Allen: Lions Should Take Down Championship Banner

Championship banners are supposed to be a source of pride; for Tim Allen, it's a reminder of futility

The DA Show
July 31, 2019 - 1:05 pm

If you’re familiar with “Home Improvement,” you know that Tim Allen often wore Detroit-themed sports apparel. The show was set in suburban Detroit, yes, but Allen is also a diehard Lions fan in real life.

“I love the Lions,” Allen said on The DA Show. “I’ve learned to look at it a little differently. The Cleveland Browns have a sad history, but they’re literally the Baltimore Ravens right now. They’re a relatively new team. We go to Ford Field and there’s a flag up way at the left side where I sit – I think it’s 1953 or something. I told the Lions organization, ‘You should just take that thing down.’ All that does is remind diehard fans it’s been a long time.”

The Lions won NFL championships in 1935, 1952, 1953 and 1957. They have never reached the Super Bowl and haven’t won a playoff game since the early 1990s.

In fact, the Lions are 1-12 in the playoffs since 1970.

“Every record you don’t want, the Lions have,” Allen joked. “I think at one point it was the most punts in a quarter and then the shortest punt in NFL history. I adore this team. I’m there all that I can be. I live in Los Angeles. I go back to see my mom – who’s still living, thank God – in Detroit. We take all my brothers. Certainly we make every Thanksgiving game and any game I can. I got to know some of the players. You’re a fan. That's what it is. I don’t jump teams.”

It would be easy for Allen to do that, by the way.

“I live in Los Angeles. It’d be kind of fun to be a Rams (fan),” he said. “My wife’s a big Steeler fan, and her family is all big Steeler fans, and it’d be easy to jump ship. But I’m not that way. I’m a Lions fan. That’s what it is.”