The Detroit Lions have been the laughing stock of the NFL for a very long time and their fans are sick of losing football games.
Owner Sheila Ford Hamp recently spoke to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press and she had a message for the ‘fabulous’ Lions’ fans who have supported the team for so long.
“We do have fabulous fans as we all know and they’ve stuck with us forever through thick and thin, and a lot of thin,” Hamp said. “It’s been hard, so I agree. And this year, it’s a rebuild, it’s painful. We knew it was going to be hard, but it’s hard to lose. No one likes to lose. I hate to lose, but we are working on things and I think we’ve got a good path.”
Ford Hamp was recently booed by the Lions fans at Ford Field but she says that will not cause her to make fewer public appearances in the future.
“I think that would be a stupid thing to do is to hide because I really don’t feel like I need to hide,” she said. “I wouldn’t be talking to you if I felt like I needed to hide. I don’t want to hide. It’s part of what I’m trying to change around here, which is the open, communicative culture and I’m part of it. As Chris (Spielman) said, ‘You started all this,’ so it’s true and I want to live it. I’m happy to answer questions and take the arrows. Someone’s got to and it’s fine.”
Sheila said that she understands that many fans will not trust anything ownership says until the Lions actually perform on the field and win football games.
“We all do,” she said. “That’s the point. And that’s really what we’re working for, so hopefully, we will and I think we all know it’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight. We were left with not much and the season’s been tough on many fronts, but injuries aren’t something that — they’re not an excuse but with the talent that we’ve had, we’ve lost eight starters and we’ve got lots of young guys out there and it’s great that they’re young and enthusiastic and stuff, but they’re going to make mistakes.”
It is going to be a long season but at this point, all we can do is hope that the franchise if finally headed in the right direction.