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Why do I bother being a Lions fan?

I want to believe that Bob Quinn, who is currently in his second year as the Detroit Lions’ GM, will eventually build the Lions into a Super Bowl contender. I think he has made more good player personnel decisions than bad ones, and I think the Lions did well to go 9-7 and make the playoffs as a wild card team last season, considering it was Quinn’s 1st as GM.

However, the Lions have done nothing in my lifetime to earn the benefit of the doubt, and I won’t believe that they have their act together until I see it reflected in their win-loss record, and until they win a playoff game; they’ve won exactly 1 playoff game since their last title in 1957. Even then, I’m not sure I’ll believe it. If that makes me the modern-day equivalent of Doubting Thomas, then I will gladly live with that label. Two relatively recent developments make me question my loyalty to a team that has done so little to reward their long-suffering fans for their loyalty.

The first such development came when it was announced that left tackle Taylor Decker will miss at least part of the regular season due to injury. Decker was the Lions’ 1st-round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (Quinn’s 1st draft pick as the Lions’ GM), and by all accounts, the Lions got that pick right. Injuries are certainly a part of football, but when stuff like that happens to the Lions, we are conditioned to believe the worst, because of the team’s history. 

Today, I learned that future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson told an Italian newspaper that he retired after the 2015 season, in large part, because he didn’t see the team contending for a championship. I wasn’t surprised to read this; I had a hunch that the Lions’ perpetual losing ways played at least some role in his decision. It was definitely a “same old Lions” bit of news, much like when Barry Sanders retired abruptly. If there’s something to be screwed up, then the Lions will find a way to screw it up.

Anyone that has known me for even a little bit knows that I rant and rave about the Lions a lot. I’m sure it gets repetitive. However, I actually think I’ve tried to tone down my complaining n the past two years or so; mostly because I’ve realized that it really hasn’t done any good, as much as I wish it did. I know it’s easier said than done, but if the Lions got their act together on a consistent basis, I wouldn’t rant so much.

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