December 16, 2009, - 2:41 pm

How Low the Lions Have Sunk

By Debbie Schlussel

You can tell how bad a sports teams is doing, how desperate it is by the tactics it resorts to.  Especially when those tactics are usually reserved for fake women’s “sports” no-one cares about.


How low has the 2-11 NFL Detroit Lions team sunk?  Well, the team is in such desperate straits that it’s gone to using a WNBA “marketing technique”:  Free Tickets.

The 400-500 people who didn’t renew their season tickets are getting free ticket’s for Sunday’s Lions v. Arizona Cardinals game at Taxpayer Field a/k/a Ford Field.  Talk about desperate.

I’m taking bets on whether or not the Lions free tickets will have the same success as WNBA tickets.  As in, not much.  No-one wants to pay $40 to park, a ton more to eat snacks, and the gas money to drive downtown . . . to watch an utter loser.

Why bother?

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11 Responses

AS a long suffering Bucs fan, I feel your pain. Our radical fans called for the head of Jon Gruden and the front office responded. The result is 1-12 “No-one wants to pay $40 to park, a ton more to eat snacks, and the gas money to drive downtown . . . to watch an utter loser.” It’s the same here when I hear that people are not re-newing their season tx AND game day prices as well as parking and concession prices are going up as well. BUT put a winner on the field and people will pay through the nose.

ward on December 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Hey, it’s indoors! You’ve that over the Bears. Try all those same objections to Ford Field – including watching a loser team – and apply “outdoors on the lakefront with 15 degree below zero wind chill”

Do you think Detroit would be interesed in picking up Lovie Smith as Head coach next season? I think he’s going to be available.

dm60462 on December 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

And as a long suffering Raiders fan, I also feel your pain.

Attendance in Oakland has dropped to the 30-35,000 level as the Raider Nation is in full revolt against owner Al Davis with his poor personnel skills especially his overpaid, severely underachieving quarterback (JaMarcus Russell).

topthecharts on December 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

At least this season they managed to win not one but TWO games! Can you believe it?

MUFC on December 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

In response to ‘Why bother’?

Real fans will go through the bad times. Cuz the more you suffer the more it shows it you really cares, Riiigghhttt?

CaliforniaScreaming on December 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Perennially losing teams are the Rodney Dangerfield of the sports world. In the NFL and elsewhere – they’ll never make it to the playoffs let alone the championship game. Pity the poor fans stuck with their hometown team from hell.

All the desperation in the world won’t make them a champion.

NormanF on December 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Mr. Wolf could fill the Silver Dome to capacity for every game. $1 beer. Nuff said.

Bonzer Wolf on December 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I just like to watch football. I refuse to try and afford Giants or Jets games its just way overpriced. I just recently returned from Jacksonville Fl. where its was quite easy to pay for tickets ($200 for 4 plus tailgate party), and you get to see a decent team like the Jaguars. I feel Detroit may do better next year with a few more draft picks. All you have to see is that 5 min. footage of Matt Stafford against the Browns and you have to believe there is hope for the team.

seahawker on December 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm

And Debbie….who was the team that kicked their ass in the last game?

My Ravens!! Mhahaha…sorry to rub it in but, we kicked your ass. Easly. 48 points…damn.

You guys need a big change with your franchise…and no just changing your logo isn’t gonna do it.

Squirrel3D on December 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm

La Deb!, what’s the problem? We here in Nashville sent you your coach, our former defensive coordinator.

Blame it all on ownership. All NFL teams go through cycles, but a team that bad has to have bad ownership with the way the NFL is set up.

Good luck with Stafford at QB. I’m a Vanderbilt season ticket holder and have seen him in person and I was highly surprised he was the #1 pick.

Jeff_W on December 17, 2009 at 9:01 am

Jeff_W is right. Bad ownership and by extension bad management. My team the Dolphins were 1-15 2 years ago and a laughing stock. Last year they went 11-5 and won their division, the AFC East. This year they are a respectable 7-6 with a tougher schedule, their starting quarterback, tailback and nose tackle all out for the season. The difference, two words, Bill Parcells. Ownership brought in a guy who knows football and makes the right decisions for the team. The Lions are suffering from bad ownership and residual Matt Millen ennui.

T.T. Douglas on December 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

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