The Historic 2008 Detroit Lions, and Games With Inevitable Endings
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I've created this GeekList in honor of the historic accomplishment of futility achieved by the NFL's Detroit Lions in 2008.

The Lions were the first NFL team to endure through an entire 16-game season without winning a single game. The previous mark of futility was the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a then-expansion team that went 0-14 in their first season of existence.

In honor of this event, I'd like to create a list of games that have unavoidable endings. In these games, the end result is not in doubt, it's just a matter of when. Not really turn-based games (reach your objectives by Turn X), but games that will progress regardless of your relative success or failure. Or games where the eventual outcome is not really in doubt.

Also listed are the results of each game this season by the poor Lions. Teams are listed in the American style, home team listed at bottom.

Please feel free to add other games that may fit the bill, as well as any favorite highlights (or lowlights) of the Lions 2008 season.
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1. Board Game: Case White [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:7538]
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September 7, 2008
Detroit 21
Atlanta 34

Record: 0-1


This game features the German offensive in Poland which started World War II. The Polish Army, considered one of the world's best at the time, collapsed against the combined arms of the Germans, and Poland fell in just 30 days.
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2. Board Game: Phase Line Smash [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:9372]
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September 14, 2008
Green Bay 48
Detroit 25

Record: 0-2

Operation Desert Storm/Sword. How quickly can the U.S. and its allies roll up the Iraqi Repbulican Guard?
 
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3. Board Game: Mission: Grenada [Average Rating:4.69 Unranked]
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September 21, 2008
Detroit 13
San Francisco 31

Record: 0-3

Can the U.S. forces capture the key points of the island of Grenada fast enough? Or can the island's police forces hold off the Marines? Whaddya think?
 
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4. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1095]
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October 5, 2008
Chicago 34
Detroit 7

Record: 0-4

You're gonna fall over the waterfall. It's just a matter of time...
 
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5. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
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October 12, 2008
Detroit 10
Minnesota 12

Record: 0-5

Eventually, you will have to leave the mapboard.
 
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6. Board Game: Chainsaw Warrior [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5990]
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October 19, 2008
Detroit 21
Houston 28

Record: 0-6

The demonic portal will open up in 60 minutes, like it or not.
 
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7. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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October 26, 2008
Washington 25
Detroit 17

Record: 0-7

Despite your best efforts, the island is going to go away.
 
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8. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1465]
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November 2, 2008
Detroit 23
Chicago 27

Record: 0-8

Even the craftiest of Gnomes can't keep the doomed submarine from being lost at sea.
 
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9. Board Game: Risk: Star Wars – The Clone Wars Edition [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3681]
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November 9, 2008
Jacksonville 38
Detroit 14

Record: 0-9

Execute Order 66.
 
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10. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1281]
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November 16, 2008
Detroit 22
Carolina 31

Record: 0-10

The adventurers are living it up 'till the sun goes down.
 
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11. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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November 23, 2008
Tampa Bay 38
Detroit 20

Record: 0-11

Will that damned Provost STOP moving down the road?
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12. Board Game: The Game of France, 1940: German Blitzkrieg in the West [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8026]
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November 27, 2008
Tennessee 47
Detroit 10

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With the historical set-up, France does not stand a chance. Just play to see how long you can hold out. Although the variant OB's mix things up a bit.
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13. Board Game: Perfection [Average Rating:4.27 Overall Rank:15314]
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December 7, 2008
Minnesota 20
Detroit 16

Record: 0-13

Tick-tick-tick-tick-POP!
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14. Board Game: Starship Troopers [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2314]
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December 14, 2008
Detroit 21
Indianapolis 31

Record: 0-14

A smart M.I. trooper can mass his forces, making them all but invulnerable to attack. A bug nuke can ruin that plan, but that's really about it.
 
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15. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:752]
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December 21, 2008
New Orleans 42
Detroit 7

Record: 0-15

Them critters are gonna go, and there will be blood!
 
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16. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:599]
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December 28, 2008
Detroit 21
Green Bay 31

Record: 0-16

Time marches on, and waits for no player.
 
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