We assumed that Detroit Lions fans had grown numb to following a football team that stinks.
But with news that some members of the official crowd of 40,857 opted to jeer rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford during the closing moments of Sunday’s loss to the Greatest Turds on Show, apparently not all of the locals have undergone a football lobotomy.
After Sunday’s game, center Dominic Raiola said that he let the fans have it.
Stafford, who remained stoic in the moment (maybe he was thinking about his bank statements), talked about the situation on Monday.
“They’re not going to run me out of town,” Stafford told a Detroit radio station Monday. “I’m not too worried about it. They didn’t get to me, so I’m cool with it.”
Indeed, Stafford seems to understand that customer dissatisfaction goes with the territory of not winning.
“We’re losing the game and it’s fourth-and-20 and we don’t convert,” Stafford said. “I
was standing by the water cooler and just getting it from fans. That’s
understandable. They want to win probably as bad as we do.”
As the season continues, Stafford won’t have to worry as much about getting the business from the fans. With barely 40,000 showing up on November 1, there might be barely 4,000 on December 20 (Arizona) or January 3 (Chicago).