The Tradition Continues On Thanksgiving, Food and Football


Food and football, the translation is fantastic for any Thanksgiving Day. This year, it’s three games with postseason hopes, all NFC teams. Kind of odd, a Thanksgiving without an AFC team, don’t remember that ever happening.

Think about this, it all starts with the Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, then the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys, then what some people consider to be the best rivalry in the NFL to take form, the Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers.

There you go, feast on that, three games, all within the NFC, all divisional opponents, all with some form of playoff implications.

But if you ask me, the honor to play on Thanksgiving Day is the ultimate national television showcase. It’s a holiday, and unlike primetime on Sunday’s, Monday’s and Thursday’s, maybe no work (unless you’re in retail) and certainly no school.

It’s a day of relaxation and fellowship.

And of course, it’s a day of food. It seems that if there’s one sport in which food go hand-in-hand with the other, its football. Take this into consideration, Thanksgiving is the single biggest day of food consumption. What’s second? Super Bowl Sunday.

So enjoy the day, enjoy the food, and enjoy the family, the fellowship, and the thanks to be given.

Also, enjoy the three NFL games, a black and blue division showdown in Motown with a team trying to stay neck-in-neck with the NFC’s best, as their opponent looks to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Then there’s the NFC East match-up for first place in Arlington, followed by an NFC West clash in a new stadium as no love lost between these two teams, who last met with a Super Bowl trip in front of them.

Most of all, be thankful and count the many blessings that you have on Thursday.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Frank Sprankle

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