Yes, this is another article begging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to let the Detroit Lions keep their Thanksgiving game. I have heard several NFL Commentators talk about getting rid of Detroit on Thanksgiving.
Once again, I have to defend Detroit.
Yes, the Lions suck. They have two wins this season against two of the worst teams in the NFL.
No, maybe it is not that fun to watch the Lions on Thanksgiving. The Lions on Thanksgiving is as traditional as eating turkey. Here are a few reasons the Lions should keep the "Thanksgiving Classic."
Reason Number One: Tradition
The Detroit Lions began the Thanksgiving game tradition in 1934. The Lions' first owner, G.A. Richards, started the tradition as a way to get people to come to the games.
Since then, the Dallas Cowboys started the tradition in 1966. The two teams have hosted a Thanksgiving game ever since.
To please the fans, the NFL Network added a third game. This allows for a competition game as well as keeping the tradition alive.
Reason Number Two: Let Detroit Have Something to Celebrate
You do not truly understand how bad Detroit really is unless you live there. I moved away in May and came to visit in October. In the six months I was gone, Detroit had depleted so much more.
There are former CEO's that have lost their houses, cars, and jobs. There are houses that have a rent payment of $99 per month gone vacant because even that is too expensive.
The unemployment rate in Detroit is 22%, almost three times the national average.
As for their sports teams, the Lions obviously suck. The Detroit Tigers only had to win a few games in September to get into the playoffs. Instead, they lost a play-in game.
The Detroit Pistons are struggling. The pride of Detroit, the Red Wings, lost the Stanley Cup last year and have started this hockey season 12-9-4.
The Thanksgiving game is something Detroit fans are truly proud of. They love tailgating and heading over to the game with their families who are in town. Then, they head home and have a nice dinner.
Leave Detroit alone. They have few things to be proud of right now. Do not take away their tradition.
Reason Number Three: It Is Only One Game
There are 17 weeks in the season. Each week has a nationally televised Sunday Night and Monday Night Football Game.
Starting in November, the NFL Network also broadcasts a nationally televised Thursday Night Football Game.
After college football ends in December, there are a few more nationally televised Saturday games.
Add the three Thanksgiving games and that is almost 50 nationally televised games.
Detroit is asking for one measly nationally televised game.
The Lions have not appeared on Monday Night Football since October 8, 2001 when they hosted the St. Louis Rams.
They have not appeared on Sunday Night Football since December 11, 2005 when they travelled to Green Bay to face the Packers.
Let Detroit have their one nationally televised game. There are flex games so we can watch great match-ups towards the end of the season.
Monday Night Football usually has great match-ups with playoff implications. Detroit having a Thanksgiving game is as traditional as Dallas having one and the New York Giants having their home Saturday game in December.
Roger Goodell, leave the Lions alone and let them have their one game. If you don't want to watch it, plan to eat dinner at one.