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Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com
NBC late night host Jay Leno probably wasn't paying attention to the Lions first regular season victory on Sunday, but his fleet of joke writers obviously were.
Immediately following the Lions 27-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, wide receiver Johnnie Morton -- ecstatic after the win -- was televised as telling Leno to "kiss my ass."
Morton will apparently give that opportunity to Leno, after accepting an invitation to join Leno via satellite on the Tonight Show. Morton was invited by the NBC late night staff to appear on a Tuesday night segment.
Although the show will be broadcast at 11:30 p.m. (EST), it is filmed during the middle of the afternoon.
On Monday, Leno -- aware of Morton's comments -- lacerated the Lions with a myriad of tedious remarks, including: "I tell you something, I think the Lions are feeling pretty cocky. Now they're talking about maybe next year winning another game."
Leno's vast staff of script writers are responsible for the jokes -- and Leno's comedic short-comings -- on the show. Although the colossal chin (Leno) has final say on what is reported during his monolgue.
Leno, who has garnered little (if any) acclaim after taking over for the irreplaceable Johnny Carson in 1993, has used the Lions as the subject of many cracks during the 2001 season. The difficult season has been compounded by a legion of jokes directed toward the ball club, including jokes made before a National Television audience.
Like many shallow, uninformed, and talentless comics, Leno's jokes did not reflect the ill-fated season Detroit has endured. Most, if not all of Leno's pitiable one-liner's didn't even seem to relate to Detroit.
"Many Americans will travel hundreds of miles during the Holiday season," Leno once remarked, "Except for the Detroit Lions, they can't travel 10 yards."
Leno's senseless babbling never seems to cease.
"What's the difference between the Taliban and the Detroit Lions," again said Leno, comparing the ball club to the Afganistan extremist government harboring terrorist Bin Laden. "The Taliban has a running game."
Leno, who works under the NBC umbrella, the same network that couldn't afford the NFL and failed miserably in their attempt to compete with it (remember the XFL?), will reportedly play nice with Morton tonight, however. It is also rumored head coach Marty Mornhinweg will be involved.
Lions Vice President of operations Bill Keenist, who sent Leno and musical sidekick Kevin Eubanks a package of Lions' gear, has told Lions' fans to, "Stay Tuned."
Although most will likely be watching Letterman.