I have spent the past week subjecting myself to the misguided, discontented views of the ESPN viewers and anchors alike. Their argument is straightforward: America wants to see the best football on Thanksgiving, and clearly, the *ahem* Detroit Lions are not the best the league has to offer.
Sure, the Lions' success has been practically nonexistent the past views seasons. Yet banishing them from the Thanksgiving Day spotlight would conflict with what the holiday is all about.
Thanksgiving is all about tradition. Watching the Macy's parade every year, eating them same, classic meal every year, and watching the Lions (good - Barry Sanders; or bad - Dante Culpepper?) every year. Benjamin Franklin noted that "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes", and, surely; had he the foresight, he would have added Detroit Lion football on Thanksgiving.
Taking the Thanksgiving game away from the Detroit Lions would destory an American tradition. Besides, we still have to put up with the Dallas Cowboys (boo!) every year, and we still have to listen to John Madden try to explain just what a turducken actually is, and why someone might want to eat such a thing.
I'm rooting for the Lions, this year and the next (and maybe one day my Ma will cook a turducken). Happy Thanksgiving all...