Winning Percentage

We have divided the Lions history into era’s. We have graphed out the Lions Winning Percentage into the graph below.

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Many fans felt pretty good about the team when Barry Sanders was with them and it reflects in this chart. These good feelings created a brief rift in the curse. If you remove this era, you can plainly see that the Lions are exactly where they should be as the winning percentage continues to drop in a very linear way.

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The downward slide of the Lions would finally bottom out in the last year of the curse, 2008. The Lions would become the only team in NFL history to go 0-16 since the NFL adopted a 16 game schedule.

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Chuck - December 21, 2009 at 7:04 pm

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Playoff Record

When you take a look at the post season record of the Lions, you will notice that prior to the curse years the Lions did very well in playoff games with a 6-1 record (We do not count the Portsmouth Spartans/Lions record). Now lets look at the record after the curse and their record is 1-9. Thats right folks one playoff win and nine losses since the curse. In the chart below you can see that obviously the changing point was when the curse started in 1958. In addition it took the Lions 13 years to make the playoffs after the curse and when they did they did not even score, it took another 12 years for that to happen. The curse was so strong that the Lions did not score a point in a playoff game for more than a quarter of a century! A 13 year drought to get to a playoff game and they follow that with a 12 year drought. That is not unlucky, that is cursed.

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Now lets get a little creepy, so many things on this site can be chalked up to coincidence by non curse believers but if you take the Lions playoff record before the curse and invert it 180 degrees it equals the Lions playoff record after the curse.



For more information on this go to the The Curse page and read about the Inverted Time Period principle which is a common occurrence with curses .  To estimate the odds of this exact combination happening you would have to take all the possible playoff wins a team could have before 1958, multiply it by years that there were playoffs, multiply it by the possible playoff wins a team could have for 50 years, then multiply that by 50.  So its safe to say that the odds of this happening to a team is about 1 in a MILLEN.

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Coaches Graveyard

No Lion Head Coach hired during the Cursed Era has ever worked again as an NFL head coach. Don’t you find it amazing that the last head coach to leave the Lions and be hired somewhere else as head coach was George Wilson, Bobby Laynes last coach as a Lion?

Note – we only count Coach’s who were signed as head coach, interim coaches who did not receive a head coach contract do not count (IE Dick Jauron)

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Everything Good Must Go Sour

This curse is truly powerful and since it thrives on negative emotion (see The Curse), it must do its best to destroy any positive feelings the Lions have had over the years. Lets examine the 4 biggest Lion highpoints since the curse began and see how ugly they ended.

Great Thing – In 1969 Joe Schmidt is honored as the Greatest Lion ever.
Turned Ugly When – Joe Schmidt is arrested for driving while intoxicated on the way home from the celebration.

Great Thing – Barry Sanders Career Rushing
Turned Ugly When – Barry Quits right before training camp during the season he was projected to set the NFL all time rushing record.

Great Thing – Billy Sims signs with Lions over USFL,
Turned Ugly When – In first year of new contract he suffers a career ending injury to his leg without even being hit.

Great Thing – Lions defeat Dallas 38 – 6 in the playoffs
Turned Ugly When – The playoff run ended in a humiliating loss to Washington the next round, 41 – 10.

You can do this with any good or great Lion moment. I remember when Mariucci was the great thing, I remember when the “run and shoot” was the great thing, I remember when Andre Ware was the great thing, I remember when Chuck Long was the great thing, Rodney Peete, Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers…They almost all end the same way, sour and ugly. Heres a couple more to look at.

Great Thing – Barry Sanders rushes for 2000 yds in one season
Turned Ugly When – Reggie Brown suffered Paralysis the same game.

Great Thing – 12 -4 Season
Turned Ugly When – Utley gets paralyzed and Eric Andolsek dies in the off season.

Go back in history and research it yourself, every good thing that happens to this team almost always ends in disaster. The curse does not want anyone or any fan to feel good very long about these Lions!

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Happy Holidays To All

Twas the night of a Blackout, when all through my house,
my family was surfing for scores with their mouse.
To the radio they listened as voices filled the air,
mayhap a Lion victory would be talked about there.

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Uh Oh, Road Game Coming Up

Lets make this simple, lets take the results of the last 7 road games, you will note that every one of them was a double digit loss. I also note that the Lions have not won in San Francisco since before Eddie Murray missed that field goal in the early 80’s.

Sep 13 – L at New Orleans, 45-27 difference =18
Oct 4 – L at Chicago, 48-24 difference =24
Oct 18 – L at Green Bay, 26-0 difference =26
Nov 8 – L at Seattle, 32-20 difference =12
Nov 15 – L at Minnesota, 27-10 difference =17
Dec 6 – L at Cincinnati, 23-13 difference =13
Dec 13 – L at Baltimore, 48-3 difference =45

Total up all the differences and it comes out to 155. Divide that by 7 and you get roughly 22. That means that the Lions will lose the game in San Francisco by 3 touchdowns. So my prediction is

San Fran 36
Detroit 14

You heard it here first folks, the numbers don’t lie.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Willie - December 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm

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We’re #2 in the draft!

Cleveland won (3-11) and Tampa Bay won (2-12) so now the Lion are at #2 in the draft. The only thing standing in their way is St. Louis who needs to win at least once more.  St. Louis only win is against (give you 3 guesses then look at the Lion schedule below.)…

Sep 13 – L at New Orleans, 45-27
Sep 20 – L vs. Minnesota, 13-27
Sep 27 – W vs. Washington, 19-14
Oct 4 – L at Chicago, 48-24
Oct 11 – L vs. Pittsburgh, 20-28
Oct 18 – L at Green Bay, 26-0
Oct 25 – No Game Scheduled
Nov 1 – L vs. St. Louis, 10-17
Nov 8 – L at Seattle, 32-20
Nov 15 – L at Minnesota, 27-10
Nov 22 – W vs. Cleveland, 38-37
Nov 26 – L vs. Green Bay, 12-34
Dec 6 – L at Cincinnati, 23-13
Dec 13 – L at Baltimore, 48-3
Dec 20 – L vs. Arizona, 24-31

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Lions keep it surprisingly close, but lose to Arizona

Lions keep it surprisingly close, but lose to Arizona

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Lions sit Culpepper to start second half; Stanton

Lions sit Culpepper to start second half; Stanton in

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Lions played well today because

They had a healthy breakfast of champions.


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This NEW Breakfast of Champs


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At least we were there at the end.

Seems a shame that a decent effort like this is decided by a blown call. Kind of hard to comment on it because it was blacked out here. Probably would not have made a difference but the same refs called this two times in a row on the Lions in the first half and according to the radio the ref had his hand on the flag but did not throw it so we know that they saw it.

Not much offense again, but at least Stanton got to play. Incredible momentum turn with the Lions returning a 100 yard plus interception for a touch down. It kind of shows that if the Lions play with emotion they can at least compete. We draft from the same list of players the rest of the NFL does, surely our players cannot be all that bad.

At least this website doesn’t have any new humiliations to add from this game, just seems a shame that when they do put up a fight at home, they are usually blacked out (4th time this year I think) and when on the road they are just fodder for the other team.

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Twas the Night of a Blackout


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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Chuck - December 19, 2009 at 10:45 pm

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Starkey: Who’s worse, Lions or Pirates? – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Starkey: Who’s worse, Lions or Pirates? – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Curses and Santa

I really don’t think that the lions are cursed in any mystical sense, but are simply cursed with poor decision making, poor leadership, and poor draft picks.  You present a very good argument for them being cursed and watching them week to week it is very easy to believe.  I like that you are doing this in a humorous way which makes this decade a little more bearable.  Sort of like when you do something stupid, the first reaction is to be pissed off, but later as you look back you can kind of laugh at yourself.

Also misery loves company, perhaps its easy to believe in a curse than to think that the Lions have been mismanaged for over 50 years. 

I’ll be there Saturday, as a season ticket holder I have done my part, sorry that the game will be blacked out Mary, but think of all the agony you will not be exposed to this Sunday.

Santa Claus, Easter, Curse of Bobby Layne, in that order.

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Blacked Out Again

Well we are blacked out again, guess we only get to watch road games which usually end up being double digit blowouts.


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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mary - December 18, 2009 at 8:59 am

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