Every now and then a team comes along that is so bad, you wonder how anyone could even justify paying the big bucks and expending the effort to go and watch them play on a regular basis.
The NFL’s Detroit Lions are one such team – following up a winless 0-16 season in 2008 with an almost as bad 2-14 record this year, that at one point culminated in a 19-game losing streak overall. Oh, and they’ve lost 20 straight road games, a streak that is still going strong.
So they’ve had a couple of bad years – who hasn’t?
While it’s true that there are bad teams all over sports (I’m looking at you, Pittsburgh Pirates), it’s not often that a team absolutely tanks for more than a few years before they’re able to turn things around, at least to a point where they’re respectable. It happens all the time.
Not so for the Lions though, who probably wish the threat of Y2K had actually translated into mass destruction around the world, instead of…umm…nothing.
Why do I say that? Well, the Lions have amassed a 42-117 record in this decade, making them the worst team in any decade in the history of the NFL and North America’s four pro sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL).
That’s a winning percentage of just .264 during that span – and they haven’t folded, changed locations or imploded in a blast of sheer suckiness.
You know what’s really crazy though?
Despite all of that, they still boast an average attendance of 49,395, which is a far cry from Dallas’ league-leading 89,756, but more than double the highest average attendance of any NHL rink. Amazing, eh?
Check back later today (could be way later) for my NFL playoff picks for this weekend!