The Detroit Lions have existed as a franchise since the 1920s. I have lived in Detroit since 1970. In those 38 years, I've spent countless hours watching this losing team play ball...badly. There should be a NFL rule that if you can't produce a winning team after so many years, you must sell the franchise to someone who means business. Kids here deserve better. Adults too.
The Detroit Lions have won four NFL Championships, the last in 1957, giving the club the second-longest NFL championship drought. The Lions have yet to qualify for the Super Bowl. The team has qualified for the playoffs only nine times in the 51-plus years since winning the 1957 championship and has won only one playoff game in that span. Heartbreaking.
After 50 soldout games in their beautiful new home, Ford Field, the Detroit Lions finally will be blacked out this Sunday. I'd like to think this might have some impact on their losing ways. But I don't. Nothing has. William Clay Ford, the team owner, has a lot 'splainin' to do. Because Lions' fans are ridiculously loyal, he's been able to make lots of money despite producing such teams. Perhaps, the US carmakers have profitted from similar loyalty.
Here are Detroit Lions records for the last ten seasons. They have yet to win a game this year.
Thank goodness, we are lucky enough in Detroit to have three productive franchises though: the Tigers, the Red Wings and the Pistons. Go team!
And we also had the Michigan Wolverines--until this year.
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