Thanksgiving Day Classic a Detroit Super Bowl


It’s what I call the Detroit or Motor City Super Bowl.

The atmosphere is very similar. The game is nationally televised with tons of extra media hype. There’s always a great half time show planned with a big star. We get to see America’s Thanksgiving Parade down Woodward Avenue before the game, which ushers in the holidays.  Family and friends huddle together around the TV to watch the big game as we all prepare for one of the best meals and gatherings of the year. It truly is a time of Thanksgiving, Celebration and Tradition.

I  also call it the Detroit Super Bowl, jokingly, because my Lions have never been to the Super Bowl. This is the closest atmosphere I’ve gotten to my team playing in the Big Dance, ever.  The NFL’s annual Thanksgiving Day Classic has always been the highlight of my Lions’ season. Us Michiganders get to enjoy the national spotlight being on our team and on our city.  It’s our annual Big Game, hosted right here in the  “D”. How our team is doing in the season matters little and we the fans always put a little extra juice into rooting for our boys.

For us, the tradition started in 1934 during the Lions’ first season in Detroit. We were gobbled up by Da’ Bears; 19-16. Today marks our 73rd contest on Thanksgiving, the most appearances by any NFL team. Our overall record is a (not bad) 33-37-2.  This tradition has been a huge part of my life and I have many great Thanksgiving Day memories. In 2001, I attended the last Thanksgiving Day game in held in the Pontiac Silverdome. I went with many of my Chili’s-Ann Arbor coworkers at the time and we tailgated and saw a tough loss as Brett Favre and the Packers beat us 29-27.  I remember making the trip over to Grand Rapids one year and watching the game with my wife’s mom’s side of the family. The aunts and her nanna watched intently as the uncles and boy cousins rough housed and tackled each other to the floor.  In games that I have seen up in Northern Michigan, we would gasp as Barry Sanders was given the ball, hoping for another miraculous Thanksgiving Day touchdown run.

We all have our great  memories on this day. Combining football with family and friends in a festive atmosphere usually helps us bond and forge lasting memories. I am especially thankful that this is a Detroit tradition that all Michiganders loyal to the Lions celebrate. GO LIONS!


 

 


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Thank You very much for taking the time to stop by and read my commentary on professional and college sports here in our great state of Michigan. We have such a storied history and rich tradition of both professional and college sports, that I am sure to have many journal entries! My hope is that you find each entry well reasoned, well researched, well written, and from the heart. You may not always agree with my analysis, but I hope my commentary is discussed frequently around the water cooler, while amongst family and friends and even while playing Euchre, eh! Loyalty. Passion. History. I have been following Detroit and local college sports with enthusiasm for over 30 years! I have watched our teams triumph, fall, rebuild and hold us captive as we have rooted for them to win the big game. Well, in the Lion's case, just ONE game! I have seen our beloved players come and go and come back again for round two. Players like Gibby, DMac, Big Ben, Dominik Hasek and Dan Petry rank in that category. I have watched our state groom successful high school  like Magic Johnson, CWebb,  Mike Modano, Justin Abdelkader, Brian Rafalski and Tim Thomas. We have also produced successful college athletes such as  Tom Brady, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, Andre Rison, and Rod Brind'Amor, to name just a few. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat have touched and shaped my life!  I have had the pleasure of  seeing this region host a Super Bowl, World Series, and an All Star Game. I have seen Michigan win National Championships in football, hockey and basketball. I watched as Izzo and Michigan State won a National Title in basketball. I have seen the Tigers win a World Series and go to another one. Our Bad Boys have won three World Championships while appearing at five. I got the esteemed pleasure of watching the greatest running back  in Barry Sanders turn on a dime week in and week out for a decade.  I love my teams and I am happy to have created this outlet to share my thoughts and analyzations with you. Interactive and Engaging Please, feel free to visit my journals frequently. I am just starting this site and will continue to look for new and exciting ways to improve upon it. I plan on engaging my readers and offering a high level of interactivity to help you keep coming back for more commentary.

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