If I told you that I was once on a youth baseball team called the Diamondbacks and we won the “World Series”, would you put money on the real Arizona Diamondbacks to win the World Series this fall? Of course not, there may be a couple (distantly) common elements but the two things have nothing to do with each other.
So why is anyone dampening the mood surrounding the 2011 Detroit Lions by pointing out the 2008 squad went 4-0 in the preseason only to “achieve” the league’s only 0-16 regular season in history?
I have no idea.
Why not point out that the Lions still play at Ford Field and they’ve never had a .500 record since moving there?
Why not point out that the Lions haven’t been exciting to watch since Barry Sanders retired and he isn’t suiting up this year either?
Why not? I have no idea, because those points seem as valid as pointing back to the 2008 preseason.
Detroit Lions optimism was riding high before preseason games even started and any uptick since then is because of the way this team’s important players have played, not because they won four preseason games. Maybe there are just a few haters out there grasping the final straws that remain. That’s fine, there will always be haters. Those haters just need to know how stupid they sound.
I’m not saying pessimistic opinions shouldn’t be tolerated. Quite the opposite, in fact – as long as it is based on something legitimate. The optimism isn’t based on preseason records so any tempering of that enthusiasm should be either.