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Because the universe has decided that Lions fans must always be kicked when they’re down and must always be down, season ticket holders received invoices for playoff tickets. In case you need a recap of the most recent suffering, Detroit went from a promising 6-3 start to 7-8 and eliminated from postseason contention with a week remaining in the season. To make things worse, some of those downtrodden fans were further mocked by receiving now useless playoff tickets.

A day after the Detroit Lions were eliminated from playoff contention, some fans received postseason tickets in the mail.

The Lions mailed playoff invoices to season-ticket holders last month, when they were 6-5 and tied for first place in the NFC North.

The Lions sold playoff tickets in standard two-game blocks — teams can host, at most, two home games during the postseason — and it’s common practice for organizations chasing a playoff berth to take ticket requests late in the season.

Perhaps a standard procedural move for the Lions organization, but even those inevitably end up traumatizing their fans. After all, the Lions should better than most they can take nothing for granted.

Oh, but good news:

The Lions say all money paid for playoff tickets will be credited toward 2014 season-ticket renewals.

Not to worry. The money paid will just be invested into future depression.