2022 Detroit Lions Names Ladder Tournament: The Field, Play-In Stage

Despite rumors of its demise, the Detroit Lions Name Bracket is back to heal your off-season blues. Basketball is over. Hockey is over. Baseball is not a thing. Wimbledon closes at 10am ET each day. Nothing else is happening, so it’s time to argue about the trifles – the purest online activity.

For newbies, the Detroit Lions Name Bracket Tournament is a weekly event where, dear reader, you can vote for the best name from the current Lions roster. The creation of DLNBT was inspired in 2015 when Lions player LaAdrian Waddle made national name bracket. At the time, I felt offended by turning on Waddle as I thought Waddle didn’t even have the best name on team. It was proven that I was right when Ezekiel Ansah won our inaugural DLNBT in an upset victory over figures such as Golden Tate and Braxton Cave.

From that tournament on, the name ladder took a life of its own. He raised Jace Billingsley’s name to a level that gained recognition from his hometown, and now the tournament has become more famous for corruption than for the actual goal of finding the best name on the team.

Here is the list of winners from the previous year:

2021: Damion Ratley
2020: Dee Virgin
2019: Amani Oruwariye
2018: Quandre Diggs
2017: Storm Norton
2016: Jace Billingsley
2015: Ezekiel Ansah

It seems the Names of Brackets are full of controversy and fury every year. Unfortunately, this year will be no different as we already have a moral dilemma that we must face before we move on to the first round.

Last year’s number 1 seeded John Penisini announced on social media that he had retired from football. Detroit Lions coaches confirmed and confirmed his retirement.

But since the beginning of this tournament – June 27, 2022 – Penisini has not been entered into the NFL and technically remains in the squad (as confirmed by the team’s website).

So I made the unprecedented decision to include Penisini in this year’s tournament … as part of the first-ever BRACKET GAME PLAYER NAME. And who better to face Penisini than the newest Lion to join the roster, Devin Funchess.

The Penisini is such a force in these tournaments, but your vote below should not only represent your opinion of who has the better name, but also the ethics that allows John Penisini to enter this year’s tournament. The fate of the Penisini is firmly in your hands.



Who has a better name / should be in the tournament?

  • 59%

    Devin Funchess

    (468 votes)

Total 789 votes

Vote now

Here’s a look at the rest of the tournament field that I’ve decided on in full. Complaints can and should be directed to @erikschlitt on Twitter.

You can see a larger, more readable version here.

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