December 19, 2005

They are marching in the streets in Detroit.: If there is one thing people from Detroit know how to do, it's get pissed off. Maybe it's time. I don't think this team is going anywhere until Ford sells it to someone who WANTS to win.

posted by commander cody to football at 02:44 AM - 27 comments

"Commitment to Ineptness" Too funny. I may even bring a "Fire Millen" sign to my next Hurricanes game just to see how many other Michiganders* are in the crowd. * - I am one of thousands of ex-Michiganders living in the Raleigh area.

posted by NoMich at 08:21 AM on December 19, 2005

Pictures from the Detroit Free Press for all of your "Fire Millen" goodness.

posted by NoMich at 08:31 AM on December 19, 2005

How many rebuilding plans must we go through? It is because of the ineptness of the Kitty Cats, oh... I mean Lions, that I am fan of another team. Pretty sad, even though the entire organization sucks, the games still sell out. If you want to make a statement, stop going to the games, then Ford will feel the hit, and maybe sell out to someone else. But they cant run a car company, so how in the world could they run a team.

posted by megyed at 08:56 AM on December 19, 2005

i saw lions game a week or so back its so amazing how many b.sanders shirts are out there,that once proud team just continues to fall.

posted by patsdynasty at 08:58 AM on December 19, 2005

barry sanders, deon sanders, colonel sanders the big cats need some help. How about this: Millen give a peak of the playbook, roaster, payroll ect. to the japanese, since they seem to be experts in productivity and efficiency in most things concerning ford and motor-city. Detroit has/had the talent to make a good showing. But, hey look on the bright side Breen Bay is below them. (said with a straight face)

posted by kosmicdebris at 09:59 AM on December 19, 2005

Great! We can turn Ford Field into Suzuki Stadium or if Toyota gets involved, the Lexus Lions.

posted by woody1090 at 11:32 AM on December 19, 2005

They feel like us Bruins Fans feel. Ownership needs to make a commitment to their fans first.

posted by ProSam at 01:37 PM on December 19, 2005

It is because of the ineptness of the Kitty Cats, oh... I mean Lions, that I am fan of another team. People like you are called the "Prawn Sandwich brigade" from the infamous Roy Keane quote. In the UK, in the context of American Football, that usually means Patriots fans. Such fans are universally reviled.

posted by salmacis at 02:12 PM on December 19, 2005

"festivus = yes, millen = no" hilarious. this seems unprecedented. has there ever been another occasion of fans taking to the streets to protest ownership/management of a pro sports team? that is, outside of premier league soccer.... them people are nutso.

posted by ninjavshippo at 02:13 PM on December 19, 2005

Salmascis, I would like to know more about the hatred of UK natives for New England Patriots fans...

posted by Venicemenace at 03:30 PM on December 19, 2005

I think he's talking about bandwagon jumpers, not Pats fans.

posted by yerfatma at 03:33 PM on December 19, 2005

I understand the "prawn sandwich" idea, and hating on bandwaggoneers, but bringing Pats fans into the debate is BS on both counts.

posted by Venicemenace at 03:34 PM on December 19, 2005

I would like to know more about the hatred of UK natives for New England Patriots fans Well, there was this evil tyrant King George III and....

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 PM on December 19, 2005

Sorry, abandoning the Lions does not make you a bandwagon jumper (or a prawn sandwich snarfer). It just means you are not hopelessly self-destructive. Many Michiganders have abandoned the Lions. Those who abandoned recently are likely to end up Pats fans, not just because the Pats are winners, but also because Brady was a Wolverine.

posted by dzot at 04:24 PM on December 19, 2005

There's been a bit of an upswing in the popularity of American football over the last few years in the UK - it might even be heading towards the levels last seen in the mid to late 80s. The success of the Patriots over the last four years has coincided with this increase of popularity, and hence many new followers of the sport (coincidently) just happen to support the Patriots. These fans are treated with derision by us longtime fans. (I started supporting the Bengals in 1986 - there havn't been too many good years since then!) There are a lot of Raiders, 49ers and Dolphins fans in the UK - these were the best teams when American football started gaining popularity the first time round.

posted by salmacis at 06:20 PM on December 19, 2005

I beleive selling the team would do alot of good, but it would really hurt the people who haven't given up on the Lions, personally I don't give a flying prawn sandwich snafers' ass what they do, but they need to do somthing if firing millen is the best thing to do (which it is) then do it. But the ford family needs to get off their rich asses and do somthing.

posted by Rover57 at 06:52 PM on December 19, 2005

Firing Millen would be nice but I think Ford is a horrible owner. Millen didn't have any expirience in the first place, coming from the broadcast booth and he has shown it with his incompetence. The Lions have also hired lackluster coaches who bring with them an outdated offense made for playmakers. It is either that or the three yard outs on third and ten are some other brand of offense. Maybe the Lions can do better next year so we will have a chance at having a better record than the Texans over the last few years...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:58 PM on December 19, 2005

Owners never care about the fans all they want to do is win. Its to bad ford cant even do that and he has the tallent to do it. It not Millen that needs to go they already got ride of the problem now the need to find a coach that can put the team back together for next year.

posted by cowboys4ever at 10:02 PM on December 19, 2005

owners dont care about winning. they only care about the money. what gives them a bigger profit? lots of high priced players who can win or a team of nobodies that doesnt cost as much. I live here in arizona and have had to put up with the crappy owner of the cards for years. The year after they finally beat dallas in the playoffs he let most of the good players on his team leave via freeagency rather than pay them and have a winning team. Unforgivable in my mind but he's a cheap fatcat who only looks at profit margin. its always, all about the money. that will allways be the bottom line. period.

posted by azdano at 11:10 PM on December 19, 2005

Has everyone forgot that it is a business? If the seats fill then why change, or for that matter spend money on players. Not like they need people to draw a crowd.

posted by ELWAY_FAN at 11:11 PM on December 19, 2005

I am actually a Patriots fan, but I would like to be a Lions fan at some point in my lifetime. There is something about being able to root for your home city team.

posted by megyed at 11:32 AM on December 20, 2005

megyed, so what you're saying is that if the Lions ever started winning, you'd support them? I'm sure you're the kind of fan the Lions would be delighted to attract... You can change your wife, but you can't ever change your team..

posted by salmacis at 01:18 PM on December 20, 2005

I only root for the Lions when they're up against the Christians.

posted by Scottymac at 08:47 AM on December 21, 2005

lol scotty that's a funny historical reference.

posted by Fade222 at 09:26 AM on December 21, 2005

Hey salmacis, what's wrong with being a fair-weather fan? I wish I was only a front-runner. It would be easier on the heart. These people who don't care whether I live or die shouldn't have so much power over my emotions from day to day and week to week. (Before you reply, read my profile.) I, too, will pull for the Lions harder when they start winning. Much of my family's in Detroit, and I'd love for them to do well.

posted by chicobangs at 09:33 AM on December 21, 2005

I'm assuming you're not being serious. Being a fair-weather fan is ok. I guess. Being a front-runner fan (jumping on a bandwagon in the middle of a dynasty) will be grounds for public execution when I am king.

posted by yerfatma at 10:35 AM on December 21, 2005

My favourite sign I saw watching the Colts Chargers game on Sunday: "I was here at 0-13. This is better!" Honestly, my team sunk far lower than the Lions ever did. Down to the third division of English Football. (What is now called League 1). Never even crossed my mind to stop supporting them.

posted by salmacis at 01:13 PM on December 21, 2005

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