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Maybe the best Thanksgiving I’ve ever had ended without any football fulfillment. But that doesn’t matter. The experiences are all that matter. I kind of began to figure that the teams I wanted to win on Turkey Day wouldn’t get it done for me. And sure enough, my favorite player in the game of football tossed three picks and by the time I really got to settle in and watch the Lions, the game was basically over.
The greatest part of my day, without any shadow of a doubt; was waking up early to take a walk with my wife Stephanie and my dog Bentley yesterday morning early. We went down to the beach and our puppy just ran and played and had the time of his life. This is when I realized and said to myself that I am a lucky man. This is when I felt at peace and gave thanks to the Lord about the things I was thankful in life. It was just a really pleasant beginning to what ended up being a day that I’ll cherish for as long as I live.
After our relaxing walk on the beach with our pup, we headed over to my father in law’s residence and had a nice couple glasses of red wine and watched the kick off of my crown jewel Thanksgiving football game of the entire weekend.
I quickly had to go to the dining room for lunch and didn’t have the chance to see what seemed to appear like a pretty good first half from the Lions on my phone. Then a pick from Matthew Stafford came. Then a missed field goal. It was 7-0 at the half.
I went down to the den at my in-laws residence and kicked my feet up. My wife was not happy about it but I pretty much had her permission. Soon thereafter, Suh pulled his best Albert Haynesworth impression from his hat and was ejected. The Lions turned what would have been a 10-0 ballgame into a quick 14-0 game. It would grow to 24-0 until finally they cracked the scoreboard. My wife made me head over to her mother’s side of the family’s at that point down 24-8 and my belly was swelled with all the garbage I had eaten.
Basically, I didn’t get the chance to watch the game. But it was still a damn good build up. And I think the Lions can play with these guys, I really do. Green Bay clearly took away the deep ball, as Stafford checked down a frustrating amount of times and I didn’t see one attempt at a deep shot taken the entire game. He threw into the teeth of the 3-4 defense all day long underneath it instead of going overtop for the big play.
It was agonizing to watch, what little I did see. Aaron Rodgers again did his thing. It seemed a pedestrian game for the greatest there is; but he had his 2 TD, no turnover, 300+ yard game.
I had some of the best turkey that I’ve ever eaten in my life (in my opinion, anything deep fried does not count). The rest of the Thanksgiving fixins are on the plate as well. I also had a great salad bar, some crab stuffed fish of some type, and vodka penne. Later on (our second meal of the day) at my wife’s mother’s house I could not eat at all. I had only a few bites of marshmallow covered sweet potatoes and that was all.
My second Thanksgiving away from home in New Jersey was a terrific Thanksgiving that would have been made perfect with a Lions win (and a Dallas loss to cover my bet). But all in all I really enjoyed my day and cherish the things in my life that I should. I’m off my soap box, and I apologize for turning a football blog into a journal momentarily.