As I finished watching the Lions tie the '76 Bucs for the worst start to an NFL season, I was thinking how long it's been since I really got to "talk football". Sure, we all have the typical water cooler conversations with friends and blog on sites like this, but for us Lions fans, it's never really about football. It's always about something else. It's about controversy. It's about next season or the upcoming draft. It's about the things we hate about the Lions or the things we would like to change. It's about the new players we want to get or the next great coaching prospect. As football fans, we get cheated in this space year-in and year-out.
After watching the Baltimore-Pittsburgh and New York-Dallas games last night, I just realized how much I crave wanting to be a part of a winning organization. Both of those games were amazing. All four teams are good teams with strong fanbases. Even if I were a Ravens or Giants fan, you can't say that your team wasn't competitive and the game meant something either way. Playoffs are on the line. Intensity is ramped up. Last year, we got a little taste of it at 6-2, but I think that most of us were on eggshells basically waiting for the bottom to fall out. I thought that it was a fragile success and was hoping I was wrong. I never suspected it would get this bad, but I knew deep down that we were pretenders, not contenders.
Now we know how bad it is. We know it's going to be a long road to repectability. That makes it so much harder to wait. Every year for the past 4-5 seasons we've felt like we were on the cusp of contention. Now we know that all along we were actually heading in the opposite direction. I suppose we can take the half-full approach and say that there's no where to go but up, but that still doesn't appease my desire to have meaningful discussions about the Lions after October 1st.
Not sure where I'm going with this other than to vent a little after another loss. They played better against a good team on Sunday, but as usual, it wasn't good enough. Even so, it's a hollow victory at this point in the season. We fans are all washed out on this. The losing has taken its toll and again, I wish we could just fast forward to the offseason, where we start from square one. When everyone is 0-0 again, it equalizes things a little. We're part of the 32 teams again, not the regular season rented mule that gets beaten and laughed at year after year.