I had a nice little conversation the other night with some Buffalo Bills fans. They apparently were jealous that as a Lions fan I could be negative and completely bitter all the time while they had to constantly make decisions between hope, disgust and despair. They did see a once promising season come to a nightmarish end. There was the epic fumble and loss in the last seconds against the Jets and then the bone headed management move of scheduling a December game against the Miami Dolphins in a Toronto dome (rather than make those Florida boys play in cold snowy Buffalo.) It was a pretty heady concept they were trying to convey but I can only imagine the damaged psyche of a Bills fan's having come up short in four Super Bowls. They do inhabit a whole different universe of hurt. I could see the intensity of disappointment.
Now I can enjoy the playoffs knowing that my team has already lost all their games this season. My hopes are that the Lions win a game sometime in the not too distant future. Because we are at 17 straight losses and right now we have to build a team that will try not to lose games. We can always build a winner later. The bar has been lowered. I'm just looking for that one victory.
This is the most exciting time for a Lions fan. Like an addict, I am at the start of the cycle fully aware of how things will turn out in the end but psyched that we have new coach on the way and promising draft picks. When the NFL holds their highly publicized Human Resources meeting in Manhattan (i.e. the Draft), I will be in front of my computer imagining the players they will draft that will bring them back to respectability. There is no more losing for now, no more bottoms. We have the promise and the hope that new blood will bring new results for the first time. What is insanity? Being a Lions fans. (I paraphrase, it is actually doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.)