Lions Congregation: Ford Field Memories


Thanks to Joshua over at Roar of the Lions, SideLion Report is once again part of what is called the Lions Congregation. Every week, he brings us bloggers the questions of you the readers. It is exciting to be a part of a solid group of writers and fans who share equal passion for our football team!

This week’s question deals less with the team than the stadium in which they play; Tom D. writes in:

It seems like Ford Field is such a great stadium, that if the Lions started winning fans could really make that place rock and give the team some true home field advantage. What are your favorite Ford Field memories??

Here is the Panel for this week’s question (To view everyone’s responses click here):

Al of The Wayne Fontes Experience
Phil of Mlive.com
Zac of The Sidelion Report
Ty of The Lions in Winter
Blades Boyd formerly of the Church of Schwartz
Joshua aka DetFan1979 of Roar of the Lions

My answer comes after the jump…

I believe your thoughts about a full Ford Field are right on, Tom. During a Lions game last year I took a moment to look around and ponder a potential Big Ten championship game at Ford Field and got goosebumps imagining the atmosphere a couple college marching bands and conference title hopes could bring.

I have been to my fair share of Lions games since Ford Field opened but the truth is that none of them have been all that memorable. I always (ok, almost always) have a good time but witnessing Daunte Culpepper’s first game as a Lion isn’t anything to brag about.

Fortunately, the question leaves me some wiggle room. My favorite Ford Field memory is the 2005 MHSAA Division 1 Championship game between Canton and Rockford. As a 2002 graduate of Canton High School it was a proud moment for me to see my alma mater reach their first ever state final. On top of that, my brother-in-law was a member of that team to give the experience some extra personal appeal. Watching the state championship games on TV had long been a family tradition each Thanksgiving weekend but the chance to see my school in that game in person was very cool, even though Rockford ended up beating Canton.

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