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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Perfection Lion Down


The answer to this question "What to Watch Christmas Week?" is a toss-up, just like how the final week of the season will play out. So many scenarios, so many choices and so much unknown.

The game to watch is easily either Miami/NY Jets or Denver/San Diego. There are storylines galore in both. Of the two, I'd prefer the Miami game because the storyline isn't about Brett Favre and the Jets anymore. It's about Chad Pennington and whether he can complete the remarkable Dolphins turnaround at the hands of his former team. The Dolphins are 60 minutes away from winning the AFC East in New York against their hated rivals and Brett Favre. Take that!

But, the game I can't miss is Detroit at Green Bay. When will you have the chance to watch the most perfect form of inepititude ever witnessed in professional football? The Lions are 60 minutes away from history and I want to watch it in its entirety. This is the game of the week - because there is no tomorrow for Detroit. New England went 16-0 last season, except the Super Bowl loss forever damaged the legendary season they had up to that final Giants drive.

There will be none of that after this weekend. So, this is the big one Lions fans. This is your last chance to salvage your name. The Dolphins went 1-15 last season. But they weren't 0-16. Now that they're one game away from the playoffs, last year doesn't matter at all. It was just one of those tough seasons.

But not this one. 0-16 is the ultimate failure. Call it the Moment of Schadenfreude - in honor of The League's editor who used to blog this sort of thing. How can you not laugh or at least want to bare witness to failure in its purest form?

Watch the Lions this weekend. You'll be able to tell your grandkids about it some day.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  December 25, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  | Category:  Detriot Lions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Gee. Maybe, after the season is over for the Detroit Lions, they should get together for a celebratory meal with the players of my alma mater, Dartmouth. Both seasons are historic for the respective teams, for the same reason; coaching staffs and players on both sides should have a lot to talk about.

Posted by: wryly | December 26, 2008 1:23 AM

As Jay Leno said on a recent Tonight Show, "Finally Detroit auto makers have someone THEY can laugh at."

Posted by: wpreader2007 | December 26, 2008 1:31 AM

"bare witness" is going to cheer me up for the rest of the this supposed to be redolent of the embarrassment the Lions must be feeling?

Posted by: geliot1729 | December 26, 2008 6:00 AM

Detroit Lions, PLEEEEEZEEEE make my Christmas complete and lose on Sunday. You are bu a few games away from making me feel GOOD about how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started their life in the NFL. If you can lose 26 in a row I would be forever grateful.


Posted by: unclefrank22801 | December 26, 2008 6:28 AM

As a Lions season ticket holder this situation makes me sick. William Clay Ford needs to sell this team. One playoff win since he bought them is said. Maybe going overfeated will light a fire under him. He can't save Ford but he can sure as hell do something about this team.

Posted by: jewdunno | December 26, 2008 6:58 AM

"Bare witness"? I guess I'll just grin and bare it. "Hey there, mia barista! Another latte por favor".

Posted by: pegwukguy1 | December 26, 2008 7:45 AM

I wanted to see them lose 16 straight because then and only then would the national media give them any attention. That is exactly what is now happening. They are embarrassing the league and I am hoping it will cause the league office to pressure the old fool owner to make changes. It is very sad to say this on a Christmas season, but many in Detroit will cheer when Ford dies. More than U.S. senators from Kentucky, Ford is probably the most hated man in Michigan.

Posted by: familynet | December 26, 2008 7:47 AM

BARE witness, Zach? And you talk about ineptitude? Fizzician, heel thyserf.

Posted by: Jessel1 | December 26, 2008 8:21 AM

There are a lot of us Packer fans here in Wisconsin who are dreading this game. The Packers have been mighty ineffective this year, offense, defense, and special teams. We old timers are reminded of one of Lombardi's great quotes: "Good teams find a way to win games. Bad teams find a way to lose games." This year the Packers have been a bad team and the fear is that they will find a way to lose even to, shudder, the Lions.

Posted by: PBosleySlogthrop | December 26, 2008 9:14 AM

bare may be a typo, but oddly, in the context of the article it somehow fits.

Posted by: JTau | December 26, 2008 9:36 AM

I haven't watched an NFL game in at least a decade. But this sounds like a must-watch. Gonna go get the beer right now!!

Posted by: Fiftyeight | December 26, 2008 9:39 AM

William Clay Ford is an embarrassment to Detroit and the NFL.

Posted by: Gipper1 | December 26, 2008 10:33 AM

Posted by: Garak | December 26, 2008 2:13 PM

History huh? Growning up in detroit this is not a surprise. The Wolverines not making to a bowl for the 1st time in 33 years was much more disappointing.

Posted by: forepar29 | December 26, 2008 4:08 PM

They should get some sort of rings for the team to commerate their record. Something flashy like a superbowl ring but made of sterling silver and with and bunch of cubic zirconias spelling out "0-16" on the top.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 26, 2008 4:44 PM

Not quite sure who's the bigger loser, Leibowitz or the Lions.

Posted by: scottberns | December 26, 2008 7:22 PM

I believe you can use "bare" and "bear" in the same sense in this case as both are acting as a verb. Someone should consult a linguist.

Posted by: ekatelnikoff | December 26, 2008 7:33 PM

You're going to watch the game naked?

Posted by: RogerGoldleader | December 26, 2008 9:06 PM

We reward failure with the first pick in the draft, much like the auto bailout. Why couldn't there be a second division to which the lousy teams could fall and from which a deserving team could be promoted.

Posted by: EliPeyton | December 26, 2008 10:26 PM

Just mean spirited.

Posted by: dickconnelly | December 26, 2008 10:45 PM

They have an owner who refuses to pay the salary cap. So why are fans going to games? Every team makes money with the tv contract alone. Stupid fans.

Posted by: Cowabunga1 | December 26, 2008 10:57 PM

Please come up with some really cool reason for using "bare." No matter what.

Posted by: kls1 | December 27, 2008 12:18 AM

With a record of 0-16 the playas still get paid the big buckS. Now that's incentive.

Posted by: whocares666 | December 28, 2008 10:58 PM

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