It's only fitting that it's eternally linked with football—a uniquely American game.
Baseball is over by Turkey Day, hockey's not our sport, and basketball...well, it's just not traditional.
No—football and Thanksgiving Day go together, no less so than turkey and mashed potatoes.
I can still remember watching my grandmother make the enormous task of cooking a meal for 20 look easy with the sounds of football echoing somewhere in the background.
There would be a high school game in the morning—standing room only, of course—followed by football on TV all day. That was the constant—along with the sweet smells wafting from the kitchen.
None of our family members were Detroit fans, but it wouldn't have seemed like Thanksgiving without the Lions playing—to say nothing of John Madden giving out turkey legs to the top players after the game.
It's all Thanksgiving vintage.
Here's hoping that this little piece of Americana doesn't ever change—from the high school athletes who play for the love of the game to the pros who understand that playing on Thanksgiving is both a tradition and an honor.
And, of course, may we all always have turkey with our families.