Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. This is my favorite holiday with all of the essential elements of joy: food, friends, and football.

We are starting the day with my father-in-law’s superior bloody marys before heading out for the 46th annual Turley Turkey bowl. As always, it is the Bears against the Redskins. I am the coach of the Bears and John Rice is the coach of the Redskins. While the Bears have a long unbroken record (at least here in McLean), the Redskins are rumored to have developed some new draft picks. However, I am personally thankful to Bears substitute QB Campbell for our last NFL game and giving me the confidence that I can actually throw better than some professional quarterbacks. I expect that the embarrassing loss to the 49ers fulfilled the fantasy of all Bears fans that they could walk on the field and actually improve things for God’s Team.

I am also making our traditional two Turkeys — one in the oven and one smoked on the grill. Both will have an apple-sausage-cornbread stuffing and Waldorf salad. We will have 12 and three dogs over the dinner.

Now it is off to the gridiron and the annual appearance of the McLean Monsters of the Midway. I will update on the game for those of you who cannot see us on cable.

Until then, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

[UPDATE: The Bears were victorious again in the Turley Turkey Bowl though it was uncomfortably close at 14-7. The one touchdown, I will note, was won with the introduction of a second ball so that two balls were in play. However, somehow John Rice, a diplomat, convinced me that this was entirely appropriate and lawful. To their credit, the Redskins admitted that we stopped them inches from the line for a second touchstone when the clock ran out. Worthy opponents and another inspiring game in the 46th year of the Turkey bowl.]

28 thoughts on “HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  1. It’s a Bloody Mary morning…..I like your style….. Now as far a football teams…. Oh…. Not everyone has everything right….the remaining of the meal sounds wonderful….

    Now the Waldorf salad….. You have me wondering….which version…..

    Happy Bird Day to you….to all of your family …. And everyone every where…. That celebrates this American Holiday…..

    We have FDR….. To thank for making it officially the fourth Thursdays of November….. Changing it from the last Thursday…..that Lincoln proclaimed…..the history of the politics is interesting…..

  2. “..three dogs over for dinner…”


    Two turkeys are not enough?

    Seriously, hope everyone has a nice day and holiday weekend, and your favorite teams win, no matter the sport.

  3. Joyful holiday… I remember the days when I lived in NY and I used to go to the ‘city’ for the Macy’s Thanksgivng Day Parade with my friends…. Happy times to all………

  4. Yes, time to meet with family and thank them!

    Six pies and a side dish are my contribution. My nephew is making the Turkey; NOT deep-fried, but always good. Alas, our chef is in Vegas this year!

  5. This American holiday is one embraced by virtually all immigrants. Being a second generation, I experienced turkey w/ pasta evolve into just turkey. I know Mexican families who have incorporated their food w/ a turkey. My wholistic acupunsturist from China has turkey w/ Chinese vegetables and rice. We are experiencing now, the second wave of inlaw Holidays, w/ our daughter just getting married. The older folks know what I mean. When we all got married there were the “Where do we spend holidays” decisions. Our parents die and that becomes less a decision. Our children marry and the decisions are reborn. However, when you’re retired the logistics become much easier. Like many, we’ll have a Thanksgiving here w/ family and then travel to Mn. for a Thanksgiving w/ our dear son-in-laws family. I’m the cook here, quite traditional and mom in Mn. is the cook there. It’s a busy weekend for the dad because he is a retired Marine lifer who is director of the Toys for Tots program in his region. He and his family work very hard driven by pure love of children. There are many charities, but you will find none more direct, simple and admirable. I ask that you just consider donating a toy, it’s quite worthy.

    My thanks for Mr. Turley; his knowledge, wisdom and humor. My thanks for all here who make the day interesting. My prayers for all who have sorrow and melancholy during the holidays. Life is hard and often unfair, and the holidays have a much different tenor for those suffering physically and mentally, for a myriad of reasons. Remember, La vita e bella, and it all makes sense.

  6. Thanksgiving Prayer Dates Back 40 Years
    ANN LANDERS, Syndicated Columnist
    November 23, 2000|ANN LANDERS Syndicated Columnist

    Dear Ann Landers:
    This lovely prayer appeared in your column on Thanksgiving 40 years ago. I recite it every Thanksgiving when I say grace at the table. Please print it again for others to enjoy. — Ann in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Dear Scottsdale: With pleasure. Here it is:

    Thanksgiving Prayer

    We come to this table today, O Lord, humble and thankful and glad.

    We thank Thee first for the great miracle of life, for the exaltation of being human, for the capacity to love.

    We thank Thee for joys both great and simple, for wonder, dreams and hope; For the newness of each day; For laughter and song and a merry heart;

    For compassion waiting within to be kindled; For the forbearance of friends and the smile of a stranger; For the arching of the earth and trees and heavens and the fruit of all three;

    For the wisdom of the old; For the courage of the young; For the promise of the child;

    For the strength that comes when needed; For this family united here today.

    Of those to whom much is given, much is required. May we and our children remember this. Amen.

  7. I just wanted to say I couldn’t possibly eat another bite.

    Except maybe a piece of cherry pie before I return to the coma I was taking on the couch.

    I hope you’re all just as miserable as I am at the moment and I mean that in the nicest way possible.

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