10. It’s a tradition. Sure they’ve had some rough years, but football fans need to remember Detroit does still have a team.
9. Lions football is cause for a lazy Sunday. It’s just one more good reason to avoid doing any sort of real work on the “day of rest”.
8. Math is on our side. In 2008 we one 0 games. In 2009 we won 2. If we continue that trend, we should win at least 4 games this year — maybe more if we’re on a concave up win trend (calculus anyone? no?)!
7. Tickets are dirt cheap. Season tickets starting at $230? Are you talking about minor league baseball? Is that for real even? Seems like a good deal for football fans, at the price, regardless of how the team plays!
6. Betting on Detroit could win you big. Don’t gamble; but if you were to gamble, Detroit’s 1:2000+ odds of winning its division seem unusually sporting. The Bears have hardly been great in recent years. And while Aaron Rodgers looks like the quarterback of the future, Green Bay’s defense leaves much to be desired. That leaves the Vikings, with good old Brett Favre. While its hard to root against a legend like Favre, the loss of Sidney Rice for up to 8 weeks due to hip surgery is painful for the Vikings. That means if Detroit plays well it … could … have … a… chance of winning its division?
5. Detroit has a decent backup! And it’s not just new recruit Shaun Hill. MSU graduate Drew Stanton showed himself to be fleet of foot and capable, engineering an impressive drive in Detroit’s second preseason game. His heroics and fearless touchdown dive certainly helped to put him in contention for backup QB, should the need arise.
4. Matthew Stafford deserves another season before judgement. Sure his approximately 2:1 pick-to-TD ratio last year was miserable, but he played much of last season injured, due to a paper-thin O-line. Healed up and a bit wilier, and with some new threats at his disposal to distract the defense (Jahvid Best), expect Stafford to shape up and put up improved numbers.
3. Detroit is a pioneer of the all-you-can-eat seat. For a city with a D+ health rating, you feel kinda guilty putting this one the list. But hey, $45 for unlimited hot dogs, burgers, cheeseburgers, chips, french fries, soft pretzels, popcorn, nachos, soda and bottled water is a pretty good deal. Let’s just hope you go for a long run after!
2. The defense is beastly. Top draft pick Ndamukong Suh joins new pickups Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nate Burleson in what should be regarded as one of the most dangerous defenses in the NFC.
1. The team is young. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Drew Stanton, Jahvid Best, Louis Delmas, and DeAndre Levy are among the deluge of rising young star power on the Lions. If the management can keep these players together on the roster, it seems like a matter of time before the league’s youngest team has a breakout season.