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Futility In The Motor City

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on December 19, 2008

As thrilling (and yet upsetting) it was to see the New England Patriots run the table in the regular season in 2007, a year later a similar quest for perfection, whether you like it or not, is going to happen in a couple of weeks.

The Detroit Lions, sitting at 0-14, could be without question the first team since the woebegone Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the 1970’s to lose all of their games should they lose their last two against New Orleans at home Sunday and Green Bay on the road at Lambeau Field the following week.

Of course, over the last two weeks the Lions played with signs of life against Minnesota, a game in which they actually held the lead and seemed primed to get their first win of the season, and put up a good fight against Indianapolis until Peyton Manning threw arrow after arrow into the hearts of Lions fans around Michigan, causing them to see their team fall to 0-14 and become the second team in NFL history to lose their first 14 games of the season.

Lions great Barry Sanders never got a chance to play in a Super Bowl. Hell, name one Lion to play in a Super Bowl while in Detroit and you might get looked at real funny.

As the auto industry hits a snag in Detroit, with Chrysler shutting down its plants until January 19th at the latest, the Lions’ futility is another headache for the Motor City.

In case you don’t know, the Lions are owned by the Ford family, who I’m pretty sure is believing that for the last 40-plus years their franchise has been nothing more than a total hobby, a hobby that has hit rock-bottom the same way as their precious automobile company that bears the same name.

While I for one don’t know any of the Fords (sorry, knowing the Ford family of Memphis doesn’t count), I can safely say that with this celebration of futility in Detroit, it has been a long time coming.

And with two more games and half the country watching, come December 28th in Green Bay a news alert will pop up and tag the Detroit Lions as the first team to ever finish 0-16.

I wonder if 40 years from now will those players pop champagne like the 1972 Miami Dolphins?

Maybe not.


3 Responses to “Futility In The Motor City”

  1. tophatal said

    doc hancock
    It’s unfortunate that each year for the last half a decade we’ve had to put up with the futility known as the Lions. Especially when it comes to Thanksgiving Day.
    Barry Sanders may have been unto something the day he walked away from the franchise as that they lacked ambition to surround him with a complement of weapons on both sides of the ball.
    That being said the Ford family much like they’ve ran the company business into the ground have done the same thing with the franchise as well !
    It may well be at least another two or three years before things’ll get turned around.

    tophatal ……..

  2. tophatal said

    doc hancock
    It’s painful to see this franchise fall upon hard times. But much of the blame lays squarely on the shoulders of Matt Millen and the ownership. They’ve both obfuscated their fiduciary responsibilities to the fans as well as the community at large.

    Is it any wonder that the franchise as well as the family business in such a damn mess ?
    That being said it may well take ’em at least two to three years to turn things around altogether !

    tophatal …………

  3. Top, I’m not sure if you read this, but in this morning’s Detroit Free Press, William Clay Ford said that he’s going to retain the two guys who are about as responsible for this mess as he is. It’s the same tired-ass story with that team. Ask Indianapolis and New England where they would be if their owners didn’t listen to the right people.

    They’d probably be in the same category with the Lions.

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