Isn’t it time for the Lions to shock us? Isn’t it time for them to play well in a meaningful game?
It’s been 23 years since the Lions won a playoff game. That was the year Apartheid was dismantled, the Dow Jones topped 3,000 points for the first time, Mike Tyson was accused of rape in Indiana and the cost of a gallon of gas was $1.12.
We were watching Silence of the Lambs, Boyz in the Hood, City Slickers, Father of the Bride, Cape Fear and Beauty and the Beast.
Isiah Thomas played for the Pistons and Steve Yzerman for the Red Wings.
Desmond Howard did the Heisman pose against Ohio State. Nolan Ryan threw his seventh no-hitter. Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive and Michael Jordan won his first NBA title with the Chicago Bulls.
That is a lot of water under the bridge. There were players playing that many of you never heard of. Sheldon White was a Lions defensive back. Now he is head scout. Martin Mayhew played for the Washington Redskins, a team that destroyed the Lions in the NFC championship game. Now he is the general manager.
We heard “Barry, Barry, Barry” whenever running back Barry Sanders turned in another miracle run.
The Lions beat the Dallas Cowboys that season, the team they face today.
Isn’t it time?