The Detroit Lions are an NFL football team based in Detroit, Michigan. The team was established in 1929 as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, but moved to Detroit in 1934, where they were renamed the Lions.
The Lions have never played in a Super Bowl. In fact, they have only won a single playoff game since 1957. This had led to a deep sense of frustration among the Lions faithful, and a great deal of hostility towards the organization in the local press.