I am a sports writer. My job is to write sports, talk sports and cover Detroit sports.
I sometimes wonder what goes through the minds of people who read me and listen to me on the radio. It is that time of year where some Lion fans make outlandish predictions and I have to do everything within my power not to laugh in their faces. Do they really believe what they say? They sure sound like it.
On Friday I was doing the Valenti and Foster Show by myself when a guy called and said if the Lions win their first six games, which he said was very possible, then they would go 16-0. Today a guy was a little more reasonable. He said the Lions would only go 7-1 through the first half of the season.
What do they base this on? Do you mean to tell me that some people are so gullible that they truly believe a team that went 6-10 last season and returns with no running game, a weak set of linebackers and suspect secondary is the best team in the NFL? You mean to tell me that they leapfrogged Green Bay, New England, Philadelphia, Atlanta and New Orleans in a single bound?
I love sports fans, but where is their prospective? Is being a sports fan simply believing all the time and blindly following a sports team no matter what? It seems like love for a team turns people goofy. Look, I love my daughter and believe she is a good soccer player, but I look at her schedule and see the teams she must play and I am hoping for .500.
I want her to win every game she plays but I know that won’t happen. I people love their Lions. But does sports love turn your brain to mush? Or do people really believe what they say?
One guy called and said he was surprised more people were not talking about the Lions 4-0 preseason record. And he said it felt good knowing the the Lions went unbeaten in the preseason. I called the guy a loser because the Lions should not be interested in winning meaningless games. They should be focused on trying to make the playoffs. If you feel good about an unbeaten preseason that makes you small town.
I know the Lions won’t go 16-0. I know they won’t begin the season 7-1. How come some people don’t see that?