I’ll let you know that I had an embarrassing time searching through breakup songs to find this week’s game song. Breakups are hard to capture with lyrics, although many of us turn to music when our hearts are broken. Everyone experiences love and heartbreak in different ways, and no relationship is the same.
This particular effort proved even more difficult for me, as what Matthew Stafford meant to this team – and his divorce from the franchise – mixed up far too many emotions to be captured by a single song. Watching him live his best life in LA while we try our best to prove we’re okay after the breakup (even if we’re not), is always a weird thing to deal with. “You Oughta Know” was way too mean. “Missing (I Miss You Like the Deserts Miss the Rain)” is too sad and harassing. And an overwhelming amount of breakup songs are too sexual for things to get awkward in the next few paragraphs.
The needle I’m looking to thread here is a ‘I’m happy for you’ part, two ‘I’m not doing well, but I’m improving’ part and a ‘Watching you succeed is really a mixed emotional experience. .
Lions vs. Rams Week 7 Song from the game: “The Show Must Go On” by Queen
“The Show Must Go on” begins with a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. When Matthew Stafford approached the Detroit Lions for a trade in January, it was unclear where that franchise was heading. There was no general manager, no head coach and now no longer a leader behind the center. All we had was blind faith in a new owner who shared the name of the two previous owners who let us down.
Does anyone know what we are looking for?
Another hero, another stupid crime
Behind the curtain, in pantomime
Stay on the line
Does anyone want to take it anymore?
The separation from Matthew Stafford was understandable, but painful nonetheless. It was without a doubt the best move for the quarterback, and Detroit did well to honor his wishes and get a ransom from the King in return to start a rebuild. However, that hasn’t completely erased Stafford’s sense of rejection, even as he continues to sing the praises of the city from a far away country.
Sunday’s game seemed like a closing opportunity. As if he happened to an ex at the corner coffee shop, the Detroit Lions tried to put their best face on and show Stafford that they were doing fine without him. Check out all this stuff we have! Hey look, we finally have a racing game! Our coach is no longer an asshole either!
The show must continue!
The show must continue!
Inside my heart is breaking
My makeup may flake off
But my smile always stays on
As the song hits its chorus, Freddie Mercury stops feeling sorry for himself. Of course, the pain is still there, but it’s time to hold your head up high and move on. Stafford may still be kicking ass – and right now, your ass, but we’re officially in a post-Stafford career now. With Sunday’s game finally over, we can all move on with our lives, as Stafford eloquently said after the game.
“I’m just glad I’m done with this one. Can tidy up the plots and just go out and play soccer the rest of the year and enjoy.
While it will be difficult to put the Stafford era behind us, especially with a winless team and a struggling quarterback, Dan Campbell is doing his best to heal the wounds. The Lions, despite their lack of talent (or a win), are still fun to watch. They give pretty much every team they face, they have a young cast of characters who have a mean streak to play with confidence. Lions, for the first time in a long time, have hope.
I guess I’m learning
I must be warmer now
I’ll be turning soon, around the corner now
There will be setbacks in our healing. Finding a real replacement for Stafford won’t be easy, and if he continues to lift a Lombardi or two, it will certainly test how ‘done’ we are with this heartache. But, for now, it’s time to focus on the inside. There will be better days to come.
Each week we will come up with one song from the game to create a playlist for the entire season. You can listen to the soundtracks from the previous year here: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
You can find the 2021 playlist here (or below):