The Detroit Lions are a team with a glorious history and a somewhat mediocre present. The Lions have been in the NFL for 85 years, have a great stadium with great fan support and a considerable amount of talent but just can’t get back to championship level. The team came into the league as the Portsmouth Spartans before relocating to Detroit in 1934. The city of Detroit actually had five independent pro football teams before the Lions dating back to 1920. The team reached their competitive apex in the 1950’s, winning three pre-merger NFL Championships during the decade. Overall, they have four NFL championships but are the only NFC team that has never made the Super Bowl.
The Lions have a fascinating history with oddities including a short-lived change to maroon uniforms in 1940 to a tryout in 1970 for an aspiring pro football player named Marvin Gaye (he did pretty well in his ‘day job’ as a R&B singer). In 1959, the team essentially ‘split in two’ with minority owner Ralph Wilson joining the American Football League with the Buffalo Bills. The team hit rock bottom in 2008, finishing 0-16 becoming the first team in NFL history to lose every game of a 16 game schedule. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were likely a worse team than the 2008 Lions but, mercifully, had to play only 14 games.
Along the way, the Lions have had their share of great players. In the 1950’s, quarterback Bobby Layne, Doak Walker and Joe Schmidt would make the team one of the powerhouses of the league. Alex Karras was a Pro Bowl level defensive tackle in the early 1960’s but would go on to achieve greater fame as an actor (with a brief dalliance as a professional wrestler). Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane terrorized receivers as a Hall of Fame defensive back during the 1960’s. Barry Sanders was arguably the best running back of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Overall, there are eighteen members of the Detroit Lions represented in the NFL Hall of Fame.
The Detroit Lions’ fans have been supportive and loyal through the team’s ups and downs. Since moving into Ford Field in 2006, attendance has remained strong though it did erode somewhat during the 2008 winless season. Detroit’s economic issues are well documented, but the Lions face another challenge in terms of fan support–it is likely the only NFL city where pro football isn’t the ‘biggest game in town’. The NHL Red Wings are at this point the top pro sports team in the city and have their home ice emblazoned with ‘Hockey Town USA’ as a reminder of this fact.
Fans have plenty of opportunities to watch Lions football game live on television. They don’t appear on national TV broadcasts as much as they did during the Barry Sanders era but are still well represented. Detroit has a tradition of hosting a nationally broadcast Thanksgiving Day game. Fans looking for a Detroit Lions live stream don’t have it as easy. The NFL exercises rigid control over their broadcasting product, and their TV network partners provide little, if any, live streaming. The NFL’s official website allows fans to stream Lions video highlights but provides little else in the way of digital content. It’s easier to find a Lions live radio stream which is available on the website of flagship station 97.1 The Ticket as well as the team’s official website.
The best option for fans who don’t want to miss a game is to watch Detroit Lions online free. There are countless Wiziwig, Stream2U, FrontRowSports and others. New sites come online often, so a Google search is a necessity to find the most up to date information.
It only takes a few minutes to start watching the action live. You’ll also have options to fine tune your viewing experience for maximum enjoyment. There are multiple stream speeds available so you can find one that works best with your Internet connection and computer setup. You also can choose where to watch–on your computer, your smartphone/tablet or even your TV set by using a device such as a Roku Player or Google Chromecast. No matter your viewing choices it’s definitely the best way to stay on top of Detroit Lions football action all season long!