Nov 20, 2006
I cannot put into words how difficult being a Detroit Lions fan is. Sadly out of frustration and exhaustion I’m going to give it a shot.
Today’s game was a truly awful. With the Lions losing to the lowly Cardinals there honestly are times I question my devotion. Time after time a “typical lions” holding penalty by the offensive line (Backus) after a momentum gaining first down makes one say whats the use. After all the defeats I’ve endured my 26 years on this planet what brings a man to keep coming back for more punishment. Some would classify myself as someone who could possibly be masochistic in a past life but I think this post requires some confession.
When I was younger I was a massive sports fan. As I grew up so did my interest in completive sports. Oddly enough my devotion for the Lions hasn’t changed. I would say for at least 15 years somehow I’ve ended up to at least one Lions game a year and for about as far back as I can remember I’ve only missed one Thanksgiving Day game. There will never be a better player in my eyes then Barry Sanders. I still have the Wayne Fontes Detroit Free Press headline packed away when he was fired the day after Christmas years back. Chris Spielman was the man. I hate the Redskins for obliterating the Lions and removing them from the playoffs one step away from the Super Bowl. I hate Andre Ware, Bobby Ross, Marty Mornhingweg, Steve Mariucci, Rod Marinelli, Matt Millen, Mike Willams, Roy Williams (he makes me unhappy/cringe when the Lions get first downs), R.W. McQuarters, Charles Rodgers, Mike McMahon, Charlie Batch, Scott Mitchell, Joey Harrington and many many more players and personal I wish I could remember on short notice.
How could someone so jaded be such a life long fan? Honestly what Lions fan ISN’T jaded? In the 2000′s what have the fans have to cheer for other then the beautiful Ford Field? How can the best thing about an organization be the building they play in? Seeing how the Pistons, Tigers, and Wings have all won why can’t the Lions?
Sadly I will root for this team every week till my last breath. Watching the game this week with my friends was both joyous and trying. Personally I’ve gotten to the point where it’s almost more fun to watch them loose and make fun of them rather then cheer and watch them win one game here and there.