Lions frustrate even their homeless fans

Lions frustrate even their homeless fans
December 12, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Ravens’ opponent on Monday, the Lions, have tried the patience of their fans over the years. How much so?

They even get dissed by the homeless.

This week, Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson was volunteering at a church in Detroit, feeding the homeless, when one man said to Burleson: “ ‘Man, you guys are sorry ... the same ol’ Lions.’ This is in the middle of what is supposed to be a joyous moment,” Burleson said (on Detroit Sports 105.1, via the Free Press).

This was coming off Sunday’s 34-20 loss to the Eagles in the same kind of snowy conditions the Ravens experienced while playing the Vikings. The Lions turned the ball over three times and committed nine penalties.

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So Burleson said he could understand the fan’s frustration with the team.

“Deep down inside, I understood exactly where he’s coming from. I’m not surprised. And I told him that,” Burleson said.

“I said, ‘Look, I get it. You’ve been watching this team for years. So when we make mistakes like that ... the first thing you think is, ‘Yep, same ol’ sorry Lions. They continue to shoot themselves in the foot.’”

They have the same record as the Ravens, 7-6, and are tied for the NFC North lead with the Bears, both of them barely ahead of the 6-6-1 Packers. Of those three teams, only the Lions haven’t been playing with their backup quarterback, yet Detroit has won just two of its past five. However, at least the Lions can point a 4-1 NFC North record, making them the only team in the North with a winning division record.

“I’ve been saying it, the team’s been saying it, [coach Jim] Schwartz has been saying it. If we want to be the team that we need to be, then we‘re going to have to learn how to put games away,” Burleson said.