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Good Luck Packers — Happy Thanksgiving

100_0255Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. This is one of my favorite holidays. It is truly about family and friends being together. Not religion. Not presents. Not Christmas trees. Not finding the right twinkle lights. It is about eating together. It’s about cooking together. It’s about watching football together.

My fondest memories of Thanksgiving revolve around being home in Detroit, Lions football, talking football with my dad, and my dad making way too much food.

He would make for three people the following:

  • Sauerkraut and Sausage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Stuffed cabbage
  • Turkey
  • Homemade cranberry sauce
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Cheese dip and crackers
  • Pickles, olives, radishes, celery, and carrot appetizer

This is for myself, him, anEmma Begging For Foodd my husband. He would then complain that I didn’t eat enough. Really, Dad? Really! Ughh.

I would often times sneak food to my dog Emma. Who would happily (for the both of us) be drooling with her head firmly pressed against my knee. As if I could forget that she was there.

My dad would complain, knowing I was feeding Emma. Then, later, while he would be cleaning dishes, I would see him feeding her scraps. Her body heavily leaning against his leg while he washed. He didn’t complain at all then. Sometimes, I would even sneak a glimpse of him smiling down at her.

I miss them both.

Some traditions can’t be continued. But, some, like Lions football, can. I look forward to my Lions/Packers game today. Not because I hope Matt Flynn will lead us to victory, but because it continues at least one tradition: Football.

Thank you NFL. You make it easier on days like today.

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Go for Two: Water Cooler Topics For Thanksgiving Day

Image courtesy of letsplayballtickets.comThanksgiving football … such a time honored tradition. A tradition that is the most relevant in Detroit, which has hosted a turkey day game since 1934(with a small gap between 1939-1944).

I grew up in Detroit. I, strangely enough, have fond memories of driving to Pontiac on Thanksgiving to meet friends tailgating OUTSIDE in the parking lots surrounding the Pontiac Silverdome. I would have on a huge winter coat, thick gloves, and a scarf wrapped around not only my neck, but my chin too. I would chat with my friends and see my breath in the air. Then the best part. Someone would open their trunk, pull out a card table, and place a steaming hot turkey on it. I would pull out a sweet potato casserole, and other friends would pull out a list of side dishes that would make your mouth water.

Eating was always a challenge in and of itself. You had the option of trying to eat with gloved fingers, or as some dare-devil friend would try and do, pull off their gloves and try to eat their food before their fingers froze off in the bitter cold.

We would then pack it all up and head off to the stadium. Bellies full, excited to get out of the cold, and pumped to see a football game on Thanksgiving Day. Bonded together from navigating eating turkey in Michigan’s frigid winter air, we sometimes grab onto each other — trying not to slip on ice as we walked toward the Silverdome.

Ah. Then comfortably in our seats, with the best part of the experience behind us, we would then focus on the other time honored tradition of Lions football on Thanksgiving — the Lions losing.

Now that I live in San Francisco, I won’t be able to participate in the tailgating part of the tradition, but I will be able to experience the second part of the Lions Turkey Day tradition. From my comfy chair in my tiny San Francisco apartment, I’ll be able to watch the Lions lose their holiday football game.

Houston versus the Lions? Oh, man. This Thanksgiving for the Lions is gonna be ugly.

The football game you might actually want to watch is …

The Redskins at the Cowboys Turkey Day 4:15PM ET

Redskins are 4-6 and the Cowboys are 5-5. This game is important in the NFC for possible wildcard implications, but also within the NFC East division itself. The Giants are doing their typical November slump thing and with only being 6-4, this division is still up in the air.


Image courtesy of Pop CrushPatriots at Jets Turkey Day 8:20PM ET

No one cares about this game. The Jets are horrible. The only reason people will watch this game is because they are on the couch and can’t get up because their bellies are too full. Those people will probably only watch 40% of this game because they will be napping from all the tryptophan coursing through their systems.

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