With the Chicago game on Sunday being the last time the Lions are at Ford Field this season, fans had to come up with a way to protest the team. In 2005, it was the march to protest Matt Millen accompanied with fans wearing orange when Cincinnati came to town. This year, it will be a walkout.
The exact way that fans are trying to put this together where a big enough group could make a statement has come about in a few different forms. Separate people have had the idea and recently joined together in order to promote a walkout. Slowly but surely local media started to talk about the idea, and now, just days before the game, the entire nation is talking about it.
The exact details of the walkout are for fans attending the game to leave their seats midway through the second quarter to eventually leave Ford Field altogether at halftime.
I like the creativity of Lions fans to come up with new ways to protest everything that has gone wrong, but I really don't believe this will affect William Clay Ford at all. Walking out won't make a difference to him as the money is in his hands once the tickets are bought. Personally, you couldn't pay me to even go to this game considering it's Christmas Eve and well, the Lions. Not showing up is also encouraged in the protest guidelines.
The one thing I do like to see from this whole idea of protesting the management is the amount of national media attention it has received. As stated above, it all started by just going around the Internet, then hitting some of the local media, and now the national spotlight. Whether it is on one of the larger sports websites or on ESPN, both show off how disgusted Lions fans are.
When Sunday's game comes, I don't believe enough support will be there to make this walkout successful. People that have made the trip to Ford Field, paid for parking, and paid for the tickets, won't be that willing to just walkout. There will probably be a small number participating, but as I said, the media attention is a plus from all of this.
Tune in at 1:00 ET on Sunday to watch the game. The only reason I'll even bother to watch now is to see if this walkout works.