25 Jan 2006
Michael Rosenberg makes some points in favor of the host of this year's Super Bowl. But the one I want to address is this:
"The most popular team in Detroit, by a show of hands, is the Lions. Yes, the Lions. They have the worst record in the NFL over the last five years, but interest has not dropped one percent. Detroiters hate the owner (William Clay Ford, who has picked up one playoff win since the end of the Eisenhower administration) and the team president (Matt Millen) and they swear they will stop watching, but they never do. If the Lions ever get good â€” we're talking serious, 14-2 good â€” they will generate enough heat to melt all the snow, and then we won't need to set police cars on fire at all."
That is undeniably true. When I hear people talk about how popular the Red Wings and Pistons are in Detroit, I think those people are missing the point. Every successful sports team is popular. But the Lions have accomplished the rare feat of being both popular and terrible.
23 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2006, 12:11pm by Tom Kelso
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