Gameday Post: Lions at Bills

>> 11.13.2010

I’m going to give this paragraph over to my man Neil at Armchair Linebacker, because he’s already said what I meant to say, only better, so I won’t bother repeating him:

On Sunday, the Detroit Lions, my favorite professional football team, will descend upon Buffalo will furious vengeance in their hearts. They will devour the souls of the living and gnaw upon the bones of the wicked dead. There is no joy in any of this, no beautiful glimpse of the future. The future is irrelevant. So is the past. There is only now, there is only today, and today there is no choice but to win, to crush, kill, destroy.

Well said.

Saturday morning, I was stopping in to a convenience store on my way to get McDonald’s breakfast.  Near the door, I met eyes with a man in his, say, late 50s/early 60s.  He saw my Lions hat, and a serious look crossed his face.  He nodded with great import, and slowly said “ . . . that’s a good-lookin’ hat.”

I’m not sure I can accurately convey just how important this seemed to both of us at the time—it was a very real, very palpable bond we shared just then, if only for a second.  Being a Lions fan is still, at this instant, an underground thing.  It’s still, for right now, something you do in private, or risk being ostracized.  On the rare occasion you see someone else bold enough to brand themselves with the Honolulu Blue . . . you recognize it.

Today, though, the Lions have a chance to take a big step towards Lions fandom being part of a normal Michigander’s daily routine—and the chance is a great one, indeed.  The Lions can win on the road, for the first time in forever.  They can beat last season’s win total.  They can properly round the corner from one of the toughest first-half schedules in the NFL, to one of the easiest second-half schedules in the NFL.

They can do what decent teams do, which is beat terrible teams on the road.  If they do it emphatically enough, they can even, finally, separate themselves from the dregs of the NFL—both in the national NFL hivemind, as well as in the standings.  I think they can do it, and I think they will do it.

. . . frankly, they’d better do it.  Don’t forget to join me live, via Ustream, at 11:00 pm EST for the Fireside Chat podcast, so we can discuss it either way.

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London Dave,  November 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

I'm a Lions fan from Rochester, NY about an hour from Buffalo and I go to school about 2.5 hours from Buffalo... Safe to say that I know A LOT of Buffalo fans, my family included. I got a lot of crap from them for the Lions winless season, and while I don't wish this upon them, I would love for them to know the dread that a fan feels about the potential for an 0-16 season for a little while longer.

Both games I've been able to watch this year have been heart breaking losses. The Jets last week and the Bears in week 1. I'm watching this one with my roommate, a Bills fan... basically, they owe me this one! A win against the Bears would be nice too as my sister in law's family are all Bears fans... but mainly this one.


Anonymous,  November 14, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

Im sick of losing :(

Been There and Shoulda Known Better,  November 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

During the 4th quarter of trying to renew a former pastime--watch the Lions with the wife and some chips and beer--I commented "they're awful;, they aren't good at anything". My wife, who knows a good deal about football, quickly corrected me. "No" she said, "they're good at penalties". What a horrible showing by a fundamentaly inept group.

Neil,  November 14, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

Well, I, uh . . .

Ty,  November 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

Man. Yeah. This one is hard.


Matt,  November 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM  


That is all for now.

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