Thanksgiving is really a day like no other and has become my favorite holiday. It used to be Christmas for me. I still love Christmas. But now that I’m passed the age of waking up at 7 AM on Christmas, checking my stocking, waking up my parents and opening presents, I’ve began to like Thanksgiving more and more.
As a sports fan, nothing beats a day where you can sit on the couch all day watching football with family, eat copious amounts of food and not be called lazy. Thanksgiving is probably the only day when that is viewed as the norm. So now that I’m at the age when waking up on Christmas morning isn’t the same anymore, I’d be lying if I said Thanksgiving wasn’t my favorite holiday.
Christmas Day has become an all day affair for the NBA, New Year’s Day has always been a great day for college football and more recently the NHL with the winter classic. Easter can be a bit of a wild card for sports fans but if it falls late enough there are usually some big NHL and NBA playoff games and maybe even a final round of the Masters. But nothing is comparable to Thanksgiving and the NFL. Three games spread out throughout the day in what will always be the best holiday tradition for sports fans.
This year will be a little more satisfying than other Thanksgivings as I’ll get to watch the Eagles and Cowboys with my family. My grandfather was an Eagles season ticket holder for years at Veterans Stadium and so I always enjoy watching a game with him.
The Lions and Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving and for the better part of the 2000s the Lions were the warm-up game for the Cowboys at 4:30 as the season was always over by Thanksgiving for the Lions. That’s not the case this year as the Lions are battling for a playoff spot in the NFC and welcome into Detroit a division rival in the Chicago Bears.
The Eagles and Cowboys are next. Is there really a better stage to play this game on? Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, both teams come in at 8-3 tied for first place in the NFC East. Get your
popcorn turkey ready.
Lastly the 49ers host the Seahawks as both teams are jockeying for position in a jam-packed NFC playoff picture. It’s a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game and looks like it’s becoming one of the NFL’s best rivalries.
While the slate of games isn’t always the best on thanksgiving, the tradition will always last. After looking at each of the three games tomorrow, it looks like we’ll have three good ones to enjoy anyway and there will also be lots of food to enjoy. For someone like me, that’s all it takes.