Paws For Thought: Ford, Sr. Enabling Loser Lions

"Just win, baby." Those words made forever famous by the Oakland Raiders general partner Al Davis on the eve of his team's first appearance in the Super Bowl have become something of urban legend. So what is Ford, Sr.'s motto to his Detroit Lions? He addressed the team yesterday and told them to "go out and have some fun?" Huh?

PAWS FOR THOUGHT

(ALLEN PARK) – “Just win, baby.”

Those words made forever famous by the Oakland Raiders general partner Al Davis on the eve of his team's first appearance in the Super Bowl have become something of urban legend. Under Davis, the Raiders motto has been “A Commitment to Excellence” and that credo has proven true.

While the Raiders are down this year, you can bet they won’t be down for long if Davis is around. He simply won’t stand for it. Davis will do whatever it takes to have his beloved “Ray-dahs” in Super Bowl contention year-in and year-out.

Since Davis became managing general partner of the franchise in 1966, the Raiders have appeared in three Super Bowls including last year’s Super Bowl 37 where they lost to former coach Jon Gruden’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Contrast that with the Lions William Clay Ford, Sr. Ford has never been cheap when it comes to paying for talent and he gives the Lions the best resources of any team in the NFL. The Lions Allen Park headquarters and Ford Field in downtown Detroit are shining examples of the state of the art in facilities.

So what is Ford, Sr.’s motto?

He addressed the team yesterday and told them to “go out and have some fun?”

Huh?

Here’s a team that has won a total of six games in three seasons. Their President and GM is the highest paid executive in the league, making $5 million per season. Their head coach is among the highest paid in the league, also making $5 million per season. Their quarterback is among the highest paid at his position with a $13 million contract.

“Go out and have some fun.”

You’re kidding.

While the ageless Ford, Sr. appears to still be in good health, you have to wonder if he really cares about ever winning in his lifetime. This would have been a perfect time for an impassioned plea to the team to coax production from a team that has gone comatose.

It would have been a great moment to rant and rave and threatened to put them all out on M-39 (the freeway near the Allen Park headquarters) if they didn’t turn this thing around; but instead we got “go out and have some fun.”

Ford, Sr. has enabled the Lions to continue their losing ways for the past 46 years just because of that mindset, “go out and have some fun.” There is no urgency to turn this losing around. There is no urgency to win. There is no need to demand excellence. All we need to do is “go out and have some fun.”

“He told us we are better than our record indicates,” said Lions quarterback Joey Harrington of the Ford, Sr.’s remarks to the team.

No, they are not.

The Lions are exactly what their record indicates, the worst team in the NFL.

But you can bet on Sunday against Davis’ Raiders two things are for sure:
The Raiders will “just win, baby.” And the Lions will “go out and have some fun.”


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