Skip the NFL and just be thankful

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 08:23 AM


Ah ,Thanksgiving Day. The time when most Americans join family and friends around the table to count their blessings. After eating their fair share of oversized portions, they gather around an equally oversized TV to watch overhyped football games.

These games seem to always include teams with great traditions but the matchups lack compelling storylines. This year’s Turkey Day triple-header is a perfect example.

Yes, Dallas, Detroit and Washington have great traditions, but the NFL has scheduled games that would put you to sleep even if you haven’t just ingested 20 pounds of turkey and dressing.

Take the early game for example. Houston is clearly better than Detroit.

Even though Matthew Stafford has thrown for more yards than Matt Shaub, Houston has better athletes than the Lions at most other positions on the field. I expect the Texans to win by three scores (yawn). I know that anybody can win on any given Sunday, but this is Thursday. That rule doesn’t apply.

The 4:30 p.m. game is also a snooze fest. Rivalry aside, both Washington and Dallas are awful.

While this may be a competitive contest, I get my fill of bad football by watching the Panthers find new ways to lose every week. I don’t need to subject myself to that from teams I don’t follow. I give the Cowboys an edge in this game because they are less awful than the Redskins, and after all, Washington did lose to the Panthers.

For those not already in a coma, the Jets and Patriots should finish the job.

Some fans may argue that the high drama of New York meeting the no nonsense of New England, makes for interesting television. So would mixing an hour of C-Span with an episode of Honey Boo-Boo, but that does not mean I’ll watch it.

The Patriots will tear the Jets apart with machine-like efficiency. It will be so bad that the cameras will focus more on Tim Tebow on the sideline than they do on the game. Oh wait, I can see that every week. There is no need for me to watch it on Thanksgiving.

So, since I am not watching the NFL, what are my plans for today? Simply to be thankful for all the blessings


I have and they are plentiful. After all, I live in the greatest nation in the world which gives me the freedom to practice my faith and even to write these words on the page.

Some countries can not enjoy these freedoms that we as Americans all too often take for granted. I am also thankful for my Mom and Dad. Without their help, I would not be able to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a sportswriter.

And thank you for reading my articles and columns. It has been such a blessing over the years to hear that you enjoy my writing.

You will never know how much it means. Lastly, I want to thank the One from whom all blessings flow. He has given me far more than I deserve and I am eternally grateful. Considering all that I have to be thankful for, I guess three subpar NFL games aren’t that bad after all.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.