Or Thanksgiving or whatever. As much as I love to write about baseball, and as much as I love baseball to my very core, there is something truly awesome about Football and Thanksgiving. From the High School football to the now-epic slate of NFL games, sports on Thanksgiving is a whole-day ordeal- which is excellent because most of us have important things to do all day (mainly, drinking and eating). I go back and forth how much I like semi-zealot Gerry Callahan (he’s like a super-funny, super-mean, super-crazy uncle who sometimes toes the line) but there is a great tradition here in Boston of republishing his outstanding article on Thanksgiving High School games in the Boston Herald. If you have a second to read it tonight or on Thanksgiving, read it. It is a quick read but is a great bit on the magic of Thanksgiving football. It will set the stage nicely.
But that is not the point of my writing, merely a nostalgic side note. The real reason is…. OH MY GO LOOK OUT IT’S WATCHING YOU!
……and this turkey is PISSED.
I am, of course, deadly serious. Do not cross any wild turkeys tomorrow. They know what’s going on.
Honestly though, the NFL has lucked into a stupendous day of football. If you had told me in August that the Lions would have a chance to halt the undefeated Packers’ march, the Cowboys-Dolphins game would be interesting enough to check during dinner, AND the 49ers-Ravens game would be even MORE interesting than which Harbaugh brother gets to give the other a swirlie when they win – I would have said you were crazy. But we have just that. All three games promise to be highly interesting. I am pumped. Stuffing, beer, and football all day? AND THE NEW MUPPET MOVIE IS OUT?!?!?! IS THIS THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER?
Truly, this figures to be a great Thanksgiving. So while I don’t usually do stuff like this, I’m going to show off my football Nostradamus skills and talk some games/ make some picks. While I don’t condone illegal betting… I don’t NOT condone it, so, do with that what you will.
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions 12:30 on Fox
Aaron Rodgers is a stud. From his passes to his celebration to his commercials, he is killin’ it this year. I fully expect them to make another Super Bowl run. That being said, the Lions are a legitimately good team this year and will absolutely do their best to keep up with the Packers’ offense. With minimal defense being played, a 42-37 game is not out of the question. Which means it will probably be 12-7, but what can you do. I think the Lions have the best shot at beating the Packers this year, whether it be this week or the last week of the season. With Jay Cutler breaking his thumb badly, the Bears simply don’t have the offense and I am unfazed by the Giants. I hope the Lions get pumped for the game and win a shootout. For the record, the line for this game is 6.5… Packers win 35-24.
Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys 4:15 on CBS
I want to hate Tony Romo. I so much really really completely do. But something about his aw-shucks grin and gunslinging attitude amuses me. So there’s that. He is not, however likable a guy he might be, a likeable QB. He makes dumb plays too often when his team needs him to be smart. Matt Moore and the Dolphins have been playing remarkably well considering how piss-poor they started the season. Just to point out – Moore has completed 68% of his passes the last four weeks. Pretty darn good. This game is interesting for two similar-but-different positions for both sides. The Dolphins have an opportunity to assert themselves as not purposely ‘sucking-for-Luck’ and perhaps even catching the now-stinky Bills. The Cowboys need to make a statement that they should be taken seriously in the NFC and keep ahead of the Gents and Not-So-Dreamy-Eagles (I had far more inappropriate things to call them, but just knowing their failure makes me so happy as a sports fan I am going to let it slide). Both teams are fighting to be taken seriously. Add that to the honor and tradition of Thanksgiving and this should prove to be an intense game. Which is a moot point because most of us are going to be face-first in vats of turkeygravystuffing mash. Wait, ya’ll don’t smush them all together in a tough? Weird. Dolphins win 28-21 and Romo throw 2 picks.
San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens 8:20 on NFL Network
Honestly, these teams could both be 2-8 and I would watch this game on the off-chance the Harbaugh brothers got into it before or after the game. This is even more likely to happen because the teams are good. I mean think about it. Ravens win in a close one, Niners win a close one, either way tension is high and the brothers will be pissed at one another. Niners stifle the stagnant Raven offense (sometimes) and blow out Bulletmore. John will be pissed. Flip the situation and the volatile Jim will likely get steamed. I’m almost more excited to see which one of these guys winds themselves and their team up more for this game. Sibling rivalry aside, the game will prove to be exciting as well. The 49ers are legit – that defense is mean, fast and nasty. And the Ravens are the Ravens. This could be a seriously gritty “ground and pound” (do other people laugh when commentators say that phrase so earnestly?) style game. Both teams have squat, powerful running backs and nasty defenses. Both have just enough screws loose to come out in this primetime game guns a-blazing and put a WORLD of hurt on one another. This last game and the Lions-Packers bookend what should be a great day of stuffing my face. I’m thinking a 16-14 game. I put the over/under of intense close ups of the Harbaugh brothers screaming what are clearly obscenities at 5.5.
Folks, this is going to be a great day. Enjoy the football. Enjoy the Turkey, the stuffing, the jams, the yams, the potatoes and the gravy. Enjoy the family (as much as you can). Enjoy some pumpkin beer (I highly recommend Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale). If you get a chance this weekend, go see the Muppets. You will feel better after the inevitable post-thanksgiving hangover (both food and drink induced). Enjoy the leftover sandwiches and running into people from high school you were hoping to avoid.
Happy Thanksgiving loyal readers (all 4 of you). Hope it finds you well.
p.s. Not sold on the Muppets? Watch: