So, I do my best not to look too far down the line. That this idiotic lockout has lasted this long lets me know nothing is promised. We could easily see a full season or have an 8 game appetizer that only teases us. Time will tell.
Recently fellow FanSider and Detroit Lions blogger Zac Snyder reached out to me in order to discuss the December 18th clash between Detroit and Oakland. You can read his post here.
While answering his questions it suddenly hit me that there is a good chance that game – if played – could have serious playoff implications. Stop and let that marinate for a second. The Raiders and Lions could be involved in a late season contest that actually matters.
If you’re reading this blog then I don’t need to tell you how tough a struggle it’s been getting the Raiders back to respectability. 8 wins never felt so good. Given the wide open nature of the AFC West, there is really no reason why Al Davis can’t make plans to sport a special jumpsuit for the playoffs.
Now, you don’t need to follow the Lions closely to know how bad things have been in the D. In fact watching the Tonight Show during the season is generally a good way to get an idea of how the Lions are doing. The much maligned mess of Millen has long been a punch line for the likes of Jay Leno. However Detroit has a young team that showed plenty of promise in 2010.
Needless to say, things are looking up for two of football’s most mocked franchises.
Again, I’m not trying to get too pregnant on this one. No sense in salivating for a meal that might not ever be prepared. Even if we are privy to watch this contest nothing assures either team will live up to newly heightened expectations.
Still the mere prospect of two franchises rising from the ashes to play meaningful, late-season football is all too tantalizing to be ignored. A couple of forgotten blue-collar cities with faithful fan bases waging war…let me stop…I’m getting way too excited about something that may never be. Damn lockout! Well…that’s why the video game gods gave us John Madden.