Turkey Time: A List of Sports Things I am Thankful For

11/28/13 in NBA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Nov 21, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) and forward Taj Gibson (22) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 97-87. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Thanksgiving is finally upon us. It’s a time eat, enjoy family and friends—maybe even watch a little football. Before we start stuffing our faces and getting ready for those crazy Black Friday deal—there’s a 52 inch TV for $220, that’s insane!—let’s take a moment to remind ourselves of the things we have been thankful for this year. The sports things, I mean—not the actual other stuff. We can save that for the Thanksgiving table.
Derrick Rose
I’m not a Chicago Bulls fan. Heck, I’m hardly a Derrick Rose fan, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for the guy. Say what you will, the NBA is simply not the same when its best players are not on the floor. So this year I am thankful that Rose’s injury wasn’t another ACL tear, wasn’t on the same knee, and wasn’t career threatening. Maybe this time we can be a little more understanding about Derrick’ rehab. Oh who am I kidding, he better back by the playoffs!
Sports Icon Becoming Anchors
I am thankful for the wonderful trend of former sports icons becoming major players in sports media. Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, even UFC fighters are hitting the news desk. Who wants to see a boring sport journalist analyze a game, when Shaq can mumble incoherently for three-minutes? That may sound like sarcasm, but its not. The television product is so much better and funnier when former sports stars are a part of it. Want proof, he’s a great video of Gary Payton defending Kobe Bryant’s contract extension.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady
If last Sunday’s matchup between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady was the last we ever saw of their rivalry, it would be a perfect way to end it. The league is changing, we all know it. Cam Newton and the young gun quarterbacks—well, maybe not RGIII and Colin Kaepernick—are ready to take over the NFL, and in a few short years, the Manning/Brady rivalry might seem like a distant memory. But one thing we will also have is last Sunday’s game. It was perfect; and I am thankful to have seen it.
The Jacksonville Jaguars
My wallet is Thankful for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team is a double-digit underdog almost every single week, and never covers any of the spreads. Outside of the two games that the team actually won, the only spreads that they covered was the whopping 27-point line against the Broncos in Week 6.

And those are some of the sports things I am thankful for this year. Now, let's eat and get ready to trample people at Wal-Mart!
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