- I spent most of the first quarter on the Redskins sideline, which is why this is a little delayed, and also why it’s more about the feeling of being here than it is about the on-the-field action. The action is much easier to see clearly when there’s not an entire team of football players, a bunch of coaches, and assorted cameramen, sound guys, and officials between you and it.
- My first thought about being here is that this a really nice stadium. It’s the first indoor NFL stadium I’ve ever been to, and it’s got a very cool feel to it, sort of converted warehouse, all brickwork and exposed steel beams. Which makes it all the more sad that it’s about a quarter empty.
- And a quarter empty is a fairly big deal here — the capacity of Ford Field is only something like 65,000 to begin with. And the fans are really, really miserable. When they do the smile-cam on the big screens in the stadium, people are very reluctant to stop glowering, and one guy even shoots the camera the bird.
- The misery is probably best expressed by these two guys outside the stadium:
Yes, those are shirts striving to ACHIEVE the “perfect” 0-16 season. These two guys have spent 49 years rooting for the Lions; now they’re trying to make ten bucks a shirt on the team’s atrocious performance. “Sales have been brisk,” one of them tells me.
- Which means that they may be the only Lions fans in the entire building actively upset that the Lions end the quarter leading by 4. The Redskins defense just doesn’t seem to have their heads in the game, and the offense being forced to settle for a field goal from in close on their first drive doesn’t help any. Hopefully they’ll pull it together in the second quarter.
Posted on October 26, 2008 by Matt Terl