First: A History Lesson
No, it’s not about the first Thanksgiving feast tradition. It’s about the Thanksgiving football tradition. Traditionally speaking there has been football played on Thanksgiving Day since the late 1800’s. Most notably to the world is that the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys always play at home while you cook and then enjoy your turkey. The Lions first owner George A. Richards started doing it as a gimmick to drum up ticket sales in 1924 and was able to broadcast it live on NBC affiliates due to his connections with the Detroit radio station WJR. The Cowboys joined the tradition in 1966. More recently with the addition of Thursday Night Football a third game has been added. Don’t even get me started on that…..
As a kid I rarely watched the Lions on Sundays. Probably because I spent 10 years inside a theater performing Sunday matinees so Thanksgiving was the one day a year that I really paid attention to their games. It was as much about family as the feast was. A warm kitchen cooking up deliciousness that I would only appreciate later in life and my large extended family all gathered by the tv grinning and groaning, often simultaneously will fill my memory banks for the rest of my life. That being said…..on to this years games!
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