September 24, 2008
I wonder what it was like in Detroit when the news broke that Matt Millen was out as general manager of the Lions. Was it like the moon landing, where everyone gathered around a television to witness something special? Did they cancel school? Was there a motion passed in the state legislature to make September 24th an official holiday forever?
Nationally, a lot of the focus has turned immediately to things like, "I wonder who they'll hire now," and, "The Lions aren't out of this mess yet." But, people of Detroit, all that can wait. This is your day to celebrate. Grab someone you love, kiss them like it's the first time, and just bask in the glory of the day.
It's like Christmas in September. Just celebrate. There'll be plenty of time for paying the bills and sending the thank-you notes. At 0-3, it's a lost year anyway.
Just rejoice. Your football team has been liberated from Matt Millen's once-unbreakable chains of incompetence.
And if there's one thing the rest of us can learn here, it's this: If you cry, whine, and complain loud enough, you can make a difference. You don't have to be held hostage by a losing regime. You can fight back. Don't think for one second that all the marches, protests, and chants didn't make a difference in the end. Without them, this wouldn't have happened. You can make it happen for your downtrodden team, too. People of Oakland, mobilize!
One more note from Jay Glazer, who broke the news:
Millen was informed of the move Tuesday night during a late-night high-level meeting. Wednesday morning several people within the building confirmed that he had large packing boxes in his office and he made his way around to different employees telling them of the move.
It is unclear if Millen was fired or removed himself from the equation but the news comes just days after Bill Ford, Jr. publicly stated he would have fired the GM if it was his decision.
Well, whoever it was, be it Bill Ford, Jr., or some other hero, can you please step forward so that the people of Detroit can begin building the statue?
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