Every Action Has an Opposite Overreaction

There have not been many teams who have struggled as mightily as the Detroit Lions over the last few decades. This season they are positioned to make the playoffs, and you would think that the fans of the Motor City could not be happier. However, after last week’s game, fans proved once again that they have no perspective on how their team is doing. Immediately after the game, many fans overreacted to what should have been an expected loss by calling for the firing of Jim Bob Cooter. (And not because he has the worst possible name in all of sports.)  

Last Sunday the Lions went on the road to play against a 9-4 Giants team with a quarterback who has more Super Bowl wins than the Lions franchise has appearances. After this game, I turned on local sports talk radio to see what the fans reaction was to the loss. To my surprise (kind of) the first caller demanded the firing of Jim Bob Cooter (the guy who literally made the Lions great again). The caller said that he ran the ball too much and needs to be gone. Really? The Lions who haven’t won their division in 23 years and are in perfect playoff position need to fire the man who got them there. Really? Take a deep breathe and evaluate things holistically.

These type of overreactions have become commonplace in sports today.

Remember when the Cavaliers followed Dwayne Wade on Twitter? Oh my, he must be going there because they followed him! Sadly, this same type of logic has ended relationships.

Remember when Chris Paul being traded to the Lakers had to be blocked because it would create an unfair team in the NBA? If that’s the intent of the NBA commissioner, then they have really done a poor job.

Remember when Chip Kelly was going to revolutionize the NFL by never huddling? It is time to head back to college, Chip.

Remember when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem? You couldn’t turn on a radio for weeks without hearing another hot take about how he should leave the country.

How fans and owners react nowadays to specific events is surely disenchanting. People need to realize that one interception doesn’t mean that Romo needs to come in. One missed game winner doesn’t mean LeBron James isn’t clutch. And finally, one great round of golf doesn’t mean that Tiger Woods is back any more than one article makes me Rick Reilly.
David Szymanski (@Szymanski96)

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