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Old 03-25-2009, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Conference Champs Should Host Thanksgiving

Conference Champs Should Host Thanksgiving Day Games
Posted by Mike Florio on March 23, 2009, 10:56 p.m. EDT
For our Monday entry at SportingNews.com, we offered up ten proposed changes for consideration by the NFL powers-that-be during their current league meetings in California.

One proposed change turned out to be particularly relevant, given that the league announced on Monday afternoon the participants in the Thanksgiving afternoon contests hosted by the Lions and the Cowboys.

For the early game, itíll be the Packers and the Lions in a matchup that likely will induce slumber even before the ingestion of tryptophan.

For the late game, to be aired this year by CBS, there were two choices in visiting teams ó the Chargers and the Raiders.

And the league chose the Raiders.

As reasoned in our SportingNews.com piece, the league doesnít have to trot out good games on Turkey Day, since weíll watch whatever the NFL serves up ó even if itís a game of over-60 celebrity flag football.

But why not make Thanksgiving truly special? Just as the first game of the regular season now gives the defending champs a home game in prime time, why not give the two teams that make it to the Super Bowl the pair of home games during Thanksgiving afternoon?

The move instantly would make Thanksgiving football far more compelling, and it would send a message to the fans that the NFL is sufficiently thankful for its audience to not take it for granted.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Conference Champs Should Host Thanksgiving

I think this would be a great thing for the NFL or atleast the 2 conference tittle game losers. What does everyone think of this ?
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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The move instantly would make Thanksgiving football far more compelling, and it would send a message to the fans that the NFL is sufficiently thankful for its audience to not take it for granted.
A better way to send that message would be to ixnay the retarded rule changes they just passed.
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Yeah that would be good, play a prfessinoal football games at noon & 4 (a lions & raiders game does not count as a real football game as they are not real pro football teams). The bright side is there is Giants @ Broncos at night. Thaat could be interesting
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Default Re: Conference Champs Should Host Thanksgiving

Doesn't that Doncos/Gnats game only show on the NFL Network though? What about those who don't have or can't get NFL Network?
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Doesn't that Doncos/Gnats game only show on the NFL Network though? What about those who don't have or can't get NFL Network?
shoot forgot about that
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Default Re: Conference Champs Should Host Thanksgiving

Yeh, well my opinion I think they should do away with the early game on thanksgiving so that players can spend more time with family. A 4 pm game and then a 7:30 or 8 pm game would be a better deal for everyone I think.
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Well, being that I am a bit more of a traditionalist, I don't want a change.

However, they had to choose the RAIDERS? REALLY? Come on.

Personally, I am glad we don't play on that Thursday. A really short week is difficult, and we will probably have enough short weeks this year.
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Doesn't make any sense. What if those two teams aren't on the rotation to play each other that particular year?
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Default Re: Conference Champs Should Host Thanksgiving

idk.. i am all for for keeping with the current system they have now.. but the effing raiders playing cowboys 4 a thanksgiving game.. y not have a powder puff league game and that would prob bring in more media
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