Thanksgiving is one of the most important traditions for everyone in the United States, for some it is even more important than Christmas. That ‘Thanksgiving’ holiday also has to do with the NFLsince some teams play on this date, such as the Lions and Cowboys.
Possibly the first thing that comes to mind with Thanksgiving and the NFL are the Cowboys and it is understandable, well, Although they haven’t won a Super Bowl in a long time, they are still a winning team in the regular season.
But, the Lions have been playing in Thanksgiving games for longer and, in fact, In Detroit the tradition of ‘Thanksgiving Day’ and the NFL emerged. Although many do not realize 100% of this team because historically they have been a franchise more about losing than winning.
Let’s go to the origins of this story, because according to the Click on Detroit portal, it all began when George Richards bought the Portmouth Spartans in 1934 and brought them to the city of Detroit. The team was looking for ways to attract fans.
And one of those ideas was to broadcast the Thanksgiving game and George Richards convinced NBC to tune in to the game on 94 stations across the country. The thing is that it did work for them and Lions sold out first ‘Thanksgiving’ gamewhich would mark the new tradition.
Cowboys also have their tradition at Thanksgiving
Although The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving tradition is not as long-lived as the Lions’.many fans look forward to the last Thursday in November to see their team in this traditional match and have done so since 1966.
Similar to the Lions’ situation, the Cowboys wanted to increase the team’s popularity, so in 1966 they had the opportunity to play on Thanksgiving and Tex Scharamm, general manager at the time, saw the opportunity to showcase the team’s cheerleaders on a national level.. Great way to gain fans.
The Cowboys signed up for the Thanksgiving game, but the league was concerned about fan attendance, doubting people would go to the game on a holiday. Mistake, because they broke attendance record in their first ‘Thanksgiving’ game against the Browns.
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