And, of course, with the Lions going 0-16 last year and getting off to a slow start again in '09, people start to toss around the idea of taking that traditional game away from Detroit. Now, having been born and raised there, I think that's a tradition you can't mess with. How many true traditions does the NFL really have anymore? Not so many, especially with divisional realignment killing some of the old rivalries. It would be terrible to take this away from the city.
Every organization will go through a tough period. You hope it's not a long stretch, but it's cyclical; everyone has it. Every year goes up and down. How long ago was it that the 10-0 Saints were terrible? Likewise, think back and there was a time when the Lions were a good football team. They'll be there again. I beg of the league, please don't take this game away from this city. Be patient, folks.
It's funny thinking about how bad Peyton could be back then. I remember in his second game he threw three interceptions.
The Bengals, they're just struggling with the idea of being winners.
And the Steelers? I said this early in the week on my TV show: There were only three ways Pittsburgh could lose to a team like Kansas City.
The Steelers are in a bit of a crunch now. Their backup quarterback,
Do players want to do that? Of course not, because of the increased risk. But it's a bargaining chip that they have to consider using in these negotiations. If two games get you more of the things you want as a players association, you have to consider it. An 18-game season is possible. It's humanly conceivable. But, for the sake of players to come in future generations, they'd better make some tremendous gains if they concede that bargaining chip.