Stage 1: The Thanksgiving Eve Hangover
If you are like me, and the rest of your hometown, you will be at the bar on the night of Thanksgiving Eve. While it may be the most popular bar night of the year, it usually turns into paying an expensive cover to have awkward conversations with old high school acquaintances. So not only do you wake up with the memories, if not slightly faded, of talking with an ex girlfriend at the bar, but you have a terrible hangover and you have no idea how you’re supposed to socialize and eat 10 pounds of food. That is until you remember there is about to be football on ALL DAY!
Stage 2: Obligatory Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewing
It’s 10am…too early for food…too early for NFL pregame…what do you do? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade of course. Are parades pretty outdated? Sure, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get a kick out of seeing Spongebob floating down the streets of NYC. With the parade just on in the background, as you get rid of this hangover and prepare for a full day of food and football, this is a perfect time to set your fantasy lineups, and get in that Thanksgiving Parlay (Lions,Chargers,Redskins). Figuring out who to start/sit, or who to bet, while watching Mr.Peanut dab on his peanut float sounds like a great way to get the day going.
Stage 3: Lions and a Light Snack
The Detroit Lions, one of the Thanksgiving regulars, start the action this year against the Minnesota Vikings, who they played last year on Thanksgiving, and won 16-13. In years past the Lions games may have been overshadowed by the likes of Dallas or Washington, but this year may be the marquee matchup of the day with both teams fighting for the NFC North title. Mix a little meat and cheese plate with the Lions/Vikings game, and you are well on your way to a great Thanksgiving. Don’t get too crazy though…Always remember Thanksgiving is a marathon, not a sprint, so don’t fill up on appetizers or blow your whole bankroll betting on the early game, because the action is just getting started.
Stage 4: Time to Eat
It doesn’t get much more American than watching America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys, while you stuff your face with pounds of delicious comfort food. As the Cowboys, another Thanksgiving regular, face off against the San Di…I mean Los Angeles Chargers, you will most likely be on your 3rd or 4th plate of turkey and mashed potatoes. Even though you are at the dinner table with your family, there is no doubt you are taking bathroom breaks or checking your phone under the table to see how your fantasy team is doing. As you finish up your meal, and you get back to your spot on the couch with a full second half of football still to be played, the food coma starts to hit.
Stage 5: Cue the Tryptophan
You just polished off way too much food for one human being, so there is nothing else to do, but enter the food coma stage of your day. As you work your way back over to the couch, it’ll be a perfect time to take a quick nap before the end of the Cowboys/Chargers game. If timed correctly, you can just be waking up from your nap as Philip Rivers is attempting to make a late 4th quarter comeback. Once the dust settles from Game #2 of the day, you have a little time to catch your breath, eat some dessert, and get ready for the night game.
Stage 6: Back to Life
After you get some pie and cookies in your system, the sugar rush hits, you are now ready for some Thursday Night Football between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. While we won’t get to see Odell vs Norman, or a playoff implicating game, a divisional matchup, is a divisional matchup and we will take all the football we can get. Whether it be your fandom, fantasy lineup, or that Thanksgiving parlay, this game should make for a great night cap.
Stage 7: Night Night
Unless you are a fan of one of these teams, or you have money on the game, staying up for the entirety is a struggle. For some they have work in the morning, for others they went a little too hard during the day, but either way most of the people who start watching this game will find themselves barely able to keep their eyes open come the second half. Between the food, the booze, and the football, Thanksgiving is a long day, and only the strong can survive. While there is no shame in falling asleep early, those who stay up until the final whistle are true “Football Guys/Girls”.
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