How are the Detroit Lions doing? And the survey says…

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The Detroit Lions have struggled this season, to say the least. Yet they have now decided to survey their fans. Shall we tell them what we really think?

The Detroit Lions and customer satisfaction. Do these words belong in the same sentence? Well since the franchise seems interested in knowing, we might as well tell them.

There is always going to be a faction of fans who have decided enough is enough and are trying to live their lives Detroit Lions free. They can no longer handle the emotional abuse that goes with being a Lions fan and have given up.

I suppose they are the ones who are taking the easy way out. They have decided that the Lions can never turn things around and they will be happier supporting another team.

Well, when was the last time that Lions fans can say they had satisfaction from their team? Maybe 1991 when they actually won their division and became the only team to defeat the Jimmie Johnson led Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs before being blown out by the Redskins in the NFC title game?

Perhaps for ‘complete’ satisfaction, we need to go as far back as 1957 when the Lions last won a world championship. Way back in a time and place before anyone had heard of anything such as the Super Bowl and half of the current league didn’t even exist.

Yeah, let’s just say way back before the vast majority of the Lions’ current fan base were even around. As a matter of fact, many of the parents of the current fan base weren’t even around.

So how long has it been since the Detroit Lions actually completely satisfied their fans? The real answer would be that it has been far, far too long.

As the Lions currently sit at 3-8-1 staring at what should assuredly be another loss to the Minnesota Vikings today, this season would have to rank as less than satisfying. Yet there will be some die-hard fans who will get angry at the very mention of their team being called disappointing.

But the question is; are you really angry at my suggesting that 3-8-1 and out of the playoff picture is unacceptable or are you angry at being let down by this team that paraded into the season with high hopes and big expectations?