That sound you hear is my father rolling over in his grave.
Just a thought for all the folks claiming this game has to involve some super awesome rivalry or O-6 matchup. Don't the f***in' Lions play football every Thanksgiving? And they always suck. It's tradition at this point though, Thanksgiving = eat turkey and watch the Lions lose.
He would rant for hours if anyone dared suggest that anyone but the Lions play on Thanksgiving. He didn't like even the idea of a second game after it.
Since he's gone, I guess I have to do the ranting.
(Ahem.) The Lions playing on Thanksgiving was started by the Lions themselves during the depression. They gave their salaries for that game to people in need. I don't know if they still do it or not. Knowing you kids today, probably not, but back then, let me tell you, we knew what it was to be poor. We didn't have all those fancy-schmancy Ataris and all those rock and roll records that sound like monkeys banging on drums and screeching- what is that crap you listen to- the Captain and Tennille?- what was he ever a captain of?
No, sir. The Lions started that game and it's theirs for as long as they want to play in it. Win or lose. Your mother works hard every year to time dinner for halftime, and she doesn't understand football at all. If she's going to do that for the Lions, then they deserve to have that game.
I don't care if they never win the Superbowl- it's about as likely as the Red Wings ever winning another Cup without Gordie Howe- but it's their day, and no one can take that away from them. Pass me those Doritos.
I don't know if it was true or not what he said about the Lions donating their salaries, but if it is, then they deserve to have that game.
As far as the Winter Classic goes, that is the NHL that started it, not a specific team, so they should be spreading it around. Maybe they could have one in Winnipeg- Coyotes vs Wild. Whether the Yotes are in Phoenix or not. Bring them "back home" for a game. It could work.