Tuesday, August 30, 2005

This Exhibition Loss Struck a Nerve

About 6:30 remained in the third quarter of the Lions exhibition lay down against St. Louis at Ford Field when another stream of people left the building, unable to watch any more of the Lions nationally televised nap. At that moment it became official.
There were more people hunkered down from Hurricane Katrina in the Super Dome in New Orleans than there were at Ford Field.
One group hid from a bad storm. Another group were trying to hide from bad football.
The people wanted no more.
This was my annual sit down with the people. I like to attend one game and sit in the stands. It was easy to see how frustrated fans were following the Lions 37-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
It was so bad that even the ignorant fans did not single out Lions quarterback Joey Harrington.
They saw bad penalties and stupid mistakes. They saw an offense so dull and drab that it made accountants look like wild and crazy guys. And they saw an offensive line get beat like a drum.
The defense continues to be atrocious and Steve Mariucci looks like one of the most overrated coaches in America.
I've always asked you to ignore preseason games because they mean little. But this one hit the fans hard. They were so angry that you got the typical "I am never going to a Lions game again" tirade which lasts right up until the Lions play another game.
This was a punch in the mouth and inexcusable.
The funny thing is the Lions said they planned on showing off their stuff before a nationally televised audience.
Instead they disgraced the long 15 minute tradition of the black uniform.
It was the type of game that if you thought the Lions were going to win 10 games, you've now reduced it by two.
Way to embarrass a city fellas'.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Long, painful sigh.)

3:51 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

Was that pathetic or what?

7:18 AM

Blogger PERALES said...

Now I care more about the New Orleans Saints and their future than I do about the Lions.

Maybe when Shaun Rogers, Teddy Lehman and James Hall get back the D will be better, but then again maybe it won't.

I'm glad the Lions tore out my heart early this year, now I can focus on college football and the Pistons.

I hate the Lions. I think we should sign Clarett and have him and Chang take over the team.

7:42 AM

Anonymous Brian said...

absolutly embarrassing. I almost let the word optimism come into my vocabulary for this team.

This team isn't going anywhere. If anyone caught the Broncos-Colts game, you saw two crisp and ready teams. It's sad to see that the Lions have gotton worse since the first preseason game.

My favorite stat given by ABC. Last year Harrington had only 9% of his passes thrown for 20+ yards. I love this Wet Toast offense.

7:47 AM

Blogger hitman said...

"We just need to keep playing"
- Steve Marriuci at halftime.

What!?! Thats it!?! You just get humiliated in the first half and that is all you have to say. Even the great philosopher, Madden, took issue with that statement. I hate to say it but Marriuci's act is running thin as is the coaches he sourrounds himself with. Penalties, playcalling, safe answers....The more things change the more they stay the same.

8:35 AM

Anonymous DetroitTitanFan said...

Can we politely part ways with Mooch now? I'm sick of seeing Lions teams that don't look prepared, that don't have the fundamentals down, that look flat and unaggressive, that just plain look unprofessional. But no we are going to be stuck with Mooch and the general management for a long long time- at least until the Ford family goes broke selling bad cars.

9:07 AM

Anonymous Z-Unit said...

Pitiful! This lions team has been reduced to "if you stop Jason Hanson, you stop the lions." Teams know that if they have anything that resembles an offense, their multiple touchdowns will be our couple of field goals any day.

The lions football seasons are always about paper and magic to this town and the organization. We get optimistic about what we see on paper in the offseason and we expect just like magic they'll turn it around without showing us any signs whatsoever. I'm sick of it.

9:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thought this year would be different, you can break that crack pipe now. Same...old...Lions. Every freaking year.

9:14 AM

Blogger T Foster said...

We are going to debate on the show whether Mariucci is over rated as a coach. Jerry Rice told me a few years ago he needs to be tougher on players and did not give him a great ringing endorsement.

9:46 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe that Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo are such good friends, when they're such opposites. Consider:

* Mooch's football teams don't hit in practice. Tom's basketball team actually puts on football pads for rebounding drills.

* Mooch puts his faith in a highly technical system. Tom believes in players with guts and toughness.

* Mooch likes to talk about Bill Walsh and his A-list disciples. Tom likes to talk about players who won him championships.

* Mooch doesn't like strong assistant coaches. Tom gets assistants good enough to lead schools such as Marquette and Arkansas.

* Mooch is smooth and unruffled after a loss. Tom is angry and genuinely hurt by losing.

* Mooch is expert at deflecting criticism. Tom heaps criticism on himself, to the point of excess.

* Mooch talks timing, precision and accuracy. Tom talks toughness, toughness and toughness.

Which of these men should be coaching the Lions?

11:29 AM

Anonymous grande said...

wow... you read my mind... i was gonna go with 10-6, but i'd be surprised if they went 8-8 now... they were pathetic...

12:05 PM

Blogger billionaire said...

Terry you need to be corrected. You said on air that we were sold a bill of goods. Not me If u look back on this blogs site there were other fans who saw through the hype of Mooch from jump. Mike came on board later on but Terry folks have been rumbling about Mooch for a minute. I keep going back to Green vs Mooch. Look at Arizona now they got a buzz around the league at least you can see the light (although I still question Warner) but there defense is a beast. Perhaps I will blog on www.sportsinferno.com Mooch Vs Green

3:50 PM

Blogger dildo_farts said...

What the hell did you guys expect they are the damn Lions I love how we draft good young talent and get geeked every year like this is the year we shine............. ummmm no football is a team sport we need to work on more positions than just recievers. It's gonna be nice when we go 0-16 and get Leinart next year let the lefty throw deep Mooch!!

3:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't it why we got 3 -huge,fast recievers so we could get "seperation" down field. Of course they can't get seperation on 5 yard dump offs.throw harrington in the shockgun and go 3 wide, if northwestern can do it, damit so can the lions. and would it hurt to defend the pass, i have never seen the lions be aggressive in the defensive secondary.id rather catch an 80 yard pass cause he rad to rip it out of the defenders hands or catch a deflect then the countless times i see uncontested 7-8 yard screens. the lions are the nfls la clippers

9:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

and one more thing why even waste your time with timmy chang if your gonna cut him anyways without giving him a snap..we aren't playing favorites are we mooch..*cough* Jeff Garcia *cough*

9:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:09 AM

Blogger WTFDetroit.com said...


I'm guessing that Chang will be put on the Lions practice squad once he clears waivers.

12:09 PM

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