I have an extensive list as to why Thanksgiving Day is the best holiday of them all but I’m not going in to that. I’ll boil it down this way for you; food and football. Does there really need to be anything other than those two things when we really get right down to it?
Today is a good day for me to give thanks to many things from the world of sports in the last calendar year so let’s not wait any longer.
I’m thankful for…
Derek Jeter. No one did it as professionally and as respectfully as the captain for 20 straight years.
The San Antonio Spurs who proved that winning basketball titles is still about how well you play as a team, not as a group of individuals.
The people at North Carolina who finally had the courage to come out with the news of the academic fraud that had been happening for years.
Ed O’Bannon and the other players who put a stop to the NCAA and EA Sports using their likenesses without compensation in video games. The time I have saved this year not playing the newest version of NCAA Football on Xbox 360 is immeasurable.
Playoff hockey which no matter who is playing it’s still the most thrilling playoff in sports.
The Tallahassee Police Department who continue to make the Keystone Cops look like CIA agents.
The people who bought Devon Still jerseys even if they weren’t Bengals’ fans.
College Football finally getting rid of the BCS.
Brady Hoke, Bo Pelini and Will Muschamp for giving me so much to write about this fall.
The Kansas City Royals who once again showed how great sports can really be.
Roger Goodell who as long as he is running the NFL will give me plenty to rant about.
J.J. Watt who proves that great players can be great people too.
O’Dell Beckham’s amazing catch which took attention away from talking about the Cowboys.
Justin Verlander who keeps giving us more opportunities to see Kate Upton.
Not having to hear the name “Richie Incognito” this season.
Every player that scores in the waning moments just to make my betting pick look good.
College Gameday Signs which never stop making me laugh and cry for our nation at the same time.
Jon Gruden who makes watching Monday Night Football interesting from either a football standpoint or a “What the hell did he just say?” standpoint.
Officials in all sports and at all levels. It’s the most thankless job in all of sports.
Penn State who continues to wear the same uniform week in and week out rather than something new and flashy every week in an effort to sell jerseys.
California Chrome who gave us another amazing shot at the Triple Crown.
Batters who don’t need to re-adjust their batting gloves, body armor or cup between every single pitch.
Coaches who actually answer questions in their press conferences rather than give the same, tired responses each week.
An A-Rod free baseball season.
For Twitter which reminds me how great and horrible sports’ fans can be in just two tweets.
Jerry Jones who reminds all of us of the dangers of too much plastic surgery.
Jim Harbaugh who makes it OK for us guys to wear Wal-Mart pants. On second thought…
Two more months of NFL football.
Isn’t it nice to be thankful?