ChatGPT has been getting a lot of attention lately. At the rate its usage is increasing, it might turn out to be a dominating influence in the years ahead throughout business and culture.
However, at BetMichigan.com, the home of information on Michigan betting sites, ChatGPT was called on for more of a fun task. This one should produce the type of results sports fans enjoy debating.
For this exercise, the question posed to ChatGPT was: “Who are the Top 10 Detroit Lions of all-time?”
The artificial intelligence device prefaced its answer by saying, “As an AI language model, I do not have personal preferences or the ability to form opinions. However, I can provide a list of the top 10 Detroit Lions players based on statistical achievements, impact on the team, and overall legacy. They are in no particular order.”
Though that might be true, the order of the all-time Lions presented by ChatGPT is still pretty much in line with what many humans who use Michigan sportsbook apps might select.
What Is ChatGPT?
First, some background on ChatGPT.
A San Francisco-based company called OpenAI created the artificial intelligence chatbot device. The company describes itself as an artificial intelligence research and deployment outfit. Very quickly, everyday people as well as companies have become more aware of ChatGPT and begun using it for daily applications. The program is trained to follow an instruction in a prompt and provide a detailed response.
Globally, about 100 million people use ChatGPT, research indicates.
So here is the list of Lions greats that the device came up with:
ChatGPT’s Top 10 Detroit Lions of All-Time
Running Legend Ranks No. 1
At the top of the list is Barry Sanders, who electrified Lions fans and league observers for a decade. If Sanders played today, you’d think the Lions would have even better odds than their current +2000 at BetMGM Michigan sportsbook to win the Super Bowl in February 2024. The have the ninth-best odds to win it all and are the favorites to take the NFC North division title at +130.
To stir debate, two players on the list are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and some Lions who are in Canton are not in the ChatGPT top 10.
Keep in mind, these are great players but neither wide receiver Herman Moore nor linebacker Chris Spielman are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at least not yet.
Moore caught 670 passes for more than 9,000 yards and 62 touchdowns for the Lions and was named to four Pro Bowls. Spielman was named to four Pro Bowls and had 1,363 combined tackles in eight seasons in Detroit. He also played two seasons for Buffalo.
Omissions That We Deem Worthy
Not on the top 10 list is Yale Lary, a Hall of Fame defensive back and punter. Lary lost two NFL seasons because of military service in the 1950s but still finished his 11 campaigns in Detroit with 50 interceptions. And as a nine-time Pro Bowler as a punter, he had a career 44.3-yard average.
Another Hall of Fame Lion not selected by AI was defensive back Dick LeBeau. As a defensive coordinator and assistant with various NFL teams, LeBeau was celebrated for his defensive tactics. But as a player for the Lions, LeBeau intercepted 62 passes in his 14 seasons, which is still the franchise record.
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