It’s 9:30 am and you are being woken up by a blaring alarm clock—something to which you are not accustomed on a day off. You take a look outside and see snow falling from the sky, blanketing everything in sight.
You then rummage through the drawers of your dresser, looking for the warmest clothes possible. It doesn’t matter how stupid it looks, just that it is warm and you can throw your old football jersey over it.
On the way out the door, your wife thinks you are nuts. There is a house to clean and chores to be done, not to mention the dinner that you have to make to feed the 25-plus family and friends entering your home later that night. You put that on hold and leave your cell phone on the kitchen table on your way out the door.
The drive to the local park goes by quickly. You are trying to remember the plays you used to draw up 10 to 20 years ago, the ones your opponent still has not figured out how to stop.
When you arrive you see the likes of Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Jim Kelly, and Andre Reed all waiting for you. You smile as you get out of the car and realize that on this snowy day in Buffalo, a game is about to begin, one that will award the victors bragging rights for the next year.
The “Turkey Bowl” is played by friends all over the country on that special day that is Thanksgiving, and it will take place rain, sleet, snow, or hail. This article is a way to salute all you Turkey Bowl MVPs out there and to share your stories of gridiron glory.
Personally, my games are still not over and I still have some bowl games left in me. From playing in local parks to hopping the fence to the football field at my high school, the game is really about bringing friends closer together and, of course, having those bragging rights for the entire year.
So here’s to you, Turkey Bowl All-Stars. Enjoy your various games coming up on Thursday and you will remember it for years to come. Or at least until the next morning, when you wake up with aching muscles.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!