The Detroit Lions have played a home game on Thanksgiving since 1934, the year independent front-wheel suspension first appeared in all General Motors Co. cars, and Lions games have been a TV staple since 1956.
Detroit clings to this tradition with determination, recently batting back a challenge from Kansas City (eager for a marquee event) and the television networks (lusting after fans from bigger markets) to rotate the game. It’s staying put, where it belongs.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.