DETROIT: TWO PLAYOFFS VICTORIES SINCE 1957
1957 & 1991
1957: NFL CHAMPIONSHIP vs. The BROWNS (59-14)
1991: Divisional Playoff vs. Cowboys (38-6)
Here they come again, connoisseurs of the dark side. The Detroit Lions, a team that just can never get enough for them and their fans, are in the playoffs. Why, you ask? Because sometimes you have to lose a playoff game to look like your string of No Playoff Victories has meaning. Otherwise, you aren't really in the dance. 24 years of no victories, and 60 years back to the big one in '57. The Bengals may have 26 years of no victories, but you can't top 2 victories in 60 years. With that kind of production, you don't even have to talk about not ever being in the Super Bowl. One needs to use a broader perspective.
This time, though, things are going to be different. That's because they've never played the Seahawks in the playoffs, so that will be a new team to grab the L against. Now, we can't remember the last team that lost their last 3 games and still made the playoffs. But that looks like sound preparation. You might think the Lions didn't really want to make the playoffs. Tum-te-tum....
The Lions lost 7 games and 5 were against playoff teams. They won 9, and none were against playoff teams. Of course, that's how you GET in the playoffs, beating up those Doormats (hey! ow!), but...maybe the Seahawks are going to have a really bad day. Lest you forget, the Hags' last three victories are against these titans: Panthers, Rams and 49ers. So, hey. Lions have a shot.
Here, in the lowly glare of the harsh flourescent...flouressent...fluorescent...did I spell that right? I did? I'm taking the day off.
Here in the lowly glare of the harsh fluorescent lights in the basement, we have a saying. The whole city of Detroit knows it: "There's still time to lose." We have to wrap ourselves in this mantra, while sprinkling kitty litter over the ouija board of football:
come ON, Lions. Get outta the Basement.
GAMETIME: 5:30. Seattle. 34º game time temp. Cloudy. I can't look. We'll be tuning in.