Detroit Lions president Rod Wood took a chance Thursday morning. He spent an hour on the air at a local radio station, including taking calls from listeners.
The questions he got included this paraphrased one: Would the team consider bringing in an exorcist or shaman to try and change the fortunes of the franchise? Wood laughed, and then kind of extended an offer.
“No one has asked me to bring in an exorcist, that’s a first,” Wood said on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM. “So I’ll put it in the same category as other decisions that I’ll revisit later on.
“If there’s a sports exorcist out there, they can certainly call me.”
The Lions have been one of the downtrodden franchises in professional sports in the past half-century. Detroit has won one playoff game in the Super Bowl era, has never reached a Super Bowl, and last won a championship in 1957. Last season the Lions went 7-9, including losing games on an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary and a batted ball out of the end zone after a Calvin Johnson fumble against the Seahawks.
The Lions have had 13 losing seasons since 2000, and have not made consecutive playoff appearances since three straight from 1993 to 1995 -- also the last time the Lions had back-to-back winning seasons. The franchise has had 22 seasons of 10 or more losses.