DETROIT (JSC) — What’s good people! After the first ever #RetroReview took us on a trip down memory lane, we return to 2017 to another familiar scourge: The Detroit Lions. Yep. It’s that time of year again.
Followers of this show know that I have a love/hate relationship with this team. Including three different episodes last year where I laid out why I continue to watch them, apologized (sort of) after they shockingly won 9 of their first 13, then buried them when they did what the Lions do — embarrassingly lost their final three games then got bodied in Seattle in the playoffs. At the helm of this band of misfits is Matthew Stafford. The alleged “Greatest Quarterback in Lions History” despite never actually having won anything.
Well, the Lions made a guy with a career losing record — including 0-3 in the postseason and 5-46 against Winning Teams — the HIGHEST PAID PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. You knew I was going to lose it. So here’s Episode 49.
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♥ You’ll Probably Hate This…♥
“If you are talentless, without ambition, morbidly obese, illiterate, or foul smelling: You do NOT have Haters! Some people just don’t like you.” — Carmelita Wingate. Longtime friend, from Twitter in 2009.
DETROIT (JSC) — I sit here at this desk as a 32-year-old Black man from inner-city Detroit. I have a small number of people I call my true friends. I have an even smaller contingent of people I call family. I have acquaintances, confidants, Frat brothers, Sorors, and people who are just fans who are along for the ride (thank you for the support by the way). I also have people who don’t like me, care for me, despise me, or even waste a nanosecond of their time thinking about me. This too is just fine with me. The one thing I do not have, will not have, and never have had are “Haters”. Not one. Nobody. I mean, I’ve had people who didn’t support me or what I was doing. I’ve had countless people who didn’t like me. Hell, when I was in Lansing six years ago, there was a cat that I’d never met running around Lansing claiming that I was bisexual and he had seen me in a club with a man. When I confronted him about it, his ass suddenly bailed off the other end of the phone and hid behind his girlfriend. TRUE STORY! I get it. MFers are not going to like me, and guess what: I’M FINE WITH THAT! Hell, I’m an acquired taste as it is. Not everyone is gonna get it. But here’s my issue, part of the problem with this country as a whole, and the black community in particular, is that we are too busy worrying about people who don’t like us. We crave their approval and use it as some sick & twisted motivator. It’s time to face facts: You don’t have “haters.” As the above quote says: “Some people just don’t like you!” Let’s Go. Continue reading Hate Crimes: My Manifesto on “Haters”
♦ The More Things Change…♦
“The Detroit Lions are that family member that makes you blindly angry, and even embarrasses you in public, but you support them because they are still your family.”
—Jay Scott, aka ME, in the Sept. 8, 2010 edition of Real Detroit Weekly.
DETROIT — In my 21 years of being an avid watcher of the Detroit Lions (prior to age 10, I was primarily a baseball and basketball fan), I have seen and heard some ridiculously brutal losses and even a few epic wins. There was the 1990 game against the Washington Redskins at the Pontiac Silverdome where the Lions blew a 31-14 lead and lost in Overtime. There was the 1991 NFC Championship Game against those same Redskins. There’s the 1993 NFC Wildcard game at the Silverdome against the Packers where the Lions led w/less than two minutes to play when a young QB named Brett Favre found a wide-ass open Sterling Sharpe for the game winning TD. There was the 1995 58-37 Playoff curb-stomping in Philly. The worst of them all: Christmas Eve, 2000. Losing to the then-4-11 Chicago Bears when you are staring at a potential playoff berth. If they made it, they might have actually done work. That “L” ushered in Matt Millen and the single most disastrous decade in NFL History. Regular readers of this blog have seen how at the end of it I’ve taken to doing a Walter Cronkite/Keith Olbermann-style countdown of the number of days since the last Detroit Lions victory. The Lions lost 114 games from 2001-2009. Included in that are two different 24-game road losing streaks, two 13-loss seasons, two 14-loss seasons, and one winless season! After all that, you’d think I’d seen it all. Then came yesterday at Ford Field. Let’s Go. Continue reading Crash Landing: The Detroit Lions’ Cruel Sunday…
♣ You Would Think That We Would Be Used To This… ♣
“You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing.”
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are the one team in Detroit and the state of Michigan that can galvanize the entire state. For the last 10 years, that has been akin to organizing a lynch mob. The Lions have not always been this horrible. I mean, they have been bad, but this decade (save for 2000) has been legendarily bad. It looks even worse coming out of arguably their most successful decade since the NFL-AFL merger, the 1990s, which saw the Lions post five winning seasons (1991,’93-’95, ’97) and make the playoffs six times (’91,’93-’95, ’97, ’99). That 1991 team went 12-4 behind the likes of Rodney Peete, Erik Kramer, Chris Spielman, Ray Crockett, rookie reciever Herman Moore, and some 3rd-year running back named Barry Sanders. They fell one win short of the Super Bowl, losing to the Washington Redskins in the NFC Title Game. Their worst seasons were three 5-11 years (’92, ’96, ’98) that were quickly turned around the next year. While the ’90s Lions won no championships (and just one playoff game), they were actually pretty fun to watch. Horribly Frustrating, but fun nonetheless. Now however…not so much.
Continue reading On The Clock: How The Detroit Lions Have Made Losing An Art Form…