I have been watching Detroit Lions football for a long, long time. I’ve been disappointed time and time again over the years but never have I been as disappointed as I was on Monday night as I watched my favorite team lay an egg on national television.
My hope was to make it out to the game but due to my wife having a “Bunco night” with her friends (which I am fine with, she deserves it), my only option was to watch the game on my television.
While watching the game unfold, I could hear the boos from the Ford Field crowd loud and clear and I thought to myself how glad I was that I did not drop a bunch of cash on such a sorry excuse for a football team. Had I went to the game, I would have refrained from booing my team because that is not my style, but I would not have looked down on anyone who did.
Detroit News writer Mitch Albom has a much different view on the fans booing than I do, which he is entitled to.
From Detroit News:
“Now, there will be time to address the Lions’ weaknesses. Lord knows we may have all season. But before that, something needs to be said about those fans booing Stafford louder and louder as the game went on.
Yeah, he threw picks. Yeah, it was a lousy game. But this guy is the best quarterback to play in this town maybe ever, and he has slogged through 10 seasons here like an iron man, and he gets up through every hard hit and pushes himself back out there when most humans would say, “Are you kidding? I have to go back to THAT?”
Twice on Monday night, Stafford took nasty blows, first a spike to his knee by his own lineman, Taylor Decker, that left the quarterback writhing on the ground, and second, a sandwich hit to the back and gut that left him down and short of breath for a few scary minutes. Both times he willed himself back into the game, despite knowing, deep down, that the night was lost.
“Those guys were fighting tooth and nail out there and I was gonna be out there with them,” Stafford said afterwards, refusing to blame or even detail his injuries, just saying “I’ll be OK.”
There’s not an ounce of diva in this guy, and he’s way more talented than the majority of quarterbacks in his league. If he’s burdened with a line that can’t protect him, or receivers that can’t hang onto his passes, or even a night when he’s not seeing things well, that’s his burden, but it’s not yours. The boos are misdirected, disrespectful, and flat-out stupid.”
Like I said, booing is not my style but to call them “misdirected, disrespectful, and flat-out stupid” may have gone a bit too far.