Lions fan Hal Abrams may find the shopping bag handy should the IRS challenge his 2008 tax filing.
DETROIT (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) – It was a rough year for Detroit area small business owners. It was particularly rough if you were also a fan of the hapless Detroit Lions, whose winless 2008 season set an NFL record for futility. While both the team’s and the city’s recovery are expected to be a long way off, one small business owner stands to reap a modest windfall, claiming the Lions’ winless 2008 campaign as a “total loss” on his recent tax filing.
Owner and operator of a small print shop, 58 year old Hal Abrams insists the team’s woes had a direct, albeit difficult to measure, correlation on his slumping business.
“For sixteen consecutive Mondays it was a morgue in here,” said Abrams, shooing away a mangy alley cat that wandered across one of his idle printing presses. “Week after week, it was just brutal. I’ll admit I didn’t take it well. After week six it was obvious we weren’t going anywhere…it got to the point no one wanted to be around me, I just wasn’t in any mood. By week eight I was lucky if someone walked in off the street to use the photocopier.” (more…)