I would like to begin this morning’s blog by saying how thankful I am.  I have been married for 31 wonderful years to Robin, who is my best friend, partner in life and right (and sometimes left) hand.  Despite the tragedy of losing my son, Justin this past February (which is so painful at times), I seem to muddle through each day.  I am thankful that my daughter, Megan and son-in-law Matt are becoming better and better parents to my new granddaughter, Madeline with each passing day.  I am also thankful to have both of my parents still living on this earth, and the strong relationship that I have with my two brothers and their families.

OK, now that I’ve gotten through the Thanksgiving accolades, let’s talk about the weekend on the gridiron.

The National Football League held its annual football feasts in Detroit and Dallas on Thursday.  This week’s Thursday Night game was held outside our Nation’s Capital.


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Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum has a career day in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

Let’s begin in Detroit, where the Vikings were the opposition in the Lions annual Thanksgiving bash.  Aside from the turkey tailgate, Ford Field was the stage for a pivotal NFC North matchup.  The Lions began the day in second place, two games behind the visitors from Minnesota. Case Keenum, an undrafted journeyman and Vikings backup quarterback had a career day as Minnesota spoiled the turkey tailgate by the score of 30-23.  I could see the turkey legs flying at Megan’s in-law’s living room in Grand Rapids!  The win may have sewn up the NFC North for Minnesota.

AT&T Stadium in suburban Dallas was the scene of the biggest upset of Turkey Day.  Los Angeles Chargers’ future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers lit up the Cowboys defense for 434 yards and three touchdowns.  It was Rivers’ first Thanksgiving Day appearance in his storied 14 year career.  Second year Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was intercepted twice in the Chargers 28-6 victory.  The turkey legs had to be flying at my friend, and youth flag football coaching partner’s dining room outside Tampa!


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Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott throws two interceptions in a 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day.


Thanksgiving Day wrapped up outside our Nation’s Capital with the New York Giants’ nightmare season getting worse.  In a matchup that seemed like a great idea when the NFL released its schedule back in April, the Washington Redskins defeated the G-Men 20-10.  The Philadelphia Eagles can clinch a tie in the NFC Eastern Division with a win today, they host the Bears at 1:00.

The colleges took over on Black Friday, and the drama continued.  The University of Miami entered Friday’s early game at Pittsburgh ranked number 2 in the country and a berth in the ACC Championship game in their back pocket.  They left Heinz Field on the losing end of a 24-14 score.


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Auburn University defeats previously undefeated Alabama in the annual Iron Bowl.


A less than stellar football weekend continued at the Michigan Wing of my family yesterday afternoon.  Michigan lost its sixth straight meeting with Ohio State by the score of 31-20.  Michigan and Ohio State is still my favorite Rivalry Weekend matchup.

The biggest story of this year’s Thanksgiving/College Rivalry weekend happened late yesterday afternoon in Auburn, Alabama.  Number 1 ranked and undefeated Alabama lost to sixth ranked Auburn 26-14 in the annual Iron Bowl.  The Miami loss on Friday and the Alabama loss yesterday will make for an interesting shakeup in the NCAA playoff race.  Auburn’s win should vault the Tigers into the playoff race.

What a football weekend it has been, and we’re not done yet!  Can the Browns break their winless season when they visit their cross-state rivals in Cincinnati today?  Is there any possibility of my Dolphins winning in New England?  Will the Eagles and Steelers continue to take care of business?  Will anyone outside of Houston and Baltimore stay up for the Monday night tilt between the Ravens and Texans?

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend, and today’s games.