For all of the grief the NFL receives about player safety, harsh punishments and Thursday Night Football, putting primetime games on Thanksgiving throughout the day is something to look forward to each year.
Yes, it is on a Thursday, so it’s contradictory to complain about the weekly Thursday games, but Thanksgiving is special.
All fans can root for the intrinsically bad Detroit Lions and root against the Dallas Cowboys.
Unless your team is playing, you can leave the TV on all day and casually watch football as family strolls in and the turkey cooks in the oven.
It’s been especially nice having the Eagles to watch. Although, I’m not feeling too positive about Thursday’s 12:30 game against the Lions, it brings my family of Eagles fans together, which is what the holiday is all about.
My mom will put on the family’s traditional cheese fondue, a block of pepper jack cheese and cream of celery soup served with a French baguette.
For the next 10 or so hours, I won’t move unless it’s to let the dog out.
It will be about football, food and most importantly family.
This year’s middle game seems to be a doozy. The resurgent Cowboys with Tony Romo take on the undefeated Carolina Panthers. Surprisingly enough, Dallas opened as favorites but now the line even as the game draws closer.
In the night game, the Packers are coming off a big win against Minnesota to take on division rival Chicago, who have been sneaky good since a poor 0-3 start. In their last three losses, the Bears have only lost by a total of eight points to the Lions, the Vikings and the Broncos.
That doesn’t mean a win at Lambeau Field, but it sure is something to watch.
For my family, the banter will center around Thanksgivings past — my favorite being my uncle arguing he could fit through the dog door in the garage.
The result of that one stays in the family, however.
So for this turkey day, watch football, enjoy the company and don’t go Black Friday shopping too early.
I can’t imagine what family memory will come about this year.
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From my family to yours, happy Thanksgiving.