Detroit Lions: Can 0-16 Break the Heart of a Lion?

Matt FarvaContributor IDecember 23, 2008

First off, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to all Detroit Lions fans, and even more if the unfortunate football tragedy that is 0-16 occurs on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. 

It would mark the first time an NFL team went winless on the 16-game NFL schedule that we see today. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14, but only on a 14-game regular-season schedule. This was also the 14-game schedule that saw the 1972 Miami Dolphins go 17-0 winning the Super Bowl. 

That record was also just shy of being broken last season with the New England Patriots losing in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants—an event I thoroughly enjoyed. The Lions last week did break the Buccaneers record of 0-14 by going 0-15, but the winless record could still be broken. 

However, I would also sincerely like to give all my respect to the people of Detroit, as well as the Detroit Lions and their fans. Detroit is unfortunately feeling a big effect of the current economic recession, but continues to support its hometown team: the horrid Detroit Lions. 

Every game the Detroit Lions have at their magnificent Ford Field has fans in the stands cheering as loud as they can for the Lions. This is truly an amazing display of passion for the game of football. 

The only bright spot I can remember the Lions having was when arguably the most-elusive running back in NFL history played there in Barry Sanders. But since his retirement, it's been losing season after losing season after get the point.

The Lions are in Green Bay at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field three days after Christmas for week 16 of the NFL season. I think the Lions have a chance with there running ga, oh wait—sorry Detroit fans, I'm not sure I like your chances, but Happy Holidays. 

The moral of this article is that I'm hoping for the sake of the Lions franchise and their loyal fans that Santa has a late gift: 1-15.

As a diehard NFL fan myself, I really hope the Lions can break out of this losing season streak and reward the loyal fans of Detroit.