Just a quick thought this Thanksgiving Day…
Every year, the Detroit Lions play football on Thanksgiving. And, every year, some NFL owners and fans scream to take the game away.
Well, perhaps it’s the fact that the Lions have been the proverbial patsy, coming into the Thanksgiving Day game year after year with a terrible team (this year being no different with an abysmal 0-11 record against the 10-1 Tennessee Titans).
But Lions fans contend that this game is tradition…and rightfully so.
The Lions started the game in 1934 as a promotion to help the fledgling NFL…far earlier than the Dallas Cowboys started their game.
The annual holiday game is huge in Detroit, with many fans saying it’s the only big game all year that Detroit has…which is also true. For the last few years Detroit hasn’t appeared once on Monday Night Football.
But ask yourself this: would the country watch the Macy’s parade if the balloons were deflated and the bands played off-key?
Just because it’s “tradition”, does it mean that the rest of the country owes Detroit?
Kinda reminds you of the automobile industry.
Just because Detroit continues to churn out automobile turkeys, and the labor unions squeeze them for every leftover penny, does that mean the rest of the nation should fork over billions of dollars to prop them up?.
Maybe, just maybe, the rest of the country should tell Detroit through the free market that their cars are bad, and so is their football team. Stop buying Detroit-made cars, don’t provide them a bailout, and stop watching this football game.
Until we do so, we’re just enabling Detroit’s inadequacy.
And this last bit should come as no surprise: the Lions are owned by a Ford.
Call me an enabler.
I’ll watch them anyway. And, tomorrow, I’ll pick up my Christmas tree in my Chevy Silverado.
But I’m from Detroit: what’s your excuse?