Going to start this one off with something I'm not sure that I've done before, and that's a trivia question. I'll give the answer after the jump, and if you've already read the article that this comes from, that's great. . .but if you haven't, go ahead and take a shot at the question first, and then hit the jump to read the answer.
(Of course, if you've come straight to the page with the story on it somehow, it's not going to work as well as I'm anticipating. Humor me, people, would you?)
Ready? Here it goes. . .
The soothsayers from Las Vegas have made the Detroit Lions the favorite on the road against the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, with the current line showing Detroit as a four-point favorite.
Well, folks, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN, the last time the Detroit Lions were favored to beat the Minnesota Vikings in a game that was played in Minneapolis was back on September 20, 1981. So, if your answer to the trivia question posed before the jump was Ronald Reagan, you were exactly right. Kudos to you, sir/ma'am.
Think about that. . .1981 was the final season of the old Met Stadium, so the Lions have never. . .ever. . .been favored to beat the Vikings in a game at the Metrodome. They haven't won at the Metrodome at all since December 14, 1997 when they scored a 14-13 victory over the Vikings. (1997, incidentally, was also the last time the Lions swept the Vikings in a season series.)
The times, they are a-changin'. I, for one, don't like it. . .but I'm biased.