I grew up in a state that didn't have any pro franchises until recently, so I changed my allegiance with every season. I have never really rallied behind an NFL team.
It wasn't until a couple of years ago when I met my fiance, Bleacher Report Lions Featured Columnist Dean Holden, that I became a Detroit Lions fan. Dean and I started dating the year the Lions went 0-16. I became a fan at the worst possible time. I often questioned Dean as to why he continued to cheer for a team that was always on the losing end.
"You don't pick your allegiances," he would tell me, "they pick you. There's no greater feeling than a win for your home team."
Dean grew up in Michigan, and is the biggest Detroit sports fan I know. We moved back to Michigan for school last year, and I began to understand why Lions fans are the way they are (we are).
After today's loss, it became apparent to me, that the Lions need to show their fans that they care.
Detroit Lions fans deserve better than this.You made some great changes this year, but you are not playing like a team that wants it. They are willing to watch you play year after year, and consistently be one of the worst in the NFL.
This is my message to you, as a fan, as the future wife of a fan, and as a resident of this great state:
Have discipline. Don't make stupid mistakes. Catch passes you should catch, and maybe even some you shouldn't.
Don't have the second most penalties in the NFL. Don't let one mistake snowball into another. Play smart football.
Most importantly, don't let your heart get the best of you. If you let your own emotions take you out of the game, you'll never get anywhere.
So you made a mistake. So your franchise quarterback is out, possibly for the season. So your back-up quarterback is playing with a broken forearm. So what.
This doesn't have to mean the season is over. Make a choice. Choose to finish the game. This isn't college football. You are getting paid to do a job. So do it.
Don't give up on this team. Your fans don't, so why should you.
Have the same passion for this team that your fans do, and you will win.
P.S.—If you lose to the Cowboys, you're in big trouble.