Seeing all the Christmas items in stores reminded me that it's time to tell all of you something: Happy Thanksgiving!
For this special occasion, I want to share just a few of the things I'm thankful for. I know that I'm supposed to do this around the family lunch (and dinner) table on Thursday, but let's be honest: I can't read this list then and there.
If I did, everyone around the table would question my priorities in life and, more important, the food would get cold. So, instead, on Thursday, I'll say how thankful I am for family and stuff like that, then dig into the hot food and go watch football.
At least I have you all -- my sports family -- who know exactly what I mean when I say...
I am thankful for two Octobers of baseball in Arlington. (And many more to come, right?)
I am thankful for scrolling tickers.
I am thankful that Tony Romo isn't always great and isn't always bad and he even isn't always in between. At least he's always Tony Romo.
I am thankful for Thanksgiving Day games.
I am thankful -- for today, anyway -- that the Detroit Lions are good.
I am thankful for rivalry games.
But I'm not thankful that this might be the last Texas-Texas A&M game.
I am thankful that the Dallas Stars have an owner.
I am thankful for Texas high school football.
I am thankful for a fun month with Cousin Carl and Smoke.
I am thankful that David Stern is commissioner of only one league.
I am thankful for labor peace in baseball.
But I am not thankful that we still have trouble defining "Most Valuable Player."
I am thankful for $5 footlongs.
I am so, so thankful that we don't live in a world where Tim Tebow and Justin Bieber are on the same team. Can you imagine?
I am thankful that the Muppets are still cool.
I am thankful for ESPN's 30 for 30.
I am thankful that all replay challenges in the final two minutes of each half and in overtime are initiated by the replay official. Although I'm not really sure why I'm thankful.
I am thankful that I was able to experience a World Series in St. Louis.
But I still am not thankful that a wild-card team can have World Series home-field advantage over a division winner.
After being there to watch the Texas Rangers in St. Louis, I am thankful for the designated hitter.
I am thankful 4 the opportunity 2 have short sports chats w/ people on Twitter.
I am thankful for WD-40.
I am thankful for sunflower seeds at baseball games.
I am thankful for Dan Bailey.
I am thankful for fantasy football and baseball.
But I am not thankful for Matt Schaub's injury.
I am thankful that football has cracked down on taunting rules.
I am thankful for 2-point conversions and 3-point shots.
I am thankful for David Murphy.
I am thankful that, for the most part, national TV announcers have figured out that Cowboys Stadium is in Arlington, not Dallas.
I am thankful for all-you-can-eat nachos and hot dogs.
But I am not thankful for the morning after all-you-can-eat nachos and hot dogs.
I am thankful that you still are reading this column. (And for those of you who have stopped reading by this point, I am thankful for you, too -- but you don't know that.)
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