Traverse City Record-Eagle

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September 12, 2009

James Cook: Lions, fans may need shrink

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Only 21 players from last year's infamous squad remain, as Detroit's new/recycled front office regime sought to rid the team of most of the players that contributed to the worst Sweet Sixteen present ever.

The team has gone to lengths to distance itself from the 0-16 team, off and on the field. The franchise changed the team's logos, altered the uniforms and even redesigned its Web site.

"They are really trying to establish a new identity," O'Connor said.

But even new players will constantly be barraged with questions about playing for the worst team in NFL history.

And if something can take your mind off being a loser, it's if someone else is a bigger loser. So 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you can thank the city of Detroit now.

But Detroit may not be all alone in loser oblivion for long.

According to Las Vegas betting site www.pregame.com, the St. Louis Rams are underdogs in all 16 of their games this season, whereas the Lions are dogs in only 14.

Then there's always the Raiders. You don't have to be a sports psychologist to see 12 different kinds of crazy coming from that franchise.

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