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Les Carpenter
Staff Writer

Les Carpenter

Yahoo! Sports reporter and former NFL writer for The Washington Post.

Dump Detroit


Playing on Thanksgiving Day is not necessarily something that other teams envy. The game is mid-week, which means teams don't get the same amount of preparation they would normally have. It's traditionally a day when most teams practice quickly in the morning and then players and coaches get a rare afternoon off for Thanksgiving dinners. For those whose families are in town, the choice between going to Detroit or Dallas or staying home isn't much of a choice at all.

So giving all that up for a prime television game doesn't seem worth it. The NFL isn't like college, all games are on TV. It's not like being on television on Thanksgiving feels all that important in NFL practice facilities.

That said, the game could clearly use some updating.

While the Cowboys create some intrigue, it has been years since a Lions team has been interesting. And the march of dreary Detroit games on Thanksgiving has become dreadful to watch. The NFL needs to rotate the Thanksgiving game among all teams much the way it does now with the London game. Have games in Denver, San Diego and Cleveland. Given that in a day when everyone watches football, let the fans see teams they normally don't get to see.

By Les Carpenter  |  November 25, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Detriot Lions , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You know, it hasn't always been Dallas and Detroit on Thanksgiving. I will NEVER forget Thanksgiving, 1974, when Clint "The Mad Bomber" Longley ruined my Thanksgiving, and George Allen, after going with the flailing Billy all day, wheeled Sonny off the sideline with 27 seconds left to try to get us a touchdown against a 40 mph wind.

Let the other guys play on Thanksgiving and let me eat my dinner in peace.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | November 26, 2009 8:54 AM

I remember back in the day when I was a kid Thanksgiving was always go downtown to watch the Macy's parade - then to grandma's house, of course. And by the time we got there the Lions game was already started - and since it was before they started playing inside in the SilverDome - it always seemed to be snowing. Since it was the first snow we'd seen all season, it was very exciting because first having seen Santa at the parade and then snow at the Lions game, it meant that winter was truly here! When you're a kid that is awesome!
But then the Lions moved indoors and I got too old to be excited by seeing Santa at the parade and it all changed.

So keep the Thanksgiving game in Detroit - but move it outdoors where it belongs!

Posted by: hohandy1 | November 26, 2009 10:52 AM

Ending a tradition that began in the 1930's because of bad scheduling?? A weak Lions team against a good Packers team. How would you award these games, like playoff games?

So to appear on national television you must be on top of your division?

Besides aren't the Redskins broadcast nationally because they are 'traditional' rivals of the better Eagles and Cowboys? And didn't the Redskins lose to the Lions, this year, imagine if this game was played on Thanksgiving.

Posted by: rmk369 | November 26, 2009 10:51 PM

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