Thanksgiving football isn't the same without turducken
Thanksgiving. A day to give thanks. Thanks for what?
Thanksgiving is a time for family. Thanks family. It's a time for food, no doubt. Thanks for the good eats. But most importantly, it's a time to watch plenty of football. Thank you the man who invented football. But as much as I enjoy NFL football on Thanksgiving Thursday's something has been missing these past few years.
It's time to bring back the turducken. For those of you who enjoy the college game more than the NFL, you may not know what the heck I'm talking about. The turducken is a turkey stuffed with a chicken and a duck. I know, sounds gross. Apparently it's a Southern thing even though the first time I heard of it was when John Madden had one on CBS during a Lions-Bears game back in the '80s.
Ah, Turkey Day football. That's what I'm talking about. For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving feast was never complete without plopping down on the sofa to watch football. Whether it was the Bears, Packers, Cowboys or Lions, you could always count on great football.
Lots of great players left their mark on Thanksgiving football and we've seen plenty of memorable games. There was the Leon Lett snafu in the snow at Texas Stadium in 1993 when he touched a blocked Miami field goal with the Cowboys leading 16-14 and gave the Dolphins another shot at a game-wining field goal which they converted to win 17-16. Then there was the infamous missed call on the coin flip in overtime in Pittsburgh in 1998 when Jerome Bettis clearly called tails yet when the coin landed with tails facing up, the referee awarded the ball to Detroit. Detroit went on to kick a game-wining field goal on the ensuing possession.
And there were the crazy traditions Madden and broadcasting partner Pat Summerall came up with. One of the most memorable was awarding turkey legs off the turducken to players who performed well.
Madden was the man. Who else has the range of endorsing both ACE hardware and a video game? I miss those Thanksgiving days now that he doesn't call the games. The teams have changed too. For instance, New Orleans, New England, Cincinnati (yuck) and the New York Jets all played yesterday. Dallas and Detroit are still stalwarts though and even though I despise the Cowboys, they bring comfort on Thanksgiving football day
I know traditions die hard. But why kill the turducken? Without it, Thanksgiving Day football is fine. With it, it's memorable. Then again, I love NFL football no matter what. But nothing beats an eight-legged turkey.
Except maybe stuffing as turkey with a chicken and a duck.