I Know Crap When I See It I Don’t Need To Be Reminded Of It
Well as we all know last season the Detroit Lions went 0-16 and brought about an end to a season of complete ineptitude for the franchise. That being said many felt that there may well have been something that could be learnt from all of this.
I personally can’t see what can be learned from such an inept display in futility. For the last six years at least the franchise has been mired in mediocrity. And the ownership of the franchise has remained deafeningly silent whilst much of this has all played out for the public’s and fans’ attention alike.
What can be said about the franchise and the Ford family that hasn’t already been said ? I’d dare that a number of us would have a few choice adjectives that can best describe the organization as a whole ? And it certainly hasn’t helped in seeing the Ford family fortunes taken such an abrupt turn with regards to the family business. It’s not exactly a whole hearted endorsement for the NFL franchise as a whole when you see the fortunes of the Ford Motor Company itself remain somewhat bleak. Even if on paper it’d suggest that it’s better shape than that of its counterparts GM and Chrysler.
Which brings me on to the point of this piece in particular. Lions’ running back Kevin Smith who at best can be described as a serviceable sophomore running back has been bold enough to make a statement….nay a prognostication as to how the team might well fare. It is Smith’s belief that the team is capable of making the playoffs in the upcoming ’09 season. On the face of it the announcement alone is comical . And those who’d view it with any degree of respect may well be laughing amongst themselves also.
One can only surmise that Smith is looking as this as a motivational tool not only to inspire himself and his teammates as well. And what with the recent upheaval within the franchise , with the firing of Rod Marinelli as coach. It can be said this season alone for the Detroit Lions will be one intrigue , interest and a great deal of mystery all wrapped in a neat parcel waiting for anyone part-take of its no doubt unique pleasures.
It could well be that with the acquisition of their number one first round draftee Matthew Stafford . Smith may well be viewing the situation that with the signing of a franchise quarterback that things are about to change for the better for the organization as whole on the field and within the halls of the franchise itself. With the departure of former GM Matt Millen . It has been left to his successor Martin Mayhew to try and turn around the fortunes of the franchise.
But unless there’s divine intervention and an alignment of the stars, one doubts that the fortunes of the franchise would be regained so quickly.It’s bad enough that an inexperienced player such as Smith has opened his mouth and placed even more pressure upon his team than is necessary. It’s not as if they’re equipped to make this all become a reality.
The fact of the matter is that the Detroit Lions hasn’t been of relevance within the NFL in over a decade. And will it as we all may things are unliable to change all that profoundly even with the acquisition of Stafford and their sampling of draft picks brought into bring back life to a lethargic and quite often moribund franchise. Nothing has deifned sheer failure and ineptitude than what we’ve all witnessed from this franchise over the last decade. And one would’ve hoped that before Smith opened his mouth to make such an asinine statement that he infact would have remembered this.
Whatever expectations that are felt by the Lions’ fans in general. One truly doubts that their expectations will be exceeded with Smith’s wishes coming through. So often over the years they’ve come to willingly accept futility as a way of life. Anything beyond that as of now can only be viewed as a gift . But more to the point were this all to happen how would the fans in Detroit really feel ? Winning at the collegiate level in basket and football has been one thing. And when it comes to their professional hockey and basketball teams they’ve had success there as well. But as an NFL franchise the Lions have been the butt of jokes around the league where they’ve joined the likes of the Los Angeles Raiders as cannon fodder when it comes to recent exhibitions of mediocrity and lack of reall leadership from the executive office on down.
You don’t have to be an officianado to know crap when you see it . But it does help when the level of mediocrity being viewed the level of which it’s been attained is often attatched to one particular franchise primarily. And that franchise is ……………………….