The Detroit Lions are enjoying a renaissance this season. Entering their bye week boasting a 6-2 record, the Lions trail the Packers in the NFC North, but are leading the chase for a Wild Card playoff berth. The offense is led by the potent combination of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson while coach Jim Schwartz's defense, led by Ndamukung Suh, plays fast and aggressive as the muscle cars that defined the city in its heyday.
With bona fide stars in Suh and Megatron, these Lions are getting some swagger about them. Heck, Schwartz is even picking fights with other coaches. The fans at Ford Field are also starting to find their voice. Earlier this season, they turned out en masse for the franchise's first "Monday Night Football" game in years. After a stretch housing lackluster teams, Ford Field in Detroit is now host to one of the best weekly parties in the NFL.
Like any party, music selection is always important. Well, Lions fans have come out in numbers to make it clear that they do not want to hear Canadian rockers Nickleback at halftime of the the team's Thanksgiving game.
An online petition claims that "The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime," and requests that the club replace the band.
With the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers coming to town while a tryptophan-addled audience tunes in from coast to coast, the Lions will look to make an impression on the field. The city of Detroit also wants to send the right message: They want the rest of us to know that they do not like Nickleback.