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Time To Break a Tradition (1 Viewer)

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The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays

 
How 'bout this. If the Lions and Cowboys MUST play every Thanksgiving, have them play each other every year.

At least it'll limit the number of awful games.

 
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
 
Nobody was making statements like this last year when the Lions were 6-4 going into the Thanksgiving game.

I do agree tradition should be changed and get rid of the Lions and Cowboys at home on Thanksgiving though.

I think these games should be included in the FLEX scheduling. That way it could be possible to get good to great matchups on Thanksgiving.

 
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
And the Packers should be in the Superbowl every year...they were the first.
Actually, they weren't.The Jets and Colts were.

 
Honestly..the Lions would have trouble beating a Top 25 college team.
The first TD was so bad ... The entire Defense ran to the middle of the pile and Johnson had nobody within 10 -15 yards of him.My 9 year old son plays OLB in pee wees and he knows that he has to contain.
 
The advertisers have to take a stand, only way it will ever happen. The NFL doesn't care what the die-hards want. We'll watch this doodoo anyway.

 
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
I very much agree. Even though it is very painful to watch this year.
 
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
And the Packers should be in the Superbowl every year...they were the first.
Actually, they weren't.The Jets and Colts were.
I see the premise, but tough to argue Superbowl III > Superbowl I ??Meaning of roman numerals down?

 
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The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
And the Packers should be in the Superbowl every year...they were the first.
Actually, they weren't.The Jets and Colts were.
I see the premise, but tough to argue Superbowl III > Superbowl I ??Meaning of roman numerals down?
Just being factually accurate, is all.
Super Bowl III was the first to be numbered. Super Bowls I and II were not known as such until the game's third year and were named "The AFL-NFL World Championship Game"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl
 
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
And the Packers should be in the Superbowl every year...they were the first.
Actually, they weren't.The Jets and Colts were.
I see the premise, but tough to argue Superbowl III > Superbowl I ??Meaning of roman numerals down?
Just being factually accurate, is all.
Super Bowl III was the first to be numbered. Super Bowls I and II were not known as such until the game's third year and were named "The AFL-NFL World Championship Game"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl
Fair enough, but all that fact proves is that they didn't like the original name.Essence was the same.

Council of Nicaea way not down.

 
Nobody was making statements like this last year when the Lions were 6-4 going into the Thanksgiving game.I do agree tradition should be changed and get rid of the Lions and Cowboys at home on Thanksgiving though. I think these games should be included in the FLEX scheduling. That way it could be possible to get good to great matchups on Thanksgiving.
Impractical and unfair. Thanksgiving is too big a holiday to have the plans of hundreds of folks changed on them just a few short weeks beforehand. Throw in airlines a little more crowded/busy then normal, and your suggestion simply doesn't work.
 
American sports need relegation. There is no incentive for owners to try and build a somewhat respectable franchise, the money just keep rolling in so why change anything ?

 
Other recent Thanksgiving games in Detroit:

2007: Packers won 37-26 over the Lions (in a game that really wasn't that close)

2006: Dolphins won 27-10 over the Lions

2005: Falcons won 27-7 over the Lions

2004: Colts won 41-9 over the Lions

It is pretty sad that the NFL continues to allow this joke of a franchise to host a game every year on Thanksgiving, simply because of tradition. And it is not like I do not respect tradition. I do. Heck, I am a sentimental guy. But forcing NFL fans to endure their awfulness every Thanksgiving is just pathetic.

 
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The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters.

There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life.

Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad.

Rant over.

 
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
And the Packers should be in the Superbowl every year...they were the first.
Actually, they weren't.The Jets and Colts were.
Come on, guy.
 
The advertisers have to take a stand, only way it will ever happen. The NFL doesn't care what the die-hards want. We'll watch this doodoo anyway.
It's exactly that because we'll watch any kind of doodoo on Thanksgiving day, that the advertisers don't care who plays. They know the audience is there anyway. And besides, if it weren'[t for this tradition, noone would ever see the Lions play (outside of the local audience).
 
The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters. There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life. Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad. Rant over.
Pretty sure this is what the South said about abolition.
 
The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters. There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life. Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad. Rant over.
What makes you mad? The fact that the rest of the country is tired of watching your sorry team get pummeled every Thanksgiving?Nothing to worry about, the NFL will not take away this game. We'll suffer through it until they're good someday.
 
The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters. There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life. Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad. Rant over.
What makes you mad?
All of the above.
 
The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters. There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life. Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad. Rant over.
What makes you mad?
All of the above.
Well it certainly sucks that your team is so awfulNot sure what else there is to be mad aboutI'm hoping for a few heave-hos to Calvin in the 2nd half, and then maybe a game out of the Seahawks
 
The advertisers have to take a stand, only way it will ever happen. The NFL doesn't care what the die-hards want. We'll watch this doodoo anyway.
It's exactly that because we'll watch any kind of doodoo on Thanksgiving day, that the advertisers don't care who plays. They know the audience is there anyway. And besides, if it weren'[t for this tradition, noone would ever see the Lions play (outside of the local audience).
Truth. I should have said "would," not "will," because it won't happen. We have this conversation every year. The Lions will go 18-0 before they lose the Thanksgiving game.
 
I've read that the NFL wants all 32 teams to be on national tv at least once during a two year period.

I guess they've decided having DET on at 12:30 on Thurs every year is better than having to use up a prime time slot on them every two years. Makes sense to me.

 
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The advertisers have to take a stand, only way it will ever happen. The NFL doesn't care what the die-hards want. We'll watch this doodoo anyway.
It's exactly that because we'll watch any kind of doodoo on Thanksgiving day, that the advertisers don't care who plays. They know the audience is there anyway. And besides, if it weren'[t for this tradition, noone would ever see the Lions play (outside of the local audience).
I turned it off after the first quarter
 
Rear Naked Choke said:
Gigantomachia said:
Raider Nation said:
Gigantomachia said:
Raider Nation said:
Reg Lllama of Brixton said:
captbly said:
qimqam said:
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
And the Packers should be in the Superbowl every year...they were the first.
Actually, they weren't.The Jets and Colts were.
I see the premise, but tough to argue Superbowl III > Superbowl I ??Meaning of roman numerals down?
Just being factually accurate, is all.
Super Bowl III was the first to be numbered. Super Bowls I and II were not known as such until the game's third year and were named "The AFL-NFL World Championship Game"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl
Fair enough, but all that fact proves is that they didn't like the original name.Essence was the same.

Council of Nicaea way not down.
They were NOT Super Bowls though.
You're right. They weren't. They are now, though.
 
How many threads do we need dedicated to this :honda:

Try searching or *gasp* scrolling through the threads to at least page 2.

 
Ghost Rider said:
Other recent Thanksgiving games in Detroit:2007: Packers won 37-26 over the Lions (in a game that really wasn't that close)2006: Dolphins won 27-10 over the Lions2005: Falcons won 27-7 over the Lions2004: Colts won 41-9 over the LionsIt is pretty sad that the NFL continues to allow this joke of a franchise to host a game every year on Thanksgiving, simply because of tradition. And it is not like I do not respect tradition. I do. Heck, I am a sentimental guy. But forcing NFL fans to endure their awfulness every Thanksgiving is just pathetic.
C'mon man, it is only fair that on such a special day the rest of the nation feels my pain in watching my local Lions humiliate themselves and the Ford family! I am at the point now that the more points they lose by, the more fun I have watching the games. It hurts to say, but I miss Wayne Fontes!! :popcorn:
 
Jesus their fans are tortured enough. Just leave them this game and shut up.

Personally it wouldn't feel like Thanksgiving without watching Detroit get stomped.

 
Jesus their fans are tortured enough. Just leave them this game and shut up.

Personally it wouldn't feel like Thanksgiving without watching Detroit get stomped.
i believe if you look it up they are 9-9 since 1990, it's just the last few years that have been awful.
 
Ford family has stated that they will pull all advertising if the league pulls their Thanksgiving game. Money talks.

 
Anthony Borbely said:
The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters. There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life. Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad. Rant over.
:coffee: A tradition that has lasted 74 years too long IMO! What is so special about you Detroiters (and Dallasers for that matter) that should force the rest of us to watch the same teams every year? Why can't the way of live, culture and heritage be shared? Detriot and Dallas every year on Thanksgiving is just plain getting OLD. :yucky: I say tradition be damned. It's time for a change. A rematch of the previous years' conference championships would be awesome NFL action on Thanksgiving!Maybe then the tv would stay on...
 
:coffee: A tradition that has lasted 74 years too long IMO! What is so special about you Detroiters (and Dallasers for that matter) that should force the rest of us to watch the same teams every year? Why can't the way of live, culture and heritage be shared? Detriot and Dallas every year on Thanksgiving is just plain getting OLD. :yucky:
If this is true, then you should not have a problem with the other prime time games being shared equally among all teams....right?
 
:coffee: A tradition that has lasted 74 years too long IMO! What is so special about you Detroiters (and Dallasers for that matter) that should force the rest of us to watch the same teams every year? Why can't the way of live, culture and heritage be shared? Detriot and Dallas every year on Thanksgiving is just plain getting OLD. :yucky:
If this is true, then you should not have a problem with the other prime time games being shared equally among all teams....right?
Not sure I follow. I believe the NFL schedules prime time games based on their previous years' performance, correct? Doesn't that play in with my suggestion about championship rematches on Thanksgiving?I think the opportunity to play on Thanksgiving or even prime time should be earned. It's about quality matchups, thats what the fans want to see.

Honestly, how many of you sat down to watch todays games thinking they would be close? Did anyone actually watch the whole game with any real interest (besides Tennessee and Dallas fans)?

 
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Rear Naked Choke said:
Gigantomachia said:
Raider Nation said:
Gigantomachia said:
Raider Nation said:
Reg Lllama of Brixton said:
captbly said:
qimqam said:
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
The Lions started the Tradition. They have every right to be on. Yeah they are not playing good right now...but they deserve the thanksgiving game...they helped created it.
And the Packers should be in the Superbowl every year...they were the first.
Actually, they weren't.The Jets and Colts were.
I see the premise, but tough to argue Superbowl III > Superbowl I ??Meaning of roman numerals down?
Just being factually accurate, is all.
Super Bowl III was the first to be numbered. Super Bowls I and II were not known as such until the game's third year and were named "The AFL-NFL World Championship Game"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl
Fair enough, but all that fact proves is that they didn't like the original name.Essence was the same.

Council of Nicaea way not down.
They were NOT Super Bowls though.
You're right. They weren't. They are now, though.
Kinda like how World War I was numbered retroactively.
 
Anthony Borbely said:
The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters. There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life. Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad. Rant over.
:thumbup: A tradition that has lasted 74 years too long IMO! What is so special about you Detroiters (and Dallasers for that matter) that should force the rest of us to watch the same teams every year? Why can't the way of live, culture and heritage be shared? Detriot and Dallas every year on Thanksgiving is just plain getting OLD. :ptts: I say tradition be damned. It's time for a change. A rematch of the previous years' conference championships would be awesome NFL action on Thanksgiving!Maybe then the tv would stay on...
I'm sure the NFL will get by without your viewership.The Thanksgiving game was started by Detroit. It doesn't make sense to have a JAC/HOU game. Plus, what makes you so sure a different matchup (say CLE/SEA - 2 playoff teams) would be better.You have to remember that Ford Sr. is a good owner. Not in the respect of fielding a winning team, mind you, but in terms of being a company guy to the NFL. They bring in $ with advertising, and NEVER make waves like a Jones/Snyder does. The Thanksgiving game is their reward for 40 years of helping to build the league.Lamar Hunt got his panties in a bunch about this, thus the 8:00 non-DET/DAL game.Think about it this way - 2 national primetime games/week + rotating Fox/CBS national games + random Thursday & Saturday games, it ends up the Lions account for ~2% of the games you are 'forced' to watch. Get over it.Don't blame the NFL, blame Matt Millen for the quality of the team on the field today.
 
qimqam said:
The Lions don't belong on TV ... Not on Thanksgiving ... not ever again ... not even locally in Detroit on Sundays
You are a cruel person. You want to take the last morsel off a starving Lions fan's plate as he starves for something... anything good. You would put coal in a good kid's stocking. You would throw iceballs at Santa. You are mean.
 
Anthony Borbely said:
The Thanksgiving game has been a Detroit tradition for almost 75 years. People plan their day around this game. It is a part of our culture and heritage here. There are some things that can't be understood unless it is a part of your lives like this game is for all Detroiters. There are some things that are more important than just the game by itself. A lifelong tradition is one of them. This is not just a football game to us; it is a way of life. Yes, this makes me and the majority of Detroiters mad. Rant over.
:lol: A tradition that has lasted 74 years too long IMO! What is so special about you Detroiters (and Dallasers for that matter) that should force the rest of us to watch the same teams every year? Why can't the way of live, culture and heritage be shared? Detriot and Dallas every year on Thanksgiving is just plain getting OLD. :lmao: I say tradition be damned. It's time for a change. A rematch of the previous years' conference championships would be awesome NFL action on Thanksgiving!Maybe then the tv would stay on...
I can't speak for Detrot, but I think Dallas has the Thanksgiving game locked up forever. IIRC, nobody wanted the thanksgiving game because they thought it was stupid and nobody would watch. Well the Cowboys happily accepted the game provided they would have it forever. :lmao:
 
Ghost Rider said:
Other recent Thanksgiving games in Detroit:2007: Packers won 37-26 over the Lions (in a game that really wasn't that close)2006: Dolphins won 27-10 over the Lions2005: Falcons won 27-7 over the Lions2004: Colts won 41-9 over the LionsIt is pretty sad that the NFL continues to allow this joke of a franchise to host a game every year on Thanksgiving, simply because of tradition. And it is not like I do not respect tradition. I do. Heck, I am a sentimental guy. But forcing NFL fans to endure their awfulness every Thanksgiving is just pathetic.
I don't think you can change it. It's a tradition and it's a tradition for a reason. Yea, they're in a slump now, but should get out of it eventually ... right? I mean, they have to. But, you can't change tradition because of a dry spell. With that being said, I don't understand how Detroit has been so bad for so long and that is what needs to be addressed. They have been so bad, they must have had the best avg 1st draft position for the last 10 years. Why haven't they been able to improve?
 
I can't speak for Detrot, but I think Dallas has the Thanksgiving game locked up forever. IIRC, nobody wanted the thanksgiving game because they thought it was stupid and nobody would watch. Well the Cowboys happily accepted the game provided they would have it forever. :shrug:
Detroit started the Thanksgiving game tradition in 1934 when no other team wanted to play that day. Dallas joined the tradition in the '60's.
 
Nobody complained about this when Barry Sanders was around.

The NFL's cyclical, even the Lions. They won't be 'this bad' forever. Maybe not a super bpwl contender, but not 'this bad'.

Leave them their game. Besides, a big part of me enjoyed that game yesterday, if only to see how deep the rabbit hole of s%%t in Detroit goes...

 

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