After any small tiny inkling of playoff hopes were crushed to tiny itty bitty bits on Sunday, some exasperated media and fans are calling on the Lions community to take matters into their own hands by boycotting the team on Thanksgiving.
To me, boycotting the Lions, which is essentially refusing to spend any more money or time on a team that doesn’t perform to expectations, reads as more of a frustrated hyperbole.
This year, this conversation comes just as the Lions are thrust into the national spotlight on Thanksgiving. The team is coming off a frustrating, embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins this past Sunday—a team that went into Sunday with a 1-9 record. Though the Lions were without a handful of starters, it was still... bad. Very bad.
Fed up, Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Seidel argues fans should consider boycotting Thanksgiving because it would send a signal that “this isn’t acceptable.”
He writes to Lions fans:
“You are enabling this. When you buy your Lions jerseys. When you fill up the seats and go to the games. When you buy beer and popcorn in Ford Field, pumping all of that concession money into the Ford family bank account. Year after year. When you go to the games, despite the losses, you are sending a message: I accept this.”
Again, I don’t see anyone giving up traditions, whether attending the game or watching. It’s not the fan’s fault, and the boycott argument still comes off as frustrated exaggeration.
But to you my POD family I ask: What do you think of all this? I know who I’m asking here, you’re here because you’re fans and I see a ton of passion in these comment sections. So what would you say to someone who told you they were boycotting the Lions on Thanksgiving? What do you think about the whole concept?
Personally, I’m here for life—good and the bad. RIP ta da blood pressure.*
But I want to hear your thoughts. Let ‘em rip.
(10 points for anyone who can name that reference.)
And onto the rest of your notes.
- ESPN’s Bill Barnwell wanted to shine some light on some players that are performing at a higher level than you might notice... particularly because their teams aren’t doing too hot. You might notice a familiar receiver on his 24-man starting lineup for his All-Underrated team.
- Win or lose, you gotta face the media. Hear what Matt Patricia had to say following the loss in full:
- Carlos Monarrez from the Freep has this neat story on why Justin Coleman proudly wears a Gordie Howe No. 9 Red Wings jersey.
- Brandon Justice with Sports Illustrated’s Lion Maven wonders: Should Patricia get more time?
- I mean, this is nice.
- Freep’s Dave Birkett explains why the Lions have a (semi) realistic chance of landing Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. Step one: Lose out.
- Darius Slay showing respect for Washington receiver Terry McLaurin.