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Football Fri Sep 26 2008

Matt Millen, We Hardly Knew Ye.

It finally happened. Public enemy number one in Detroit was received his just earned and long overdue dethroning. No, not Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, I speak only of the now former Lions General Manager, Matt Millen. Millen was fired as Lions President and GM Wednesday.

It's hard to believe that I, a diehard Bears fan, actually care, but I genuinely sympathize with the entire city of Detroit. The Lions were once a proud and storied franchise (probably not true, but it sounds good) that were driven into the ground by Millen.

He took Charles Rogers (out of the NFL for years) instead of Pro-Bowler Andre Johnson in 2003. Joey Harrington, Kevin Jones and uber-bust Mike Williams all failed to pan out. He drafted four different wide receivers in the first round in five years. Millen constantly neglected defensive and offensive line needs during his entire tenure. For God's sake, he's been using Jon Kitna as his starting QB for three season now. What Isiah Thomas was to the Knicks, Millen was to Lions. That is, if Thomas was piss-drunk during every draft.

The people of Detroit deserve better. Considering the Tigers have grossly underachieved and the Pistons look to be on the slow escalator down, citizens of Detroit should have a football team they can be proud of. Matt Millen saw fit that no Lions fan has joy in their heart. He made it that no wedding in Detroit is on a sunny day. That no child in Motown has a reason to laugh.

For the first time in seven years, Lions fans will see the sunrise. It is always darkest before dawn. Yes, I might have gone overboard on the dramatics, but we Bears fans felt the same way throughout John Shoop's reign. People in Detroit deserve this, there isn't much else to look forward to.

Seriously, have you been to Detroit recently? Everything is grey, smells like dumpster and the only lively place in the whole city is the unemployment line. Let Detroit have this one, Bears fans.

 
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Andrew HuffAuthor Profile Page / September 26, 2008 11:22 AM

Hey, they still have the Redwings, right?

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