Smith: My mind. I'm a thinker, always a couple of steps ahead.
SI: Ideal day off.
Smith: Golf. Shot a 73 this year. Now, that's a good day.
Lions quarterback Ty Detmer versus the Rams' revamped defense—and his own recent failures
Detmer is a good-natured guy, bright, soft-spoken and optimistic. But how does he rebound from a seven-interception performance in his first start as a Lion, on Sept. 23 against the Browns—especially with a bye week to think about it, and against a 3-0 Rams team with a reenergized defense? "I'm sure some of it will be in the back of my mind," he says. What will hurt Detmer most this week, and for as long as he pilots the Lions, is his weak downfield arm. It emboldens defenses to jam the line against a mediocre running game ( Detroit averages 69 yards a game on the ground) and to plug up the short and intermediate routes in the Lions' West Coast offense. On Monday fans at the Silverdome could be chanting for the benched Charlie Batch by halftime—if not sooner.
Oct. 7, 1945: Packers wideout Don Hutson scores an NFL-record 29 points—in one quarter
Eight games before the end of a transcendent career (he finished with 488 catches, an NFL record that stood until 1967), Hutson, a spindly 6'1", 180-pound former college sprint star, had his finest moment. He caught four touchdown passes from Roy [Tex] McKay and kicked five extra points in the second quarter of Green Bay's 57-21 rout of Detroit at Milwaukee's State Fair Park. Playing on a field encircled by a racetrack, McKay connected with Hutson on throws of 59, 46, 17 and six yards in a 13-minute span. During an interview a few years before his death in 1997, Hutson said that in today's game he believed he would catch about 50 passes a year. "That's all?" he was asked. "Well," he replied, "I am 74."