Beyond Winning and Losing: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Lions

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Beyond Winning and Losing: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Lions
Beyond Winning and Losing: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Lions

The Detroit Lions may never win another game, and it doesn't really matter. Sometimes it seems as if the team wallows in their perpetual, perennial failures, and those who follow along, do so only to bathe in the cool depression of a losing culture. To be part of something brings comfort, no matter how difficult that thing is. When you know why you are a Lions fan, you can bear almost anything, for insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and fan bases, it is the rule. That's paraphrasing Friedrich Nietzsche a little, and while there's not much overlap between postmodern philosophy and football fandom, there are some clear parallels between the concept of Nihilism

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