Thursday, November 30, 2006
Nothing stays same
Let’s everybody wax nostalgic for a moment and go back far in time in your memory bank and think about the NFL games which were played on Thanksgiving Day and the teams which participated.
Now, this probably won’t work if you are a disgruntled significant other who has not a lot of love for any football.
Without making yourself appear too ancient (or as my youngest daughter so aptly puts it, clearly over the hill), remember the really happy Thanksgiving Days when the Bears played the Lions, or the Lions played the Packers or any of those combinations.
Believe me, true football fans of the NFL would unwrap their most favorite Cubans, uncork their own specious Kool-Aid and settle in to witness the unfolding battles between those stalwarts of the day. Sometimes it became hard to tear one’s self away from the tube to eat the traditional bird.
This past Thanksgiving, when the Miami Dolphins played the Detroit Lions on turkey day, we had some letdown in the personal affect category.
There are some who said that the Lions, who are currently playing at the bottom of the heap, had no business in such a game with such storied history. You are not going to find anybody of the old genre who is going to disagree.
Of course, the Miami Dolphins, which still remain as the only team with an unblemished season in the history of the NFL (1972), could qualify as a worthy opponent, albeit they are struggling to make a wild card slot.
We would be the first to admit that nothing stays the same and new traditions are started practically everyday; however, the yearning for those days when the room was filled with cigar smoke and the Kool-Aid was flowing freely, really gives us older NFL fans a sense of dejection.
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