Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We begin this day as the Turleys have for over 40 years with our Turkey bowl football game. Then, after I put on our turkeys, I get to watch the Chicago Bears play the Detroit Lions today! We then follow with my favorite meal of the year with roughly a large assemblage of friends and family. It is hard to imagine a better day (beyond the other Bears prevailing in a towering victory for Monsters of the Midway).

We are starting the day with the 48th 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. The Bears continue to hold a long unbroken record (at least here in McLean), but Rice is an ever-creative coach and has threatened some new and devious plays. No one is currently on the injured player list for the Bears of Virginia and our players as usual will be hyped up on donuts and hot chocolate. Despite the cold and light snow, we will play on.

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 25 and three dogs over for 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.

UPDATE: The Turley Turkeybowl ended in a 14-14 tie between the Bears and the Redskins. I have to say that I was the spitting image of Jay Cutler in the opening hike when it went over my head, I ended up face down in the mud, and the Redskins recovered the ball. Nevertheless, it was a great time for all!

Until then, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

32 thoughts on “HAPPY THANKSGIVING!”

  1. Paul…please don’t hold your breath, it could be fatal and you’d look poorly with blue lips. 🙂 That said, Detroit has always been a football town, just like Chicago and the Cubs fans, with baseball, they persevere. Long ago, the best game of the year, win or lose, was today, at Briggs Field (later named Tiger Stadium) always between Detroit and Green Bay. Being someone who went to college at U of Wisconsin I was/am a fan of both, but seldom watch anymore. For example, today Detroit played someone, whomever it was, and it jammed up downtown like a city with constipation….its not so much fun anymore. And I lost most of my interest in football, college or pro, after the Penn State disaster. Turned my stomach for a game where everyone knows everything…yet it was “secret” for a decade plus.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and you Professor Turley, eat and eat some more because your going to need your strength through this congressional lawsuit! lol I’m thankful for real Americans like you whom believe in the strength and forethought of our Constitutional founders and not the communist beliefs of a lot of liberal thinkers. Also thank you for this blog, I love it!

  3. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Detroit, Every year I say this is the year the lions win. One of these years I’ll be correct.

  4. Yeah, I meant that greeting for everyone, even those who dislike me and I’m not fond of myself. Now and then we can be at peace.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here, and especially our host. that said…

    frankmascagniiii … no one ever asks me to say grace because I always use this one…

    Good food, good meat, good G-d, let’s eat. 🙂

  6. The Bears??? Well, I once did a tribute to the Packers, sooo I should be fair and do one for the Bear fans!

    The Chicago Cub???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    Poor Melvin got much more than stares,
    When he bragged that he just luvvved those Bears!
    Uninformed, by the way,
    That this sports bar was “gay”—
    OMG! He got took unawares!

    Happy Thanksgiving To Everybody!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Professor Turley, and everyone at RIL.

    Thanks for providing such interesting discussions on current events and the law.

  8. Dear Ann Landers:

    This lovely prayer appeared in your column on THANKSGIVING Day 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.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to Jonathan and his family. This is a day to reflect on all our blessings and those that have touched our lives along life’s journey. Say “thank you” to all that have supported you and show your appreciation. Shower the people you love with love.

    A little Thanksgiving song I was taught 60 years ago:


  10. I’m thankful for this blog and all the work it takes to make it the best I have found. This has been my favorite Holiday since I became an adult, Family, friends, football and food. The intellect and integrity of our host is what drew me and many people here. What I have learned, beyond the informative posts, is our host is a family man, a humorous man, and a man w/ a good and generous heart.

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to Turley family and friends. Hope the Bears keep up their winning streak.

  12. I’m taking waistline measurements…….Before and after measurements! Results to be posted on Monday.

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