At a key moment in Sunday's win over Minnesota, Lions coach Dan Campbell Says he was distracted by the wave. We have evidence otherwise.

A Trick Play Secured The Lions Win But The Coach Says He Wasn't Involved

The play was a surprise pass to offensive linemen Penei Sewell that sealed the Lions 34-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

But in an interview with the Pat McAfee Show this week, Coach Dan Campbell admitted he didn't authorize the play because he was distracted by Lions fans doing 'the wave'. (If you don't know what 'the wave' is, set your time machine for 1984 and go to Tiger Stadium)

The video went viral, and reinforced the notion that Campbell is kind of a free spirit. The media loves this. But it was all BS.

Dan Campbell Is WAY More Involved And Intense Than That

It was an entertaining clip, and it was funny, and I appreciate the fact that Campbell doesn't take himself too seriously, and knows how to talk to the media in an entertaining fashion. But evidence shows that Campbell wasn't even aware that the fans were doing 'the wave'.

According to the Pride of Detroit web site:

Well, first of all, Lions fans were definitely not doing the wave at that point in the game. It had come earlier, but on the biggest play of the game, I can tell you from being in that stadium that it wasn’t happening at that moment.


Secondly, Campbell went on local radio station 97.1 The Ticket earlier on Tuesday and when he was asked about the wave, he said he didn’t even notice, because he was locked into the action.

But that didn't stop this story from going around the world and back.

I hope that this story makes opposing coaches think that Dan Campbell is goofy enough to get easily distracted during a game. But I think they know him better than that by now.

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