With the as-yet-undefeated Detroit Lions set to face the Chicago Bears in a much-anticipated matchup Monday, Oct. 10, leadership of the Detroit Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago are getting in on the friendly rivalry.
Now, as the team prepares for a home field Monday night date with the Chicago Bears, confidence is at an all time high. Not only will the Lions grace Sports Illustrated’s cover this week, they also crack the the top five in all the major power rankings. You’re not dreaming. Football is back in Detroit, and in a huge way.
“It’s going to be like an NFC Championship Game,” Detroit receiver Nate Burleson said.
You can hardly blame the 4-0 Lions, who, even more than the Detroit Tigers, have been linked to the city’s civic and sports renaissance. Winners of eight straight games going back to the end of the 2010 season, the Lions are heady with success while at the same time cognizant of the slow building process that has taken place since the ouster of former general manager Matt Millen three years ago and the promotion of Martin Mayhew in December 2008.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.