So the Detroit Lions squeaked out a last second victory over the Seattle Seahawks to raise their record to 3-4. Had they lost, given their brutal schedule that remains, even the Lion die-hards might have grudgingly conceded any chance of glory this season was gone.
Guess what? They never had a chance at glory in the first place. They ain't all that. They weren't all that last year either. They ain't NEVER been all that, and yours truly doesn't see them sniffing the Super Bowl any year soon. Presently, they've got one great receiver, an overrated QB, and all the rest is mediocre -- at best. Forget miles. The Lions have light years to go before any thoughts of Vince Lombardi's trophy should even be vaguely entertained.
Other teams rise to the top, fall back down, then rise again to glory. Like Pittsburgh, San Francisco, the NY Giants, Dallas, Green Bay, etc. The Lions had been flat-liners for a very long time, then finally showed a blip on their EKG last year. No more and no less. Then they got blown out in their first playoff game. Despite that reality, the Detroit Lion bandwagon was rolling again and, oh my, did the people jump on it. Next season will be better. We're contenders now and the sky's the limit.
Correction. No. They weren't "for real" contenders then, and they aren't now either. The illusion has become more sophisticated, but it's not real.
What the Lions are extremely good at is doing just enough to keep their fans desperately grasping for the brass ring that isn't even there. It's still an illusion. It's like believing a magician is really flying through the air over the audience during his performance. Some people will actually buy into that and go home to tell their friends about how it was real. Please.
In the Lions' case, the Detroit area sports bars love it. Cha-ching. The Lions' bean counters love it. Cha-ching. The kool-aided Detroit sports reporters love it. Lots of printed words and sound bytes. Once the Honolulu blue and silver sweet stuff overwhelms their systems, there appears to be no known antidote. After all this time, year after decade after half-century, you'd think they'd learn. But they never do.
One word to y'all. Suckahs.