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8 Classic Thanksgiving Moments for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys' Leon Lett was a Thanksgiving Day turkey in the snow back in 1993.
<p> Best and Worst Thanksgiving Day Moments: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, including Leon Lett's mistake in the snow in 1993, Jerome Bettis and Phil Luckett's coin toss confusion in 1998, Randy Moss' three-touchdown game in 1998, Jason Garrett's duel against Brett Favre in 1994, O.J. Simpson's record-breaking effort in 1976 and Ndamukong Suh's stomp heard round the world in 2011.</p>

Just like the crazy uncle with the nonstop inappropriate jokes or the aunt with the barely edible green bean casserole, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are welcome additions to the holiday family gathering even though they will probably provide an awkward moment or two.

Here are a few of the noteworthy Thanksgiving Day memories from the Lions, whose first Turkey Day game was in 1934, and Cowboys, who first sat at the table in 1966.

Stallone and De Niro Square Off in "Grudge Match"

Jake LaMotta finally goes toe-to-toe with Rocky Balboa
It’s a movie version of a timeless bar debate: Who would win in a fight, Rocky Balboa or Jake LaMotta?
It’s a movie version of a timeless bar debate: Who would win in a fight, Rocky Balboa or Jake LaMotta? 
 
It’s a great tease, but “Grudge Match” isn’t out to provide any definitive answers.

What are the fewest pitches ever thrown by a single pitcher in a complete game?

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What are the fewest pitches ever thrown by a single pitcher in a complete game
2013
What are the fewest pitches ever thrown by a single pitcher in a complete game?
— Ray Arvish, Hamilton, Mont.
Fans who complain about the length of games and the surplus of situational pitching participants will love this answer. On Aug. 10, 1944, at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, Red Barrett of the Boston Braves twirled the most efficient nine innings in baseball history — a 58-pitch, one hour and 15 minute two-hitter in a 2–0 win over the Reds.

Is Megatron, a.k.a. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions, the greatest receiver of all time?

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Is Megatron — a.k.a. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions — the greatest receiver of all time?
Is Megatron — a.k.a. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions — the greatest receiver of all time?
— Greg Lawrence, Orlando, Fla. 
ANSWER: I’ll gladly stipulate that Calvin Johnson is today’s greatest receiver.

The Crazy Stories Behind Athletes and Numbers

It's more than just a number
Much like tattoos or passwords, jersey numbers can be a highly personal affair for their owners. The significance behind a jersey number can sometimes offer a little glimpse into an athlete’s psyche, his past, or his hopes for the future. Other times, the number reflects a team’s plans for the player wearing it. Here’s a sampling from the surprisingly rich world of jersey numbers.

Much like tattoos or passwords, jersey numbers can be a highly personal affair for their owners. The significance behind a jersey number can sometimes offer a little glimpse into an athlete’s psyche, his past, or his hopes for the future. Other times, the number reflects a team’s plans for the player wearing it. Here’s a sampling from the surprisingly rich world of jersey numbers.

10 Worst Teams to Ever Play in a Super Bowl

Athlon’s list of the worst teams to play for the Lombardi Trophy
<p> Athlon’s list of the worst teams to play for the Lombardi Trophy</p>

While the Super Bowl annually pits the champion of the AFC conference versus the winner of the NFC, that doesn’t necessarily mean the best two teams end up playing in the biggest game of the season. Here is Athlon Sports’ list of the worst teams to ever play in a Super Bowl in the game’s 46-year history. It probably goes without saying that each of these teams ended up on the short end of the scoreboard, right?

8 Memorable Thanksgiving Moments for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys' Leon Lett was a Thanksgiving Day turkey in the snow back in 1993.
<p> Best and Worst Thanksgiving Day Moments: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, including Leon Lett's mistake in the snow in 1993, Jerome Bettis and Phil Luckett's coin toss confusion in 1998, Randy Moss' three-touchdown game in 1998, Jason Garrett's duel against Brett Favre in 1994, O.J. Simpson's record-breaking effort in 1976 and Ndamukong Suh's stomp heard round the world in 2011.</p>

Just like the crazy uncle with the nonstop inappropriate jokes or the aunt with the barely edible green bean casserole, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are welcome additions to the holiday family gathering even though they will probably provide an awkward moment or two.

Here are a few of the noteworthy Thanksgiving Day memories from the Lions, whose first Turkey Day game was in 1934, and Cowboys, who first sat at the table in 1966.

Kent State’s Terrific Trio in 1972: Nick Saban, Jack Lambert and Gary Pinkel

The trio led the Golden Flashes to a MAC title in a time of turmoil at the Ohio school
<p> Nick Saban, Gary Pinkel and Jack Lambert led the Golden Flashes to a MAC title in a time of turmoil at the Ohio school</p>

They have celebrated one conference championship in the history of Kent State’s football program. One. Oklahoma, this ain’t. In 1972, the Golden Flashes won five of their last six, including a season-ending triumph over Toledo that clinched the title and earned a Tangerine Bowl berth.

 

It couldn’t have come at a more important time in school history.