Detroit Lions fans celebrating the team's NFC North clinching win in Week 16 Dec 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Lions fans celebrate the win against the Minnesota Vikings after the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. With the win the Detroit Lions clinched the NFC North. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit sports fans have to be feeling quite conflicted about their professional sports teams, particularly the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Pistons.

On one hand, you have the Detroit Lions, a team that has been constantly plagued with mediocrity for the better part of the last three decades.

The Lions haven’t won their division since the 1993-94 season. In fact, they weren’t even in the NFC North, their current division, the last time they took home their division crown.

It is a new day for the Lions under head coach Dan Campbell in 2023, as the team had their chance to clinch the NFC North with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

They did just that, defeating the Vikings in a 30-24 victory to punch their ticket to the postseason and clinch the NFC North for the first time in team history.



For Lions fans, this is obviously a monumental moment that many fans are experiencing for the first time in their lives.

Unfortunately, those who are a fan of all Detroit sports teams are also dealing with the lowest of lows that sports have to offer when it comes to the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons aren’t too dissimilar to the Lions when you look at their recent history. The team hasn’t had a winning season since the 2015-16 season, and hasn’t won the Central division since the 2005-06 season.

While the Lions have completely turned things around, the Pistons have gone the other direction, completely bottoming out at a truly historic rate.

The team sits at 2-27 on the year in the midst of a 26-game losing streak with no end in sight. If the team loses two more games, they will have tied the longest losing streak in NBA history, a record previously held by the Philadelphia 76ers organization over the course of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

The worst record in NBA history in an 82-game regular season is held by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, going 9-73 on the year. If the Pistons continue at their current pace, they will ultimately surpass them as the worst team in the history of the sport.

Detroit sports fans should cherish this moment that the Lions have given them on Sunday. They clearly don’t get too many of them, and they still have to suffer through watching the lowly Pistons for the rest of the NBA season.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.