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Lions Winning Respect in NFL, But Not in Detroit


I love this Detroit News column that proclaims “Lions winning respect in NFL,” and then basically goes on to say that the Lions suck and are going to lose to the Green Bay Packers this weekend.

After the feel good headline are these words.

When the Lions go on the road to play the Green Bay Packers, it’s like skiing up the Swiss Alps — on rollerblades. Or walking a tightrope across Niagara Falls, without a net, umbrella or balance pole.

They’re headed for a fall.

Well, so much for earning any respect in Detroit.

OK, the last time the Lions won in Lambeau Field was in 1991 (18 contests ago). That team featured the two-headed quarterback known as Rodney Peete/Erik Kramer, Barry Sanders, Ray Crockett, return specialist Mel Gray, and run stuffer Jerry Ball. They went 12-4, won the NFC Central and went to the NFC Championship game where they’d lose to the Washington Redskins.

Since then, not much has gone right for the Lions, at least in Wisconsin.

Of the 18 losses, 15 have been in Green Bay and three in Milwaukee. Oshkosh and LaCrosse must have been booked for conventions, or the Lions would have lost there, too.

Hahahahaha… yeah, the Lions are bad in Wisconsin – we get it.

Anyway, over at the Detroit Free Press (that’s right, the thriving city of Detroit needs two newspapers – it’s the wave of the future!), Nicholas Cotsonika goes to the longest-tenured Lions player, Jason Hanson, for this perspecive.

“Being competitive is … whatever,” the Lions’ kicker said. “Monday’s still the same, whether it was competitive or not, when you lose. We need to start winning. We need to start winning on the road. We need to start winning at these places where we haven’t won.”

Good analysis, Jason.

I guess when you’ve sat through as much losing as Detroit Lions fans have, it’s hard to be optimistic, but the Lions certainly have improved over last year’s winless team. They’ve been competitive this year, most recently losing to the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers by only eight points. They have talent on offense, even though most of it is unlikely to play against the Packers. The culture of losing that started under the former administration seems to be gone with new coach Jim Schwartz.

Despite all of those things, the guys in Detroit are right. The Lions aren’t going to beat the Packers on Sunday.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.