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Up in Smoke

April 4, 2012 - Bill Speer
"Up in Smoke" was a popular 1978 movie that focused on marijuana use. It propelled Cheech and Chong to overnight stardom.

The 2012 Detroit Lions, more specifically Mikel Leshoure and Nick Fairley, apparently are attempting a remake of that film. Both found themselves arrested in March on marijuana-related charges.

Cheech and Chong became famous from the film. Leshoure and Fairley could find themselves infamous. Trust me, there is a huge difference between famous and infamous.

All of which is disappointing for Lions fans, who have been excited about the ownership's extension of contracts for key players and free agency signings of other team players from last year. Fans really haven't even seen Leshoure play yet, and Fairley only limited time, because both faced injuries last season. With both healthy, the expectations were high heading into the fall season.

All of which has been dashed by the arrests. At the very least the arrests raise serious character questions about each player.

It's frustrating. Lions fans suddenly find themselves hoping the distractions don't place this year's season in jeopardy. The last thing they want to learn is that the season is "up in smoke" by the actions of two key players.


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