To enter the Hall of Lame, it is necessary to screw up really badly. Worse than anyone has before. So we think it only fitting that our first nominee is the worst team in the history of professional football.
The Detroit Lions managed to go 0-16, a feat never, ever before accomplished in the National Football League. There have been some bad, bad teams in the NFL. And I know, I’m a New Orleans Saints fan and many of them have been ours. But nobody until Detroit ever found a way to lose all 16 NFL contests. It’s hard to be that bad a football team if you try.
But when the chips were down, the Lions laid down right beside them and got steamrolled time and time again. Yeah, they locked up the first draft pick about 10 weeks into the season. But as Lions’ fans know, their Simply Dumb draft picks are part of the reason the team is in this mess. Charles Rogers? Joey Harrington? The team finally fired general manager Matt Millen, who has cemented his place as the worst executive in the history of team sports.
Somehow, though, we suspect the Lions will be lining up here among next year’s nominees. They’re really, really successful at total failure.