So William Clay Ford bought the farm, huh? Well, here’s my thoughts on it, being that I’m a Lions fan and all.
Honestly…. I am not that saddened by the death of William Clay Ford, Sr. He was 88 years old, lived a long life, and was a billionaire. Yeah, thoughts and condolences to his family and all, but that’s about it.
I know you should rarely ever celebrate someone’s death, but remember how Cleveland Browns fans felt when Art Modell kicked the bucket? Well, this is what Detroit Lions fans (non-slaps) have been dreaming of for YEARS. In his 56 years of ownership, the #Lions became the go-to punchline in terms of awful and inept sports franchises.
They gave away a Hall of Fame Quarterback (Bobby Lane), and their incompetence lead to one of the greatest RBs ever (Barry Sanders) to say “fuck it” and retire via fax machine because he was sick of the losing. And while it was a bit coincidental, their idiotic and dreadful way of hiring coaches, front office personnel, and drafting players lead to the first ever 0-16 season in NFL history.
And here’s the kicker: if WCF, Sr. “loved his team more than anybody else.”, then why on God’s green earth would he hire, employ, and actually re-sign to a contract extension perhaps the WORST General Manager in the history of professional sports…. for nearly EIGHT. YEARS.
And the crowning jewel of achievement in the WCF experience was that during his tenure as owner, which was 56 years, the #Lions had a grand spanking total of…. One. Playoff. Victory. No Conference titles. No Super Bowl trophies. Just One. Single. Playoff. Win.