The lack of posts form me recently has more to do with catching up on work and other household duties that went undone during this hectic last couple of months. Still, I always – even through 0-16, found thigns to write about. However, the string of bad luck on injuries, Stafford not playing, and the team just giving up last week haven taken their toll. Any time I started to write, I just felt it was too negative and scrapped it. I had a horrible Fantasy Football Year, so I was even out of the playoffs there in every league, which is unusual as well. You might say I was well on my way to Lionized this week.
So here we are — Saturday night. Tomorrow, I will not be hunkered down next to a radio. I will not be hunched in front of my computer, straining to find some grainy internet feed. Nope.
I will be at the 50 yard line with my brother. We will be just 35 rows back behind the Lions’ bench. Beers, Brats, cheering. Despite the trials and tribulations the Lions have faced this season, I still find myself more than a little excited. The atmosphere, the being there. This is my first trip to Ford Field (and hopefully not my last). Just like I find baseball tough to watch on TV, but just love going down to watch a Lugnuts game with friends and family at the ball park, part of it is just being there.
While I am quite disappointed that Stafford will not be playing, my brother is an MSU alum and hopes to see Stanton get on the field. I do too, if Culpepper looks even half as anemic as last week. There will be some exciting young players for the Lions’ future still on the field — Calvin Johnson, Louis Delmas (My brother did his undergrad at WMU and is pumped to see him as well), DeAndre Levy, Jordan Dizon, Sammie Hill,Aaron Brown, and others. Guys like Larry Foote, Julian Peterson, and even the recently acquired Witherspoon could make a difference.
We’ll also get to see Kurt Warner in action — his precision speed passing to Boldin, Fitz, and even Breaston. As a man who loves football, what is not to love? Yes — I am very glad that I’m going to the game tomorrow. Because as time creeps up to kickoff, I know I’ll be more than ready for some football. If they lose, I don’t lose. If they win, I don’t win. Sure, it is more exciting as a fan when your team does great and you win — but it is not required to enjoy the game. Which, is of course, why we all became fans in the first place. For love of the game.
As you listen to the game, watch a feed, or catch it online after its all over, keep that firmly in mind. We watch the Lions because we love football, and they are our team. This season is done for as far as record. Now it’s about watching the players, and the team, and starting to look at who can be part of a brighter future and who will be left behind.
If I can, I will try to post by phone from Ford Field at least once. I’ll try to get some pics, and do a write up on the experience and the atmosphere as well.