In the 11 years I’ve known Jason Terzis, the one phrase he’s said to me more often than any other is, “I can’t believe your already/still drinking the Lions Kool-Aid”. Each season I’m berated and laughed at for my “blind” loyalty to the “worst run franchise in the N.F.L.”, the Detroit Lions. The fact is, I can’t help it. I have been a diehard Lions fan ever since my father, a fellow diehard Lion fan, introduced me to the team in the late 1960’s.
In all honesty, I have been more “hopeful” than “optimistic” in recent years (for all the obvious reasons) but this season I am optimistic again. While I’m still not a fan of Matt Millen the General Manager, or William Clay Ford Senior the Owner, I believe in Rod (Marinelli). I believe the running game will succeed (relatively). I believe the new running philosophy WILL help both the wide receivers, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, the defense. I believe the SPEED of the defense will help make up for it’s lack of overall talent. Ultimately, I believe the Lions will have a winning record for the first time this century. Granted, 9-7 is closer to mediocre than good, but considering they’ve gone 31-81 in the Matt Millen era, it would be a huge step… throw in a couple of breaks or good bounces, and it might even turn into a playoff birth. There, I said it.
As Jason said live on Sports Overtime this past Sunday… “Well it looks like someone’s drinking the Honolulu Blue and Silver Kool-Aid again. Larry Figurski believes the Lions will finish with a winning record this season, at 9-7. Like Notre Dame fans (with their team) Larry always picks the Lions to finish better than they really do, meaning the Lions will finish worst than 9-7 this season.”
Working in a sports office with a diehard Bears fan (Jack Doles grew up in Chicago) and a Steelers fan (Jason grew up in Connecticut, near New York, but apparently liked the Pittsburgh uniforms) I have taken more than my share of “Lion” grief during the past decade, and may be setting myself up for more. However, Jason told me recently, that IF the Lions ACTUALLY finish without a losing record this season, he will make a public apology to me and the rest of you Kool-Aid drinkers, LIVE on Sports Overtime at the end of the regular season. Be sure to roll the DVR’s and TIVOs.