Thanksgiving is this week. It is a day for a few things. Eating a lot of food, for example. However, that doesn’t have anything to do with entertainment necessarily. You know what does, though? Football. To be, Thanksgiving is about football. Granted, my weekends are basically about football as well, but Thanksgiving is truly for football.
To be fair, I am a Detroit Lions fan. As you likely know, the Lions play on Thanksgiving every year. It’s tradition. Some have blanched at it, because the Lions aren’t often a good team. For many years, the Lions have opened Thanksgiving with a football game, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in the late afternoon. The TV production is full of Thanksgiving stuff. John Madden used to hand out a turkey with a bunch of added legs to it. The MVP would chow down on turkey after the game. Players and coaches wish us Happy Thanksgiving. It’s tradition, and if you love football it’s a nice thing to have on Thanksgiving. Of course, that’s not always true for us Lions fans. Thanksgiving often means watching the team I root for lose before dinner. At least that dinner tends to be tasty and satisfying, and I can eat it while watching the Cowboys.
In recent years, the NFL has added a third game to the Thanksgiving slate in primetime. Hey, what are you going to do after dinner is over, right? Thanksgiving used to be when Texas and Texas A&M played in college football, but they aren’t in the same conference anymore. I feel like the Ravens or Steelers are playing every year (they play each other this year, fittingly), but technically that third game is supposed to rotate. If I recall correctly, the infamous “butt fumble” game took place on Thanksgiving. Sorry, Jets fans. Also, sorry your team might go winless this year.
This is a rough year for Thanksgiving games. The Lions and Texans are playing, and both have lousy records. Dallas is facing Washington, and both are awful but also somehow have a chance to win the NFC East. We’re talking four teams and the one with the most wins in Detroit with four. Call it all preamble for Steelers-Ravens if you want. I will be watching it all. Why? Because Thanksgiving is for football.