December 17, 2005

Now security is taking fans brown paper bags away from them in Detriot so fans can't protest the games by being unknown fans.: I think management of any pro team has to allow their fans to express themselves, even if they don't like what they have to say. Without the fans the team wouldn't exist.

posted by commander cody to football at 12:51 AM - 17 comments

Maybe the Lions will be able to keep fans from bringing brown paper bags into the game, but many Lions fans are going to be wearing orange to protest. There will probably be more orange than blue in the stadium on Sunday versus the Bengals.

posted by insomnyuk at 01:50 AM on December 17, 2005

God this is sad, but so are the Lions.

posted by Fade222 at 01:52 AM on December 17, 2005

Also, go Bengals. Also, based on other experiences in Detroit, I have a bad feeling about this. Detroit fans take their sports very seriously, even with the losing teams (Lions and Tigers). I remember going to a Red Wings game while in Detroit at a pee wee hockey tournament. I was 11. I was with my dad, my teammate, and his dad. My 11 yr old teammate was wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jacket, and sure enough, a full grown man yelled at him and said 'you're wearing the wrong damn jacket, kid!' I went to a Wings/Avs game a few years back and my friend wore his Avs jersey and hat, it was funny, in the concourse at the Joe, all the Avs fans sort of clustered together and high fived, but I was certainly nervous by association.

posted by insomnyuk at 01:56 AM on December 17, 2005

True word, it could get nasty.

posted by commander cody at 02:03 AM on December 17, 2005

Somebody should make plastic doormats with the Lions Logo in the center with the words "Goodbye Matt" emblazoned under the logo. The fans could tell security they were seat cushions, 50,000 doormat/cushions could be simultaneously hurled at Millen's skybox.

posted by sandman at 02:21 AM on December 17, 2005

I think it would be a powerful display of disdain for the Lions if all the fans left after the opening kick off. They have the fans money from tickets, but sting them by not patronizing the concession stands.

posted by panteeze at 02:27 AM on December 17, 2005

I'm going to the game! Maybe we can organize a mob and chase Millen out of town with sticks.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:21 AM on December 17, 2005

Why in the world would anyone go to a Lions game? Save your signs, orange shirts, paper bags, etc., and stay away. Save your money. If you already purchased tickets a long time ago, I have to ask, "Why?" The Lions have never been able to do anything right, and the only thing that will send a true message is empty seats. That same person trying to get his paper bag in the stadium is still going to be present for the game, purchasing $8.00 (warm) beers, buying food, paying for parking, etc. It's kind of like saying, "We 45,000 people aren't going to stand for this anymore. Now excuse us while we go spend $150 each at your stadium."

posted by dyams at 08:09 AM on December 17, 2005

I actually used to go to games 4 or 5 times a year and since I moved out west I used to fly home at least once a year to see a game. No more. I thought the big downside of living in California was going to be not getting to see them more then once a year. Not so much anymore. I'm still a fan of the team, but like being a red wings fan years ago I just have low expectations.

posted by commander cody at 10:40 AM on December 17, 2005

Well at least, security didnt threaten to arrest them. Last year I witnessed two of the The Parking Lot Attendant's (thugs)..errr security at Dodger Stadium threaten to arrest two teenagers, who did the old paper bag over the head, if they didnt hand them over. The kids complied, so I didnt see if security would actually follow through on the treat. The kids said security had informed them that it was a public safety issue. I have a feeling this was a result of the $2 Tuesdays promo riot-fiasco.

posted by Reaper at 10:55 AM on December 17, 2005

Why do you think they call it the (NFL) No Fun League !!!

posted by Tigger at 01:41 PM on December 17, 2005

Why in the world would anyone go to a Lions game? Save your signs, orange shirts, paper bags, etc., and stay away. Save your money. Your right, I guess I should go to the Motor City Bowl instead....

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:02 PM on December 17, 2005

As bad as the Lions have (in my lifetime) been I don't understand why fans should stop supporting the team. Hate on a GM, coach, player or cheerleader, don't buy game tix or the overpriced stadium crap. Otherwise you just become a fair weather fan.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:19 PM on December 17, 2005

When brown paper bags are criminalized only criminals will have brown paper bags.

posted by geekyguy at 10:37 PM on December 17, 2005

geekyguy, that is so true. And it's easy to tell people to just stop caring about their team, but if you feel the need to go, no one's going to convince you different. My sincere condolences to all you Lions fans. This as-the-stomach-turns has to end one of these years.

posted by chicobangs at 11:02 PM on December 17, 2005

I'm loving the "Fire Millen" signs that are popping up other places, like at an MSU basketball game, or behind the penalty box of the Wings/Thrashers game in Atlanta last week. I thought I saw one in the crowd during the Iraq elections, also... =D Call me a fair-weather fan if you must, but I have given up on these Lions. Until Millen is fired, or Ford sells the team, or both, I will not support them. Why should I, when they show no signs of wanting to put a decent team on the field?

posted by MeatSaber at 07:52 AM on December 19, 2005

man the brown paper bag thing. i remember in the early 90s when the pats were real bad, we looked like a giant lunch table

posted by patsdynasty at 10:32 AM on December 20, 2005

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