A Lions Tale: Being a fan of a horrible franchise
by, 08 Nov 2010 at 10:04 PM (4561 Views)
After another loss of a game that slipped away from the grasp of the win column, I thought why am I still passionate about a team that hasn't been relevant since before the NFC Central became the NFC North, which is over ten years. I originally became a fan because my father is from Michigan and after seeing some highlights of Barry Sanders early in his career, I immediately thought the guy was awesome.
It all started to fall apart after the Wayne Fontes years, what happened after that was years of mediocre coaches and quarterbacks that couldn't help the Hall of Fame RB get anywhere in his career. Scott Mitchell, Charlie Batch, Mike McMahon, Joey Harrington, Jeff Garcia, Jon Kitna, Dante Culpepper. None of those names scream All Pro QB, probably the Lions biggest weakness over the decades.
Whats worse, being a fan of a team that you have to little to no expectations or being a fan of a team such as the Eagles? A team that went to 4 straight NFC championships and to lose every single one and on the 5th they finally win but only to lose in the Superbowl. Or how about being a Bills fan in the 90s? An unheard 4 straight Super Bowl appearances where they were bested each year.
I continue to watch every week, fully expecting a loss but still hold a glimmer of hope that somehow the Lions will win. I guess now I know what it's like to be a Chicago Cubs fan.
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