HOBOKEN, NJ – Football and Thanksgiving go together like Lindsay Lohan and Oxycontin. And when I think of my favorite NFL Turkey Day game, it’s definitely the 1993 Dallas/Miami game.
First, my mother decided to make 2 smaller turkeys, rather than one large one. That decision was our first touchdown. Second, almost any game that Dallas loses, is one of my favorites. But this one especially stands out because they were expected to win this home game, plus it snowed in Dallas that day. What’s better is that the Cowboys blocked a field goal attempt that would have given Miami the game. The blocked kick had Dallas fans in a frenzy, cheering as if Rick Perry remembered all 3 Federal Government agencies that he would like to eliminate. But Miami ended up recovering a fumble, got that field goal right and won the game.Curious, but with the strategic style the Dolphins played that day one would never know that there are people in Miami who take 3 days to count votes every 4 years.
Anyway… As I write this there are 96 games left in the regular NFL season. It’s no secret that it’s been a tough few weeks with this Sandy business, and I missed a good 2 weeks of games because the FEMA trucks weren’t playing them. It seems like the only good news right now is if you’re an electrician in Hudson County, NJ, a buffet owner in a town that Christina Aguilera is visiting, or News Corp share holder… their deal through the Yes Network is valued at $3.4 billion.
From the loss of our Hoboken Path train, to the loss of electricity (making my hair resemble Andrew Bynum’s), to Brody’s daughter getting unbelievably irritating on Homeland, to the ex-football player I hate most [Tiki Barber] being in town for a photo-op at the Boys & Girls Club – things were bad. Even Mitt Romney had a hair out of place. And then there were the 2 Giants losses… in a row! I was actually secretly happy they had a bye week, so they wouldn’t have a potential third loss in 3 weeks. This feeling/logic is similar to how I felt almost thankful that the flooding of my apartment kept looters away. A Pyhrric victory?
So, as I pray for upsets tomorrow similar to that 1993 game, let’s be thankful that they added the third game to the Thanksgiving lineup in 2006. Putting football on from 12:30 to 11 pm thus protects us from speaking on any real issues with our loved ones on this day… my favorite holiday.
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