Don’t Blame it on the Turkey
By Amy Lignor
Ah…Turkey Day. When Thanksgiving comes along, family and friends get together and enjoy a good, good meal. Or, that is exactly what the process should be. But there were three things on this particular Turkey Day that ruffled a few feathers. For those families who went straight to the movies to see “The Hunger Games” wrap it all up after the bird was consumed, then Turkey Day was mostly peaceful and fun, allowing the bird to taste even more delicious. For those who have a certain tradition, however, that involves people with helmets who decide that on Turkey Day they will give fans and enemies a chance to see an NFL football game, when Thanksgiving came to a close many felt as if the turkey was somehow bad.
The majority of Texas was riled this past Thursday. They were grieving, perhaps even weeping, as the Carolina Panthers walked onto turf based in the Lone Star State and not only buried the Cowboys, but also took out the only weapon that everyone had waited for ages to be put back in. Yes, when QB Tony Romo laid on that turf and grabbed his shoulder everyone with a drumstick in their mouths threw it at the television set. Other than Carolina fans, most people were really routing to see the Panthers take a loss. Not to be mean, just to teach a rookie QB, who is getting a bit pompous this early in his career, that having an undefeated season is not as easy as he seems to think it is. But to watch Romo, the only guy this team ever wins a game with, walk into the locker room and basically say goodbye for the rest of the season was heartbreaking. Suddenly, people were looking up “salmonella poisoning” on the Internet, wondering why that pain in their guts had become so intense.
A somehwat lesser pain came in Philly. These fans are adamant about their Eagles, of course, but they’ve already seen (just last week, in fact) that their beloved players can lose against a team that scores 45 points. Back-to-back embarrassments. Especially for RB DeMarco Murray. A man who made the comment: “I’ve never been a part of anything like this.” Think about it. He’s the one who dumped the Cowboys to have a banner season with the Eagles. Hmm…come to think of it, the way things worked out, Murray would have had a horrific time no matter what team he played with. He could, however, teach Cam Newton that being a rookie one year and grabbing all the accolades does not mean the next year you can’t become an absolute no one on the field.
Now the third “bad tasting turkey dinners” appeared after a game that was extremely surprising, painful, wet, yet also had the best halftime show. Not a great recipe for the Green Bay Packers who hosted a team that they’ve beaten many times. The Chicago Bears barely win, we know that. They have picked up steam, but going to Green Bay and playing in that godawful weather in the home where football all began in most people’s eyes, had everyone placing another tick in their loss column before the game even began. But…don’t blame the turkey. Mother Nature gets the fault for this one. That rain came tumbling down and grew far colder as the night went on. No one could catch those flying footballs. In fact, the only reason the Bears won was one lucky play that their defense was able to grab. (He had some kind of glue on those mitts of his.) What about the halftime show? Brett Favre was retired and his name revealed in the Packers Ring of Honor within the stadium. He spoke about how good it was to be in Lambeau weather again, the real football weather, and secretly thought, “Thank God I do not have to do this anymore.” What was even cooler was the fact that the real idol, Bart Starr, came out on the field and was a part of the ceremony. Even though Green Bay couldn’t get the win, the fans got to see that amazing QB one more time.
So…congrats Detroit for being yet another to make the Eagles look like a grade school team. Congrats to the Panthers for staying undefeated. It will be interesting to see if the Patriots can remain that way as well when they head to Denver. And congrats to the Bears, even though they were completely outshone by the classiness of quarterbacks. Two QB’s, by the way, that the fans in that stadium were secretly hoping would re-don their uniforms and help the team out.
But, remember, don’t blame the pain you felt on the turkey; it was cooked just fine.