Detroit Lions football extends all the way back to 1929. Back then they were located in Portsmouth, Ohio and were known as the Spartans. They joined the NFL in 1930 and soon realized Portsmouth was too small to support a team. Therefore, in 1934 the franchise relocated to Detroit. The relocation was a great idea because the next year the Lions won the NFL Championship. The franchise would go to win three more NFL Championships in the 1950's. However, since their last title in 1957 if you had Detroit Lions tickets you were watching one of the least successful NFL franchises of the last half-century.
The Lions have not won a championship since 1957 and are one of only four teams that have yet to reach a Super Bowl (as of 2013). Since their 1957 championship, and up until the end of the 2009 season, the Lions have qualified for the postseason just nine times. To put that in perspective, the New England Patriots reached the postseason seven times in the first decade of the 21st century. The Lions own the second longest regular season losing streak (19) and the longest road losing streak. They are also the only franchise to lose all 16 regular season games (2008) and the second team to go winless and tieless since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
The Detroit Lions schedule features two games a year against their NFC North Division rivals the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings. Lions tickets are now sold for Ford Field which is located in the city of Detroit. Before that the team played at the Pontiac Silverdome for more than 25 years. Despite a 50-year history of losing, the Lions are represented by 16 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Some of the Lions enshrined include Dick "Night Train" Lane, Doak Walker, Bobby Layne, and Dick LeBeau. Perhaps the greatest Lion of them all is running back Barry Sanders. The 10x Pro Bowler retired in 1998 as the NFL's third leading rusher.