The Detroit Lions only get to play, at minimum (and quite usually at that minimum) 16 games each year. Soon, it will be 17 games a year; either way, you don’t have much time to enjoy it all before football disappears like tears in the rain. After football leaves, you have speculation, stupid hope, useless prognostication.
And yet, in spite of the promise of football’s absence, of yet more useless tittering about a perceived future for the Lions, it’s hard not to take joy that there will be just that. A future, free of the Boston Boys, moving on from meddling ways and terrible coaching and the absolute, utter despair such efforts brought upon the Detroit Lions fanbase.
It’s a bit of schadenfreude, it’s a bit of relief. There’s harsh realities, there’s harder questions that the Lions will face in the coming weeks as they try to hire a new general manager and head coach and revamp a team on the brink of a rebuild.
But this is the moment at the present, a fleeting chance to at least feel like tomorrow is gonna be pretty neat.
Lions-Panthers Song of the
Game Firing: “Tomorrow” by Grace Jones
The sun’ll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
There’ll be sun!
Just thinkin’ about
Clears away the cobwebs
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!
Thanksgiving was an impressionable low point, the second embarrassment in four days for the Detroit Lions. As their only game on national television up until that point, the uselessness of the Lions was on full display.
But tomorrow has promise! Tomorrow is free of the squalor of the Patriot Way, the plodding run game of yesteryear, the awful, slow, inept defenses; those probably still plague the Lions for the rest of the season, but tomorrow, tomorrow dear friends, tomorrow!
Of course, sometimes, dreaming of tomorrow doesn’t work out. The good news is, there’s another tomorrow. The Lions have been chasing those for quite some time now. Bright, joyous, hopeful tomorrow.
It’s not quite a day away though.
(“But Chris, why are you using the Grace Jones cover rather than the original song?” Grace Jones needs no excuse you hellion.)