The NFL launched its annual High100 record which has zero Detroit Lions on it.
Yearly, the NFL Community places out its High100 record of one of the best gamers within the NFL, no matter place. Nearly yearly they appear to search out methods to depart off deserving Detroit Lions gamers and the sample appears to strengthen what Lions followers already know, the NFL doesn’t just like the Lions or Detroit.
We’re undecided what number of extra ways in which they’ll present it however let’s take a deeper take a look at their record, the way it works towards the Lions, and why followers ought to insist it’s revamped or disposed of.
Issues to consider
There are 32 groups within the NFL, there’s a arduous wage cap that limits the quantity of spending any crew can do. If NFL parity, the concept that all groups must be as equal as doable, labored completely, each crew would have at the very least three gamers within the High-100 and 4 groups would have 4. After all, parity is a purpose and particular person groups must draft and develop gamers to develop into elite among the many 2,880 gamers at present on NFL crew rosters.
Solely roughly 1,700 will earn spots on remaining 53-man rosters previous to the beginning of the common season, although. So, if all gamers have been equally gifted, they’d all have a 1-in-17 probability of creating the High-100 record. Effectively, we all know they don’t seem to be all equally gifted, both. This ambiguity can also be additional muddled by the NFL’s declare that these are “voted on by the gamers”, a real however deceptive declare.
Voting is completed on the identical time that participant’s votes are taken for the Professional Bowl, one other reputation contest that has not been variety to many Lions gamers. Professional Soccer Speak’s Mike Florio wrote concerning the voting course of subject in 2013, primarily confirming that only a few gamers truly decide this record, and through the timing of the voting, it’s each extremely subjective and skewed in the direction of groups doing nicely on the finish of the season.
Whereas nobody is extra pissed off with the Detroit Lions’ lack of playoff success than its followers, one other reminder of the issue is throwing salt within the wound. That by no means appears to trouble NFL spokespeople.
In 2013, simply 481 gamers voted on the record that ran the next yr, which is barely greater than one-quarter of the NFL’s gamers, in accordance with Florio through an NFL spokesperson.
To many Detroit Lions followers, these sorts of lists and rankings are taken for what they are surely, one thing football-related to speak about when there are not any video games being performed. In that strictly-for-entertainment view, they’re meaningless rankings. Likewise, online game retailer Digital Arts’ Madden NFL online game franchise has only recently launched its rankings of groups and gamers, too, with predictably comparable outcomes.
The publishing and advertising and marketing of those occasions all the time happen simply previous to the preseason to construct up hype for both actual soccer or for the discharge of the online game, which coincides with the NFL season. Yearly the Detroit Lions gamers, followers, and town have to try to sidestep the social media onslaught of those overhyped choices.
Typically, the response is spot-on, why does the NFL hate on the Detroit Lions?
The NFL is headquartered in New York Metropolis and EA Sports activities is headquartered in a suburb of San Francisco, in Redwood Metropolis, California. It’s vital to recollect these info when trying on the proximity to the facility facilities and remembering the comparatively small market that the Detroit Lions occupy.
The Detroit Lions rank 31st in worth as a franchise at slightly below $2 billion, in accordance with Forbes’s yearly valuation of the league. Mixed with Detroit being the fourth-lowest generator of income in accordance with Statista, a storehouse for statistical knowledge from skilled sources, the Lions don’t have quite a lot of pull with NFL big-wigs or the common NFL fan, both.
Onto the snubs…