TIME TO END THANKSGIVING IN DETROIT TRADITION?
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 10, 2008, 3:40 p.m. EST
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?