Every season for the Detroit Lions is a little bit different. The names change, records change—so do circumstances and general sentiments on the team.
But even with all those annual changes, there are some things Lions fans say every single year.
Fans are familiar with the arc of the typical Lions season, which goes something like "boundless optimism-tempered expectations-denial while clinging to unlikely playoff scenarios-bitter draft watch." And because that progression is so normal, there are certain tropes that have sneaked their way into a usual Lions discussion.
Of course, depending on the time of year, these can be positive or negative, but there's one thing I want to point out before getting started.
"Same old Lions" will not be making an appearance on this list. It is a phrase many Lions fans are familiar with, but it's not something Lions fans say—it's something Lions fans have said to them. Fans know that even though the team is bad more often than it is good, it is always at least a slightly different experience.
There's nothing "same old" about them.
That being said, here are five things that will most likely come out of someone's mouth when you talk about the Lions.