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On the fourth Thursday of the month of November is one every year come: the United States celebrates the national holiday of Thanksgiving — although citizens in a row due to Corona the festival are not to make so sprawling in the second year rather, even if the number of cases currently not as high rise as in Germany, the US State Department which is why at this time insistently warns its citizens against traveling to Germany. Back to football Thursday this week: On the table there is, as every year in many places a huge feast — and the boob tube of American running from morning to night favorite sport.
Thanksgiving is in North America since 1863, a special holiday — and also a very special day in American football. The first two games are doing, always fought for many years in Detroit and Dallas, the third and only since 2006 practiced annually match ever-changing teams takes place between two.
This year, the NFL served the constituency again a full three-course meal after it (would last Thanksgiving with the Pittsburgh Steelers have been a guest) last year due to corona cases with the Baltimore Ravens had come to a game shift.
So now again three games in a row: It starts here at 18.30 (CET) with the NFC North Division duel between the still completely winless Detroit Lions (0: 9: 1) and Chicago Bears (3: 7), which are by last five defeats in series closely, in terms of play-offs and the fans on top of that already Head Coach Matt Nagy have considered in a loop with whistles. It follows from 22.30 (CET) the obligatory home game of the Dallas Cowboys (7: 3), which has recently caught with two defeats in three games and there is this year on holiday with the last also stumbling Las Vegas Raiders (5: 5) to get done. In the night from Thursday to Friday then (2:20) nor New Orleans Saints (5: 5) followed vs. Buffalo Bills (6: 4). Both teams have recently allowed defeats and now need again a success, to make pressure on the top in their respective division and get the play-off chance.
tradition — in favor of two teams
But why should actually Detroit and Dallas always occur before a home crowd, so no long journey must start and can look forward to a special image?
An astute businessman
Story Detroit: In this country, it might not be so well known that the Lions be hosting a home game for many decades always the Thanksgiving holiday (!). In the US, however, this issue is omnipresent — and meets with other teams sometimes also mad at. Finally, each franchise from higher ratings and an exclusive TV slot and the increased interest at would benefit. But this fits an old German proverb: First come, first served! And the Lions were just a long time ago, the first team to respect Thanksgiving shot ahead and got the ball rolling.
Firmly anchored to Thanksgiving: the Detroit Lions. Imago images / Icon SMI
The Lions were established in 1929 in Portsmouth as Spartans. George Richards, former director of Radio Station World Junior Records (WAR) finally transported over the team in the big city Detroit.
To attract more and more fans in the subsequent period, the owner ordered the 1934 to let football get on Thanksgiving Day. Here, the potential supporters have finally released, time and money can spend team football for her. The plan worked: As the clever manager Richards was in fact with his radio station part of NBC Blue Network, he brought the manager to the first game (16: 19 loss to Chicago) to transfer more than 94 stations nationwide.
And although success can not be determined from a purely sporting point of view for the Lions is (manageable balance of 37: 41: 2, last 2020 20:24 against NFC North rival Chicago), it is clear: Detroit has significantly contributed to Thanksgiving has become a football feast with the family for countless Americans.
For the NFL itself, the move turned out, along with the measures subsequently also be very successful, as it was finally able to establish a team in the Motor City in the fifth attempt. In addition, the Detroit Lions 1935 World Series won and just before the Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup could win twice in a row (1936, 1937) secured the first time the NFL title, the same year as the Detroit Tigers for the first time.
Cowboys secure second place
Has the Dallas Cowboys thanks Thanksgiving made as large as they are today: legend Tom Landry. Imago images
Story Dallas: The proud cowboys were allowed to go to Thanksgiving for the first time in 1966, marriage the procedure from 1978 and until today became regular. And just like the Lions, the makers of the Texans also hoped to polish their image with this special holiday appearance. Said, done — and again clever planners were at the work. Because the franchise established itself at Legend-Coach Tom Landry, who trained between 1960 and 1988 and the Cowboys 1971/72 (24: 3 against Miami) and 1977/78 (27:10 against Denver) to Super Bowl Victory led. America’s team was born. The then General Manager Tex Scram contributed great to marketing technical success during this time — among other things, he established the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
The Thanksgiving Balance of Dallas, which is commonly referred to as America’s team, commonly known as America’s team due to today, many fans — as mentioned, last year with 15:26 against the Buffalo Bills, meanwhile looks like this: 31 victories, 20 defeats, a draw.
Game number 3
In short, since 1934, the Lions is already wearing the first Thanksgiving home game, marriage since 1978 Dallas always adjoins Detroit with a lot of domestic scenery. However, to allow others of the 32 NFL teams to enjoy, the league has been leaving a third, always flexible duel since 2006 (this time Steelers vs. Ravens). The additional profit from this: From over six hours of football entertainment are thus well over nine — and the US holiday Thanksgiving is medial in the hand of football, which is of course rippling for the NFL. Specifically, because of several business enterprises powerful advertising for the upcoming Black Friday Plus can be switched to the subsequent Cyber Monday.