I ran across this story out of Detroit, and at first glance, it's kind of cute, maybe funny, and pretty much what you'd expect when you're season's just about over. But....


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The more I think about it, I feel a Benson Show rant coming on.

Is this couple really that starved for attention? It's one thing to post something like this on Facebook, as the wife did, but when story-starved TV reporters start to call, it's okay to politely decline.

But let's look at this from another angle. These two say they're doing to spare their daughters the pain of being Lions fans. What kind of message is that sending the kids? If things get tough, just quit?

And if you're going to use the "D" word, maybe this explains why the divorce rate is so high.

I get that it's a tough time to be a Detroit fan, and a Lions fan, specifically. But you "dance with who "brung" you (sic).

First of all, the win will be sweeter when it does happen. If you need an example , there's plenty in the past decade and a half; the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, and the mother of all patience stories, the Chicago Cubs.

My lasting memory of when the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, is something newspaper columnist Jay Mariotti wrote. After the win, he wrote about grown men with tears in their eyes, wishing their late fathers, who had passed on the love of the ballclub, were there along side them, to see "what the impossible looks like".  I saw the same thing here, when the Red Wings finally won the Stanley Cup in 1997. All these guys around here with tears in their eyes. You won't get that from cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs for half a season. Sorry, doesn't work that way.

I had a Detroit Lion fan come up to me where we were watching the game on Sunday. Underneath his winter gear, he pulled that up to show me his t-shirt. "Just one before I die". That's the lesson you teach your daughters (and sons). Perseverance. Being faithful. Don't give up.

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