15 things you're going to hear during Thanksgiving football
Thanksgiving and football -- they go together in America like Black Friday and aggression. Someone in nearly every household will utter these Thanksgiving football-related statements or questions on Thursday during the three-game marathon. You'll hear a couple of them, at least.
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"Wow, the Lions are actually playing a meaningful game this year."
For a very long time, the lowly Lions game served as an appetizer for the Cowboys contest. Last season the Lions whipped the Rodgers-less Packers 40-10 and improved to 7-5, only to collapse down the stretch with four straight losses and miss the playoffs. At 7-4 in 2014, the Lions will play a meaningful Turkey Day game again, against the 5-6 Bears, as they try to keep pace in the NFC North with the 8-3 Packers.
“Only two injuries, most of us are out of shape, and we all had a good time. Another great Turkey Bowl.”
We salute those of you breaking a sweat with friends during Turkey Bowl action. Way to earn that feast.
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"Can you turn off the TV while we're eating dinner?"
Also: "What if we put it on mute?" Don't upset Mom, people -- unless of course she's a die-hard and doesn't want to miss a second.
“Why is it always the Lions and Cowboys playing?”
Because Lions owner George A. Richards saw it as an opportunity to attract more fans and attention in 1934, and the Cowboys had the same idea in 1966 when TV viewershp began rising. Now, they both own the tradition.
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"The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders always bring holiday cheer."
Yes, they do.
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“Let’s make a Turducken this year. How exactly does one make a Turducken?”
It's complicated, but let's all thank John Madden for igniting greater interest in the Turkey-Duck-Chicken combination.
"How many times are they going to cut to a shot of Jerry Jones during this broadcast?"
Probably 12 to 20, bu more if the visiting Eagles make the Cowboys squirm in the 4:30 p.m. ET game on FOX.
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"I ate so much food I am going to explode. Lord help me. Can I borrow some sweat pants?"
You sure can. Get comfortable.
"Remember that Leon Lett snow fumble?"
Oh, yeah. We'll never forget Lett's bone-headed slide into the ball on Thanksgiving Day 1993, which cost the Cowboys a loss to the Miami Dolphins.
“Hahaha. Butt fumble.”
Ah, yes. A more recent Thanksgiving comedy-tragedy. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez will get another chance to redeem himself for the infamous 2012 Jets goof.
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“Is that real turkey they’re eating after the game?"
It's the real deal. Yum yum yum.
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"I’ve been in a food coma for the past hour. What is Jim Harbaugh shouting about?"
The 49ers will host the Seahawks for the Thanskgiving nightcap at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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"Remember the blown overtime coin flip on Thanksgiving?"
That was wild. The truth is, Jerome Bettis' call in that 1998 game was ambiguous. The dispute led to then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's mandate that a captain must announce his heads-tails choice prior to the actual flip.
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"Come here and give me a hug."
The most important line you'll hear all day. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!