Windsor Star

Lions haunted by reruns

- DETROIT

Amidst the requisite Green Bay cheesehead­s and the multitude of Barry Sanders jerseys mingling outside Ford Field before Sunday’s Detroit Lions’ National Football League home opener, one article of apparel stood out in the crowd.

A man wearing a Honolulu blue and silver T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Rebuilding since 1957.” Rebuilding? When fall arrives, television networks debut new programmin­g.

In Detroit, the Lions broadcast reruns.

They’re 0-2 after Sunday’s debacle, a 48-25 setback at the hands of the Packers, a game in which the Green Bay defensive backfield caught just as many TD passes as Detroit’s receiving corps.

Were this not a new season, you’d swear it was a reenactmen­t from some previous campaign, although the latest setback offered a new twist — two losses for the price of one.

Falling behind 21-0, the Lions rallied to take a 25-24 fourth-quarter lead, only to surrender 24 points in the final 5:17 of the fourth quarter.

Replay the pain. Break your fans’ hearts twice in the same afternoon.

There’s some sound marketing strategy.

Lions coach Rod Marinelli insisted this defeat was no worse than any other.

“It’s a loss,” Marinelli said. “You can’t take anything more from it.” Really? Doesn’t sound like anyone else is buying that theory.

“I’m very disappoint­ed,” Lions defensive tackle Cory Redding said. “We’ve got to learn how to win. “We’ve got to find a way to win.” As trained profession­als, shouldn’t they have learned that years ago?

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