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'.