Jerry Green of the Detroit News has published an article on how the “Curse of Bobby Lane” never actually happened. It is worth a read for any enquiring Lions’ fan.
Among those debunking the curse item is Dave Diles. Diles was the Michigan Associated Press sports editor then before switching to television.
“Never heard of it,” said Diles. “I was right in the middle of that story.”
Now Diles — the truth is that he was my mentor at AP — happens to be a magnificent raconteur. He has told plenty of stories about Bobby Layne — the nighttime escapades, assorted other adventures — but never the curse story so prevalent now.
This information will likely put off many of those Lions fans who want to draft Matt Stafford based on the fact that he went to the same high school as the curse layer Bobby Layne.
I for one never heard of the curse prior to the 2008 season. It is good to know that I am not the only one who was duped by the Bobby Layne myth. For those who need a reason for why the Lions are so bad: A curse does live amongst the Lions. It is called the curse of mismanagement.