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Detroit Lions Week 17 Song of the Game: ‘How it Ends’ by DeVotchKa

You already knew how this would end.

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“...You always wanted to believe...”

I’m taking a slightly different approach for this week’s (or last week’s, I guess) Song of the Game. The Detroit Lions’ pummeling of the Green Bay Packers was everything we would have wanted it to be: fun, exciting, and an absolute offensive spanking given to the Packers. But it was hard for me to even—for lack of a better term—give a shit after such a brutal loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that would ultimately end Detroit’s playoff dreams.

I could have went several directions with this piece, but in the end, I chose this beautiful, yet sad song from the band DeVotchKa, because: 1) I’m actually a little bit sad to see Jim Caldwell go and 2) I feel completely deflated with this team right now.

Lions - Packers Song of the Game: “How it Ends” by DeVotchKa

Believe me, I knew just as much as anyone that it was time for Caldwell to leave, but this man gave us two playoff appearances and back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the mid-90s. Yeah, yeah, that’s not good enough, I know. But please, let’s all remember this man for his Wonder Woman-esque regalia accomplishments. He did all he could and he’s a great, lovable guy that the players loved. I wish him nothing but success for his next chapter.

“...Just ask and you’ll receive...”

Well, we got what we asked for. Papa Jim is gone. So now what? Let’s hope that the grass is indeed greener on this side of the fence, because I sure as hell am getting sick of playing this game.

After all that’s happened this year, my body is in shut down mode when it comes to the Lions. When looking at overall team efficiency (DVOA), the Lions had greatly exceeded their ranking from last year (12th vs. 27th in 2016), yet they couldn’t live up to the less than lofty goals set by themselves and the fans.

Now we’re looking for a new coach and we’ve wasted another year of Matthew Stafford’s career (this saddens me the most). I’m not even going to get into coaching candidate debates, because well, I really wanted Ken Whisenhunt over Jim Caldwell. I also wanted the Lions to fire Caldwell earlier and hire Hue Jackson. Also, I remember Eagles fans were extremely skeptical about Doug Pederson as a head coach and now he’s one of the best in the league.

Basically, fans don’t know shit about who would make a great coach in the NFL, so all we can do is wait and see. This whole “coaching auction” is a crap-shoot, and by God it’s about time we won it.

[Editor’s note: That does it for our 2017 Soundtrack of the Season. I hope you all enjoyed it. As long as I’m around, this is going to be an annual feature. I love it so much, and I think we’ve honestly created a beautiful, diverse and moving playlist here. Thanks to Alex, Chris and Ryan for sharing your music choices all year.]

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