The Detroit Lions fired general manager Matt Millen today, which they should have done about four years ago. But that's not my point today. My point is this: In the ESPN.com story where I read this, a few Lions fans were quoted as to how ecstatic they were that Millen was finally gone. Here, verbatim, are two paragraphs from that story:
Eddie Gates drove through the team's parking lot in his minivan as his girlfriend, Sue Stanton, held a sign, "Millen Must Go To Get a Super Bowl," out the window.
"I've been a season-ticket holder for 28 years and because they fired Matt Millen, I'm going to renew," Gates said. "This is the happiest day of my life."
The "happiest day of my life"???? You've gotta be kidding me. What about marriages? Births? Graduations? The time the Lions won the Super Bowl.... oh, wait, forget that last one.
Anyway, if Panthers general manager Marty Hurney ever gets fired, or if John Fox ever gets fired, or Larry Brown at the Bobcats or whatever, please don't say it's the happiest day of your life if someone asks you about it.
I know the fact that people care about sports is the only reason I have a job, along with a lot of my friends, and that's great. But have a little perspective. I know this Lions fan was happy and probably a bit prone to exaggerating, but that really shouldn't be more than the happiest day of your week. If that.