IT doesn't take much for Detroit Lions fans to at least feel some sort of hope going into the NFL regular season every year. After all we typically have a top 10 draft pick that we can all get excited about. Unfortunately, the optimism this year was as high as I can ever remember.
After a 6-2 start last season the Lions went on to finish 7-9. Going 1-7 over the final 8 games to miss the playoffs for the 100th straight year. A fall off of epic proportions. AT 6-2 they had to win at the very least 2 more games out of the last 8 to make the playoffs in the NFC last year. At worst only 3 more games and they were a shoe in. That is 3-5 over the last 8 games and they couldn't pull it off.
Bring us to 2008. Week 1 the Lions quickly found themselves down 21-0 in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons who not only had a rookie QB in his first NFL game, but were playing in a half-empty stadium, against a RB who had never actually been a feature back before. Suffice to say they got their asses handed to them in the opener and people were "shocked" with the result of the game. Silly Lions fans.
Even after the beating they took in Week 1, Lions fans still held out optimism as they could just say it was one week and they got it out of their systems. So when Green Bay came to town for a home game in Week 2, fans at least though that they would be as unpredictable as they were in the 1st game by beating down GB like they always seem to do when everyone picks them to lose.
Oh how wrong they were. At least they are consistent. The Lions defense spotted Green Bay 21 points early yet again. This time however, there was some hope. Late in the 4th quarter after the defense practically shut them out for the 2nd and 3rd quarters the Lions somehow miraculously took the lead. That's right. They actually made a comeback. Well...Calvin Johnson had a comeback. breaking two long TD receptions that were all him. The Lions go up 25-24 with less than half a quarter left to go and delirious Lion fans thought that maybe they were going to win. LOL @ them.
John Kitna decided that they were fools and proceeded to throw 3 INTs (2 returned for TDs) in the final 6 minutes of the game and fans watched the Lions go from leading to getting blown out in the final minutes. Lions fans would have ha a better time searching for a Mesothelioma lawyer than to watch this debacle.
It's just not even sad, or funny anymore. It is difficult to find it laughable for me at this point. It is just so bad, and has gone on so long that all the jokes have been used up. Hearing that we are drafting a WR int he 1st round of the draft again by hecklers isn't even worth a chuckle to me anymore. In fact it makes me want to punch someone.
Even saying "Fire Millen" is a lost cause. The guy will never get fired. Ever. I have just accepted it.