Many Lions fans remember the year 2008, "The Season of Tears," as the darkest year in the long and proud history of the Detroit Lions. For me though, Superbowl XLIV after the 2009 season was rock bottom, and marked the worst day I've experienced as a fan. Which is impressive since the Lions didn't even play that day. The New Orleans Saints made the big game, leaving the Detroit Lions as the only non-expansion team to never make it to the Promised Land.
Currently, there are three other teams that have never been to the Superbowl. Per wiki answers:
Cleveland Browns (The original Browns won 4 of 6 NFL championship appearances and went to 3 AFC championships: 1986, 1987, and 1989. Then they became the Baltimore Ravens and won a Super Bowl. The new Browns team is an expansion team that began in 1999, and lost their only playoff game in 2002)
Houston Texans (Expansion team; made it to the playoffs in 2011-12 but not to the Super Bowl)
Jacksonville Jaguars (Expansion team; went to 2 AFC Championships, in 1996 and 1999)
- Detroit Lions (Won 4 NFL championships and went to the NFC Championship in 1991)
This leads me to the questions I'd like to ask you: When the Lions make it to the Superbowl this season (yeah, that's right), which team would you like to see as an opponent? Would it be sweeter if the other team was on this list as well (imagine the hype)?
For me, my dream matchup would be a Browns vs Lions Superbowl. Two snake-bitten franchises that truly know suffering. Two former powerhouses, that (despite the Browns technically being an expansion team) have long and proud traditions that date back to the very beginnings of our beloved pastime. Two clubs that have multiple championships, but have never tasted the sweet fruit of today's Superbowl.
My good friend is a Brown's fan, so we've discussed this at great length. As we sit and watch the most meaningful of games, the pride and joy we would feel as we talked mad shit to each other, would truly make that a day I would never forget. I would cheer for my Lions, but despite the outcome it would most likely be the most memorable NFL game I'm ever likely to see.
So, when we finally make it to the Promised Land, who would you like to see representing the AFC?