TIME TO END THANKSGIVING IN DETROIT TRADITION?

One of the NFL’s oldest traditions, dating to 1934, is having the Detroit Lions host a Thanksgiving game.
But the Lions have been the league’s worst team this decade, and that means Americans have been served some bad football alongside their turkey and stuffing.
So some in Detroit wonder whether the city could soon lose its status as one of the annual Thanksgiving hosts. Mike O’Hara of the Detroit News writes that the future of the game in Detroit is one of the major issues facing the Lions.
Lions owner William Clay Ford has long been adamant that the traditional Thanksgiving game must not be taken from his team, and there have even been suggestions that taking the game from Detroit could sour the league’s relationship with the Ford Motor Company, which is a major advertiser during NFL broadcasts.
But the bottom line is that the Lions stink, and having a bad team in one of the marquee games of the season is a bad way to do business. The Lions have failed to sell out their last two home games, making clear that the local fans don’t want to see this team. So why should the rest of the country?

98 responses to “TIME TO END THANKSGIVING IN DETROIT TRADITION?

  1. Yeah! Show the Patriots every thanksgiving! Yeah go ahead start saying, “Well they cheated wahh wahh wahh.”

  2. B.S.
    With the crapshoot of a draft, goldmine of free agency, and the right call on a coaching hire, the Lions could be right on top.
    Besides, you ever hear the ‘on any given Sunday (or Thursday, or Monday, or sometimes Saturday)’ cliche?

  3. Just make it the late game. After all that turkey and other crap, all I want to do is sleep anyway.
    Lions + Turkey > sleeping pills

  4. Shameless plug for the Steelers to take over the Turkey Day game. Hey, we’re probably the last team to win a meaningful game in Detroit, so why not pass it to us?

  5. Ford will be bankrupt in a few months, if Obama doesn’t bail them out sooner. Who gives a flying rat’s ass what that old coot thinks? Detroit is welcome to play a Thanksgiving game. That doesn’t mean we have to watch it.

  6. I’d be happy to see other teams play on Turkey Day, but if you’re going to take the game away from Detroit you’re going to have to take it away from Jerrah and his ‘Boys as well. Otherwise the Lions will sue the hell out of the league regardless of their recent and past performance. All things said, I don’t see Goodell sticking his neck out on this one.

  7. With the “Big 3” automakers about to take a serious nosedive. I don’t think losing Ford’s endorsement is going to hurt the league much.

  8. Well, it didn’t USED to be a marquee game. When it wasn’t, there were only two teams that were willing to step forward and play the game. All those years of playing every year when no one else wanted should give them the right to keep the date if they want.

  9. I couldn’t agree more. There is no way in hell I would watch this game if I had the day off. (Thanksgiving in Canada was over a month ago) The Lions are terrible and should not be rewarded with a premium slot.
    Why not have the Thanksgiving game as one of those flex schedule games?

  10. Yeah. Where else is Ford going to advertise it’s trucks? ESPN2’s bowling coverage? The company is all but dead anyway. Ford forfeited his right to keep the game long ago by keeping Millen on for so long. The best thing he could do for Detroit is sell the team.

  11. So Ford, a company on the brink of going under unless the tax payers give them money, will no longer want to advertise their trucks during the games in which the vast majority of men are watching? Good luck selling that one…
    Detroit should be taken off the Thanksgiving lineup and moved to Tuesdays or the WAC…

  12. I agree… actually, the two superbowl finalists should have the right to host this classic. But Jerry Jones has way too much power for that…
    So maybe the cowboys and the superbowl winner (and superbowl finalist if the cowboys win it)…

  13. What really sucks is that the Lions always seem to have the late game. So, after a huge meal & wanting to just sit back & watch football, we’re “treated” to Detroit football. I don’t like the Cowboys, but you can always count on that being the better game.

  14. In all honesty…Tradition is Tradition. Keep the Lions on TV…Add another game if needed, but don’t move the Lions. Face it Lion’s fans, This is your SuperBowl! Why would anyone want to take it away from the great fans of the Lions…Yes, I am a Vikings fan, but you have to sympathize with the Lions fans. Hopefully things turn around…Oh and don’t fire Rod. He will be a great coach.

  15. I actually like the Lions playing on Thanksgiving. So many times in the past it’s hard to focus on the game with everyone visiting, talking and eating. At least with the Lions playing, I don’t have to worry about the game at all; Lions lose!

  16. I would hate to see it go from Detroit. But then again a Turkey on the table AND one on the field is too much. I do think it should be a cold weather city and played outdoors if it changes.

  17. “there have even been suggestions that taking the game from Detroit could sour the league’s relationship with the Ford Motor Company, which is a major advertiser during NFL broadcasts.”
    With the way Ford has been losing money
    #1. The advertising’s not working.
    #2. Even if it’s not working Ford is not in the position to pull it’s advertising and risk losing more money.
    #3. Ford may not be able to afford being a major advertiser in the future.

  18. Does having a consistently crappy team sour any of the fans’ relationship with the Ford Motor Company?

  19. Mr. Smith is not long on tradition is he?
    Considering the state of the Lions how about scheduling the Bengals and Raiders on odd and even years until it gets figured out.
    Also, why no mention of the annual Dallas Turkey game? IMO the Turkey games should be rotated among the NFC and the AFC teams. Not just guaranteed to Detroit and Dallas.

  20. No, of course not. This is Detroit’s game and it’s our tradition. Taking this game away from the Lions would only punish Lions fans that have been punished enough by this team. I could care less about the rest of the country. So they have to suffer through it one day a year, big deal. We have had to put up with it for 50 years. Besides those other fans get their big games in the playoffs and on Monday nights and Sunday nights, the Lions don’t. Might as well take Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day parade after that whole Kwame scandal. What a joke.

  21. To Piggyback on my last comment, I will support the Lions and hope they win until they finally win. Even if that means facing my fav team on December 7th… A Rod Marinelli coached team should be playing and producing better than this. Rod is a great coach and I hope the Lions office realizes that before it’s to late. The Wikipedia page for Rod already states that he was fired after the 2008 season. Would be a sad day in sports if Rod was fired during/after this season. This is a great example for the saying, A coach can coach, but you need players to play.

  22. So, instead, the NFL wants to shove down our throats someone like the Cowboys (presumably) who haven’t won a playoff game in more than a decade? Or some other overhyped team?
    I, maybe being the only idiot, like to watch the Lions on Thanksgiving.

  23. At the rate things are going, the league’s relationship with Ford Motor Company may be a moot point. But that’s beside the point, isn’t it?
    Having the game blacked out around here yesterday was actually liberating…I got to see a quality football game for a change.

  24. I agree 100%. Take it away from Dallas too, make it a reward for winning each conference, then the NFC and AFC would both have a host game. Also it would create two almost guaranteed compelling games because the defending conference champs would usually be decent.

  25. “…there have even been suggestions that taking the game from Detroit could sour the league’s relationship with the Ford Motor Company, which is a major advertiser during NFL broadcasts.”
    The NFL will do fine without Ford’s advertising dollars. I’m sure (insert competitor here) will be more than happy to take up Ford’s advertising block.
    The Fords should apply a simple principle to both its football and automotive franchises:
    Shut up, put out a better product, and let the results speak for themselves.

  26. Sure take the Lions off Thanksgiving, and take Jerry’s Kids off Labor Day while you are at it… they are depressing and on during a holiday too………..

  27. Can’t we just have the game in Detroit, but without the Lions!? Thats a win-win, right? They get the keep the game in Detroit and we don’t have to watch the Lions….

  28. Who gives a rat’s ass about Motown? The city of Detroit sucks, the team sucks and Ford which for years put out horrible products sucks. Let Green Bay or Pittsburgh host it. I’m not a fan of either team, but they have a storied histories and huge fan bases.

  29. my meaningless opinion: rotate the game each year among the original 8 teams of the AFL and have them wear their throwbacks…nice nostalgic play that maintains the historical context, keeps things interesting for all fans, and allows for more merchandise (and advertising) revenue.

  30. Actually they usually win on Thanksgiving day.They are always the early game on Thanksgiving the Cowboys are the late game.

  31. Funny you bring this up because I was wondering this exact same thing about the Lions. Also, would the blackout rules be effected in the local area if they failed to sell the game out?

  32. The NFL has very few traditions that have been around for as long as the Lions and Cowboys playing on Thanksgiving. Tradition is one of the only aspects of college football that’s better than the NFL.
    So don’t trash tradition just because one of the teams is mismanaged.
    If anything, take ownership away from the Fords. With the status of the auto industry, they need to concentrate on the recovery of their primary business and not continue to run two businesses into the ground.

  33. Ford should be gone and so should the Lions…Ford can not make reliable cars that people want to buy and the Lions cant field a football team.

  34. >>marcduke says:
    November 10th, 2008 at 3:49 pm
    I’d be happy to see other teams play on Turkey Day, but if you’re going to take the game away from Detroit you’re going to have to take it away from Jerrah and his ‘Boys as well. Otherwise the Lions will sue the hell out of the league regardless of their recent and past performance. All things said, I don’t see Goodell sticking his neck out on this one.<<
    I’d be ok with this. I get tired of the “We’re Americas Team, so we get to play on Thanksgiving.” Ummm, asshole, I’m an American and Dallas is NOT my team.

  35. This question comes up pretty much every year the Lions are struggling, which is pretty much every year, though the Lions actually had an ok record at this point last year and, shockingly, no one brought this up.
    This question is totally unoriginal. I don’t recall anyone crying about having to see the Lions when Barry Sanders was there.
    Yes, this team is awful. It’s beyond awful. They are the second worse franchise in the NFL for the last 50 years (I think the Cardinals have been worse. Similar futility, similar poopy record, but at least the Lions stayed in Detroit.) Still, it’s been a tradition for many years and it should stay this way.
    If you switch to a rotating schedule or give another team the game permanently, there is no guarantee that whatever game you have is going tobe all that good. The NFL is very unpredictable (except for the Lions). Think about all those Primetime Browns’ games we get this year. Or tonight’s scintilating Monday Night game: Cardinals vs. 49ers. Wow! Exciting!
    Also, someone mentioned that the Lions always seem to have the late game. Uh, no. I can’t recall the Lions ever having the late game. They go at 12:30 and the Cowboys play in the afternoon.
    Ford has been an owner for a long time in this leage and he does a LOT of advertising in the NFL (though that could change). I don’t think this tradition will change unless Ford is forced to sell the team.
    Also, I’m glad that the rest of the country gets to suffer through what we have to suffer through, if just for one week.
    Cowboy up and deal with it.

  36. For those who watch football in the East, normally the Lions game is the one not watched due to the Eastern 1pm Table starts.
    I like the Thursday night game. Nothing else on that evening.

  37. >>fordman84 says:
    November 10th, 2008 at 3:52 pm
    Well, it didn’t USED to be a marquee game. When it wasn’t, there were only two teams that were willing to step forward and play the game. All those years of playing every year when no one else wanted should give them the right to keep the date if they want.<<
    OK, you convinced me. Besides, any football is better than no football.

  38. I wouldnt be so happy about the american auto industry going under, but then…
    perhaps some folks would rather see lehman bros and AIG ads in the middle of football games!
    at least car companies (and construction firms) produce something people need and want. and they employ actual americans. like, in flyover country.
    all the bailed out turds do, to date, is make bad bets at the wall street casino, often from furren countries. having fun bailing them out, taxpayers?

  39. We’ve been having Turkey on Thanksgiving for the past *** years. I don’t even like Turkey that much. It wasn’t very good last week on that sandwich I had. It wasn’t very good on Saturday at the family dinner I had. I think we should have something else on Thanksgiving.

  40. Let the lions keep the Thanksgiving game, just don’t put it on national TV. Expand the slate to three games, and just show someone else in the early slot

  41. TIME TO END THANKSGIVING IN DETROIT! AND DALLAS!
    Not because Detroit sucks now, but because I hate having to watch the same two teams on Thanksgiving every year.
    Mix it up NFL. Show some different teams. Not all traditions are good. This is a bad tradition – I would be happy to see it end.

  42. Screw Ford! It is going to be my tax dollars paying for future commercials! Tell that old bat to stop pissing away money sponsoring half-time’s and do some R&D to actually make a car with some features that are consistent with the changing times! An iPod jack in the radio.. great!?! How about an engine that runs on something that isn’t supplied by terrorists!

  43. Would a game featuring a team other than the Lions really generate better ratings? I mean, with so many in-laws over at peoples’ houses to ignore, I think America is more than content to watch an NFL game hosted by one of the League’s doormats.

  44. I agree with the idea of letting the Superbowl teams play on Thanksgiving. So this year the giants would play at home and the Pats at home. If a team has a big drop off it would be bad, but should spark some interest.

  45. @RobJH
    The Lions don’t always seem to play the late game. In fact, tehy ALWAYS play the EARLY game.

  46. DUH! Now they suddenly realize that NO ONE wants to be stuck watching the Lions on Thanksgiving? Just rotate the freaking games! Give every city a shot at hosting,just like the Super Bowl. I hate having to watch Detroit and Dallas every freaking year. I love the idea,of a roatating the Thanksgiving day games. Football is a tradition on Thanksgiving,but that spotlight should be shared with all the teams in the League,not just Detroit and Dallas. Why not Pittsburgh,New England,Chicago,Philadelphia,Buffalo or any one of the other cities. It should be about match ups. Hell if tradition,then schedule Chicago vs Green Bay or Philadelphia vs New York,Pittsburgh vs Cleveland,New England vs Indianapolis or any one of a dozen intriguing rivalry games,Hell THAT is what Thanksgiving football should be about!

  47. I think that’s right. I am not sure if the NFL would really want it’s marquee match-up on Thanksgiving. NFL football on Thanksgiving is a tradition, but even for a Lions’ fan, like myself, it’s secondary to food and family. I always watch the game, but I’m rarely super into the game simply because so much more is going on. I don’t think the ratings would change all that much if some better team than the Lions took the slot.
    It’s not like the NFL relies on the Thanksgiving Day games to sell its product. The NFL has two nationally televised primetime games a week, plus at least three games on Sunday. I think the NFL can more than survive keeping the Lions’ pre-game tradition alive.
    Yes, the black out rule applies to the local area. If the game does not sell out than the folks here in Detroit will have to listen to the game.
    While the Lions have traditionally played pretty well on Thanksgiving, that has not been the case since at least 2003, when they beat the Packers.
    In 2004 they were killed by the Colts. Destroyed.
    In 2005, it was Vick and the Falcons who ripped them apart.
    In 2006, it was Joey Harrington, yes THAT Joey Harrington, and the Dolphins who manhandled the Lions.
    Last year Brett Favre and the Packers rolled over the Lions.
    The Lions have not been competitive in this game in 5 years. I doubt this will change this year. The Titans might rush for 500 yards.

  48. What a great idea! Change the teams and not only that, play the three Thanksgiving games OVERSEAS! We can spread the NFL and our culture all over the globe. Replace Ford as a sponsor and get McDonald’s on board to make special turkey value meals for sale at the games. Who cares if those foreigners don’t know what Thanksgiving is, screw tradition, there’s money to be made.

  49. Another thing. For all the people sqawking for the game to be given to Green Bay or Pittsburgh, come on! I feel like the only teams that are ever on national TV (or even shown regionally) are the Steelers, Packers, Colts, Patriots, Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles. Those teams are over exposed.
    I don’t mind watching a different team every now and then. I like the fact that the Cardinals and 49ers are playing tonight and next week we get the Browns/Bills.
    We see plenty of the “marquee” teams during the regular season and will see plenty more during the playoffs.

  50. No, the NFL should NOT drop the Lions from T-giving.
    I am a Vikes fan, but enjoy seeing the traditional teams play T-giving, and I think rotation takes away from that. The first year they added the night game, one of the teams was Denver, and I thought – Cool, all the ‘D’ teams play T-giving now, but alas, the following year, the night game started rotating, and I don’t care about it as much as I do the day games.

  51. One thing everyone has forgotten. These guys ( the other 30 teams)don’t want to play on Thanksgiving. They want the day off like we do. To be with their familys. It messes up their regular schedual. Play Sunday Get monday off , come in tuesday watch film, drill wed and thurs, Friday off travel on Sat… Thanksgiving and NFL net works Thursady night games are for us the fans, but the players and coaches don’t like it.

  52. I don’t understand how they justify detroit or dallas always having a home game on thanksgiving. How is that fair to the rest of the league? I know its a tradition but so were leather helmets, national televised monday night games and games only on sunday for that matter.

  53. let the Lions keep it. as a Jets season ticket holder, i know i have no desire to ever spend my Thanksgiving at the game. if you do take it from the Lions, then give it to either the Steelers or Packers. Teams that have some sort of tradition.

  54. How about flex scheduling this far out. Choose the games 3 weeks before. Taking out the Sunday night and Monday night games, that would leave the 3 best being Giants Redskins-put them as the late game. Steelers at the Pats, late afternoon, and Panthers Packers as the early game. Thats a schedule I could look forward to.

  55. Hey, every tradition needs some updating once in awhile. How about at halftime six random ticket holders get to throw a ten-yard pass at a target connected to a dunk tank with one of the Fords and/or team management sitting in it?
    Or maybe nude cheerleaders?

  56. Last time I checked the News wire, Ford was one of the BIG 3 that had their hand out looking for a bail out. Fix your football team or shut up! How about this game rotates….the Super Bowl runner up hosts it?

  57. It’s a good tradition so let it be. The Lions will get better soon now that Millen is gone. We are losing too many tradtions today so why not let this alone. Look at the Monday night game we have tonight, it’s a dog too but most of us will still watch at least part of the game. Let’s eat turkey, drink beer and watch the Lions, what the hell it’s been fun for many years. By the way I’m not a Lions fan, the Vikes are my team.(no laughing!)

  58. Only good teams should play on thanksgiving…Lions have been brutal for a long time…time to move on

  59. I agree also , that if you take it way from the Lions, take it away from the Cowboys too. Let more of the old tradtional rivalries play on that day..Redskins-Cowboys,Denver-KC, GB-Chi..amd make Dallas play an early one once and a while if they have to play on Thanksgiving day..then again, if it’s imperative that we keep the Lions, it usually makes for a happy family gathering if your team is the one that gets to play the “kitties”..and I’am sorry if I didn’t get all the rivalries… I know there is more

  60. Have the Lions play the Saints on Thanksgiving. The Saints have a way of making the worst teams look like Super Bowl contenders!

  61. since the AFL/NFL merger, recent memory or color TV
    the Lions are still are above .500 on thanksgiving..
    ’70 Lions28 – Raiders14 W
    ’71 Lions32 – KC21 W
    ’72 Lions37 – NYJ20 W
    ’73 Lions0 – Wash20 L
    ’74 Lions27 – Den31 L
    ’75 Lions0 – LARams L
    ’76 Lions27 – Buf14 W
    ’77 Lions14 – Chi31 L
    ’78 Lions17 – Den14 W
    ’79 Lions20 – Chi0 W
    ’80 Lions17 – Chi20 OT L
    ’81 Lions27 – KC10 W
    ’82 Lions6 – NYG13 L
    ’83 Lions45 – Pit3 W
    ’84 Lions31 – GB28 W
    ’85 Lions31 – NYJ20 W
    ’86 Lions40 – GB44 L
    ’87 Lions20 – KC27 L
    ’88 Lions0 – Min23 L
    ’89 Lions13 – Cle10 W
    ’90 Lions40 – Den27 W
    ’91 Lions16 – Chi6 W
    ’92 Lions21 – Hou24 L
    ’93 Lions6 – Chi10 L
    ’94 Lions35 – Buf21 W
    ’95 Lions44 – Min38 W
    ’96 Lions24 – KC28 L
    ’97 Lions55 – Chi20 W
    ’98 Lions19 – Pit16 OT W
    ’99 Lions21 – Chi17 W
    ’00 Lions34 – NE9 W
    ’01 Lions27 – GB29 L
    ’02 Lions12 – NE20 L
    ’03 Lions22 – GB14 W
    ’04 Lions9 – Ind44 L
    ’05 Lions7 – Atl27 L
    ’06 Lions10 – Mia27 L
    ’07 Lions26 – GB37 L
    ’08 Lions ? – Ten ? ?
    …any given sunday.

  62. Detroit being a terrible football team is not exactly a recent development. They’re arguably the worst franchise in NFL history, at least they’re certainly in that discussion. I get where the NFL is coming from in wanting to set up marque matchups on that date, but they don’t need to. People will still watch even if it is the Lions, and they’ll still watch the bigger matchups whenever they’re on. As it is, you get a much larger audience watching a game they wouldn’t otherwise watch or care about with the Lions and they’re still going to watch the bigger matchups that are played that Sunday. If you move the Lions’ game to Sunday, no one will watch or attend it. If you have the big game on Sunday, everyone will still watch it & they’ll watch the Lions’ game too.

  63. All 32 teams should be sharing this tradidtion anyway. What the hell makes the Lions and Cowboys so special.

  64. >>DalCowboy says:
    November 10th, 2008 at 6:40 pm
    Only good teams should play on thanksgiving…Lions have been brutal for a long time…time to move on<<
    You’re really gonna go there?
    Dallas’ record for the past 8 seasons:
    2007- 13-3
    2006- 9-7
    2005- 9-7
    2004- 6-10
    2003- 10-6
    2002- 5-11
    2001- 5-11
    2000- 5-11
    You didn’t get “good” until last season. Winning 10 games twice during that time period doesn’t make you good, especially when you fail to do so consistently. It makes you marginal at best, so according to your guidelines, I guess Dallas should be replaced as well?

  65. Please take Thanksgiving away from the Lions AND Cowboys. We’re forced to watch to Cowboys far too much already and Detroit just sucks. Their own fans don’t even want to watch.

  66. D–1 the point is if you put a bigger more meaningful game on thanksgiving the ratings will be higher. Right now at least from a non lions perspective most houses i’ve been to as well as my own when the lions games are on people only pay half attention. They willingly dont mind doing other things like running up to the store or going out and throwing the football or going to the dining room and talking. When a marquee matchup is on and its a good game its titally different, the game is on on multiple tvs through the house, people are crowded around talking about the teams. No one wants to make grocery runs and tries to get the wifey to do it.
    It doesnt matter if the lions game will get good ratings, of course it will its thanksgiving. What matters is that the nfl get meaningful games on during thanksgiving. Remember this is a holiday for all of the united states, not lions fans. Dallas may not have been great the past 4 years but they were at least average some seasons and i’ll take 5-11 over 0-8 anyday.
    Seriously do you think people want to be watching the lions play with Culpepper at qb, calvin johnson(yes), a rookie at rb and pretty much many players on that team I cant even name or care about? Do you think we want to see a game in the shabby ass ford field.
    Historically the bears and packers have been solid but mainly known as tough teams throughout their history, My best guess is because they play outside. The lions and vikings play in a dome which pussifies the game and imo leads to softer players. Getting the lions an outdoor stadium would be the first step to getting a better team. Think of every dome team out there, are they considered smashmouth or more finesse? Indy, lions, rams, vikings, saints and whatever else teams.

  67. It should stay in Dallas and Detroit. No other team wanted it before the NFL became a cash cow. They stepped up to the plate, took the intiative and stepped up to the plate. hey should just make it a divisional game to make it more interesting.

  68. As much as I think the Redskins would make sense being a team based around the idea of native americans and the cowboys well you get the idea, indians and cowboys, there is no way I would want that game for my team every season, I hate thursday night football for my team as well. I like watching it for other teams but I think the short week really sucks and could lead to extra losses.

  69. I am all for tradition but I was tired of seeing the Lions and Cowboys on Thanksgiving a long long time ago.
    No one is saying that the Lions should be banned from Thanksgiving for ever.
    Give us a real match up and if the Lions and Cowboys are good enough then so be it. If not then what are we really missing?
    Cranberry sauce is tradition too but I don’t eat that nasty shit on Thanksgiving either.

  70. Mr. Snyder,
    I agree that the ratings for that game in particular would be higher if they did a flex type scheduling to arange a marquee matchup. I’m not sure the combined rating would be higher though. By combined rating I mean the Lions game that week and the marquee game. People ar gonna watch that marquee game regardless of whether it’s on Thursday or Sunday. I think you’d get more total viewers by featuring the Lions’ game on Thursday rather than having it shown in only or maybe two markets on Sunday.
    It would definitely be better for us as fans to be able to see a marquee game instead of grinding it out on the couch through the Lions’ game. But we’re gonna watch either way. And with the parody in the NFL these days, you can never tell from one year to the next which teams are going to be in the running come Thanksgiving. I’m not sure it would be fair to spring a Thursday game on a team. It’s one thing to say your game is goin to be moved back a coule of hours and played on a Sunday night rather than afternoon, but it’s a whole other thing to tell a team they have to move their game up 3 or 4 days to a Thursday. Both in the NFL and in College, teams scheduled on a Thursday usually have their schedules for the adjacent weeks arranged accordingly. It would be difficult to schedule a guaranteed “marquee” matchup a year in advance and it would be just as difficult to tell a team 2/3 of the way through the season that they will now have a Thursday game dropped on them.

  71. i dont agree with changing but here’s an idea.
    play 4 games on thanksgiving. rotate thru and in 8 years every tema would have a home game and an away game on thanksgiving.
    1pm et, 4pm et, 7pm et, 10pm et (west coast game only for this last one. or make that the detroit game so the tryptophan will have already kicked in!).
    so when zerobama the ruler mandates my idea, i want royalties.

  72. Thanksgiving Day, this year, it’s the Lions vs. the Titans. This game has a chance to make history I think…could be, after it’s over, a 12-0 team having created an 0-12 team.
    If the Titans get past Jacksonville and the Jets, and Detroit loses a couple more, that is.
    Which I hope doesn’t happen..Detroit should win one before Thanksgiving. Or they’ll be some heads asploding in Detroit…
    What’s the odds, a city hosting the bankrupt auto industry, the worst schools in the nation, the worst politicos in the nation (well, there’s Chicago, though) and the worst football team in the nation?
    Whereas we, in Tennessee, have a solid economy (with Nissan in production and Volkswagen on the way), decent schools and…well, there you go.
    (Now if we could only get someone to take Vince Young off our hands…Texans, you sniffin’? )

  73. I’m a diehard (never sell my ticket to a Steeler fan) Redskin fan and even then I’d rather watch the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving then the Lions…The Lions have been stinking up the Holiday game forever…They should let the Super Bowl champ play the game at home as a reward for winning the Super bowl…

  74. The Lions were the first team ever to play on Thanksgiving back in 1934. It was their idea to play the game on that day. It’s their game. They made the tradition. Not the NFL.
    You’ll have plenty of other nationally televised games to watch all the “good” teams.
    So stop being a bunch a little babies, suck it up, and enjoy the Lions’ game.

  75. So stop being a bunch a little babies, suck it up, and enjoy the Lions’ game.

    So, are the Lions playing themselves? Otherwise, it’s not only the Lion’s game, now is it?
    It’s a major nuisance for a club to have to play a game on only 3 days rest. There’s no real physical recovery, and if there’s an injury on Sunday, then to have to play again on Thursday is more punishment than reward. And for the rookies, it’s guaranteed to be a wallbanger.
    The Thursday game can’t be as good as a Sunday game, given the mechanics of the lack of rest and recovery.

  76. How about a new tradition that would instantly improve the Lions? If an owner can’t throw together one .500 or better season every seven years, he/she forfeits the right to run the team.

  77. We all know how bad the Lions have been since the Ford family bought them – and the Thanksgiving Day game is something that the Lions stated in ’34. Let them have the game (and the Cowboys too…). Ownership needs to change in Detroit…until that happens, the Lions will be a bad team, no matter who the GM or the coach is.
    Now I like the idea of the teams playing on that day in their Throwback uniforms…some of those uniforms are butt ugly, but it’s part of team/NFL history.

  78. I’m tired of Dtroit & Dallas having this game @ home every Thanksgiving. There are 30 other teams in the league who should get a home game on Thanksgiving & I’m not talking abou the night game. & don’t give me the tradition BS line, the NFL is only about $$$$.

  79. One, consider today’s auto economy…
    Two, consider the franchise finally rid itself of A$$Clown…
    Three, consider this is the reminder that their is football in Detroit…
    Four, consider Michigan is really sucking eggs…
    Wait…On further review, Screw ’em, they bought the tickets and they vote the way they do, they should get what they deserve…

  80. I’ve probably posted this about 400 times on here uet no one ever listens, but here goes again. William Clay Ford hasnt had anything to do with Ford Motor Company in almost 40 years. Whil he shares the name and is related to the Ford Family, he hasnt had anything to do with the auto company since the 1960’s. His son, was the CEO of FMC for a short time, and he’s now second in command with the Lions but thats it.
    As for the game, no one wanted to play on T’Giving in the 1930’s, but the NFl wanted a game. The Lions stepped up and had a large hand in making football as big a part of T’Giving as turkey. Yes, they’ve sucked for a decade but thats no reason to piss on 70 years of tradition. They added a night game that rotates every year, so shut your pie holes.

  81. I’d bet most other teams would pass if offered the game by choice …playing on a holiday, short week etc….makes for good chatter tho…look at the pages it rings up

  82. The other tradition is the 74 years of mediocrity of the Lions…
    In all honesty though the ‘Boys and Lions deserve to keep this as it was these two franchises that stepped up when no one else wanted to play on Thanksgiving. Granted, back then players had real jobs and a different lifestyle, but still…it is tradition. They should also bring back Madden’s six legged turkey.
    At least they added the third game, but I believe this is on the NFL Network and not viewable by most so that should be changed before taking the game away from Detriot.
    Someone mentioned giving the game to the two SB finalists from the year before. That’s actually not a bad idea for the third game.
    BUT NATIONALLY TELEVISE IT!

  83. >>footballnut says:
    November 11th, 2008 at 1:39 pm
    The other tradition is the 74 years of mediocrity of the Lions…
    In all honesty though the ‘Boys and Lions deserve to keep this as it was these two franchises that stepped up when no one else wanted to play on Thanksgiving. Granted, back then players had real jobs and a different lifestyle, but still…it is tradition. They should also bring back Madden’s six legged turkey.
    At least they added the third game, but I believe this is on the NFL Network and not viewable by most so that should be changed before taking the game away from Detriot.
    Someone mentioned giving the game to the two SB finalists from the year before. That’s actually not a bad idea for the third game.
    BUT NATIONALLY TELEVISE IT!<<
    I can’t for the life of me figure out why in the hell people are so opposed to the NFL using their own product to promote their own network? It makes me laugh when I hear people bitch about missing Thursday night games because they have cable and not NFLN. You’ve known for three years now that the NFL is going to broadcast games on it’s own network. For three years now you’ve had the opportunity to change service providers to someone who offers NFLN, so stop whining and either make the switch, make other arrangements or do without.

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