I've been a Lion's fan for 19 years, watching them since Barry Sanders broke people's ankles in the Silverdome. I'm 25 years old and have never seen this much love for such a unproven team as I have the 2010 Lions. 2-30 in two seasons, 2 seasons removed from an 0-16 season and already I (and many other fans) get the feeling that things in Motown might just be changing...and for the better.
The Detroit Lions have been horrible forever, as everybody on this site knows all too well. The disasterous Millen Era was probably the darkest 8 years of my life. Every Sunday was a loss and not even close most of the time. Of course, every year had the same optimism from the fans and I even talked them up year after year until it got to the point that I had to stop talking about them or I would just embarass myself beyong belief. In 2008, after the infamous 0-16 season, I stopped watching them or so I said I would until they proved they were commited to winning. I didn't believe in Martin Mayhew or Jim Schwartz after that season and believed that Stafford was another Joey Harrington, etc. Well, in just two seasons after that dreaded year of 08' and here I am already drinking the kool-aid with my hot water cornbread next to me, with my Stafford jersey cleaned and ready for Sunday. It's worth noting that had Mayhew not convince me that he knew what he was doing by making incredible trades and smart draft day decisions, I wouldn't call myself a Lions fan. It was his Roy Williams trade, the Rob Sims trade, the Corey Williams trade, the free agents of this season who I think will pan out alot better than last season acquistions, the moving up to draft Jahvid Best, and other numerous smart personnel moves that has won me over again. The smartest move he ever made though, was hiring Jim Schwartz ,who I believe could be the smartest Lions coach we probably ever had. I believe in the Lions again, which after 2008 I really didn't think it was even possible.
Now, even the media in Detroit is feeling the energy that the 2010 Lions are emitting. They have more pep in their posts (outside of d-bags like Drew Sharp and Brian VanOchten) and writing with alot more optimism than seasons past. This season could be special, with the success of perennial doormats like the Saints and Cardinals making the Superbowl, it's safe to say that the Lions are building on something that could potentially put the team somewhere that they have never been before. The Lions have won the biggest game before even playing a snap in the regular season...getting the fans to believe in them. Thank you Martin Mayhew, for giving us a reason to be happy on Sundays again!