George Steinbrenner was the antithesis of William Clay Ford. That could taken as a compliment to Mr. Ford in some ways and a scathing criticism in others. He is loyal (perhaps to a fault) and well liked amongst his peers but George definitely held an advantage when it came to the burning desire to win.
Much of my youth as Tigers fan was spent watching a mediocre to poor team play through the dog days of summer towards irrelevance. The calendar turned to fall and the Tigers season ended while the New York Yankees began another push towards a championship.
While the masses labeled the Yankees the “Evil Emprire” I grew a respect for Mr. Steinbrenner and the Yankees organization because of their commitment to winning. During the late ’90’s I decided that if the Tigers couldn’t win a World Series then I didn’t have a problem if the Yankees won it every year. To me, they were a model franchise and I can admit to feeling a little jealousy.
I don’t think the Lions situation is much different. We sit waiting for “next year” as the butt of all jokes while model franchises like the Colts and Patriots seem to roll from successful year to successful year with relative ease. I’m sure a number of Lions fans have a little jealousy towards the Bob Kraft and Jerry Jones owned teams. Their desire to win has never been questioned.
Perhaps the Ford family can eventually rise the Lions from the dead like the 2006 Tigers. If they are going to do it, they might as well do it soon.