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Lions sell out Thanksgiving game

A day after they won an unexpectedly thrilling game against the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions have more good news: They’ve sold out their Thanksgiving home game.

John Niyo of the Detroit News tweets that the traditional Turkey Day game has been sold out, and the local TV blackout was lifted.

That’s particularly good news for the franchise as league observers increasingly question whether the Lions really deserve to host a Thanksgiving game every year. It’s a lot harder for the Lions to argue that Thanksgiving football belongs in Detroit if they can’t even fill their stadium on Thanksgiving.

But this year, despite another lousy season on the field, Detroit fans have stepped up and ensured that everyone will be able to watch the Lions while they eat their turkey.

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35 Responses to “Lions sell out Thanksgiving game”
  1. SlipperyPete says: Nov 23, 2009 12:44 PM

    I think the Lions have more loyal fans than the Vikings.

  2. jscott64 says: Nov 23, 2009 12:48 PM

    Too bad not everyone wants to watch the Lions, they suck!!!!

  3. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Nov 23, 2009 12:50 PM

    It’d be nice if you at least mentioned who they’re playing.
    They’ve sold out their Thanksgiving home game against __________.
    Drive-Thru Journalism strikes again.

  4. zygi milf says: Nov 23, 2009 12:52 PM

    “But this year, despite another lousy season on the field, Detroit fans have stepped up and ensured that everyone will be able to watch the Lions while they eat their turkey.”
    *********
    The Detroit Lions. Causing millions to loose their appetite on Thanksgiving Day.

  5. severs28 says: Nov 23, 2009 12:53 PM

    What? With no extension and a day before it has to be sold out. Good job Lions.

  6. birdmancometh says: Nov 23, 2009 12:58 PM

    I think the Lions are actually a very exciting team to watch. Young offensive skill position players are always fun.

  7. zygi milf says: Nov 23, 2009 1:06 PM

    SlipperyPete says:
    November 23, 2009 12:44 PM
    I think the Lions have more loyal fans than the Vikings.
    ********
    Stupid comment of the week – and it’s only Monday. The Vikings have never had a half-full stadium – even for pre-season.
    22,000 unsold tickets for the Browns game. How loyal is that?
    I would give Packers fans more credit for the sellout than Lions fans. And it’s going to be a long drive home for them, too.
    Lions 35, Packers 31

  8. Garcia86 says: Nov 23, 2009 1:08 PM

    For a team that admittedly stinks with an economy to match, the fans are ridiculously faithful. The fact that they even come close to selling out is amazing based on the on-field product the last decade. And I understand that not everyone wants to watch them, but not everybody enjoys watching the Cowboys or Eagles every Sunday or Monday night either. I’d like to see a revamp of the entire prime-time selection system.

  9. purpleguy says: Nov 23, 2009 1:21 PM

    Sure they sold out, but look and see how many in the stands are wearing green and gold.

  10. XXINYG says: Nov 23, 2009 1:30 PM

    Who are they playing? You’d think that would be an important piece of said puzzle…

  11. GBP says: Nov 23, 2009 1:34 PM

    This story says more about how lousy Vikings fans are than anything else. That a team as crappy (no offense Detroit fans) as the lions can sell out a larger venue four days prior to a game, meanwhile Minnie can’t sell out with 48 hours left (without twisting the arms of major corporations to by what’s left) and their team is hot right now. Looks like the Vikings will be packing up their oars and sailing to LA soon. But that’s ok, as long as you repent vikes fans you’re welcome to be bandwagon GB fans when zigy leaves you high and dry, heck half your team are former packers anyway.

  12. Patsfan1776 says: Nov 23, 2009 1:35 PM

    They should have been the last game. I always fall asleep after the Thanksgiving dinner. This year may include a pre-dinner nap. But maybe neither defense will show up and it will be a 52-49 game?

  13. topcide says: Nov 23, 2009 1:56 PM

    If people don’t want to watch the Lions, perhaps they can cough up the millions that Ford spends in adverstising during NFL games, or hope that their team gets the rotating nfl network game.

  14. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 23, 2009 1:58 PM

    SlipperyPete says:
    November 23, 2009 12:44 PM
    I think the Lions have more loyal fans than the Vikings.
    ——————————————–
    GBP says:
    November 23, 2009 1:34 PM
    This story says more about how lousy Vikings fans are than anything else. That a team as crappy (no offense Detroit fans) as the lions can sell out a larger venue four days prior to a game, meanwhile Minnie can’t sell out with 48 hours left (without twisting the arms of major corporations to by what’s left) and their team is hot right now. Looks like the Vikings will be packing up their oars and sailing to LA soon. But that’s ok, as long as you repent vikes fans you’re welcome to be bandwagon GB fans when zigy leaves you high and dry, heck half your team are former packers anyway.
    ———————-
    Sniffle sniffle sniffle, wha wha wha.
    We are better than you just look what we did 48 years ago, sniffle sniffle wha wha!!!!
    Please you bitter lousey fans of football, tell me when the Vikings didnt sell out a home game in the last over ten years, tell me, come on, tell me.
    Cant can you?
    Ya but sniffle sniffle wha wha, they almost didnt sell out almost, sniffle sniffle wha wha.
    The fudgies almost lost to San fran, I cant beleive how lucky they got to win that, cause San Fran almost beat them, that means they suck, because San Fran almost beat them!
    Did I tell you, that San Fran almost beat the Fudgies?
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!

  15. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 23, 2009 2:01 PM

    The reason this stadium sold out is because Detroit is the up and comer team now.
    They are on their way to being a football team, finally.
    There is excitement in the air for them fans.
    Also they smell a victory coming on Turkey day.
    Can’t wait to see the line, wouldnt be suprised if Detroit is picked to win.
    I love it!!

  16. simple_simon1 says: Nov 23, 2009 2:03 PM

    I never would have thought my Lions to have a chance but with Harris and Kampman out, they just might be able to ride the momentum of that game yesterday. I hope at least.
    And for everyone making fun of the Lions, it’s pretty easy, so don’t think it’s such a smart thing to come up with.
    In a few years, with the young talent continuing to grow, we’ll see. I think the Lions are definitely on the upswing. Vikings fans can laugh right now. But after this year, they’ll need a QB and they’ll need to find a way to rework contracts with many of the players they have right now, some of which are very important. And becasue they are doing so good, they’ll have to put up something pretty good to move up and get one of the QB’s this year. If Favre doesn’t get you the Superbowl this year then it was a good season, but what a waste.
    In a few years the Lions will be good. They did something yesterday I hadn’t seen since the “Thumbs up” season of 1989. They showed grit and played with heart. If they can do that more often, they could surprise some teams at the end of this year.

  17. DocBG says: Nov 23, 2009 2:09 PM

    # GBP says: November 23, 2009 1:34 PM
    This story says more about how lousy Vikings fans are than anything else. That a team as crappy (no offense Detroit fans) as the lions can sell out a larger venue four days prior to a game, meanwhile Minnie can’t sell out with 48 hours left (without twisting the arms of major corporations to by what’s left) and their team is hot right now. Looks like the Vikings will be packing up their oars and sailing to LA soon. But that’s ok, as long as you repent vikes fans you’re welcome to be bandwagon GB fans when zigy leaves you high and dry, heck half your team are former packers anyway.
    ——————————————————
    uhm….when was the last time the vikes failed to sell out? well over 100 games ago i believe, so why dont you silly little packers go back in bed with your siblings and cut the crap allready. I will NEVER cheer for the packers and in fact will actually root for injury because their fans are complete asshats like yourself (harris out for season = happiness) Every game rodgers is getting more and more shell shocked and soon he’s going to be david carr. The vikes aren’t going anywhere aside from the top of the NFC north for a LONG time to come. btw, Tjack is looking alot better, apparently brett doesnt mind mentoring a QB so long as he isnt being stabbed in the back by some fairweather fans and a suck ass GM.
    Lets see what happens to the packers in 5 years when they stop selling out. I don’t care about the 30 year waiting list, now that favre is gone you are destined to suffer like the red sox did when they traded away ruth, you’ll see, and it couldn’t happen to more deserving pricks. get ready for another 40 years in the wilderness greenbay, here it comes.

  18. mofo says: Nov 23, 2009 2:11 PM

    “And I understand that not everyone wants to watch them, but not everybody enjoys watching the Cowboys or Eagles every Sunday or Monday night either.
    AMEN!

  19. simple_simon1 says: Nov 23, 2009 2:15 PM

    Bigskyvikes:
    “Did I tell you, that San Fran almost beat the Fudgies?
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!”
    First, San Fran also almost, and should have, beat the Vikings. But who cares, I hate the Packers too.
    Secondly, don’t be too loud about claiming that this is your year quite yet. There’s still a ways to go and Favre, other than one year in his career, has never finished all that well. Also, if you have to play in New Orleans, that’s a tough task.
    Then, I’m not sure about how you’ll all perform, even if you do get by the Saints, outdoors in Miami against a team like the Patriots or Colts. A good veteran QB will slice up that secondary I think. Maybe I’m wrong. Only time will tell.

  20. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 23, 2009 2:19 PM

    simple_simon1 says:
    November 23, 2009 2:03 PM
    I never would have thought my Lions to have a chance but with Harris and Kampman out, they just might be able to ride the momentum of that game yesterday. I hope at least.
    And for everyone making fun of the Lions, it’s pretty easy, so don’t think it’s such a smart thing to come up with.
    In a few years, with the young talent continuing to grow, we’ll see. I think the Lions are definitely on the upswing. Vikings fans can laugh right now.
    No ofense simple simon, but you better look at whos taking smack of the Lions.
    Its not Viking fans, its the bitter Fudgies.
    I’m a huge Detroit fan (on Thursday anyway)
    Go Lions!!

  21. jerm50 says: Nov 23, 2009 2:24 PM

    Updated: January 2, 2009, 6:48 PM ET
    Vikings get final blackout extensionComment Email Print Share Associated Press
    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The NFL has given the Minnesota Vikings one last chance to sell out the Metrodome for Sunday’s playoff game against Philadelphia.
    The Vikings have until 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday to sell the remaining 3,100 tickets to avoid a television blackout in local markets.
    The task isn’t as daunting as it appeared earlier in the week. The Vikings were granted their first extension on Thursday and still had a whopping 8,000 tickets to unload to avoid the first blackout since 1997.
    But the team made big strides, selling nearly 5,000 tickets as of Friday afternoon. The remaining tickets are priced $80, $120 and $160 a piece. It’s the first time the Vikings have been in the playoffs since the 2004 season.
    Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals have sold enough tickets to Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons for it to be televised in the Phoenix area.
    The NFL gave the team two 24-hour extensions, the last expiring Friday afternoon. About 2,400 tickets remained Friday morning.
    Tickets returned from the visiting team allotment and club seats remain available for purchase. Neither counts against the blackout rules.
    YA THE VIKES NEVER HAVE TROUBLE SELLING OUT

  22. simple_simon1 says: Nov 23, 2009 2:53 PM

    Thanks bigskyvikes…..I might not have been paying close enough attention. I’m just used to everyone talking smack about my poor team….LOL

  23. SlipperyPete says: Nov 23, 2009 2:55 PM

    Bigskyvikes says:
    November 23, 2009 1:58 PM
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!
    THIS IS OUR YEAR!!
    *********
    It had better be. You only have a short while left before the Vikes pack up and move to L.A.

  24. Brandon Folsom says: Nov 23, 2009 3:23 PM

    I don’t care to see all the Lions bashing and bitching about how bad they are.
    It is NFL football and I would tune in to watch any second of the day if it was the 0-16 Lions of last year playing against the the 0-14 Bucs of the 80′s.
    The rule is that every team gets a nationally televised game every two years and the Lions and Cowboys stepped up and took control of those games at a time when no teams ever wanted them. Now, there is so much marketing dollars in that game that everyone wants a piece of hosting a game that day. I applaud those two teams for finding something and sitting on it until it becomes valuable.
    But still, even if this was Charlie Frye and the Raiders lining up against Matt Moore and the Panthers I would tune into watch the game — it is NFL football and that is what we all love.

  25. simple_simon1 says: Nov 23, 2009 3:29 PM

    Go Lions!!! Could be a good game. Funny though that the Lions take a game that nobody originally wanted on a short week and everyone now complains that they shouldn’t have it. I have to watch teams, many of which are boring and run the ball 40-50 times a game, 3 yds a play eating up 8 minutes a possession for a field goal, every week. Take your medicine and don’t watch if you don’t want to. True football fans will still watch. Like I said. This could end up being a far better game than people reallize.

  26. Haywood Jabuzzoff says: Nov 23, 2009 3:30 PM

    How hard can selling out a Lions home game be by giving away 2 tickets for every unleaded fill-up purchase? Sold out, or handed out? Please explain, Florio.

  27. 1mge says: Nov 23, 2009 3:48 PM

    Is it really a Viking sell out even though 3M & other companies buy thousands of seats at the last hour AFTER the NFL blackout deadline extension??
    Thats like claiming your kid sold the most girl scout cookies becouse you made everyone at the office buy 10 boxes or they would be put on the night shift!

  28. Bob Nelson says: Nov 23, 2009 4:05 PM

    It is nice for the visiting team to buy so many tickets and help the Lions.
    The Thanksgiving game in Detroit is an American tradition.
    You will see plenty of Packer fans in the stadium.

  29. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 23, 2009 5:30 PM

    jerm50 says:
    November 23, 2009 2:24 PM
    Yes your right they did not sell out.
    Wait the end of the article says they did sell out, again your an idiot!
    OH, its that almost thing again, did you know I almost had sex once with Stevie Nicks, I was at the concert in the 80′s and she looked me right in the eyes, and I almost got her in the sack.
    I never talked to her and she never looked at me again the rest of the concert, but that one moment, I almost had sex with Stevie Nicks.
    God help you, child!

  30. 1mge says: Nov 23, 2009 6:46 PM

    To all you idiot Viking fans… pick a different battle than the “we always sell out” issue. It’s a losing battle that REALLY makes you look stupid trying to defend.
    Yes you need/have asked the NFL for blackout extensions.
    Yes you do beg/need local companies to buy thousands of tickets to avoid blackouts.
    Just accept the facts and gloat more about your record or something you can back up! I’m sure you’ll have no problem in 2012 selling out your new home in L.A., at least not on opening day!

  31. jerm50 says: Nov 23, 2009 8:31 PM

    Hey hey everybody bigskyvikes talks like he knows something about winning championships. Ha ha i didnt know minnesota was the premier sports town. Its funny tho for all the great teams the vikings have had they still have the same number of super bowls wins the lions do. 0.How many chamionships does the big 4 sports teams in minnesota have? o ya one! damn why dont u turn on a timberwolves game and see how many of u loyal minnesota fans packed into the target center? ya u guys are the most loyal, steadfast fans in the united states.

  32. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 23, 2009 8:35 PM

    1mge says:
    November 23, 2009 6:46 PM
    Yes you need/have asked the NFL for blackout extensions.
    Yes you do beg/need local companies to buy thousands of tickets to avoid blackouts.
    —————————————
    That part makes me laugh, because this only happens in Mn right? HAHA idiot!!
    —————————————–
    Just accept the facts and gloat more about your record or something you can back up! I’m sure you’ll have no problem in 2012 selling out your new home in L.A., at least not on opening day!
    ————-
    This one also, I would love to meet you face to face, and make a bet with you on this one with witness’s. I would take any amout of bet with you that they will be right here in Mn with a new stadium deal done before next season starts.
    Go ahead, copy, paste, and save my comment, come talk to me later, I’m sure you wont, and you will have some other lame thing to wha wha sniffle sniffle about.

  33. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 24, 2009 8:22 AM

    jerm50 says:
    November 23, 2009 8:31 PM
    Wow, cant win an arguement about the Vikes, so bring in the Timberwolves, what a lame ass.
    Could care less about basketball.
    Twins have two titles.
    Northstars, look that one up.
    I cant beleive your still on here after my shower, I was sure I washed the jerm50 off my nuts.
    Have to use my loufa next time to exfoliate.

  34. 1mge says: Nov 24, 2009 6:02 PM

    I’m glad that made you laugh becouse it’s made Packer fans laugh for decades how Vikings can’t even sell out a home playoff game. Yes other teams also need extensions but there fans don’t spout off like idiots saying we always sell out. They just face the facts & move on like I suggested you do many posts ago.
    Does this make you laugh, I hope so.

  35. jerm50 says: Nov 25, 2009 6:33 PM

    that was great vikes fan u got me on the championship thing u must of really enjoyed those 2 chamionships but u kno what i enjoy more is the fact that my town has 16 more than yours. o and when i looked up ur northstars they never won shit. but thats typical defense tatics from the minnesota fanbase that likes to claim a championship bfore the even finish the regular season. hey i forgot how did that 15-1 season end up? u guys must of surely thought u were going to win it that year huh? and by the way i wasnt surprised at your douchie braindead comeback after all u do like the vikings

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