...by the unaccustomed happenstance of the Detroit Lions... yes!, my Detroit Lions... winning on Thanksgiving Day, something they hadn't accomplished in the past ten years!
(Which is why I usually hear around this time Thanksgiving afternoon from my cousin Charlie in Sarasota, cackling obscenely and chiding me about "those pussycats.")
This day the Lions roared, convincingly 40-10, against arch division foe Green Bay, the first time Detroit's franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford has beaten the Packers in his career.
Yeah, their weekly bug-a-boos... two lost fumbles, two interceptions, five penalties for 50 yards... continue to plague them, but with Stafford still throwing for more than 300 yards, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell leading a ground attack which posted 241 yards rushing, this was as dominant a victory over "the Pack" as I've enjoyed since the 1962 Thanksgiving Day game when Lions Defensive Tackles Roger Brown and Alex Karas spent much of the afternoon in the Green Bay backfield, sacking Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr 11 times!
(That was the only loss the Vince Lombardi-led Packers suffered all season.)
Thanks for the extra-special jolt of happiness this day, Detroit!
Really? You're carrying on about beating a Green Bay team with its top QB Aaron Rogers sidelined with an injury?
The last time Detroit played Green Bay without Rogers, was the final game of the 2011 season; the back-up QB was a guy named Matt Flynn who threw for six touchdowns to beat the Lions 45-41.
Flynn started this afternoon's game as well, and was sacked seven times, once for a safety! I'll take my wins where and how I find them!