Lions vs. Jets: Operation Sellout

>> 11.02.2010

As I’ve said before, I don’t get the chance to go to many games.  For starters, I live in Lansing, not Detroit; it’s a just-too-far-to-be-convenient 90-minute drive to the stadium.  For seconds, I lead the praise band at my church—making it to Detroit in time for a 1:00 p.m. game means I either have to take the day off, or duck out entirely.  For thirds, I have three young children—taking a family of five to a game means a bare minimum of $220 just to walk in the door.  Add gas money there and back, parking, food before, during, and after and . . . well, it takes more than a just an exhortive Tweet from Jim Schwartz to get me to Ford Field.

One of the best things about having small children, though, is that parents become grandparents.  On Sunday, I will be the beneficiary of some of the attendant spoiling; part of a three-generation Boys’ Day Out.  We’ll be watching the Lions play battle the Jets in living color—and we want you to join us.

The Lions are on the verge of something they haven’t been since Barry left: being nationally interesting.  With surprisingly strong showings against Philadelphia, New York, and DC in the books, plus this week’s New York game, a visit to Dallas, and a Thanksgiving Day game against Boston yet to come . . . the Lions are touring the nation’s biggest sports media cities, and showing them one by one we aren’t who you thought we were.

Check out this gem of a video preview from the New York Daily News immediately prior to the Giants game—and get ready to either seethe with red-hot anger, or bust a gut laughing at how foolish this guy now sounds.  I’m ready for talking heads like that to get words like that crammed down their throat.  I’m ready for the national media to be grabbed by the lapels and shaken awake, clued in to what’s happening in Detroit.  I’m ready for these Lions to announce their arrival on the NFL scene with a roar.  We want to roar with them—and we want you to join us.

Some of the same New York guys who pooh-poohed the Lions’ arrival into Your Company Name Here Stadium a few weeks ago will be flying into Detroit, while trying vainly to conceal their contempt.  All of the same national-media types who’ve expelled gallons of breath and ink on Donovan McNabb’s benching, while ignoring the defense that forced it, will have one eye on the monitor displaying this game.  Every NFL fan who can’t get enough of Rex Ryan, the Sanchize, and Revis Island will be tuning in to see the Jets take out their just-got-shut-out frustrations on the Lions.  I want the Lions to teach them all a lesson while we’re there to cheer them on—and we want you to join us.

I want Ford Field to be filled to the rafters with fans ready to roar.  I want to show the world exactly what kind of fans we are—and the Lions to show the world exactly what kind of team they are.  I want the blue bonfire to wax and surge and roar high and tall and bright; a great pillar of flame to be seen a thousand miles away.  I want the Lions to beat the Jets at their own game, pounding the quarterback into submission, feeding off the crowd, resonating with power and strength and energy that’s saturating the air they’re sharing with us.  We’re going to radiate every last watt we’ve got on Sunday, powering the players as much as we can—and we want you to join us.

As I said, I understand well the real-world limitations that face Lions fans.  I understand well how hard it can be to get everything in place to attend a game live.  But do me a favor—if you can attend a game, but were waiting for just the right game, or just the right time?  If you were waiting for them to prove to you they could win before you invested fiscally as you already do emotionally?  Don’t shy away from competition.  Don’t abandon the team when they need you the most.  Don’t sigh when your local Fox affiliate flips over to infomercials because the game’s blacked out again.  Make the call.   Hit the Web.  Smash the piggy bank.  Let’s show the world just how bright this fire roars.

Who’s with me?

Technorati Tags: nfl,detroit lions,new york jets


MrMomWorld,  November 2, 2010 at 7:02 PM  

Ty, I'd love to be there for this - and every - game. But I'm 10 hours away and still have to be back here Monday to go to work. One day…

A Lion in ViQueen Territory,  November 2, 2010 at 7:10 PM  

Stupid Minneapolis. If only they would've put this city closer...

Anonymous,  November 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

Poor reporting. Pure and simple. He looks at the record rather than what is currently happening in Detroit. I hope the Lions blow the Jets out of the water. If only to have Ralph get a dose of what is happening for our team: change. The Lions are on the road to something new and exciting. If he doesn't care now, he will soon.

simscity,  November 2, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

Damn, Ty, you should work for their marketing department. You've got me contemplating a plane ticket from LA.

This is the most I've been excited for a Lions game in a long time.

Detfan1979,  November 2, 2010 at 11:56 PM  

Already have my tickets. See you're down in 104. We're up in upper deck endzone fir Jets and Vikings. My brother and I opted for cheap seats so we could afford two games this year instead of the usual one.

Ryan,  November 3, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

Section 141 here. I'm in the corner where the tunnel is. I am about 10 rows above the tunnel.

NorthLeft12,  November 3, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

The last Lions game I attended was the season ender in 1982. It was a miserable view and experience.
I am going to the Jets game with six other family members who I have talked into going. Actually, they were surprisingly [to me] willing. We will be in section 329 and I for one will be screaming at Damien Woody to get him to flinch, something I seem to recall he did here with mind numbing regularity. Now he plays like a Pro Bowler.

I will be very disappointed if this game is not sold out. This is a young, exciting team to watch. If Lions fans cannot sell out this game, then maybe we are not the "dedicated" fans that we constantly brag that we are.

Lee,  November 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

I will be there Ty, section 245 row 2. Me, my wife, my best friend, and his wife. I will proudly wear my #9 jersey (the one made famous on your blog from the draft night party at Ford Field) and will cheer until I have no voice. You can count on it...

Ty,  November 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

MrMomWorld, A Lion in ViQueen Territory, --

Of course, of course, I understand. I know that for many people reading, it's flatly impossible. But like, the Lions sold out two games already this season . . . I just don't want people to shy away because it's the Jets. If you can make it to any games, make it this one. That's all I'm asking.


Ty,  November 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

Detfan1979, Ryan, Lee--

AWESOME! So glad you guys will be there; I really think this is going to be a good one.


diehardinTX,  November 3, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

I live outside of Houston won't be at this game but will be at the 20 yd line and 6th row behind the dallas bench with my Lions jersey taughting them as our lions pound thr cowboys into submission!

Clusterfox,  November 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

Judging from the noise level last week, it should be Awesome! I'll see you guys there.

Side note because it still seems like some don't understand. If Staffords on the field we fall silent so our O can work. If Sanchize is in the field we scream relentlessly, so he can't hear the thundering mass of body that are heading his way.

Go Lions!!

Brad Sisson,  November 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

I Love nothing more than Supporting Michigan/Detroit teams. Especially in the military(Fort Campbell. KY. Openly supporting the home teams has been rough with all the big name bandwagon fans from all over America has been tough. This year all the "True" knowledgeable sports fans have been nothing but praise and congratulations on how competitive and fun to watch they have been this year. People are actually tuning in on satellite by choice to watch the Lions play exciting NFL football. I wish I could make it to any game. If we can be a winner Detroit will go nuts like never before.

Anonymous,  November 3, 2010 at 11:13 PM  


Life long (for over 50 yrs) Lion fan who has lived in Giant/Jet territory my whole life.My two boys took me to the game coupla years ago when Jared Allen flipped out because of the perceived cheap shot by Gos. That's the only time i've been to Detroit. I would literally (almost) give up either of my crown jewels if they torched the Jets and bozo Ryan this week. I'll be watching, on DirecTV, as I do every week. If our boys win, there are a lot ofv arrogant Jet fans who will be subjected to amazing amounts of super-smack from me next week.

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