Since you asked for it, Matt, a bit of history: The year 1621 brought us not only the first Thanksgiving, but the first Thanksgiving Day football game.
Naturally, it was the Pilgrims vs. the Indians. The Indians, not wanting to be politically incorrect, wore a picture of a Native American on their helmets. By helmet, I mean a decorative maple leaf, which covers the loins.
Records show that they used a thirty-five-pound turkey as a football. It is hard to throw a spiral with a thirty-five-pound turkey, and darn near impossible to kick one through the uprights, so the ground game was key. And the Indians, running silently in their moccasins so as not to be detected by the defense, racked up touchdown after touchdown, although their dancing in the end zone was seen as bad sportsmanship. The Pilgrims were encouraged by lone cheerleader Hester Prynne, who shouted from the sidelines, “Gimme an ‘A’!”
There was no halftime, lest the Puritan players fall idle for a moment and be tempted to play for the Devil’s team.
We don’t know if it was the fatigue, the frigid temperatures, or the handling of so much tryptophan that did the Pilgrims in. But whatever the cause, they became confused. Quarterback Winthrop Rutmanhammer called for the Statue of Liberty play a full two hundred and sixty-five years before the Statue of Liberty existed, completely baffling his offense. With ten seconds to play, he then accidentally called for a Hail Mary, and the overwhelmingly Protestant Pilgrims stoned him. Although the Indians were well ahead, they agreed to record the final score of the game as milwaukee, which is the Native American word for “nobody wins.”
You've seen the team-themed subway art, now make your very own... customized for your own team. Husker fan, Sara, and Mom Endeavors writer tells you how right here... http://www.momendeavors.com/2012/10/diy-team-spirit-subway-art-huskers-printable-college-football-link-party.html
Get Giada De Laurentiis' gameday favorite recipes from her gameday special on Giada at Home on Food Network. Caprese Burgers Spicy Cinnamon-Chocolate Brownies Warm Artichoke and Bacon Dip Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 3 to 4 pita breads 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Dip: Butter, for greasing the baking dish 5 strips thick-cut bacon 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, optional 2 shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced One 8-ounce bag frozen artichokes, thawed 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 cups (16 ounces) mascarpone cheese 1/3 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon) Directions For the pita chips: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder and cumin. Drizzle the tops of the pita breads
Life is so simple and delicious when you follow a formula such as this. Get your turkey going for gumbo while cleaning up after the feast on Thursday evening and you'll be all ready for Saturday and/or Sunday's tailgating or football-on-TV watching. Garden and Gun tells us how. from Garden and Gun magazine Day-After Gumbo Turn your Thursday bird into a Friday Saturday feast If the day after Thanksgiving is your favorite food day of the year, then Justin Devillier, of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans, is your kind of chef. “Although leftovers ‘as is’ are good, turning them into another celebratory meal keeps the holiday eat fest going at my house,” he says. On Thanksgiving night, the chef covers the carved turkey carcass with water, and as the family party winds down, the roasted bones simmer away, forming a rich stock. The next morning, he adds aromatics and andouille, and stirs in a nice dark roux. “I like mine as dark as I can get it without burning it,” he