Hi - I am from Canada - up near Toronto, but a huge Lions fan as I grew up in Windsor. Last week my 10 year old son and I visited Detroit. Had a great time - went to a Tiger game, had a Coney Island, went to Belle Isle, the Detroit Zoo, Ford Field and visited the Ford Rouge Plant. All awesome stuff. We also took the opportunity to visit the Detroit Lions training camp. We had a terrific time - saw all the players and Coaches, got a few autographs, and Nate Burleson allowed me to take his picture with my son. A really great experience which we will never forget - I highly recommend it. So we left content with our trip to both Lion's camp and our visit to Detroit - despite many quizzical looks from neighbours on what our summer vacation would be (what do they know??).
After 4 days in Detroit, we went to Ohio for a day at Cedar Point - also outstanding and then a trip to Canton Ohio and the Hall of Fame. We were there on Thursday. Got there at 12:00 and left at 5:00. There couldn't have been more than 30 people at the Hall during our visit. I was in a Lion's T and my son was in his Matt Stafford jersey - we were clearly Lions fans - and the only ones there, telling anyone who was there - that this was our year. We took pictures of Lion's memoroblia, Barry Sander's jersey, Bobby Layne's bust, etc - all the things a Lion's fan would do. When we were done we tossed some passes on the outdoor field turf in front of the hall and departed around 5:30. Another great day.
So I start to head back towards Buffalo for the return to Canada and we stop at an Inn for the night in Youngstown. Imagine my surprise when we checked into our room and I turned on my laptop and opened up to the "Pride" page and there is a story on the Lion's visit to the Hall - the SAME DAY.
Now my question - the hall was basically empty and we were the only Lion's fans there. The Hall people knew that the Lions were on there way and they probably arrived within minutes of our departure. Do you think they should have given us the heads up? We wouldn't have hassled the team?
Me? - I am a little ticked. What an incredible experience that would have been for us to run into them there. I think it was crappy of the Hall employees not to say a word. I sent them a note and they replied that the Lions visit was not a public event - still this game is supposed to be about the fans - and they could of just told us to hang around a little longer because I nice surprise was headed our way.
Anybody have any thoughts?
Thanks Lions fans