Whether you're a fan of the Detroit Lions or just a fan of football in general there is a yearly tradition we all look forward to besides Super bowl Sunday, that tradition being Thanksgiving Day Football. For Detroit Fans this is the one day of the year that we can look forward to seeing our team on the national stage playing, however over the past few years the question of keeping this tradition alive has been in question due to the lack of interest in the team, and its poor seasons over recent years.
I know we are too early to tell what can happen or the potential of the team however in the business world none of that matters, only the here and now. And that's why this tradition is at stake, and the Detroit Lions may have their first MUST win of the season on their schedule before its underway. That's right the Thanksgiving Day game against the Patriots and we know that's not going to be an easy task to do.
For the past few years it has been discussed a few times and at the end of last season teams started making bids, with the strength of the schedule ahead and that particular team (Patriots) as their game on that day keeping that tradition past this year may be hard to do. But I have not lost hope, I've also took into consideration a few things that could also happen in order for Detroit to keep that game, they can have a productive winning season of no less than 8-8 maybe 6-10 and if that scenario they would have to have a close game on Thanksgiving or outright win if 6-10 finish in order to really make a strong case, the other would be to outright make the playoffs, I believe anything less, and that tradition is gone after this year. Please remember there was serious talks after the 0-16 season and though under manned they still had a 2-14 finish its nothing personal strictly business in long run.
This is where my concern lies as this is a tradition that I believe needs to be kept and that of all the years this should be the year the Lions really have to put it together right even from a business standpoint. It even seems that "the powers that be" stacked a deck against them as well as the fact that we are not a marketable team yet for other prime time/National televised game spots. So I say on this day as a fan of Football and Detroit, from the 12th man on the field to the 13th man watching the game giving the spirit to the game from afar, cheer and roar and help keep that tradition alive and to the players you may not fully understand it (the Lions and Thanksgiving) but it's time to embrace it and rewrite the history of the tradition of Lions Football in Thanksgiving. The tradition depends on it.