Rivalry Week lives up to hype

Nickoe Whitley strips Bo Wallace as Hugh Freeze looks on in horror.

Nickoe Whitley strips Bo Wallace as Hugh Freeze looks on in horror.

Beginning with Mississippi State’s dramatic overtime win over arch-rival Mississippi in the 2013 Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night, college football’s annual Rivalry Week was full of big plays, timely defense, some trickeration, and BCS-changing upsets.  The table is being set, with one of the few BCS questions remaining to be settled next Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, 11:00 am kickoff.

Friday’s SEC matchup featured hapless Arkansas reverting to form in the final seconds to give up the game winning TD pass to LSU’s freshman qb, after Mettenberger went down with a season ending knee injury.

Saturday’s games included Michigan’s tough loss  to Ohio State in The Game, SC thumping of Clemson, and Missouri claiming the SEC East over aTm in the night cap.  But, far and away, the game of the year was played at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Auburn claimed the West in the annual Iron Bowl with an ending that I can best describe in three letters.  …  WOW!!!   If you didn’t see it, just check SportsCenter, it will be shown for weeks to come.  Auburn has the look of a team of destiny, if you believe in that kind of stuff, or unbelievably lucky if you don’t.

Rivalry Week was a Football Feast.  Bowl season is coming up fast, and I can’t believe how quickly the season has passed.

 

Thanksgiving And Football-Like Peas And Carrots

With our national day of thanks tomorrow, I take pause to reflect on all that I have to be thankful for, as well as many wonderful memories of Thanksgiving day in the past.

We all think of family and food on this day, rightfully so.
Many of us also think of great football games.

While I’m no longer a fan of the morally bankrupt NFL, I won’t begrudge that others favor the NFL, while I am a college and high school football fan.
The traditional NFL games on Thanksgiving with Dallas and Detroit are games they host that many look forward to, while some revile these two teams holding that tradition.

The football games on Thanksgiving I enjoy are the college rivalry games. While few now are actually played on Thanksgiving day, but on the following Friday or Saturday, growing up with the Texas-Texas A&M, Alabama-Auburn and USC-Notre Dame rivalries, they always made for exciting games, irrespective of the records the teams had coming into the game.

This year will be no different, the enthusiasm and excitement will be palpable.
I say palpable for many reasons.
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Happy Thanksgiving y’all

Thanksgiving greetings from the Hacienda Del Nuko!

Hope y’all have a great one.

Gratitude thread

Much to be thankful for, even in times like these.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As seen from a simpler(and non-PC or multi-culti sensitive) time.

The Great WKRP Turkey Drop

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. ….. Enjoy!

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of cigars and turkeys

Thanksgiving has, in recent years, become a controversial holiday in some quarters. While most Americans are content to simply gorge themselves on the barnyard animal of their choice, some people choose to focus on some of the more unpleasant historical events surrounding this holiday.

I’m not one of them.

While it is true that I am not shy about ocaisionally courting controversy, on this subject I prefer to keep my world view as uncluttered as possible. To put it simply, I love Thanksgiving.

I love having a paid day off to spend with my family. I love going to my mother’s house to gorge myself on turkey (dark meat only, by the way, ’cause it’s the best), stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. If you’re wondering why there’s no mention of vegetables, it’s because I don’t eat them. A slice or two of cherry pie, and some hot black coffee goes down nicely by way of dessert.

And finally, the best part: a cigar with my Dad, along with a wee tipple o’ the Irish (Bushmill’s Black Bush, for those of you who care about such things).

And I have much to be thankful for: family and friends who care about me and put up with me even when I’m being insufferable. I’m thankful that I live in a country where I have the right to openly criticize my government without fear of reprisal, and where I have the luxury of doing something as ridiculously self-indulgent as expressing my views on a blog, at a time when there are many living in parts of the world that are so dangerous that the citizens can’t even take it for granted that they will still be alive at the end of the day.

For all of things and many more, I am truly thankful. My warmest Thanksgiving wishes to all!

-Smith

“taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a disputatious rather than a meditative mood”–Dr. John H. Watson

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