Seeking back at some prime performers for the Lions on Turkey Working day. Video clip by Ryan Ford/DFP
It is been far more than a decade considering the fact that some NFL homeowners pushed for the Detroit Lions to give up their once-a-year Thanksgiving video game, and group president Rod Wooden explained previous 7 days that custom is in no hazard of ever altering.
“I’m rather self-confident that we’re heading to have the 12:30 kickoff on Thanksgiving for as much in the long term as we can ever see,” Wooden explained at a enthusiast forum for year-ticket holders. “And it’s anything that we really should be incredibly happy of and I know it’s exclusive to the enthusiasts, it’s exclusive to the metropolis and it puts Detroit on the map every single (calendar year) to sort of kick off the getaway year.”
The Lions commenced the Thanksgiving custom in 1934 when they hosted the Chicago Bears at College of Detroit Stadium in what’s remembered as the to start with NFL video game ever to be broadcast nationally on the radio.
The Lions have played a total of 79 occasions on Thanksgiving — they are 37-40-2 in all those online games — and in the mid-2000s withstood a force to have the video game rotate involving groups.
The Dallas Cowboys commenced their very own Thanksgiving custom in 1966, and equally the Cowboys and Lions have hosted a video game on the getaway every single calendar year considering the fact that 1978.
In 2006, the NFL added a third Thanksgiving video game, and the subject matter of the Lions providing up their getaway custom has almost never come up considering the fact that.
Last calendar year, the Lions misplaced to the Bears on Thanksgiving, 23-16. The two groups reportedly will play once more on the getaway this November.
“We sort of invented that video game,” Wooden explained. “It sort of put the countrywide media on the map for the NFL. So I believe in regard for that historical past and the online games that we’ve played more than the several years on Thanksgiving, and we’ve experienced some excellent Thanksgiving Working day online games, not withstanding the file of the group lately. Which is how Barry Sanders, I believe, became a countrywide icon, because everyone watched him on Thanksgiving. Exact thing with Calvin Johnson. … So there’s been some excellent historical past on Thanksgiving Working day.”