Detroit Lions Are Not Exactly Toothless

September 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If you are a fan of professional football you have to be rooting—at least a little bit—for the Detroit Lions.
The NFC North team has been the NFL’s poster child for futility over the past two decades. Their last playoff appearance was in 1999. In 2008 the Lions became the first NFL team to go 0-16. The hiring of Matt Millen as general manager will likely go down in history as one of the worst personnel decisions in professional sports.
But there are signs that things are looking up for the Lions and for their fans.
If you’re a fan of an 0-2 team it is difficult to find reasons for optimism, but they are there to be found if you look hard enough.
When I think about Detroit’s week one loss to the Chicago Bears, a quote from Rocky II comes to mind.
The champion, Apollo Creed, wants a rematch with Rocky, against the admonitions of his most trusted advisers. When asked why he wanted to fight Rocky again, Creed said, “I won, but I ...

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