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Detroit Lions Loyalty

A taste of optimism following an extremely disappointing 2018 season.

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At this point of the year, we aren’t exploring new territory. The Lions failed to make the playoffs... again. After the devastating Jets game in Week 1, I said to myself, “Why do I root for these f#@%s year in and year out.” Life would be so much easier as a Patriots fan, a Saints fan or a Steelers fan. So why do we keep coming back for such abuse? The only thing I can think of is loyalty.

Just as lions are supposed to be, we are loyal to our team. Simply switching teams because it’s easier isn’t what we do. It’s not what Michiganders do. So while our emotions and opinions jump around more than House of Pain, we have to remain loyal because next season is a new opportunity to exit the land of mediocrity. If the Cubs can do it, so can we. It can be done, we just have to press on.

Although this season was ultimately a disappointment (minus back-to-back Packers sweeps), we have some good things happening in Detroit. We have a new offensive coordinator incoming, guys like Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay are showing tremendous talent, the organization has set themselves up to make a free agency splash and the draft is full of potential. Hopefully Matt Patricia will get past his first year hiccups and really start stringing some important wins together.

The point is, we root for this team, because we love this team, and if you’re still a Lions fan at this point, you undoubtedly have unwavering loyalty. So for all you pessimists out there, pick your head up and prepare for a bright future.

Although maybe it isn’t loyalty. Maybe it’s just stupidity. Either way, we’ll be back next season and when they do finally reach the Super Bowl, that loyalty/stupidity will pay off ten fold. 2019, here we come!

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