Edson: Detroit Fans Sing the Playoff Blues
As we watched the NFL playoffs unfold over the weekend, we Detroit sports fans were reminded once again why we feel hopeless sometimes.
Let’s face it, why the world of sports is supposedly a celebration of human accomplishments, for Detroit sports fans it’s just the opposite.
And this comes from a guy who has a reputation – well earned, I might add – for being a Pollyanna.
That is, I see the glass more than half full. I see it as overflowing… except when it comes to the Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings.
We all realize, of course, that the Detroit Lions haven’t won a championship since 1957 and not even a playoff game since 1992. That’s more than a quarter century.
In fact, the last time a Detroit team won a playoff game was the Red Wings, back on April 17, 2016. That’s nearly three years ago.
More than 1,000 days have gone by without a Detroit sports team winning a playoff game.
And by all reports in our scouting system, it could be another 3-5 years before some of our Motor City teams are contenders once again.
We know, for instance, that the Detroit Tigers have some good pitching in the pipeline. That’s what you get for drafting early several years in a row.
But that’s the shame of our entire dilemma.
The main thing Detroit sports fans have to look forward to these days is who we will draft because we get an early pick.
That’s pretty sad.
So here is how I’m handling this seemingly hapless situation.
1) I’m following a high school athlete or team that I know. I go to their games. I clap my hands to the fight song and cheer like crazy.
2) I’m really following the Big Ten basketball race. Both Michigan and Michigan State are contenders for the title on the men’s side. Traverse City native Suzy Merchant has the Spartan women contending for the crown on the women’s side.
3) I’m trying to be distracted by slipping on my snowshoes once in a while and breathing in some fresh air.
4) In the end, I’m at home studying for my Fantasy Baseball draft.
Being a Detroit sports fan, that’s all I have left. Let’s face, I want my Detroit sports teams to be title contenders.
But for the time being, that’s nothing but a fantasy, too.
Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.