Better Days by Butch Ford
As a life-long Detroit sports fan, it’s been extremely tough to root for our hometown teams lately. But what seems to be the problem? Why are they all so bad at the same time, you ask? Let’s get into this.
The Red Wings are the easiest to explain. After 25 consecutive years of consistent winning and four Stanley Cup Championships between 1986-2011, they’re entitled to a down period. They’re in a rebuilding process and deserve a pass. You can’t stay on top forever.
The Pistons; after two very successful title runs, resulting in three NBA Championships (2 in back-to-back years by The Bad Boys in ’89 and ’90 plus another one by The Going to Work Squad in ’04) are in a bit of turmoil. They suffered the loss of longtime owner William Davidson, the subsequent sale of the franchise, growing pains by new ownership and management and relocation to a new downtown arena. This will take time.
The Tigers also suffered the loss of their long-time owner Mike Ilitch, who tried feverishly to put together a World Series title team before his untimely demise in 2017. The aftermath is the Ilitch off springs searching for a vision and direction. It isn’t working very well. This could be a while.
And then there’s the lowly, cellar dwelling, career doormats known as The Lions. There have been several dozen coaching changes, countless shuffling of management personnel, and a revolving door for players over the past 6 decades. The one constant is the ownership…The Ford family (no relation). And still NO Superbowl appearance to speak of. What’s it going to take?
One thing’s for sure, Detroit is a passionate sports town that loves its teams and deserves much better. Hopefully we’ll see better days in the near future!