We own it, we understand it, we carry on. No wimps in the Motor City, you can’t be. The weather is too bad, and the crime is too high.
What we hate is when we get screwed. But before I get into that, Calvin Johnson has to protect the ball. He is our best player, he has to make that play. In essence, this whole thing is on him, because he has to protect the ball.
But, he didn’t.
And when Cam Chancellor knocked the ball out of his hands at the goal line in the final seconds of the Seahawks’ 13-10 victory, it was up to the officiating crew to make the right call.
They didn’t do their job, either.
The ball bounced free in the end zone, and a Seattle played batted it out of bounds. It is illegal for a player to intentionally bat a ball out of the end zone. Now, I had no idea that was a rule, either. OF COURSE, IT AIN’T MY DAMN JOB TO KNOW IT!
The officials missed the call. The Seahawks took over the ball, and secured the victory. Hey, Lions fans will get over this. We are used to it, really. If something is going to go wrong, we are going to be on the receiving end of it and being 0-4 is damn near a winning streak in Detroit since we went 0-16.
The bigger issue is when something like this occurs, it impacts the credibility of the league, especially when it happens to the same team.
Lions’ fans will never forget the flag that was picked up in the Dallas playoff game last year, when a clear interference call on Dallas_ that would have given the Lions a first down, and essentially locked up the game _ was overturned.
It makes you have to consider that maybe there is a class system in place. The Cowboys are America’s team, the richest sports franchise in the world. The Seahawks’ are one of the NFL’s premier teams, with back to back Super Bowls.
The Lions? Who the hell are the Detroit Lions? Just a team from a hard scrabbled, Midwestern, city. The motto around the Motor City is: Detroit vs. Everybody.