Today, I take my four-year-old son to his first Lions game. He’s been talking about it for weeks, and he’s been talking about it nonstop for days. He’s been waking up every morning hoping it’s Sunday, and bitterly disappointed every morning except this one. He’s all decked out in gear, as we all are, and he’s bouncing off the walls with excitement. I even had to talk him out of wearing his cleats!
He’s nowhere near as excited as I am.
This is an enormous game for us as fans, but it’s also a game of incredible import to the franchise. For the first time in years, the Lions are going to have a crack at a legitimate Super Bowl contender—and a legitimate chance to win. Depending on who you ask, the Jets are favored by something more than a field goal but less than a touchdown. I’m not the only person to pick the Lions to win, either—Sterling Sharpe on NFL Network’s NFL Playbook did the same.
If the Lions win, it'll be their biggest in years . . . maybe since before Millen. If they lose, it’ll break my little boy’s heart, no matter how hard I prepare him for it. Either way, today will be a landmark in franchise history, a day when we find out exactly how far the Lions have come.