Lions Football: A Thanksgiving Tradition in Detroit!

By: Ken Cross | November 25, 2012

When you wake up on Thanksgiving morning, what’s the first thing you do?  Do you wake up to get a workout in before you demolish some turkey?  Do you turn on the parade that is going on downtown?  Or do you prepare yourself to watch a tradition that has been happening every year since 1934?

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am talking about Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Football.

If you are anything like me, you gather around the television with your family and take in the scents of the food that is cooking in the kitchen.  With snacks on the coffee table and a cold drink in your hand, you root for a Detroit Lions victory.

For a team that has struggled in the past, people still have a tradition of going downtown for the game every year no matter how great of a season they are having.  I was interested in finding out how people feel about the game and how they incorporate Detroit Lions football in their holiday festivities.

“I can’t even imagine a Thanksgiving without my Detroit Lions football,” Aaron said.  “Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same for me.”

“There is nothing that I look forward to more than relaxing waiting for dinner to be ready and watching a classic tradition, Detroit Lions football,” Brian said.

“Since I am in charge of cooking dinner, it takes pressure off of me because everyone in my house is so preoccupied on the Lions,” Debbie said.  “But once that game ends, I better have it ready!”

The Lions current Thanksgiving Day record is 33-37-2.  This year, they will host the Houston Texans at Ford Field.  Whether you have been going for years when the Lions played at the Silverdome or are interested in starting a new tradition, then join in on the atmosphere.  Head downtown early for the parade or to tailgate before the game.  All in all, win or lose, the Lions Thanksgiving game will always be a Detroit tradition.

LETS GO LIONS!