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Not The “Same Ole Lions”

October 13, 2011

So the Lions are 5-0. For me, this is something that I have not been able to say in my lifetime. Nor have any of my friends and associates in my age range. For those of us who have rooted for the Detroit Lions for as long as we can remember, this is a feeling that we haven’t had the opportunity to experience before. Sure we remember when the Lions went 6-2, but somehow, those wins were less…convincing. Everyone keeps waiting for the rug to be pulled out from under them. Fans were expecting to wake up and find that it was all a dream.

That’s exactly what happened. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But this time, it’s different. THIS time, they really are not the “Same ole Lions”

You can feel it. The league must be feeling it too, because at the end of last season, when Detroit went on it’s end of the season four win tear, we fans and the sports media were already discussing the possibility of a Monday Night game. When the schedule was released, we were rewarded with more than that. A preseason Patriots match as well as a Packer Thanksgiving day game was on the menu.

And the LIONS were ready to feast. And Feast they have. So far.

This time, it’s different. We were given a Monday Night game (the first in a decade) against a division rival that we won comfortably against a team that seems to have had our number. We have had two 20 point deficit comebacks in the 2 weeks prior to Monday Night Football, and we are undefeated. Calvin “Megatron” Johnson is having a career season and Matthew Stafford is still healthy. Jahvid Best just had the most productive game to date and our Defense is far better than anyone expected it to be. Because of the defensive front everyone expected (or prayed) would keep us in games, the secondary has benefited and not everyone teams deep pass play against us is a guaranteed big gain.

 

And we are no longer the butt of every football joke. Those few who try not to respect us end up looking downright silly. Just like Tillman of the Bears did when he tried to stop Best.

No folks. This is not the same team you are used to watching blow games they should win. Penalizing themselves into losses. Giving up huge plays downfield. Giving up when the going gets tough.

Instead, we have faced adversity, we have looked at it as an opportunity to dig deep and show just how different we are.

And we have prevailed.

The part I enjoy the most? EXPECTING to win. Even when we are losing.

How exciting is that? When can you say you have felt that way before?

These are the NEW Detroit Lions. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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