The Detroit Lions are officially a good football team. They have risen atop the NFL Power Rankings and the city of Detroit could not be more rockin'. Fans have come out every week to sell out Ford Field, but they are having some confusion of how to actually be a fan.
Now that the Lions are good, their die-hard fan base is surely being rewarded, but then there are bandwagon fans, and this is my slideshow for them.
Jim Schwartz knows what's up here. He sees a San Francisco fan, decked out in their home team gear, and he gives them an earful. Clearly, I am joking here as that is Jim Harbaugh, but none the less Detroit Lion fans should not let their away opponent's fans be comfortable.
It should be standard that any time you see an opposing fan, you should boo them until they turn away, then boo them some more. I am not saying pour beer on anyone or get in their face, but don't let them be comfortable. I don't even care if it's a Tom Brady jersey. Unless it's a University of Michigan Tom Brady jersey, that person gets booed.
The Black Hole in Oakland definitely has opposing team's fans scared and Detroit fans should do the same. Hey, it is the most dangerous city in the country right?
See how hard Matthew Stafford is concentrating. He needs it to be very quiet when he is concentrating so he can complete passes. He also needs it quiet to yell out adjustments along with Dominic Raiola, his center.
The Lions have a very high powered offense and Matthew Stafford has the full ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage, whenever he wants. This is much easier when the fans are quiet.
Yes, definitely cheer and high five after big plays, but then quiet right back down. Don't start "let's go Lions" chants or scream loudly. That is just absurd and should never happen.
Now there are times to be loud though, and it's on defense, which leads me to...
Ndamukong Suh and friends don't need to hear anything when they are on defense. They play right off the ball's movement and all adjustments are per-meditated to the offenses.
Lions fans did a pretty good job of this on Monday Night Football, causing nine Chicago Bears false starts. This trend needs to continue and even get louder. I love hearing that the San Francisco 49ers had to practice with loud music to get ready for the crowd noise.
Keep up the good work here fans, get rowdy, loud and obnoxious.
Oh man, this one gets me the most. Why, oh why, would you ever leave a home football game before it's over? Not only do you drop a couple hundred dollars in tickets, you don't even stay for the whole show? Tisk, tisk, tisk. You wouldn't do that if you went to the movies would you? Just leave before the climatic ending?
No, you would never do that. The Lions were down a measly three points at the end of the 49ers game and so called Lions fans were leaving after the Niners kicked a field goal to go up six. The Lions had all three time outs left and more than a minute left! WHERE ARE YOU GOING!!!!!?????
Do you know what that does to your home team's confidence? They see their fans not believing they can make a game-winning drive so they don't think they can, and probably don't. I would be pissed if I was Matthew Stafford and fans are leaving when I'm trying to make a comeback.
Straight disrespectful, and a disgrace to wearing the Honolulu Blue and Silver. Stay the whole game or don't even come at all. At least then you won't have to worry about beating the traffic. Please leave your seats for fans who really do care.
If you live by these rules when you go to Lions games you should do pretty good as a home fan.