The 97.1 The Ticket twitter account attributed a quote to Jim Schwartz that I really like. It goes like this:
If you look at this as a reward for all our hard work then we’re on the wrong track, this is a start for us.
That’s the thing about rewards, they only come as a result of something that has been finished. The Lions aren’t finished.
As a fanbase we’re done dealing with and supporting a losing organization. The opportunity to watch the Lions in a playoff game is in some ways a reward for us. That doesn’t mean that the opportunity to play in a playoff game is a reward for the team. To say that the this game is a reward for the Lions is to suggest that they should just be happy to be there, at least on some level. Make no mistake, the Lions locker room is heading to New Orleans to win, not to play a game celebrating the 2010 season.
Just one team is “rewarded” each season, the team that hoists the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl Champions. That might not be the Lions this year but it is clear they won’t be satisfied until it is.