Lions Could Be Historically Bad

Worst team ever, for any sport? Could be
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2008 9:17 AM CST
A Detroit Lions fan holds up a sign during the Lions' 47-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, in Detroit. The Lions fell to 0-12 for the season.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – “Worst. Team. Ever.” Get ready, Detroit fans, “because the angle isn’t going away,” writes Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News. The Lions are used to losing, but yesterday’s embarrassing 47-10 thrashing on national TV surely represented a new low, making the Lions’ putridity common knowledge. “This was more pitiful than laughable,” says Wojinowski, and “unfortunately, there’s no end in sight.”

If the Lions become the first team to go 0-16, which seems all too probable, they’d be not just the worst NFL team ever, but potentially the worst outfit in the history of professional sports. Yes, Detroit began the 2001 campaign with an 0-12 record as well, but that team improved as the season wore on. The 2008 edition has displayed “astonishingly consistent ineptitude.”