on all fronts.

Posted by: foreverskins72 | October 29, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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