Fans Steal Show In Lions Loss To Vikings

In a spectacle that garnered the attention of television crews and the bulk of fans in attendance at Ford Field, an unidentified fan dodged security for several moments, yielding a makeshift 'FIRE MILLEN' sign.

DETROIT - As if things couldn't get anymore humiliating for Lions' GM Matt Millen, they did during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

And it wasn't even the team's third straight defeat that was the most awkward moment.

In a spectacle that garnered the attention of television crews and the bulk of fans in attendance at Ford Field, an unidentified fan dodged security for several moments, yielding a makeshift 'FIRE MILLEN' sign.

The cardboard-created project was even passed occasionally to others at Ford Field in attempt to play keep-away with the increasingly irritated Ford Field staff.

During the FOX broadcast of the game, Millen was seen chuckling from his suite, but it was unclear whether or not he found the distraction amusing.

It was also unclear why the fan was being harrassed, as the sign did not display any profanity. It was one of many signs voicing anti-Millen messages that Ford Field security actively sought out and removed.

Once apprehended, the fan was surprisingly tackled by the rent-a-cops. But as the signs went down, a noticeable "FI-RE MIL-LEN" chant became the next fad. Security had no answer.

As the game drew to a close, a large bulk of Lions fans cheered the Minnesota Vikings, jeering the home team at every turn.

Millen wasn't immediately available for comment following the game, but interim coach Dick Jauron said he was unaware of the raucous crowd.

"I guess that I wasn't aware," said Jauron. "There are so many things that I am aware of on the field and you are so focused on the football field that I wasn't aware of those things.

"I don't have much to say about any of that really. That is the fans prerogative to express themselves and they have to know that we are clearly every bit disappointed as they are, if not more. It is us; it is us down there not winning the game. We are disappointed and I understand."

Garcia No Exception: Jeff Garcia, named the starter during the week, turned in a poor showing. Garcia completed just 17 of his 35 attempts for 126 yards, and tossed a critical interception that ultimately ended the game.

As Garcia struggled, the fans began chants of "Jo-ey, Jo-ey" in request of former starting quarterback Joey Harrington.

"Well that's just frustration from the fans. I understand that," said Garcia. "It's too many years of not living up to expectations and today, not doing the things that we needed to do to get them excited about the game. Basically, they see the same old thing every single week, it seems. It's one of those things where they are frustrated and they are disappointed.

"We are disappointed in that we can't seem to put together a better product on the field and it wasn't due to a lack of effort or guys not working hard or trying hard."


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