Sometimes the outcomes of seasons don't matter as much as the seasons themselves.
William Clay Ford, who purchased the Detroit Lions on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, died Sunday at his home. He lived to see his team win only one playoff game under his ownership.
There were many Lions fans, young and old, who wished at one time or another that Ford had never bought the team. That wish, however, was short-sighted if not foolish.
Only 10 NFL franchises since 1964 have survived in the cities in which they originally existed. It's hard to imagine many owners beside Ford having the clout and devotion to keep the Lions in the vicinity of a spiraling city like Detroit during that time.
The Motor City has not enjoyed many blessings over the last half-century, cascading from a national economic leader to bankruptcy, but stable sports ownership is certainly one of them. Bill Davidson brought three NBA titles to Detroit, and the precipitous fall of the Pistons since hisRead More »from Epic futility with Lions shouldn't be William Clay Ford's lasting legacy in Detroit