For the New England Patriots to go 16-0 in the 2007 regular season is a feat that is highly unlikely to be replicated for potentially another 25 years.
Equally if the Detroit Lions falter in chilly climate of Lambeau Field on Sunday and become the first team in the 16 game era to not to win a single game they to will become the benchmark for incompetence for the next quarter of a century.
There have been a number of truly awful teams in the 16 game era who have managed just one lone victory.
Most recently the 1-15 Miami Dolphins, in 2007, who had to rely on a long Greg Camarillo touchdown to keep them from hoisting the Crown of Crap onto their heads (before fumbling it and failing to recover it).
The top of the 16 game season flops also include the following
- 1990 England Patriots (1-15) Led by Steve Grogan QB on their only win 16-14 v Colts
- 1991 Indianapolis Colts (1-15) Led by Jeff George QB on their only win 28-27 v Jets
- 1980 New Orleans Saints (1-15) Led by Archie ‘dad of two Superbowl winning sons’ Manning QB on their only win 21-20 v Jets
- 2001 Carolina Panthers (1-15) Led by Chris Weinke QB, this Panthers team actually tied the Lions with 15 consecutive losses, but bizarrely they won their first game of the year 24-13 v Vikings
- 1996 New York Jets (1-15) led by Frank Reich QB on their only win 31-21 v Cardinals
- 1989 Dallas Cowboys (1-15) led by Steve Walsh QB on their only win 13-3 v Redskins
- 2000 San Diego Chargers (1-15) led by Ryan Leaf on their only win 17-16 v Chiefs
Already the 2008 Detroit Lions are in the Hall of Shame with 15 losses, now they just have to do what they do best and concede about 35 points whist Kevin Smith runs his heart out and Calvin Johnson gains about 100 yards on 6 catches.
I personally think that any team that uses 5 quarterbacks (John Kitna, Daunte Culpepper, Drew Stanton, Drew Henson and Dan Orlovsky) and still cannot muster one win deserves to become the champion of chumps.
We all know it is wrong to watch a train wreck, a motorway pile-up or even a player who is injured and lying motionless on the ground, but we can’t look away.
We look at the mangled metal, we stare at the broken glass on the road and the smoke billowing into the night sky and we squeam and then pray for an injured player lying prostrate on the ground to show a sign of movement.
This 2008 Detroit Lions team is a proverbial player who has been hit harder than whoever got in the way of Lorenzo Neal when he sprung Leron McClain free for that 82 yard touchdown for the Ravens against the Cowboys (week 16 2008).
Laying on the floor with just one ounce of of energy and a spoonful of willpower that will allow this franchise to wipe away the blood gripping out of their nose, the Lions will push their palms onto the snowy Green Bay floor and hoist themselves up for one last battle.
Can they beat Green Bay? Nope
Will they put up a fight? Yes for sure
Everyone loves an underdog, especially in England, but the Lions are no underdog, they are so far under they should change their name to the Detroit Moles.
Just admit it (as long as you are not a Lions fan) watching a team go 0-16 has a morbid kind of curiosity to it.
Merry Christmas to all of you – along with all the Lions fans worldwide.
As it is the time of giving I have a couple of free suggestions for the Lions
1) Change kit – get a combination of black and electric blue and then change that weird Lion outline to something with more teeth – literally – get a roaring lion head
2) Remember that you DO NOT have to draft a WR in the first round of EVERY draft.
3) Make sure Santa Claus gets your list this year – Fed Ex all 612 pages before its too late.