Posted by Will Brinson
The Detroit Lions registered an historic victory on Monday night. Historic in that it's the only Monday night game they've won in the 21st century. (Seriously, think about that.) Afterwards, Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz had high praise for the extremely passionate fans of Detroit.
He's taking things a step further, too, as according to Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press, Schwartz gave the game ball to the fans.
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"I'm all for [fans having a presence that's] intimidating,” Schwartz said. "They, obviously, did have an impact. It’s not just a notion. It’s not just an idea. Proof is in the pudding. It’s one thing to be loud. It’s another thing to affect the game, and I think that was obvious to anybody that was in that stadium. I don’t know about people that watched it on TV, but if you were there, you felt it, and we need a lot more days like that."
This doesn't mean that the Lions will create a football for every single one of the 67,681 fans -- a Ford Field record -- in attendance. Although that would be cool.
Instead, per Birkett, the team will paint the game ball and place it somewhere within Ford Field for the rowdy bunch of friends that helped cause the nine false-start penalties on the Bears.
It's a cool thing the Lions are doing, and the fans definitely deserve it. And, really, can Schwartz do anything wrong these days? The guy's undefeated in 2011 and absolutely killing it as Lions head coach.
As you can tell by this gesture, it's not just his performance on the field that's painting a a starkly different picture from what Lions fans have been trained to expect from their team over the past few decades, either.
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