Thanksgiving eve needs a new NFL mainstay, but should it be the Steelers? Dan Salem and Todd Salem tackle this sports debate head on in part two of their NFL Thanksgiving conversation. Two brothers from New York yell, scream and debate sports.
How do you feel about the Thanksgiving setup? Do the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions deserve this permanent deal? I don’t even know the history of why they get to play every Thanksgiving day. Or is it a detriment to them; would they rather have a rotation with everybody else?
The effect is certainly subdued with the fact that there is now a Thursday game every week of the season. This sort of dampens the specialty of Thanksgiving games anyways. But the holiday games still mean more because of everything we touched on. So why do the Cowboys and Lions get that pub every year? And if the league was so set on keeping that going, why not pick a third team to give the third game to? All of it seems rather arbitrary.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Dallas and Detroit playing football. Don’t you dare take that away from me! Its pretty easy to argue that the Cowboys deserve this honor, but the Lions? At this point deserving the honor doesn’t matter to me. They play on Thanksgiving. No discussion. I’m sure some players would rather have a rotation going, but like you mentioned, nearly every team plays at least one Thursday game in today’s NFL. So keep Dallas and Detroit on turkey day and I won’t start a petition.
I’m completely on board with making another team a mainstay of the day and I’ll offer up two viable candidates. Since both Dallas and Detroit are NFC teams, its only fair to extend this honor to an AFC squad. The first is an obvious choice and played this year on Thanksgiving. The Pittsburgh Steelers are NFL royalty and practically America’s team, if Dallas didn’t hold the dubious honor. As much as I despise the Steelers, they would make for great turkey day tradition. The other team I’d pick is the New England Patriots. There name says America in it and they have become as much a symbol of the NFL as any franchise over the last ten years. Steelers first, then Patriots.
I know the league wants a rotation going for the night cap game, but with Thursday games throughout the season they should just suck it up and pick one other Thanksgiving staple. As for the Thursday games hurting Thanksgiving, that’s crazy talk! It changes nothing. I believe I explained why Thanksgiving is the greatest sports day of the year and nothing can take that honor away. I will say this, I actually LOVE Thursday night football. I haven’t been able to watch the games, but I can’t on Mondays either. Its pretty awesome though, to follow along on my phone and track the game and stats when it’s just one game. It makes me care about teams I’d otherwise ignore, simply because it’s the only game being played.
Nothing can beat the Direct TV NFL game mix on a Sunday afternoon, except for the Red Zone channel, but singling out a game for Monday and now Thursday works great in my book. I don’t think its possible from a scheduling stand point, and I know teams need days to rest, but I’d enjoy one game on Wednesday, one on Thursday, one on Friday and then a full slate Sunday with the Sunday nighter and Monday’s game. Put the NFL on as many nights of the week as possible. Sure, sure the players’ health will suffer. And maybe we’ve had so many injuries this season because of all the Thursday night games, but from an excitement standpoint this would be awesome!