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The headline in the Detroit News says it all:

A real turkey: Worst Thanksgiving loss gives Lions a losing holiday record

What an embarrassment. As a Detroit native, I’m a fan of this team. I can’t help it.

But c’mon.What an awful franchise. One of the very worst in all of professional sports. In the last 50 years, the Lions have had a single playoff win. Just one. This season, the Lions are on the brink of 0-16. They’ve been a joke for years.

I’ve become convinced that the problem isn’t the quaterback (though they haven’t had a good one in ages), or the coach (though Rod Marinelli probably should lose his job), or the general manager (though Matt Millen stayed around for far too long). The problem is the ownership. It tolerates mediocrity. I dearly hope the Ford family chooses to sell the Lions, because they’ve run this team into the ground. Kind of like a certain car company.

Being a Detroit sports fan is a blessing. Every American boy deserves to have his favorite baseball team win the World Series, and my Tigers did it when I was 14. Since then, the Pistons have won three championships and the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups.

But the Lions? Such a shame. I love this team. I want to see it compete. I want meaningful games in December and beyond. As long as the Ford family owns this team, it won’t happen. A fish rots from the head down.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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