In the midst of the boring NFL offseason, we take a moment to determine exactly what kind of Detroit Lions’ fans were are heading into another year.
The draft is over. Most of free agency is over. But training camp has not yet started. Worst time of the year. Or is it? This could be a time for reflection, Detroit Lions fans.
During the lull of the NFL offseason, assessing your own sanity is probably a better use of effort than trying to figure out if our third-string linebacker or backup quarterback will breakout and take us to the promised land. As a Lions’ fan, you have probably settled into one of two basic types of fandom.
Consider this as a non-exhaustive, tongue-in-cheek guide to determining which of the two types of Lions’ fan you may be right now. Let’s figure it out! Also, feel free to diagnose others who exhibit symptoms. Have fun!
How You Doin’?
The offseason brings two basic feelings for Lions’ fans; you feel either hopeful…
"“Yes! Quarterback Matthew Stafford‘s finger is healed! We drafted two linebackers, and signed a whole new right side to our offensive line!” #championship"
Or you’re feeling despair….
"“What? No defensive end or running back in the draft? A cornerback that can’t break a 4.60 forty yard dash time? That bum, Matt Stafford, is back? Now, our left tackle, Taylor Decker, is hurt?”"
Side note: I am of the personal opinion that you are allowed to flip from one to the other, because being a Lions’ fan is not always a picnic. **cough**understatement**cough**
These two feelings ultimately manifest themselves in the affected person taking on one of two major types of fan personas: the “Kool-Aid Drinker” or the “S.O.L.” Lions fan.
If you have been a fan for more than a week, you probably know at least one stereotype fan of each ilk. Maybe you’ve been both…on the same day. Personally, it can be a minute-by-minute thing for me at times.