2011 Detroit Lions: How the Lions Can Get out of the NFC North "Helmet" Cellar

Brenda SummersCorrespondent IIMay 18, 2011

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 19:  Safety Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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You have probably seen, read, or heard about the article that ranks the Detroit Lions helmet logo at 17th out of 32 teams.  The Pittsburgh Steelers won the contest outright and the Lions' NFC North arch-rival, the Green Bay Packers, took fourth.

Discussions about why the Pittsburgh Steelers ended up No. 1 had much to do with the history of the city but mostly to do with the history of the franchise.  The same can be said for the Packers.

At some point, one has to wonder if we even care about this ranking.  It's a football helmet logo contest, right?  Yes.  But it is also about name recognition and respect.

Being beaten by all three of the NFC North teams in this contest leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  This ranking puts the Lions in the division "cellar" again.

Frankly, I believe this will change after the next five seasons because the Lions will emerge as the team to beat and because people are swayed by winning teams.

The Packers "G" made it to number four?  That is not about a logo.  That's about the team winning the Super Bowl four times.

So how do we get the Lions logo into the top ten?

First, the Lions will show they are the comeback team of the century.  They have to become a winning franchise and play themselves right into the Super Bowl.

Second, the Ford's will create a "special edition" (Mustang or an F-150 would be good options) based on the Lions and market a great car with a great team. It could run off a battery or an alternative fuel source but it has to be powerful.

Third, put Ndamukong Suh behind the wheel of that baby instead of a Chrysler.  If Stafford's arm proves to be the gun that I think it will, then put Stafford behind the wheel. 

Or maybe you put our newest D-line member, Nick Fairley, once he gets the recognition I believe he will get after this coming season.

Why not just put the entire front defensive line in the car or show them having a contest over who gets to drive by posting the most sacks in a game?

I know it could be considered a conflict of interest to have a Lion promoting a Ford but hey, the "other" car companies are grabbing up our players, so why not Ford?

Fourth, and last, maybe it's time to consider another upgrade to the Lions logo.  I know we just did this but what if the Lions focused on the face or a frontal view of the King of the jungle? 

Can you picture a Lion coming at you with his teeth barred and his claws exposed?  That's the kind of upgrade I'm talking about.

There may be some pieces missing here and it is just about a helmet but I'm done with the Lions being cast at the bottom and will be happy to see the "reversal of fortune" come to fruition...even if it's in the form of a logo contest.

At least for now.

I understand the Lions have to put together several winning seasons before others will consider them to be legit but to a true die-hard fan, the Lions have been legit forever.  The team in Detroit right now will be the ones to put the Lions in the history books for a reason we can all be proud of.

This team will be in the playoffs this season and in the Super Bowl the following year.

At the point when the Lions win their first Super Bowl I will not care anymore about the helmet logo rankings...but I bet it puts them in the top ten.


Brenda Summers is a Featured Columnist for the Detroit Lions and can also be followed on twitter @DLions_1