November 26, 2009, - 11:50 am

Thanksgiving Football: Time to End Detroit/Dallas Boring Monopoly? The Pained Matt Stafford Audio

By Debbie Schlussel

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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11 Responses

Detroit is never good. really pathetic franchise. at least the Saints have a chance this year, but Lions are a sorry team

Noah David Simon on November 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Noah, you can thank Matt Millen for the team being in its predicament. they will need a few years just to get back to being relevant. yes its bad ball, i wont lie and i gave up my own season tickets, but thank the bozo that ESPN hired to do college ball.

    Mark on November 27, 2009 at 2:15 am

Detroit/Dallas…It will forever be a Thanksgiving tradition…You whiney butts can get the NFL to let you play a game too. As for me, I will watch my Cowboys, not matter how crappy they play. I am a fan forever, or until they bring back Barry Switzer…

DUSTY on November 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Well now there are three games on thanksgiving. Let the Lions and Packers have their traditional game, and the Cowboys play whoever they play. But on the night game, change it up. Let other teams play on thanksgiving every year. Say….one year would be my Ravens and I dunno, the Texans? And the next year could be Bucs and Eagles.

Squirrel3D on November 26, 2009 at 12:51 pm

That video shows that Matt Stafford is a keeper. You may laugh now, but the Lions can be a great team if they get Stafford a team around him. I would start with a power running back, or a Barry Sanders-type.

Mike Wrathell on November 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Maybe if they let the Lions play their cheer leaders it would be a better and more closely matched game on Thanksgiving.

Jarhead on November 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm

DS, happy Thanksgiving. As for Football, I will spend what little TV time watching an old B(perhaps even C) grade SciFi movie.

pat on November 26, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Debbie, would you stop!! Venus Williams or Mike Tyson in a blue wig. LOL!!

CaliforniaScreaming on November 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    When Detroit moved indoors, it became a bore-fest. Now, that the Lions suck, it’s an insult to fans. Thanksgiving happened in Massachusetts so perhaps the Patriots should be hosting the game…maybe?

    Patrick on November 27, 2009 at 11:53 am

Reason it’s held in Detroit each year is because Detroit fans should be thankful that they have such a wonderful team in the NFL. Seems almost like it was just yesterday and Bobby Layne and the Lions were the toast of the town.

Bob S. on November 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Detroit hasn’t been relevent since Barry Sanders left. When they hired Matt Millen he became the grim reaper of the franchise. Maybe in another year or two they will make some wise choices in the draft and start surprising people. As for Dallas you don’t know who is going to show up from one week to the next. They’re just as pschizophrenic as their (I want to be in the tabloids)owner. Jerry Jones is the bane of the Cowboys exsistance, they will never win again until he sells the team. This is the curse he caused ever since he fired Jimmy Johnson after winning a second consecutive Super Bowl so I just love watching them lose. (quasi coach LOL)

seahawker on November 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm

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