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Posted: Oct. 29 2019,03:15

ATLANTA (AP) — Don Crisman knows precisely when the streak began: Jan. 15 Danny Amendola Jersey , 1967. The ticket price for the Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was $12.“Good seats,” Crisman, 82, said. “You could buy $6 tickets, and $10. There were three prices.”On Sunday, Crisman, Gregory Eaton and Tom Henschel will attend Super Bowl 53 . They’re the last surviving members of the Never Miss a Super Bowl Club, the only known fans with a perfect attendance record for the NFL’s biggest game.“I’ve missed weddings, I’ve missed funerals, but I’ve never missed a Super Bowl,” said Eaton, 79, from Lansing, Michigan. “Anyone in my family knows don’t plan anything because I’m gone that week.”Ticket prices have soared through the years. Eaton said he paid $2,000 for his ticket to Sunday’s Rams-Patriots game. The most he paid was $3,000 for Super Bowl 48 in East Rutherford Christian Jones Jersey White , New Jersey, in 2014.Now, as the Rams prepare to face Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday, preserving the streak is more important than the cost. And it has not been a smooth ride the whole way.Henschel, 78, a Steelers fan who lives near Pittsburgh, had his near-miss in New Orleans for Super Bowl 6 in 1972.“I partied a lot on Bourbon Street and woke up at 5 or 6 in the morning and couldn’t breathe,” Henschel said. “I was on all fours. I finally got outside on the street and a police officer took me to a hospital. The next thing I know I’m in the ER with an IV in me and oxygen.“They rolled me into a room and I’m feeling good and a nun came in and said ‘You’re going to be under observation the next 24 hours.’ I said ‘Sister, you don’t understand, I’ve got to go to this game.’ She said ‘No, you’ll be able to see the game on TV.’ Right after she walked out, I took my IV out and oxygen off and I left. They’ve never seen me since.”Crisman almost missed Super Bowl 2 in Miami when a storm forced his private plane to land at an abandoned Air Force base in South Carolina. He finally had a take a 24-hour train ride before arriving in Miami only a couple hours before the Packers-Raiders game.“My streak almost ended before it began,” he said.Crisman distributed Super Bowl 53 club shirts to Henschel and Eaton when they met at a luncheon in downtown Atlanta on Friday. It’s a unique club for the three who become mini-celebrities once a year.Crisman, a Patriots fan from Kennebunk, Maine, offered a toast to former members who have died Ricky Wagner Jersey White , including Larry Jacobson six months ago.Crisman said Jacobson was a “one of a kind” fan who also had streaks of attending 54 consecutive Rose Bowls and 15 Summer Olympics.As a Patriots fan, Crisman has had much to cheer about in recent Super Bowls. He said New England’s comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons two years ago is his favorite Super Bowl memory.“I had that one in the loss column at halftime,” he said.Crisman is hoping his Patriots, who lost to Philadelphia in last year’s Super Bowl , can win their sixth title. For now, Henschel’s Steelers have the record with six.The smack talk between Crisman and Henschel adds spice to the club’s dynamics.“I’m going for the Rams big-time,” Henschel said. “Big-time!”Henschel is armed with his Steelers’ Super Bowl record for anyone who would question why he’d wear a Pittsburgh jacket to a function before the Rams-Patriots game.“What, do we need to give you a history lesson?” Henschel said before adding with a smile, “That always gets them.”Meanwhile, Eaton’s Detroit Lions have never made it to a Super Bowl. Year after year, he keeps his streak intact.“I take one year at a time,” Eaton said. “If my health keeps going, I’d at least like four or five more.” Now that three years have passed, let’s look at Bob Quinn’s first draft class."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsBreaking NewsIntroducing the 2019 Detroit Lions Draft Class! &#33075;NFL DraftNFL Open ThreadsWednesday open thread: What grade do you give the Lions 2016 NFL Draft?New,134commentsNow that three years have passed, let’s look at Bob Quinn’s first draft class. EDTShareTweetShareShareWednesday open thread: What grade do you give the Lions 2016 NFL Draft?Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY SportsWhen looking at the NFL Draft Tracy Walker Jersey White , everyone wants immediate gratification. Teams are hoping to get contributions out of the players from Day 1, and fans want to know immediately how well their team did on draft day.But that’s dangerous thinking. If a general manager goes into a draft hoping only to fill immediate needs with immediate starters, they are going to find themselves in a load of trouble in the near future. And fans may gobble up draft grades just hours after the picks are made, but that analysis is as close to meaningless as you can get in this business. That’s why many people like to wait at least three years before judging a draft class. Justin Rogers of The Detroit News did just that this week, giving out individual grades for each pick in the Detroit Lions’ 2016 NFL Draft class. You can view his grades here, but his overall grade for the class was a solid B+.Before we give grades of our own, here’s a reminder of the Detroit Lions’ draft haul that year:Round 1, Pick 16: OT Taylor DeckerRound 2, Pick 15: DT A’Shawn RobinsonRound 3, Pick 33: C Graham GlasgowRound 4, Pick 13: S Miles KillebrewRound 5, Pick 12: G/T Joe Dahl Round 5, Pick 32: LB Antwione WilliamsRound 6, Pick 16: QB Jake RudockRound 6, Pick 27: DE Anthony ZettelRound 6, Pick 35: LS Jimmy LandesRound 7 Ricky Jean Francois Jersey White , Pick 15: RB Dwayne WashingtonToday’s Question of the Day is:What grade do you give the Lions’ 2016 NFL Draft class?My answer: I’m not going to be quite as forgiving as Rogers. While I agree with Justin that the Lions did a heck of a job with their first three picks, the failure of the next seven cannot be ignored.I’m not going to ding general manager Bob Quinn for Anthony Zettel. For where he was picked, the Lions actually got a really good return on that investment, and it’s not on Quinn that Zettel didn’t fit into the team’s plans after a coaching change.However, Miles Killebrew, Joe Dahl, Antwione Williams, Jake Rudock, Jimmy Landes and Dwayne Washington have all either been complete non-factors or have really struggled in their limited playing time. Individually, it doesn’t hurt missing on a few Day 3 picks. Collectively, missing on nearly all of them is bad. Detroit entered this draft with 10 picks and left with 10 picks. Having all of that Day 3 ammo provided a great opportunity to potentially trade up and get an earlier-round prospect that Quinn may have really liked. Instead, he chose to stand pat and collect guys that would amount to training camp and practice squad fodder. That’s not acceptable when you have so much Day 3 draft capital. All that being said, this was Quinn’s first draft and he was likely overwhelmed dealing with entirely new resources from the ones he had grown accustomed to in New England. It likely takes a couple years to get settled from a general manager standpoint, especially for a first-time GM. Quinn did well enough to get three potential long-term starters with Detroit’s first three picks, and that’s good enough for me to give him a B-. Your turn.
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