In St. Louis, football & Thanksgiving go hand in hand

In St. Louis, football & Thanksgiving go hand in hand


In St. Louis, football & Thanksgiving go hand in hand


ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) — In St. Louis, football, on many levels, is as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and stuffing.

Area parks will be filled Thursday with arm-chair quarterbacks donning their worn out sweat pants and ripped football jerseys, gathering with old friends for a friendly, or not so friendly, game of touch football.

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On TV, you can catch three NFL games Thursday:

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears at 12:30 p.m. on CBS
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles at 4:30 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks at 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Locally, rival high schools Kirkwood and Webster Groves will play their annual Turkey Day Game.

The Kirkwood Pioneers will take on the Webster Groves Statesmen Thursday in a rivalry that dates back to 1907. Since then, the two schools have met almost every year to compete for the coveted Frisco Bell trophy. Last year, the Pioneers beat the Statesmen 44-0. Kick off is at noon at Moss Field in Webster Groves. Tickets are $10 at the game.

Turkey Day has become a celebration of spirit and pride for both communities, and both schools have been gearing up for the main event with pep rallies and spirit days.

5 reasons you’re now too old to play Turkey Day touch football
By Jordan Palmer

1.You pull your neck muscle as you release the emergency break in your minivan on your way to the field.
2.Your back goes into spasm as you bend over to tie the laces of your 10-year-old running shoes. Oh, and it’s their first wearing of the year.
3.You’re still talking about the touchdown run you had in your first Turkey Day Game back in 1987.
4.You secretly plan to use the count “1-Mississippi, 2-Mississippi, 3-Mississippi” as a chance to rest.
5.You fake a dry heave when the QB tells you play is “just go deep.”


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