On NFL conference championship weekend, Detroit Lions fans watched as their former quarterback, Matthew Stafford, advanced the Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl 56 at the Rams’ home stadium. And now to further their support for Stafford, a Detroit area sports store is selling shirts that has provided a negative reaction from Twitter users.
Pro Sports Zone (located in Livionia, west of Detroit), was captured on video via The D Line selling ‘Detroit Rams’ merchandise at their shop just ahead of the Big Game.
Lets say the reaction to their move did not turn out the way they hoped. Even well-known public figures chimed in for their take.
Now we are going to be blunt here, the city of Detroit and Lions fans everywhere are rooting for Stafford to be successful and see him hopefully get the ring he deserves, but having the fanbase and team labeled as the ’Detroit Rams’ and have them marketed in apparel is an embarrassing look for Lions and their fanbase as a whole.
Even though the Lions now have former Rams on the team in general manager Brad Holmes, quarterback Jared Goff, wide receiver Josh Reynolds, and defensive end Michael Brockers, the Lions fans don’t want their team to be identified as the ‘Rams farm system’ and want to build their own winning culture and identity. That’s what the D Line sports apparel on Twitter don’t get.
It might be one-off deal or gimmick, but it’s a pathetic one. Sorry D Line, not sorry.