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The Lions Will No Longer Hang Banners At Ford Field Just For Making The Playoffs
I’m not sure if this is just sad or if the franchise is attempting to grow up and think bigger.
The Detroit Lions qualified for the playoffs last season, but don’t expect to be reminded of it when you enter Ford Field, because they won’t be hanging a banner for simple playoff appearances anymore, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“Lions president Rod Wood told media members during a tour of Ford Field’s $100-million renovations that the team decided to take down the playoff banners from the stadium rafters.
Some have criticized those banners over the years because they paid tribute to Lions teams who simply made the playoffs without winning their division or winning a single playoff game (including 2011 and 2014). “
The Lions have made the playoffs just three times since 2000, and each time they’ve lost in the wildcard round. Their last playoff win came in 1991 when Barry Sanders was still on the team. This is why players retire early while playing for this franchise.