I am tired of hearing you people say stuff like "did you see how bad we were last year or the year before. We are not the same old Lions."
Guess what, There are fans around here that remember more than a couple years of football. This is the same team I have been watching all my life. If not for the most talented RB in the history of football, we never would have had any years to remember since the late 50s. How he ran like he did with the weight of a team, franchise and every football fan in the world on his shoulders is beyond me.
I was talking to my father while watching the game. We were ahead 17 - 3 and I was feeling pretty good. I remember my dad laughing, that fatherly laugh. When I asked him what he was thinking, he said "These are the Lions, they will find a way to lose. Probably by more than two TDs". I told him he was crazy. Look who is crazy now.
I called him later that night to talk football and the Lions in general and one thing stood out above the rest. He has seen this "rebuild" so many times over the years. "This is the same old Lions" he told me. "You see how they took that early 14 points advantage and slowly gave it all back. You see how the team started to unravel late in the third and then fell apart in the 4th. You see the players out there pushing and fighting trying to show some passion. You see the final score. I have seen that same game 100 times if not more in my lifetime." Then he finished "same old Lions".
There was a few moments of silence until I changed the subject to family and how great the rest of the day was.
I envy him in a way. He can distance himself from the emotional train wreck of the lions. Something I just can't seem to find a way to do. I love this team. They are mine. Maybe after another 20 years I will calm down too. I just hope I am not having to someday tell my son the same thing.