November 26, 2009, - 11:50 am
Every contemporary Thanksgiving, many Americans don’t just eat turkey and fixins and express thanks for what they have. They also watch football. And, as I discussed in years past, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys maintain a monopoly on the afternoon’s NFL broadcasts. Both games are usually a must-miss, boring waste of time. . . especially with the Lions.
But, as I noted last year, the NFL puts up with it, at least in the Lions’ case, because of the Ford family and Ford Motor Company’s long-time sponsorship of NFL broadcasts and other NFL moneymakers. Not sure why they put up with Jerry Jones (Dallas’ owner and quasi-coach). USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says it’s time to end the “tradition,” which he calls a turkey. Is he right? Read my take in a previous post. Not that I really care much. I’m never watching, and it’s number 1,001 on my list of 1,000 important Thanksgiving topics. If the pilgrims were here today, they’d be shocked that this game they aren’t familiar with (played by giants) is such an important part of our holiday.
On a related note, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will be playing today, despite the fact that he injured himself in a last minute upset win over the Cleveland Browns, Sunday. But the big talk all over Detroit and elsewhere in the sports world is the audio/video of him writhing in pain (posted below). There’s nothing doing in the video until about four minutes in, though at 2:40, you can see a cameo appearance by Venus Williams (or is that Mike Tyson in a blue wig?), which is kinda funny. So are the several “I Love You, Man” expressions.
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