Sports are just as important a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and tryptophan.
For what seems like forever, Thanksgiving Day has consisted of food and football. It just wouldn’t be the same without the NFL games in Dallas and Detroit each year — plus the relatively recent addition of a third game in prime time.
To me, it only seems fitting to watch football while attempting to recover from eating roughly one’s own body weight in mashed potatoes and giblet gravy. In younger days, I would have also engaged in a little post-dinner exercise with my long-gone backyard basketball hoop or that foam Vortex football that I could throw far enough to make me feel like John Elway or Uncle Rico.
Doing such things now would likely land me in a chiropractor’s office.
Instead, I’m thankful I can watch Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott try to channel Troy Aikman to get Dallas back to prominence, or Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford getting Detroit back to relevance not seen since the Rodney Peete days.
On the other hand, I’m sure Colts fans will be thankful when Andrew Luck — not Scott Tolzien — is back at quarterback. Washington’s Kirk Cousins couldn’t keep his team from losing, either, and Minnesota’s Sam Bradford shot his team in the foot with a late interception to help complete Detroit’s comeback. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger did more than enough to lead Pittsburgh over the Colts.
Kind of like I ate more than enough candied yams and stuffing for two or three people. But that’s a story for another time.
The long weekend means there’s more than just Thursday to fulfill your football fix. I spent the whole four days I was at my parents’ house watching pro and college football (including Utah’s loss at Colorado that cemented yet another trip to a who-cares bowl game for the Utes). Some games were entertaining. Others? Not so much. But the games were the perfect way to spend time relaxing with friends and family.
After all, a turkey sandwich makes the perfect halftime snack.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. Nothing helps him recover from a large holiday meal quite like watching others — namely, high-level athletes — work hard. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.