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The Detroit Paper Headlines as the Curse reached 50 years. I doubt a paper would waste all that ink and paper on something they thought did not exist.
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The Curse-Information regarding curses in general
The Man-Bio, Stats and Info about Bobby Layne
Fun-Jokes and Humor usually at the Lions expense
Intro-How did this mess get started?
Poll-Let us know how you feel about the Lions
Casualties-Death & Destruction during the curse years
Forum-Your articles/comments on the Lions, Curses, etc
Humiliations-humorous tales of the Lions
Lion Facts-Draft picks, records, statistics, etc
Proof-Lets take a before/after look at the Lions
The other day on the radio I caught the tail end of a conversation about an article written on how “Detroits” defense could be elite. I could not understand what they were talking about. The Red Wings had just been eliminated and one of their defenseman had just retired so surely it wasn’t them. The Pistons had a terrible year and were a lottery team so it could not have been one of them. The Tigers were the only Detroit team playing at the time so it must be them, but they certainly are not known as a defensive team. On the contrary, they are considered an average defense at best (and that is being generous). That night I did a search for 3 items to see what in the world they were talking about. The 3 words were “elite” “defense” and “Detroit”. Imagine my shock when I saw the results saying the article was about the Lions. It made perfect sense, the Lions defense was good last year and should get better with the draft, thats not what shocked me. What shocked me was how I had been conditioned in the last 50 years or so to only negative articles on the Lions.
It actually never occurred to me that the term elite could ever be used to describe the Lions. That being said I believe the curse is finally fading into history. The stage is being set for some very good things, and something tells me this time it won’t end like the dashed high hopes of the past 50 years.
This being said I am optimistic again with this team, please don’t let me down.
The negative influence of the curse of Bobby Layne seems to be fading as the Lions won their 3rd consecutive “thrilling” victory over an opponent most thought they would lose to. With one game left against a team most figure the Lions should win, there appears to be a wave of optimism sweeping the Lion fans and why not. This has been the worst drought in the history of sports whether you count back ten years or fifty years. The Lions appear to be on the brink but if they lose the last game of the year to a team they should beat, most of this optimism will be lost and the theme “same ol Lions” will return defining a team that does just enough to keep you interested before ripping your heart out.
Let’s hope that’s not the case, go out a winner and build on this for 2011.
Simpson Episode Sunday after Thanksgiving
Moe: Hey, Homer, you ever think about racing that bird?
Homer: You can race pigeons?
Moe: Hey, if it moves, you can bet on it.
Bart: What about the Detroit Lions?
Moe: Lay off Detroit. Them people is living in Mad Max times.
Another discarded Lions quarterback came back to beat his old team, which included a record tying run by a Dallas quarterback for a touchdown. Kitna, now the 2nd oldest quarterback in the league, looked very impressive against the Lions, including some mobility which no one expected.
Bizarre punt returns for touchdowns, phantom horse collar calls, costly blocking in the back penalty, and (my favorite) an offside penalty on the first Dallas play of the game after the Lions had them pinned on the 1 yard line enforce the opinion that the curse is still alive and well in Detroit.
With the Lions lost in Buffalo this weekend several new milestones have been achieved by the cursed team.
1) The Lions set a new record for consecutive road losses with 25, breaking the old record (also set by the Lions) of 24. Whats scary is the Lions did both these records within ten years (2001-2003) and (2007-2010). To lose 24 consecutive road games takes 3 years, so in the last ten years the Lions have gone over 6 years without winning a road game.
2)The Lions winning percentage for their last 50 games is around .010%. This means the Lions are averaging losing 9 out of every ten games.
3)The Lions were the first team to lose to Buffalo this year, preventing any chance of another team touching their 0-16 record. This could be a new streak if Buffalo does not win another game, since the Lions were the only victory of the St. Louis Rams last year.
Next up for the cursed Lions, the Revenge of John Kitna and Roy Williams.
This one was hard to take, I really thought they could have won this game if not for the mental blunders and penalties. Not as hard a loss as the Chicago one but still hard to accept. Lions with any luck at all could be 5-1, its just so hard saying “wait till next year” already this year.
We thought the record set by the 2001-2003 Lions would never be broken but currently it is being threatened. Lions gave a gritty performance in Green Bay but just made a few too many mistakes and came away a little short. Bottom line they are 0-4 whether they deserve it or not. Truly the curse of Bobby Layne is still hanging around Detroit.
The record is 24, held by the Lions only a few years back, now they have to go on the road and play in Green Bay where they have not won in almost 20 years. After Green Bay they have road games against the NY Giants where they can tie their own record and then in Buffalo where they can break their own record.
Everyone watching the Lions 2010 opener against the Bears were wondering if the curse would kick in, and as soon as the victory celebration for the Lions began, they found a new way to lose. After what appeared to be the game winning touchdown, it was ruled incomplete because Calvin Johnson set the ball on the ground before the play was over.
The league had put an “out” in the rule, claiming that if the receiver was starting a “second act” that the play could go the Lions way, however the reviewers chose not to call Calvins setting the ball down and getting up a “second act” and claimed that it was an incomplete pass.
There was much cause for optimism at the start of the 2010 season by the press which was predicting a banner 2010 season with as many as six wins. Most of the press predicted Detroit to win the game in Chicago. However with QB Stafford getting injured in the first half, most realized that the Lions were heading toward another dismal 2 or 3 win season.
Anyone who thinks this team is not cursed need only watch this play. Read more…
Remember that Christmas day not too long ago, the Lions rushed out their field goal unit and Jason Hanson kicked a field goal as time expired. That year once again the Lions were battling for high draft picks and that field goal dropped the Lions about 6 places, although it was an awesome victory on Christmas day.
The point is, the Lions were bad and the Saints were worse. Now the Saints are in the Superbowl. I feel like the Lions are living on the island of misfit toys, always waiting for next year to come.
So the Saints now go to the Superbowl for the first time, and the Lions are still bad and heading into the draft with the second pick overall.
It’s worse than the island of misfit toys, because the Lions seem to be all by themselves on that island, all the other toys have found homes, including now the Saints.
Glad to know Lem is on the side of tradition in regards to the Lions Thanksgiving Day Game. Check out the articel Lem Barney relishes Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving – chicagotribune.com
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