There is no love lost between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. The NFC North foes faced off on Sunday for the first time this season, and we have already heard a few comments that indicate it was viewed as much more than just another game. On Tuesday, Lions vice chairman Bill Ford spoke about the importance of his team’s 40-32 victory.
More specifically, Ford was asked about the crowd noise and the exciting atmosphere the fans created at Ford Field. He pulled no punches with his response.
“It was really alive, and it was alive when we played those same bunch of thugs on Monday Night a couple (years ago),” Ford said at the Lions annual Courage House dinner, according to The Detroit Free Press. “When this place gets going it’s electric and we do have wonderful fans. Our fans are amazing and we would love to pay them back and bring home a winner, and I love the way this team is playing right now.”
A Lions spokesperson later noted that Ford was “joking,” but I’m sure the Bears will feel that there was some truth behind the comment. Before the game last week, Calvin Johnson openly admitted the Lions dislike the Bears. If Chicago had not already circled their Nov. 10 home game against Detroit on their schedules, they certainly have now.
The most ironic aspect of Ford’s remark is that the Lions have arguably the dirtiest player in the NFL on their roster. Most people would call the guy who kicks quarterbacks in the groin and stomps on opposing players a “thug.”
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