Being a fan of Detroit sports teams isn’t always easy. We’ve been finding that out for the last decade (or five) with the Lions, we went through it from the mid-90′s to the mid 00′s with the Tigers, and who can forget (I’m trying) the teal years of the Pistons.
But being a fan through the thin times makes it even more fun when they finally break through. I learned to love the Lions during the Barry Sanders era of the 1990′s. They weren’t great then, but they made the playoffs more often than not.
I learned to love the Detroit Tigers in the early 90′s as well, and I didn’t get to see the team in the playoffs until I was 20 years old. But I found that all of the losing, and all of the ridicule I endured for having hope in a failed frachise, made the team’s rise to success even that much sweeter. I don’t take the Tigers’ current success and competitiveness for granted for a single day.
The Lions’ day will come too. Trust me, it will. And when it does, we’ll get to party hard. Can you imagine this city, and this whole state, when (trust me, they will) the Lions make it to the Superbowl. Dare I even say it, WIN the Superbowl? You don’t want to be just jumping on the bandwagon when that happens.
I’m not always happy about what happens on the field, and sometimes I think they’ll never get there. But they’re heading in the right direction. A deep playoff run is in the future of this franchise, the NFL has too much parity for it not too happen eventually. That’s why I’m thankful now, for all of the losing we’ve endured, because that time will be so much better for it.
James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”