Rest of the country to NFL: Please remove Detroit from Thanksgiving menu

Enough about those guys.  How 'bout the three lame games that the NFL presented a hungry (for quality football) audience yesterday?  When was the last good game you saw on Thanksgiving?

Sure my Raiders were humiliated losing to Dallas, 24-7, where the only drama in the late going was about whether the Bruce Gradowski led pride and poise boys would beat the point spread (They did not).  But having to watch Detroit (again) play a predictably horrific game yesterday cries out for some serious changes by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Look, we know the city (and state of Michigan) is struggling.  Things are so bad in the Motor City that Time Magazine and some of its  sister publications (Sports Illustrated, Money and Fortune) have taken up stakes for an entire year to report on the situation in perhaps the worst off American city economically speaking, a noble journalistic effort.

So we know Detroit is hurting.  Which is why it might be too painful for the city to weather having their traditional Turkey Day game (that has been happening since 1934) removed as the early game this time of the year.

But what about the rest of the country, Commissioner?

Detroit was 0-16 last year.  Only Tampa Bay Buc fans can appreciate how horrible that is. The Lions are now 2-9, and again going nowhere, as is their wont (The team has  not won a playoff game since 1957, and has had exactly one winning season in the past decade).

This became a hot controversy last year, before Goodell quashed that talk, saying in Tampa before the Super Bowl that nothing would change in terms of scheduling on one of the country's most revered holidays.

But the tradition vote is tired.  The NFL has the capability of "flex" scheduling several games the last six weeks of the year on their Sunday night package, because they know that certain games that looked exciting when the national television schedule was prepared in April may turn out differently in December.

Look, non-football fans out there of course are saying , "turn off the set, and try talking to your family, for heaven sakes!"

I agree.  But the fact of the matter is that televised professional sports, especially during the holidays, are an essential glue that bonds people together in ways they normally wouldn't.  And it can be great drama, and a lot of fun.

Just not when the Detroit Lions are on the menu.

On this Friday after Thanksgiving, I suspect a huge percentage of Americans are enjoying the second of their four day weekend.

And bravo to those doing just that.

Because the domestic news is rather slow today, I'm going to use the story about the  fame seeking duo who crashed the White House state dinner on Tuesday night as a pivot into discussing why the Detroit Lions should never be allowed to play on Thanksgiving ever again.

Reality television show hopefuls Michaele and Tareq Salahi are apparently in contention to be featured on a Bravo channel reality show, so to impress the producers they finagled their way into the state dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

You can read all about everywhere online.  Although on one level there s a certain bit of humor in it all, let's face it: The Secret Service screwed up massively, at a time when death threats against our first black President are up exponentially

As  The Boston Globe reported last month,

The unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama, a rise in racist hate groups, and a new wave of antigovernment fervor threaten to overwhelm the US Secret Service, according to government officials and reports, raising new questions about the 144-year-old agency’s overall mission.

That's the backdrop to this 'wacky' story of a couple of publicity hounds crashing the White House, then putting their photos up on Facebook.

But what intrigued me about the couple is a story in today's New York Post that says that the couple, "well known socialites" are actually in financial trouble, and among its creditors are the  Washington Redksins, who the couple own $224,000 for season tickets.

How in the name of personal seat licenses can that happen?  $224,000?  That's gotta be years and years of not paying your annual dues, right?

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