Leave it up to Twitter to make the release of the Detroit Lions 2011 preseason schedule interesting.
After announcing their four-game slate, including a nationally televised broadcast with New England, Patriots' beatwriter Greg Bedard quipped/tweeted (ed. note: whatever) "Great. I get to go to Detroit. Again."
To which Lions president Tom Lewand slapped back, "We will provide great Motor City hospitality. Again."
Nice work, Tom.
Bedard quickly backtracked, but included a thinly veiled swipe at the organization's annual Thanksgiving Day game, writing "Nothing against Detroit. I've just been there a TON ... (including 4 of the past 5 Thanksgivings)."
Of course, Bedard is working on the assumption that there will actually be a preseason.
The Lions will open the preseason by hosting the Cincinnati Bengals (August 11-15), travel to Cleveland the following week (August 18-22), and host the Patriots (Saturday, August 27) before finishing at Buffalo in early September.
The exact dates and times, other than the contest against New England, have yet to be determined.
The games will be broadcast by the team's new local television partner, WXYZ-TV, an ABC affiliate.