Hey there Lions’ fans – all three of you. You’re so hospitable, and your team can be so accomodating. Detroit (Ford Field, the Silverdome, whereever) can feel like a home game to every team in the league except the Lions. After all, visiting teams’ fans can take their pick of seats close to the action. (It’s been that way at FedEx for a while too, but that’s different. The Redskins’ owner’s created that mess by selling premium tickets to ticket wholesalers. At least at FedEx you can’t pay for $60 seats and sit on the 50 yard-line 20 rows up from the field.)
So, just how hospitable are you going to be this year? More to the point, how nice of a host will your Lions be? Many in the national media think your team is going to upset the Redskins, because they think the Redskins are in disarray. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some of you, based on your comments in the online edition of the Detroit Free Press, think the Lions are a more talented team. Allrighty then.
The Lions usually play the Skins tough at home. That’s especially true on Thanksgiving. When they come to DC (RFK, FedEx Field, whereever), they get their butts whipped mercilessly. They lie down like, um, nevermind. So, it’s better for you if the Redskins visit your home sweet home. Except, it ain’t so sweet for the Lions, now is it? The joint is pretty much empty. By the way, nice injury list. What’s with all of the sore necks, shoulders, and knees? What kind of drills has Jim Schwartz been putting the Lions’ players through anyway? Your team needs a massage.
Okay, so your local press has figured out that Clinton Portis is hobbled a bit, and Jon Janssen wants a slice of revenge. Woohoo. So what if the Lions are desperate for a win – the Redskins are too. Facts are facts. Portis will play, but doesn’t need to much for the Redskins to win this game. Normally, they need him to pile up 100 yards to win, but not against your beloved Lions. Your rookie QB, Stafford, reportedly needs to be a bit more patient with his decision making. The Redskins’ defense doesn’t engender patience in QBs. Tomorrow, one of the teams on the field will break out of its doldrums. Jamie Dukes, Mike Golic and the rest of the talking heads notwithstanding – it won’t be the home team.
Here’s the cruelest fact of all in life. You are what you are, until you demonstrate consistently you’re something different. The Lions could be on the mend. They could be about to become respectable. Y’all could actually show up to a game like NFC East fans do. Coulda, woulda, shoulda – who cares? Until you show otherwise, your team is nice, and you are oh so nice. The Redskins won’t be, but thanks anyway. We do appreciate it. Redskins 24, Lions 13.