Should Detroit Lions fans have hope?

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“A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”

This is the dictionary’s definition of hope and it’s a good one. Everyone hopes to be rich or hopes to fall in love. Hope is all about wanting and needing. This is indisputable. I like to look at hope in a different way than Webster does however. To understand how I see hope, you have to look to Frank Darabont’s 1994 tour de force, The Shawshank Redemption.

This scene from one of the greatest movies of all time perfectly explains the thesis of this article. It tells the story of hope from both perspectives and allows the viewer to choose which road they want to take. This theory also works when talking about the Detroit Lions and their fans.

Should you have hope? We’ve established that hope can be a beautiful thing that can drive someone to accomplish their goals and feel unparalleled jubilation once those goals are achieved. On the other side of the spectrum, hope can lead to embarrassment and agony. Hence the great Morgan Freeman calling hope a dangerous thing.

Today I would like to make a case for each side and let you the fans make the choice of whether you would like to proceed with caution, or unwavering hope and confidence. Let’s start off by arguing for hope.

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