Bengal Country?

This morning across downtown Detroit, there was a surprising number of Bengals fans. Now I realize Bengal country isn’t that far from Lions country, but with the depth of anger in Lions country, I suspect many of those Bengals fans could really have been Lions fans. There was something off about the fans – maybe the mischief looks, the smug looks or maybe the Lions fans mixed into the groups. I just don’t know but it seemed a little weird.

I don’t watch or care for football (american football that is, I have an undying love affair with soccer), so I have no clue how the Lions did today. However, I hear enough complaining at work that I have to agree Millen needs to do something. Unlike Baliad, I do think one person should be held responsible for poor performance. And that should be the person at the top. Here in the US, Bush should be held responsible for the failings of all his subordinates. In Detroit, Kwame is responsible. And in Detroit Football, Millen.

A good leader recognizes when their business is in trouble. A good leader does whatever it takes to fix the weak spot, including doing whatever it takes to regain the confidence of his team. Millen seems to be pushing the team and fans further away. I don’t know what it will take to fix Detroit football (or baseball for that matter) but the guys in charge need to do something fast. Or every week Detroit will be changing it’s loyalities to ABD. *

anything but detroit.

Update: Apparently, one of the Lions fan website had called for an orange out yesterday, so about half of the “Bengals Fans” I saw yesterday, were really unhappy Lions fans.

4 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 11:30 pm

    hey, i appreciate and respect your opinion… thanks for the name drop, i think??? haha… i realize that my opinions are not very popular…

    to clarify: i DO think that people should be held responsible and accountable for poor results and that they should face the consequences (i.e. – Millen should be fired)… i DON’T agree that we should spend much time criticizing and slandering them (i.e. – chanting “fire Millen” and calling him various names)…

    I AGREE with you when you say that people should be held responsible for the actions of their subordinates… i don’t think i’ve ever said otherwise, and if i have, i retract those statements (but i’m pretty sure i never said that)… what i did say (or meant to say) is that there are more reasons than one, and more persons than one, that contribute to why Detroit is the way it is today, and why the Lions are the way they are today… do you see the difference???

    i think it’s good that we have differing opinions on this blog… it makes it unique…

  2. MGal (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 7:10 am

    Yep, we disagree but that is okay. I’d be worried if everyone thought exactly as I do.

    I think the fans have every right to express their frustrations with the leadership by chanting “Fire Millen” all they want. Calling him names or asking for his job to taken away is a much more peaceful way to express frustration and anger. I heard that they were considering not selling alcohol at yesterday’s game due to worries about the fans. Obviously, some people recognize there is something wrong with the Lions and the fans have every right to be unhappy – and unhappy at the man who put the team together. It is his fault – he picked the coaches, he picked many of the players and he provides the leadership.

  3. MGal (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 7:13 am

    And don’t forget I am a life-long Red Sox fan. Until Theo Epstein put together a dream team, I had alot of issues with the management. Theo just left the Red Sox – maybe he is interested in a position in football.

  4. Jeppy (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 9:13 am

    “I’d be worried if everyone thought exactly as I do.”

    Red Sox fan? Yeah – I’d ALSO be worried if everyone thought exactly like you!

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