What would have been an easier sell for fans
The irony is that I wasn’t planning on discussing the formal admission that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia would be returning. Instead, I was interested in diving into the claim that long-time Detroit sportscaster Eli Zaret made on his ‘No Filter Sports’ podcast. He said that a source he completely trusts encouraged him to predict that Amazon magnate, Jeff Bezos, will purchase the Detroit Lions in 2020.
Instead, the Ford family denies that they have had any serious discussions of selling the franchise and that they intend to keep it right in their family. This is just what Lions fans everywhere needed to comfort them as they cry themselves to sleep in their pillows.
Now let me start by saying that I wouldn’t be surprised if that is true. The taxes that would accompany such a sale would take a big bite out of what the Ford family would be receiving in return for the keys to this pinto-like franchise.
However, the tax rate will drop dramatically once Mrs. Ford is no longer with us and would create a perfect time to make such a sale if the family were to have any interest in doing so.
While we’re on the subject of mortality, was anyone surprised by the admission of the Ford’s that they are in ‘win now’ mode? None of us truly know how long we have on this Earth and as time goes by, whether we like it or not, that mortality does tend to lend itself to our decision-making process.
I’m sure Mrs. Ford would like to see the Lions become a world championship team in her time. Despite the pathetic letter to the fans that states they want to build a ‘consistent winner’ instead of stating championships as the franchise goal.
This leads us, however, to one simple fact; if your team isn’t getting closer to becoming champions, then it is probably drifting further away. So are these Lions getting closer to being champions?
Let’s be honest, they have had more injuries than we could have possibly expected, but that’s the job of Bob Quinn. If players go down, either have or find players that can replace them in the lineup and help the team win.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been without Ben Roethlisberger all season yet they are very much in the playoff chase with Devlin Hodges at the helm. If any of you said ‘who?’, I’m right there with you. But the point is that they are in the playoff race. How about our Lions?