anticipatory farewell to jim schwartz. forever*. (or: an amazing stat)

Posted on December 27th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Stuff, Sports.

Bill Simmons says: "[The Lions] hired 13 head coaches since 1964 — not including the soon-to-be-fired Jim Schwartz, not one of those coaches landed another head coaching job."

If I moved to Detroit (a fantasy: nobody moves to Detroit**), I would stop being an football fan***: like being a coach of Detroit Lions, it's the last job you will find.

* okay: probably.

** that's not a shot at Detroit, like the shots that people take at Cleveland or Pittsburgh, mostly taken by people who have never been there (Joke Lite, no clown carolies). I've never been to Detroit, but I like the name. Anyway, it's a reference to its steadily declining population: from 1.8 million in 1950 to 713,777 in 2010 (just the city, not the metro area). Even in ten years (2000-2010) the city's population fell by 25%. When I was a child, Detroit was 5th in population (behind New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia: the five cities in America that had a million people [in the seventies Houston joined them]). Detroit has fallen to 18th (again, the city, not the metro area).

*** I think I could still be a fan of the careers of Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson.



Comment on December 28th, 2013.

My friend Brenna did this amazing documentary called Burn, about life in the Detroit Fire Department: they have the double whammy of being stretched thin because of a declining tax base and because of tons of fires in abandoned houses.


Comment on December 28th, 2013.

Yeow. That figures.

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