Okay, so this might be a one-sided discussion, but is there anyone out there who would rather see the Lions get a win on Sunday versus have a shot at the number one overall pick for a second year in a row? I know that we are all salivating over getting a chance to select Ndamukong Suh in the draft (and we are all hoping that the Lion's won't blow this decision if given the opportunity), but where does simple pride come into play? No, it's nowhere near a guarantee that either of these miserable teams (Rams & Lions) can win anyway, but it begs the discussion of what is more important to the fan.
Let's say the Rams win tomorrow. I understand that they play at the same time, but let's say for hypotheticals-sake that they didn't. Let's say that the Rams played at 1pm and the Lions at 4pm. Let's say that the Rams beat the 49ers and we would be guaranteed the number one overall pick by adding one more measly loss to our record at the hands of the rival Bears. That first pick guarantees us Suh, but it also allows the Lions to be the worst team in the league two years running. Something about that doesn't sit well for me. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see Suh in a Lion's uniform next year and if it takes the first pick to do that... I guess that's fine. But there is this part of me that doesn't want the Lions to have that pick. Anyone else feeling this? Not that the number two pick is that much better (or worse), just different.
We know from experience that the entire post-Super Bowl chatter is all things draft and all about the first overall pick. The media gets to proclaim over and over again who is the worst team in the league and even though the consolation prize is the "best player" (hopefully), there's something unsettling about being dubbed "the worst". I don't know... maybe it's just me. I guess we already know we're bloody awful, but I was thinking more like 3rd or 4th pick bloody awful... not first overall pick again bloody awful. I thought I wanted to get Suh at any cost, but now I'm getting cold feet. Again... not like we may have any choice in the matter - because I don't think we can beat the Bears with either Stanton or Culpepper at the helm. What do you think? If it happens, should I just swallow my pride and relish in all things Suh, forgetting that we are the stink rising from the gutter realm of the league for a second straight year? Again... not that the number two pick is that much more prestigious, it just makes me feel less like drinking an entire bottle of extra strength Maalox.