I've been a Michigander for five years now and I've learned a LOT about Lions fans.

It's tough when you move out of your home state. A lot of things change - time zones, accents, local dialect (I never knew what a 'Coney dog' was before I moved to Flint), and of course, sports team affiliations.

My upbringing wasn't heavy on the Packers. On Sundays, my family watched NASCAR races and, even then, I still found something else to do. Professional sports are not in my wheelhouse on interests.

Everybody assumes that, because I'm from Milwaukee, I MUST be a Packers fan. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not. I also don't drink beer.

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Crazy, I know. However, I looooove cheese, but I think that's just a human thing.

I'll tell you why I love Detroit Lions fans - you're humble. You're beaten down, but you stay positive. Packers fans can be a tad...overbearing. If they win, it's because DUH. If they lose, it's because of bad calls by refs. It can get tiring.

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I see you, Lions fans. I see your light blue hoodies that have been washed a hundred times but are still holding together by a thread.

I love your enthusiasm. I love your commitment to your team. I love that you don't blame the refs when you lose, but you always say, "we'll get 'em next game." Which turns into "next year." And you keep going.

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Keep on keepin' on, Lions fans. You're inspiring.

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