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October 10, 2008 - Steve Murch
A few years ago some friends and I were talking about dream jobs — you know, the “if you could do anything, what would you do” question. One of the guys said he would love to be a bullpen catcher. It’s the spot with a major league team, but you aren’t responsible for playing in the games. Good pay, no backlash.
I said (and I still hold to this) that I’d like to be the general manager of the Detroit Lions. The reason is simple: if you’re good, you’re a hero; if you’re bad, no one would know the difference.
Doing it now, there’s no way you could be deemed a failure following the Matt Millen debacle. It’s not like the team could get any worse, and any wins would be a move in the right direction.
The latest conversations amongst the football fans in the newsroom is not really how many games the Lions will win, but if they’ll win any games. When the schedules were first announced, Sports Editor Chris Dobrowolski said the team would win four games; I said three. Both of us counted on wins by this point in the season just to reach those totals.
Earlier this week, sports writer John Bronz, staff writer Sean Harkins and I were discussing the situation and I’m not sure I swayed them, but no one ever said there would be a win. Today, Chris, John and staff writer Steve Schulwitz contemplated whether the Lions could beat Tampa Bay. Again, nothing definitive, but a lot of negativity.
Well, another weekend is upon us. Will the Lions finally win?
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