If a tree falls in a forest does it make a sound? If a game is not shown to its only fans, should it even count? For the first time since the Lions lacked any black piping on their uniforms, the Lions played to a less-than-empty home building. For the umpteenth time though, they came out flat and found themselves with a similar result. With nine games left in their 2008 schedule, they are in a battle with the Bengals for both the no. 1 draft pick and an effort to avoid NFL immortality.
Dan Orlovsky was a mediocre quarterback at an up-and-coming UConn program and his NFL experience has mostly been with a baseball cap on during Detroit Lions football games. He was not a USC or Florida quarterback who brought a winning attitude into the Lions locker room. A local paper today decided to quote the current starting back about the ticket situation in Detroit, and in no mincing of words, basically explained that this was not his city and he doesn’t care whether the fans show up or not. The funny thing about his comment was the Lions have not showed up in months at Ford Field, and those fans do contribute in some way to Orlovsky’s salary. His comments alienated his skewed views even more from a fan base groaning for a Spartan to take over the top spot.
With difficult games coming up against Chicago and Jacksonville, there is a daunting feeling that the Thanksgiving game against the Titans could be a real scary sight. Sure, there have been some closer results over the past few weeks that have been promising, but the same issues continue to plague this team. Calvin Johnson continues to be underutilized, the running game remains a total mystery, and the team seems to disappear when the game means something. Apparently, Orlovsky and the team are beginning to realize the fans disappear when the losing continues.