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.