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To the football fans here...

I'm asking in all seriousness, because I don't know. I've got a lot of football fans on the list, so one of youze has got to know...

Why do we see the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions play football every year on Thanksgiving?

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jumbach
Dec. 3rd, 2002 11:04 am (UTC)
I'm not Lion; why do Dallas and Detroit always play?
I asked my huge-Cowboys-fan stepfather this very question not two weeks ago. He knows more about football than Paul Tagliabue! (Well, OK, I'm exaggerating, but not by much!) He said it all goes back to: "Because those teams wanted to." When the NFL first got the idea of Thanksgiving football, those two teams were the only two to volunteer to host the game, whereas the other teams thought it would bomb out, plus they didn't like having only 3 days between games. But, the NFL tried it, and it was successful, so the league kept it. Now the Lions and the Cowboys have the home games on Thanksgiving in perpetuity; until either team gives it up, it can't be taken away. Now, like Monday Night Football (which was also panned in the beginning), it's a tradition that we all look forward to every year, as engrained as turkey.

My one suggestion: Give the four teams that play on Turkey Day the bye the previous week. That way, instead of two games in 5 days, they get 3 games scattered over 3 weeks; I think that would work much better.
calliaume
Dec. 3rd, 2002 01:35 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not Lion; why do Dallas and Detroit always play?
Check this NFL-sanctioned web site, which explains the tradition a little more clearly.

I always thought the Cowboys were there because they were such a big TV draw; I guess I was wrong. Also, note the Lions get the early game, the Cowboys the late game.

They really ought to shift it out so that an AFC team hosts; it would make scheduling easier. (New England being the obvious candidate.)
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