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Thanksgiving Football : A Historical Breakdown

Thanksgiving Football : A Historical Breakdown


“Anyone who’s just driven 90 yards against huge men trying to kill them has earned the right to do Jazz hands. ”
-Craig Ferguson (maybe)

The history of tossing the pigskin on Thanksgiving Day is a tradition many hold sacred. Enjoying a full day of watching the NFL, while digesting pounds of turkey is a pastime many will never forgo. What you may not know though, is that it has a much longer history than even the NFLs existence. Dating all the way back to the late 1800’s, the first recognized game was played in 1869 between the “Young America Cricket Club” and the “Germantown Cricket Club”. Even though these teams haven’t stood the test of time, the tradition does. In the modern era, two football teams play yearly on Thanksgiving Day, the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. Our question today is: who brings home the trophy as the turkey bowl champions? Let’s breakdown their records over time and crown a champion:

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As you can see, although the Lions have won more games, the Cowboys hold a far better win percentage.

What you have learned today

  • Football and Turkey are like Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Maybe they should pick a better team than the Lions for the turkey day game
  • The Cowboys hold the Turkey Bowl Trophy (at least for a while)

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