Lions and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. try to sell each other's tickets

Friday, May 29, 2009

Embattled heir to the NASCAR throne, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., made an appearance at the Motor City Casino with Lions coach Jim Schwartz, as well as Lions Matt Stafford, Jared DeVries, and Casey Fitzsimmons.  According to Mike Brudenell of the Free Press, Earnhardt was at the casino to speak with hundreds of GM employees about the adversity he'd gone through this season, and how he was persevering and overcoming it.  For his trouble, was presented with an authentic Lions helmet.  The event was an interesting cross-promotion, both trying to raise awareness and ticket sales for the annual NASCAR race at MIS, and raise awareness and ticket sales for the Lions.

Dale, Jr., the Lions, and GM certainly have a lot in common when it comes to disappointment, but I'd like to think they're at different points on the journey.  The Lions already hit rock bottom and are poised to regain respectability, GM is set to bottom out on Monday, and Earnhardt might not yet have fallen as far as he's going to fall.  Still, here's hoping I'm wrong--and that the Lions, NASCAR's favorite son, and the hardworking men and women of GM have all put their worst days behind them.

Discuss it here, in The Den!