New Orleans Did It, But Will the Detroit Lions Ever Reach the Super Bowl?

Adam BiggersSenior Analyst IIJanuary 28, 2010

DETROIT - JANUARY 3:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions carries the ball during the game against the Chicago Bears on January 3, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Unless you've been living under a rock for the last week, you have surely heard the news — the New Orleans Saints are going to their first Super Bowl.

A whole region is prepared to cheer the Saints on to victory, rallying behind "Who Dat" chants and relishing the fact that they have something to get excited about. New Orleans needs this.

The Saints were a team that was known for one thing — never reaching the big game. Well, and the fact that their fans called them the 'Aints and wore bags over their heads while booing them from the stands, but that's not the point.

Come to think of it, Lions fans have shown their "love" by doing similar things. Only if "Lions" rhymed with something catchy like "Aints," the two teams would be nearly identical as far as fan treatment is concerned.

The Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans (they get a pass), and the Detroit Lions.

What do these teams have in common, well, Detroit should give it away — these are all teams that have never played for all the chips.

No. 1 draft picks, Barry Sanders, firing Matt Millen, nothing seemed to work for the Lions in an attempt to at least be competitive , let alone reach a Super Bowl.

There has been Heisman winners, supposed "futures" of the franchise, and saviors to come to Detroit, but still the same end result.

It's frustrating for Lions fans.

The 1991 NFC Championship game has been, and probably will be the closest the Lions ever get to playing on the last Sunday of the season.

The team was built a $430 million dollar facility in hopes to provide a better environment for the Motor City Kitties.

The only environment that was provided was a state-of-the-art stadium in which the Lions could continue to embarrass themselves and their fans in.

Something has to give.

Instead of drafting defense, the Lions opt for offense. Has anyone in that front office  ever heard the phrase "Defense wins championships?"

The only hope the Lions have in the 2010 NFL Draft is that the St. Louis Rams pass up on perhaps one of the most promising defensive prospects in decades — Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska).

Granted, the draft is the "Super Bowl" for them, but landing Suh could instill a little hope for the dismal franchise.

The list of blown draft picks is a mile long, and until something is done about it, Lions fans can continue to look forward to 3-13 and watching their million dollar babies get slaughtered on a game-by-game basis.

If it took a hurricane to unite a city around its football team, what will it take in Detroit?

Perhaps an economic down-turn, declining auto industry, and record-high unemployment would do the trick — wait, that's the reality of Detroit, and that hasn't even done much to unite Lions fans.