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  • Niffla
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    Originally posted by froot loops View Post
    Just go downtown on Thanksgiving, it is a big event with the race, the parade and then the game. The Turkey Trot has grown immensely since the Lions went downtown. A lot of people go downtown and watch the game in one of the bars. The game is a huge amount of civic pride for this community.
    I know that sucks (if it were to hypothetically ever happen) for some of the community, but hey, the NFL didn't become a 100 billion dollar league without being cutthroat. I mean the NBA doesn't put perpetually inept franchises on display on Christmas day in front of national TV audiences just because they feel bad for their communities. They don't play them on that day because those teams suck. And the Lions suck. The Lions transcend suck, actually. They're beyond that.

    The people of Detroit & Michigan will survive. They can still do the Turkey Trot and go to bars and watch the other games. Have Thanksgiving with their families. And hey, now they wouldn't have to suffer through 3 plus hours of the atrocious, failure of a product that is known as the Detroit Lions. So look at the bright side.

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  • froot loops
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    Just go downtown on Thanksgiving, it is a big event with the race, the parade and then the game. The Turkey Trot has grown immensely since the Lions went downtown. A lot of people go downtown and watch the game in one of the bars. The game is a huge amount of civic pride for this community. Yeah I know, civic pride is for the marks.

    When they threatened to take it away, it wasn't just the Fords who were mad, the fans were in an uproar. You are framing it like I am in the minority, I am quite comfortable knowing that is false.

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  • Niffla
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    And selfishly yeah it is embarrassing as hell. Just personally speaking. Chemi's right, the game is more of a source of embarrassment and shame than anything else. All of my family and friends don't even want to mention the Turkey Day game. As if it's like mentioning a past death in the family or something. They would rather just pretend it doesn't even exist. Even when it's right there on the TV screen, lmao. But you can feel their pity for you. It's like they're all thinking, "God I can't believe he's actually a fan of that team, poor bastard must have really done something unspeakable in a past life to deserve having to watch them go into 8 out of 10 Thanksgivings with a losing record". Where of course they are most likely to be pummeled and embarrassed in front of a large national audience.

    Didn't the NFL do a gimmick thing last season where they actually aired an NFL game on Nickelodeon with kid announcers? Look it up. If you're going to put the Lions on Thanksgiving, put their asses on Nickelodeon where they belong. At least that would provide a lot of comedy watching & listening to some kids making fun of the Lions.

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  • Niffla
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    Originally posted by froot loops View Post
    Niffla is not a true Lion fan #onepride
    I am a true fan. Check out these hashtags bro

    #OneTeamOneNation
    #OneTeamOnePride
    #GoLionsGo
    #BusinessTripThisWeek

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  • chemiclord
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    Froot's got this idea that he's not mostly alone on this island of Lions fans that would feel "punished" by losing the T-Day game.

    I just... don't see the level of investment that he has anymore. The general apathy that the fans have towards the franchise as a whole doesn't seem like it would generate much more than a "Well that sucks. Anyway... [goes on to resume their previous conversation]"

    Maybe he's right, and all these fans would be suddenly and profoundly hurt by the news. He's still living "ground level" in Detroit (iirc), so maybe he's seeing something I don't from two hours away. But I doubt it. If he is, then it is something very specifically restricted to the metro Detroit area.

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  • froot loops
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    Niffla is not a true Lion fan #onepride

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  • Niffla
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    Originally posted by Mainevent View Post
    So take away the Thanksgiving Day game to force the Fords to do what? Hire a new coach and GM that will turn the franchise around?
    To me it wouldn't be about forcing the Fords or the Detroit Lions organization to do anything. To me you simply take it away from them because in over a half century they have done absolutely nothing to earn the right to continue the tradition. No other fanbase anywhere in the country wants to watch the most inept franchise in the entire league on the most celebrated holiday in the country.

    The NBA plays the best matchups they can on Christmas day. They don't give those slots to the Charlotte Hornets or the Sacramento Kings of the world. Why? Because the average NBA fan doesn't want to see those teams.

    The average NFL fan doesn't want to see the Detroit Lions. If we weren't Detroit Lions fans, we'd be saying the same thing. None of us would look forward to watching that garbage if we were fans of other teams. I mean it's not like I'm even asking the Lions to be an annual Superbowl contender or anything. Just be a halfway semi-competent organization. Then sure, keep playing on Thanksgiving. They're not even halfway semi-competent, though. Instead they are the most lowly and inept franchise in the history of the entire National Football League. They're a perpetual laughing stock and they simply shouldn't be occupying a prestigious time slot like that on such a celebrated holiday. Yes it's neat they started the tradition, but they've had the game for over 80 years. It's time to give that slot to another franchise that's actually deserving of hosting that game at that time. I mean maybe you can still keep the Lions on Thanksgiving, but bury the game on the NFL Network and have some D-list commentators call it instead of putting it on Fox or CBS.

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  • chemiclord
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    At the end of the day, it's a moot point, because it's never happening, so it's not something you will ever have to fear. I just find it fascinating that it's damn near the only thing that will upset the Ford family to the point they'll threaten to withdraw their ad dollars. Their franchise can get screwed time and time again without a peep. They'll eat fines and other punishment (no matter how ridiculous) without complaint. But suggest they probably shouldn't play on national TV on Thanksgiving because they're an embarrassment to watch, and only then will the daggers come out.

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  • froot loops
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    The only thing you can convince the community that taking the game away would do is it would take the game away. The idea that taking the game aways would result in some positive change is utterly foolish.

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  • chemiclord
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    Not really. I doubt you find too many people, even on this forum, that are all that invested in the Thanksgiving Day game at this point. How many people do you think even in the Detroit area watch that game all the way through? Hell, last year I recall quite a few people declaring they were done watching at halftime. Lions fans just want to see some meaningful football. Convince them that losing the T-Day game would shame the Ford family into drastic changes, and they'd happily sacrifice that game on the altar.

    The "tradition" only means something if the Lions are worth watching. Right now, they aren't and as a result the game doesn't. It's a source of embarrassment for Lions fans right now. A national audience gets to see "their team" get rolled and humiliated for 60 minutes, interspersed with ads talking about being "Ford Tough."
    Last edited by chemiclord; October 18, 2021, 06:50 PM.

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  • froot loops
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    I feel like you are punishing the same community you claim is the only reason you follow this team.

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  • chemiclord
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    Originally posted by froot loops View Post

    1. Take Thanksgiving game away
    2. ?????? Laugh as the Fords cry about it and get all angry
    3. Profit Who gives a shit?
    Not hard to fill in the blanks on that one.

    Taking the T-Day game alone wouldn't do anything other than piss off the Ford family. To me, that's reason enough.

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  • froot loops
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    Originally posted by Mainevent View Post
    So take away the Thanksgiving Day game to force the Fords to do what? Hire a new coach and GM that will turn the franchise around?
    1. Take Thanksgiving game away
    2. ??????
    3. Profit

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  • chemiclord
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    Originally posted by froot loops View Post
    No I actually look forward to the Thanksgiving game. You are talking about punishing me because of that. I didn't do anything to be punished for.
    I'm... sorry that you're emotionally invested in a train wreck game given to a train wreck franchise?

    You don't have anything to worry about on this score, because the league is never taking that game away. The NFL considered it for about 30 seconds one time, then realized it's the one thing the Ford family won't be bullied on. The league literally added a third game to the Thanksgiving docket rather than piss off Jerry Jones and the Ford family. So you have nothing to fret on that matter ever again. There's no reason the league would care enough to ever even potentially have that fight.

    I'm merely all for anything that humiliates the Ford family. Which as far as I can tell is precious little.

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  • Mainevent
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    So take away the Thanksgiving Day game to force the Fords to do what? Hire a new coach and GM that will turn the franchise around?

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