That's me. I'm that guy. You see me at the grocery store wearing my Lions gear and think that I can't hear you giggling or snickering. I'm that guy who has eternal optimism that this will be the year we finally turn things around. I'm the dude that LIKED Wayne Fontes. I wasn't happy about the way he left, but I believed Bobby Ross could turn things around. When Barry Sanders retired, I'm that guy that lobbied to make it a National Holiday. The greatest player who ever played this game was chased off by mismanagement.
Yes, I am the guy who can't eat Thanksgiving dinner until after the Lions play their perenniel game, a fixture in Americana. A staple of any Holiday feast. And then I have trouble eating because of the ulcers I have given myself yelling at the television and the officials (and the coaches, and the Fords, and whoever else I can think of)...they are all bums. Until next Sunday...when the team gears up to play again, and I eagerly await kickoff.
The Lions were the first professional football team I ever watched, the first I ever liked, the first I ever loved. They are MY team. When they moved to the Silverdome, I waited in anticipation to see what this unbelievable venue would hold in store. We drafted Billy Sims in 1980. In 1983, we had Another One Bites The Dust as our theme song and Billy Sims leading us steadily to the playoffs. In 1984, the world was ours. THIS was our year. Billy Sims was going to take us all the way. Then he went down with a knee injury, sending Detroit's hopes down the tubes once again. Then we get Barry Sanders, who stuns the world with his skill in spite of an anemic offensive line. Nada. And NOW...we have Stafford. A talented quarterback that an organization can build a team around. We have solid wide recievers and a stable running back. Some holes in the defense could stand to be plugged, but we may once again be heading in the right direction.
After setting a record for inefficiency with the first ever 0-16 record, my Lions avoided the longest losing streak by beating the Redskins, a team that we have struggled to beat since the 1930s. This rewarding win was followed by more depressing losses. Yet we have finally eked out another win against the equally pathetic Browns this week. Thank God they self-destructed at the end. I will take a win any way I can get it at this point.
So here comes Thanksgiving, priming my optimism, making me believe that the Packers will be crying over their turkey after the Lions take it to them at Ford Field. I can only hope. In the meantime, when you see me in the store showing my loyalty to a team that has never rewarded my long-suffering, stop snickering. Give a brother some support. Come up and tell me that you feel my pain. And when the Lions finally win the Super bowl (next year?)...remember that I never lost hope.
If the Detroit Lions continue their current upward spiral pattern, it may be time to start becoming at least a little bit superstitious. I don't care how much of an atheist you are. The Lions are sitting at 7-3, having already won one more game than they did last season. They are led by a solid young quarterback named Matthew Stafford and an athletically gifted, sure-handed receiver in Calvin Johnson. They may have gone 6-10 last year, but three of the games they won were the last three of the season, … more
The Detroit Lions participate in the National Football League (NFL) and are based in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit plays its games in the North of the NFC. The Detroit Lions, founded in 1929, play home games at Ford Field and have won four NFL Titles (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957).