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Red Wings GM Holland gets booed by Lions fans

Dec 31, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

Ken Holland AP

As the Detroit Red Wings’ GM since 1997, Ken Holland is credited with a continuing the team’s dominance – even as other big-money teams struggled once a salary cap was put in place.

Still, locals must be smarting over the lockout (and postponed Winter Classic), because Detroit Lions fans booed Holland when he appeared on the Ford Field Jumbotron on Sunday, according to Fox Sports Detroit.

To be fair, Lions fans probably weren’t in the most festive mood anyway, as their team fell to the Chicago Bears 26-24 to complete a disappointing 4-12 season.

Also, Holland is hardly to blame for the lockout – unless there are a lot of backdoor dealings we haven’t been privy too.

Still, it says a lot when one of the league’s most distinguished execs gets booed in “Hockeytown.”

On the bright side, this all might be resolved one way or another by Jan. 11. If an entire season is lost, NHL GMs might want to keep a lower profile, though.

  1. bensawesomeness - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    this speaks volumes for Detroit fans, as much as the lions suck, They know Kenny Holland means the world to this franchise and city. Kenny doesnt get booed unless theres something bad. this qualifies as something bad

  2. t16rich - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    They were actually booing him because they thought he wasn’t dumb enough to show up and watch that awful team play.

  3. dkphilly1122 - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    And to think people always talk about Philly fans……..than again if I was a Lions fan I would be kinda bitter too. Signed, A Concerned Vikings Fan!!!! Lions suck and so do there fans!!!!

  4. keltecpf9 - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    I wonder if Lions Fans know the difference between, “there,” “their,” and, “they’re?”

    • ryanprzy - Jan 1, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      …says the guy that doesn’t know how to punctualize a declarative sentence.

  5. shoobiedoobin - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I was there and I can easily confirm this was blown out of proportion. The “booing” was maybe only very slightly louder than the cheers and only right at the end. And for the maybe 20% of the place that cared enough to let out a limp “boo” it wasn’t because it was Holland it was because of the lockout. Remember this city was supposed to host the biggest hockey game in history with a week long hockey festival that very week. Many folks got tix and planned the trip before the lockout and ended up likely stubhubbing Lions tickets after the fact. Its about the lockout, not Holland.

  6. adamfrantz - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I was at the game as well…and I think James O’Brien needs to get his facts straight. Ford Field had about 40% Bears fans at the game…correct me if i’m wrong; but wouldnt Bears fans mostly be Blackhawks fans as well? This probably had nothing to do with the fact that the Wings and Hawks hate each other…you’re a tool, O’Brien.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      That was true also.

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