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Lions fans stage protest during game with Bears

Lions fans stage protest during game with Bears

About 100 Detroit Lions fans left their seats before halftime of the 26-21 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday and called for the firing of general manager Matt Millen as they gathered in Ford Field's atrium.
Many of the protesters headed for the exits at halftime, where they were greeted by stadium employees handing out "Go Lions" stickers.
Detroit, with a 2-13 record this season, is a NFL-worst 23-72 since Millen took control of football operations before the 2001 season. They have lost at least 10 games in all six of Millen's seasons, the second-longest streak in league history.
The walkout, planned by a group of bloggers, was scheduled to start with 8:57 left in the second quarter _ honoring the Lions' 1957 championship. Detroit has won only one playoff game since then.
"It's frustrating, because what can we do?" asked fan Jim Vermeulen, who wore a bag over his head, topped by a Santa hat. "It would be wonderful to get some committed ownership. I wish Mr. Ford would sell the team to someone who cared about winning."
Even before the walkout, the stadium appeared to be evenly split between Lions and Bears fans. A loud chant of "Let's Go Bears" broke out during a Chicago drive late in the first quarter, and a successful fourth-down conversion by Bears running back Thomas Jones drew a large cheer.
The protest marked the second straight season that Lions fans joined together to voice their displeasure with the organization. Last season, about 500 people marched outside the stadium before the final home game, and many wore orange _ the color of the opposing Cincinnati Bengals.


Updated : 2021-03-02 00:43 GMT+08:00