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Lions sent fans playoff tickets, then were eliminated

Jim Schwartz AP

Some Detroit fans opened their mailboxes on Monday and saw something unusual mixed in with their Christmas cards: Lions playoff tickets.

One problem: The Lions were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday.

The Lions began selling playoff tickets when they were in first place in the NFC North late in the season, and the team mailed out some of the tickets last week. Now those tickets are collector’s items, worthy of a place alongside the Lions’ 2013 calendar as a memento of what a lousy existence it is to be a Lions fan.

Fans who bought playoff tickets will have the money credited toward their 2014 season tickets. Of course, some fans will be so disgusted by the Lions’ late-season collapse that they no longer want 2014 season tickets.

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44 Responses to “Lions sent fans playoff tickets, then were eliminated”
  1. patriots123456 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:15 AM

    Hopefully those tickets were to a Patriots game! LOL

  2. tooz72 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:17 AM

    cart before the horse syndrome

  3. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 24, 2013 7:19 AM

    Well, what a nice memento.

    I have an unused 2004 Cleveland Browns AFC championship game ticket. Think about that, the Jeff Garcia/Butch Davis/Lee Suggs Browns would have had to have been the #1 seed in the AFC to be able to print that ticket. That makes me lol

  4. atlfalcons2008 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:23 AM

    If they weren’t sent and they won the division, fans would have been angry with the first round less than 2 weeks away. While a tough reminder it’s a non story.

  5. guysmiley91 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:23 AM

    Lifelong lions fan. Yes they blow and yes this is pretty damn stupid. But lousy existence? Really. Like lions fans have nothing else in their lives?? If that were the case there would be far more people blowing their heads off in the state of Michigan. C’mon man.

  6. cowboyfan45 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:25 AM

    Detroit has too much talent to miss the playoffs, time for their head coach to go, thee most undisciplined team in the league with an unbalanced offense..

  7. floratiotime says: Dec 24, 2013 7:26 AM

    Their super power is finding ways to lose.

  8. rextraordinaire says: Dec 24, 2013 7:26 AM

    I used to hate the Lions, but now I think they’re a pretty funny guy. Good for a laugh.

  9. coltsravensfan says: Dec 24, 2013 7:35 AM

    So do the fans who coughed up the bucks & don’t buy 2014 season tickets get their money back? If I were in that category, I’d be more than disgusted if that premature playoff ticket money was forfeited.

  10. wfederal says: Dec 24, 2013 7:40 AM

    Awesome picture… I love that they sent that person a Hello Kitty notebook as well

  11. GenXJay says: Dec 24, 2013 7:46 AM

    i wouldn’t beat yourselves too much, lion fans.
    an “enron” type business in wisconsin suckers “novelty stock” to it’s most ill football knowledge fan base.

  12. giantsfan2104 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:50 AM

    “The Lions began selling playoff tickets when they were in first place in the NFC North late in the season, and the team mailed out some of the tickets last week.”

    Jerry Jones pulled a stunt like this back on ’07, and Coughlin made sure the team knew about it before kickoff.

    As bad as the Giants have been, they always find ways to raise hell when given the opportunity.

  13. crik911 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:53 AM

    I’m a Bears fan and I can say the Detroit Lions should have won their division easily this year. Bears collapse and Green Bay poops the bed, wide open for Schwartz to get in his own way.

    As someone else mentioned its time for Schwartz to go, he can’t coach his way out of a paper bag.

    #TriesTooHard

  14. whatjusthapped says: Dec 24, 2013 7:55 AM

    At least the Lions were in a position to think that they needed to send out playoff tickets.

    On the other hand, there are the Vikings.

  15. alvacado2013 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:56 AM

    Love the juxtaposition with the Hello Kitty box!

  16. tvjules says: Dec 24, 2013 8:00 AM

    The tickets should have included a message from Schwartz… “Merry Christmas for most, but Happy April Fool’s Day to you!”

  17. jrs45 says: Dec 24, 2013 8:03 AM

    cowboyfan45,

    Like you have any room to talk about a coach and playoffs lol!

  18. garyman1 says: Dec 24, 2013 8:19 AM

    “Dewey defeats Truman”

  19. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 24, 2013 8:26 AM

    What if they don’t want next years tickets. I hate the return policy. You give the people their money back. That is how it works. Give you a discount. What a bunch of crip.

  20. ngw8070 says: Dec 24, 2013 8:29 AM

    This is common practice among professional sports teams. They can’t wait until days before the game to actually start selling them. I used to work for a MLB team’s box office and if we were even in playoff contention we had to sell tickets for every game. Even though there was no way we could play some of those games.

  21. wwwmattcom says: Dec 24, 2013 8:32 AM

    Why can’t teams near Great Lakes get out of their own way?

    Merry Christmas!

    Go Bills! – so here’s to a happy next year.

  22. scooter299 says: Dec 24, 2013 8:38 AM

    The worst part about the whole thing is, I called for a refund and was told the only way they would refund my money is if I signed an affidavit that I no longer want my season tickets next year. What a total bs excuse for an organization, well guess what, I don’t want my tickets next year, either, total classless organization run by the worst coach in all of sports. How Jimbo the Clown still has a job is beside me

  23. ddweer says: Dec 24, 2013 8:41 AM

    I love it! The most classless organization lead by a spoiled silver spoon owner and a midget cry baby should have easily won the NFC North with Chicago and Green Bay decimated by injuries…but can’t! Time for midget to go, too much talent on Detroit to play undisciplined ball and blow their chance. Maybe a new head coach won’t tolerate dirty undisciplined play!

  24. mrbungholio says: Dec 24, 2013 8:56 AM

    Ooba Tooba granite.

  25. yooperman says: Dec 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    Would someone please list their tickets on eBay. I want to buy one, matte and frame it. I have a spot for it betwee framed Packer stock and a jersey of a former quarterback.

  26. purpleguy says: Dec 24, 2013 9:52 AM

    It’s a cheap rope to hook the season ticket owners into the next year by only crediting the purchase to 2014 season tickets. On the good side, they likely will get to see an entirely new coaching staff that is well practiced in the art of the post-game handshake.

  27. madmax80 says: Dec 24, 2013 9:59 AM

    Thumbs up if you think their mascot shouild be changed to Hello Kitty.

  28. JSpicoli says: Dec 24, 2013 9:59 AM

    As others have said nonstory, a typical practice of any professional sports team.

    It is another great example of sports media trumpeting a story that isn’t. At least you got that

  29. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 24, 2013 9:59 AM

    Funny but I’ve got to imagine that this isn’t that uncommon in pro sports. I’ve seen plenty of laughable Red Sox World Series tickets to games that never even came close to happening.

  30. raiders85 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:02 AM

    I thought for sure they were going and still wouldn’t not have mailed playoff tickets if for no other reason than Jim Schwartz is the coach

  31. sosuhme says: Dec 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    So much for taking it one game at a time and not getting out ahead of ourselves.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:07 AM

    You never see the Vikings making that sort of mistake. After Halloween, you never see the Vikings, period.

  33. mizzousooner says: Dec 24, 2013 10:13 AM

    The Lions are an apt analogy for the city they reside in.

  34. hrmlss says: Dec 24, 2013 10:14 AM

    Why do I hear the tune to “Memories” running thru my head?

  35. dcstinks says: Dec 24, 2013 10:41 AM

    Was the return address from Matt Millen’s home??

  36. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:08 AM

    Man, thats sad. All trash talk aside. This is not a good christmas for Lions fans

  37. laxcoach37 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:38 AM

    The NFL should have an ” Implosion Bowl ” – the Lions vs my Dolphins

  38. blackhawks2010 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:59 AM

    Lions are a trainwreck franchise top to bottom. They need to blow this mess up and start over.

  39. chiadam says: Dec 24, 2013 12:01 PM

    Jay Cutler, Charles Tillman, Henry Melton, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Nate Collins, Lance Briggs and Jermichael Finley. All of these players missed a large portion of or all of the season. And the Lions STILL can’t win the division.

  40. lynknhawk says: Dec 24, 2013 12:18 PM

    Im not a Lions fan & that’s even tough for me to read.

  41. baldcrabbydaddy38 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:29 PM

    Whoever said the Lions should blow it up and start over is an absolute MORON. Megatron, Suh, Ziggy Ansah, Fairly, Tulloch, Delmas, Glover Quinn, Chris Houston, and Stafford are ALL special talents and with the right head coach (I honestly believe Gunther should keep his job, number 4 rush defense and number 1 3rd down defense in the NFL) they will be playoff bound SOON.
    O’Brien from Penn State should be the guy. Great with qbs to help out Stafford and it seems like guys WANT to play for him. Schwartz lost this team after the 4-12 in ’12. Keep Gunther and bring in a brilliant offensive head coach and all you sh*t talkers will be singing a different tune next year.

  42. ninozlatino says: Dec 24, 2013 5:02 PM

    lousy existence? wow that’s pretty harsh man. kick em while they down. that ain’t right. hang in there Detroit stay loyal!! GO BIRDS!! That’s the real birds. The Eagles. This ain’t our year. But lookout we coming.

  43. bert1913 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:44 PM

    sounds to me that the lion’s and cowboy’s gm’s are in kahoots

  44. axespray says: Dec 25, 2013 4:48 AM

    Lions are the anti-tebows.

    Tebow will play garbage football and wind up winning.

    Lions will dominate the line of scrimmage – light up the scoreboard and figure out ways to choke.

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