Thanksgiving is a day full of tradition, from giving thanks, to visiting relatives, to the food that is served, to watching one or more NFL games.
Today was no exception. We had a wonderful today with my wife’s family, filled with lots of food, fun, and football.
But when I got home and started thinking of what to write about today, I decided to see how long the NFL has had football games on TV, since I remember watching them at my Uncle George’s house every Thanksgiving.
According to Wikipedia, since its inception in 1920, the National Football League has played games on Thanksgiving Day, patterned upon the historic playing of college football games on and around the Thanksgiving holiday.
The NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games have traditionally included one game hosted by the Detroit Lions since 1934, and one game hosted by the Dallas Cowboys since 1966.
Wait, what was that?
Why I am just learning this now? Fifty plus years of watching these games on Thanksgiving, and I never picked up on the fact that the Lions and Cowboys were always on TV on Thanksgiving?
I wonder what other obvious patterns I haven’t recognized yet.
Maybe I should just be happy that I finally picked up on the turkey thing a few years ago…