Monthly Archives: November 2013

The History of the NFL on Thanksgiving

It is an annual tradition. Your family sits down at the dinner table to eat a Thanksgiving meal. But to you, it is all about strategy. You think to yourself: “Where do I need to sit so that I can see football on TV?”. You quickly eat your meal and then rush to your favorite recliner. You may doze off for a few minutes, but you know that no one in your family is touching that TV. NFL on Thanksgiving is a tradition every year.

It all began in 1920 with the creation of the National Football League. Since then, an NFL game has been played every Thanksgiving, except for a four year break during World War II. The Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game every year since 1978. The Detroit Lions have played the most games on Thanksgiving Day. They currently have a 33-37-2 record. Two active teams have never played on Thanksgiving. These two teams are the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers.

This Turkey Day, you can see:

  • Packers at Lions (12:30 ET)
  • Raiders at Cowboys (4:30 ET)
  • Steelers at Ravens (8:30 ET)

Let’s take a look at the history of these Thanksgiving Day games. Click on the graphic to see the full timeline!


Statographics to Speak at SXSW SXsports

Statographics cannot be any more excited to announce that founder, John Meyer, will be speaking at SXSW SXsports in March 2014. SXSW (South by Southwest) is a music, film, and interactive festival hosted annually in Austin, Texas. SXsports is new in 2014 and will be contained within the interactive and film components of the festival. While the entire festival runs from March 7 to March 16, the SXsports track can be found March 7 to March 9. According to SXSW, the new SXsports will “incorporate film screenings and panel elements, and touch on all aspects of sports through the SXSW lens of cultural impact, entertainment, innovation and the forward-thinking convergence areas of those respective worlds.”

Notable confirmed attendees include Bill Simmons of ESPN’s Grantland, Nate Silver of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, and Brian Kopp of STATS.

For more information on the content and attendees, you can check out this article on the SXSW website.

Be on the lookout for more to come!