Something strange happened when I moved back to the United States after a two-year teaching stint in South Korea: I started listening to sports talk radio. I rarely ever did this. Specifically, though, I wanted to listen to people talk about the worst, most depressing team in the city: the Detroit Lions.
During this period in October of 2012, the Tigers were gearing up for a run to the World Series, there were high hopes for both Michigan and Michigan State football teams and the Lions were, of course, losing. Considering this is a team that’s been awful for pretty much my entire life, I was as surprised as anyone that I actually turned on a radio to seek out people distraught over their latest underwhelming performance. (more…)