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Lions fans receive playoff tickets day after team is eliminated

Lions-fansThe Detroit Lions were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday. Some of their fans, who irritated head coach Jim Schwartz by booing at the end of regulation, were reminded of the team’s misfortunes when they received a special package in the mail on Monday. Yup, playoff tickets.

Like many other teams, the Lions had already begun preparing for the prospect of a postseason run by printing playoff tickets. According to the Detroit Free Press, the team mailed out the invoices for the tickets last month. At the time, the Lions were in first place in the NFC North division. They have lost three of four games since.

To make matters worse, Twitter user Jeff Naz said the team is offering a credit toward next year’s tickets rather than refunding the cost of the playoff tickets.

In reality, these things happen. It’s just painful for Lions fans that they happened to receive their useless tickets a day after losing an overtime game in brutal fashion. Maybe this will help Matthew Stafford’s girlfriend gain a better understanding of what this tortured fan base has to deal with.

Matthew Stafford’s girlfriend Kelly Hall gets roasted by Lions fan after she questions booing

Matthew-Stafford-girlfriend-Kelly-HallMatthew Stafford’s girlfriend Kelly Hall is one of our favorite sports girlfriends. Her Twitter and Instagram pages can put a smile on our face almost any day of the week, but the former Georgia cheerleader threw herself in the Lions den (see what I did there?) on Sunday and paid the price.

Like Jim Schwartz, Hall was upset by the fact that Detroit fans were booing the home team after Stafford threw a pick-six that allowed the New York Giants to tie the game. It didn’t matter that Lions fans were frustrated as their playoff hopes slipped away following another brutal loss. Here’s what Hall had to say.

After reading Hall’s tweet, one suffering Detroit fan with the Twitter handle @DetroitKoolAid fired back at her and became an instant internet sensation. His comment was priceless.

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Jim Schwartz was ‘disappointed’ in Lions fans for booing

Jim Schwartz fansThe Detroit Lions were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday after losing at home to the lowly New York Giants. Head coach Jim Schwartz more than likely lost his job in the process. And the fans let Schwartz and the team hear it.

After Matthew Stafford threw a pick-six with under five minutes left to tie the game and the Lions went 3-and-out on their next two drives, the fans at Ford Field began to boo. Cameras caught Schwartz turning to the crowd and saying something that appeared to resemble an F-bomb during the booing. He was asked about that moment after the game.

“I was disappointed to hear boos,” Schwartz said, via The Detroit News. “We’re getting ready to go to overtime. Our crowd has been good for us but I thought our team needed a lift right there. We didn’t need to feel bad at that point. We were going into overtime at that point and I was just trying to get the team ready. It’s tough; players are getting booed and you want to keep them fired up.”

Schwartz obviously did say something to the crowd, or he would have taken the opportunity to deny it. On one hand, you can see why the fans wanted to boo after watching their team blown another lead against an opponent that should have been beaten. But Schwartz seemed most bothered by the fact that the game was far from over.

“We’re trying to get to overtime and try to win the game,” he said. “We want our fans to support us and our fans have been great for us. I think the psyche of the team at that point, we needed to have that spark. We needed to feel like we’re going to go out there and win it. That’s the only thing I was doing.”

The bottom line is the Lions blew countless chance this season in a division that was mediocre at best. The fans of Detroit could feel another choke coming on Sunday, and they reacted accordingly. If the team struggles again next season, it probably won’t be Schwartz who has to listen to the boos.

Nate Burleson said even the homeless are heckling him about Lions

Nate-Burleson-LionsThe Detroit Lions are doing it again. If Aaron Rodgers was not sidelined with an injury, Detroit would probably not be clinging to first place in the NFC North division. The Lions have lost three of their last four games, including a 34-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. As usual, their fans are starting to get restless.

According to wide receiver Nate Burleson, even the homeless are becoming disgusted with the Lions.

The Lions could catch a break if the Chicago Bears lose to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, which would give Detroit sole possession of first place in the division. Still, they have not been impressive. I’d venture to say that they have looked better than the “same old Lions,” but anything less than a playoff appearance would be a letdown given some of the injuries across the NFC North.

H/T Tom Pelissero

Titus Young tweets then deletes apology to Lions fans

Titus Youngstrong>Titus Young was once an incredibly promising young wide receiver who brought nothing but disappointment to Detroit Lions fans. Young had the potential to be great in developing with Matthew Stafford and Detroit’s offense after he was drafted in the second round in 2011, but he quickly turned into a headache.

One of the ways Young, who was released earlier this offseason, forced his way out of Detroit was by saying stupid things on Twitter and making the team look bad. According to the Detroit Free Press, the former Boise State star actually tweeted something sensible on Tuesday morning, but he quickly deleted it.

“I apologize to the Detroit fans, Thank you, for the 2 years of Love and joy,” Young reportedly tweeted just after 1:00 a.m.

He tweeted “Thank Jesus amen” a few minutes later, but that tweet has also disappeared.

Phew, that was close. For a second there it almost seemed like Young was going to do something that isn’t as dumb as punching a teammate or telling your team to cut you. However, that would have been extremely unusual for Titus, so we’re glad he deleted the tweets. As humans, most of us are hesitant to deal with change. An apology from Titus Young might be too much to take in at once.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Video: Lions Fan Puts Gun to His Head After Team’s Loss

The Lions lost their first game of the season Sunday, falling at home to the 49ers 25-19. They blew a 19-15 lead and are now 5-1. Some fans are taking the team’s loss harder than others.

One fan, who goes by “LionsToSuperBowl” on YouTube, posted a few videos after the game. In two of them, he pulls out a gun and sticks it to his head, telling fans they should not get carried away with the loss. Here is one of his videos:

“Oh hey, Lions fans. You caught me at a bad time,” he says. “The Lions just lost their first game of the season. The dream is clearly over,” he says sarcastically. “It’s kaput, it’s done. They lost a game.

“Just grab the gun, let’s get this over with. Come on, let’s get this over with,” he tells fans, before saying the season is not over.

If this fan looks familiar, it’s because we posted one of his videos last year. At that time, he appeared to be crying while threatening the Patriots.

This guy clearly is a nut job, and while he may be acting on video in order to shock the audience, he seems unstable. Fooling with a gun on a video is not smart. There are plenty of cyber deaths each year and we don’t need to see any new ones.

Chest bump to Deadspin for the video.

Jim Schwartz Gives Monday Night Game Ball to Lions Fans

How can you not get wrapped up in what the Lions have accomplished this season?  Detroit hasn’t had a winning season since 2000 and hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999.  The last time the Lions won a playoff game was 1991.  Only three years removed from becoming the first team in NFL history to go 0-16, Jim Schwartz has his team sitting at 5-0 and looking like a lock for the postseason.

On Monday night, the Lions won their first Monday Night Football game of the 21st century.  No more brown paper bags and mid-season walkouts.  Detroit fans can now focus on forcing false start penalties and supporting their team.  In fact, they did such a good job of that against the Bears that Schwartz has decided to award them the game ball.

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