Thanksgiving Football Becoming a Joke

D VContributor INovember 26, 2009

DETROIT , MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Larry Foote #55 of the Detroit Lions reacts after a second quarter penalty while playing the Green Bay Packers on November 26, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Green Bay won the game 34-12.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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I love tradition just a much as the next guy, and nothing quite goes with Thanksgiving like football.

But can we please get some better match ups?

The tryptophan and wine are enough to make people sleepy, we don't need to watch the Lions and Raiders on top of it.

I understand it's tradition for the Lions to play at home, but they are, and have been, terrible for quite some time now.

They are not entertaining to watch, and I really don't enjoy watching an NFL game when I know one team has basically no chance of winning.

Enough is enough, lets bump the Lions out of this spot. Would Lions fans even really care? They know their team's awful, and we know there team is awful. Must we both be forced to watch them at least once every year.

Since 2001, the Lions have lost by a total of 157 points on Thanksgiving, which includes the latest 34-12 shellacking to the Packers. They haven't won since 2003, and they've won just twice this decade.

Let's just cut our losses and move on.

And as for the Cowboys, great. Keep them there, they're America's team. But the Raiders, really?

We can't get a better match up?

How great would a Cowboys-Giants match up be, or Cowboys-Eagles?

With the inception of the NFL Networks game in 2006, we have started to see some better match ups, but by that time at night, after watching the Lions all day, who's got the energy to sit there and watch it.

I propose we get rid of the automatic Lions home game, and lets put the best match up on that we can.

How about this: Colts vs. Patriots, Packers vs. Vikings, Giants vs. Cowboys. Other teams that would be more fun to watch: Ravens, Steelers, Saints, Cardinals, and Chargers.

Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving special is looking better and better every year.