It is a dark day in American history. 50 years today on November 22nd, 1963, people around the world watched in horror; for inside the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Detroit, William Clay Ford purchased the Detroit Lions for $6 million. The largest price ever paid for an NFL team at the time. It's been downhill ever since. The team that had won 3 NFL championships in the 50s would never again see anything resembling "success". Or for that matter, much anything resembling a football team.