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If the your team is on the verge of going 0-16, it’s pretty hard to find a lot of sympathy headed your way, especially if you are coaching the Detroit Lions. But, as Rod Marinelli discovered, if you are being brow-beaten by a member of Detroit’s press in what comes across as a personal attack, sometimes people are willing to put coaching and talent ineptitude aside for a great good — checking the reporter who crossed the line.

It all started with this exchange after the New Orleans Saints pounded the Lions, 42-7, dropping Detroit to 0-15, the first time an NFL team has reached such a significant record:

More on Rob Parker’s trip down family lane with Rod Marinelli after the jump >>