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NFL Punishes Fans for Lions' Misery

Rookie quarterback Matt Stafford capped off an incredible comeback for the Lions on Sunday.  Too bad most Lions fans couldn't watch it.
(AP Paul Sancya)
Rookie quarterback Matt Stafford capped off an incredible comeback for the Lions on Sunday. Too bad most Lions fans couldn't watch it. (AP Paul Sancya)

For the first time in about a decade on Sunday, the Detroit Lions actually played an amazing game in which they won on the last possession after having trailed 24-3.  Rookie quarterback Matt Stafford, passed for a career-high 422 yards and 5 touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with no time remaining on the clock and did that with a separated shoulder.  

Unfortunately, because of the NFL's blackout policy most people were unable to watch this incredible game and had to be satisfied with in game updates throughout the course of the day.  

Really?  We are going to punish people for not paying to go see the Lions?  

Let's put this into context.  We are in the midst of the biggest economic recession since the Great Depression.  Michigan has been the state hardest hit by this and has a jobless rate of 15.1%.  You are expecting people in a state this devastated by the current situation to be able to sellout games for a franchise that has won 2 out of its last 26 games and are coming off an unprecedented 0-16 season.  

It's time for the NFL to get real and have a little sympathy for fans that simply cannot afford to pay for a LIons tickets and have had little motive too for far too long.  This blackout policy has affected far more fan bases than the Lions.  The Jaguars may blackout every single home game this season and are actually considering drafting Tim Tebow in the first round, simply to sell tickets and fill the stands. 

When we get our team expect us to actually have some understanding of what our fans are looking for.  For a league that is a multi-billion dollar industry it would be nice to actually see that happen.  Here's to hoping everybody gets a chance to watch the Lions on Thanksgiving.