Losing frustration growing for Lions' Raiola
The Detroit Lions have not won at Lambeau Field since 1991.
Unless that grisly streak surprisingly ends Sunday, they’ll extend their road losing streak to 23 games and lose for the 18th consecutive time in an NFC North contest.
Yes, the losing is mounting. Other than ageless kicker Jason Hanson, no one has witnessed more of it than center Dominic Raiola
The frustration is mounting for Raiola, too, according to Terry Foster of the Detroit News. As Foster details in a well-written story, Raiola uses weightlifting on Tuesdays, the players’ day off, to work out his anger. That’s a lot of lifting.
“Every Monday is tough," Raiola said. "I take every loss hard. Although I have lost a lot, I still expect to win every game. I do everything I can to win. I prepare. I don't care how many hours a week.
"I am not going to lie. It is hard," he said. "It is so frustrating to the point where you say I am so tired of this (bleep). But quit never comes into it. It's just how am I going to deal with this another week?"
The 0-16 season in 2008 was the most trying. That is when Raiola saw teammates giving up.
“That was the year we lost guys," he said. "That is the toughest part, when you feel like you've lost guys in the locker room. And you know they are not coming back. That was tough."
Don’t look now, but the Lions are 2-17 under Jim Schwartz. A loss to the Packers and Schwartz will have a start worse than the one Rod Marinelli made and worse than the one Marty Mornhinweg had.
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