Thanksgiving Timeline

It’s time, once again, for what might be the best holiday of them all for grown-ups – Thanksgiving.  That goes double if you aren’t trusted to prepare food by your family.  You get awesome food, and it’s expected that you are going to eat a ton of it.  If you love football, there are some genuinely good matchups this year.  Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is fun, but that usually includes all of the same food prep, plus you are up late assembling/arraying presents around the tree, and if you are church-going folk, you’ve got that too.  It doesn’t mean that turkey day is totally without drama.  Here’s my expected timeline for lunch/dinner tomorrow:

  • 12:30pm – Football!
  • 12:39pm – Children want to play Wii on the same TV.  Intense negotiations ensue.  I make sure the only game they can find is Wii Fit.  They lose interest.
  • 1:58pm – The first call to go to the table to eat goes out.  Since it involves 19 people aged 1 to 91, it takes some time.
  • 2:19pm – An adorable child says Grace.
  • 2:20pm – The other five do so as well, not wanting to be left out.
  • 2:22pm – The food is being passed, and plates are assembled for those sitting at the ‘kids table’.  I take a little bit of everything you eat to be nice to those that brought it.
  • 2:28pm – Nephew knocks over his drink.
  • 2:32pm – Upon taking seconds, I just take the things you really wanted in the first place (turkey, canned cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with cheese and bacon bits).  Also, the first salvo of crescent rolls are gone.
  • 2:47pm – May or may not have thirds, possibly dependent on more rolls.  Other nephew knocks his drink over.
  • 3:111pm – Stuffed beyond all memory.
  • 3:14pm – Desserts are passed.  Based on the previous note, it is ill-advised to take one at this point.  I take three.

At this point, the evening becomes a blur.  Napping is attempted and thwarted by *gasp* conversation.  More football watching is attempted, but in my sleepy, bloated state I am unable to stop the children from putting in a movie.  Luckily they have good taste and it’s either a Pixar movie or Despicable Me.  The night will end early for me as I’m working really, really early the next morning.


Second Class Citizen

I went home last night, and while I was putting Eva to sleep for the night, I turned on Fox so I could watch Eagles/Steelers.  HOWEVER, as my old CRT television hummed to life, I was presented with an annoyance.  I could only see how many points the Steelers had.  Of course, for most of the game that wasn’t a problem as the Eagles hadn’t scored, but that’s beside the point.  At some point the past year or two, TV networks have decided that those of us playing out the string on a large screen CRT don’t matter.  It’s not just Fox, I’ve seen it elsewhere also, I just don’t understand why you’d want to annoy a pretty significant portion of the TV watching population.  Late last year, Neilsen reported that while the majority of households now have at least one HDTV, there is still a ton of standard definition TV being watched.  I will be replacing the living room TV at some point in the near future, but I can’t afford to swap out my bedroom TV or the playroom TV all at once.  And why should I have to?

Look, I’m not asking for a lot.  I can handle the graphics being a bit smaller and sleeker to fit better on the wider format screens, but at least throw us SDTV watchers a bone and start the important information over far enough so we can SEE it.  The same goes for commercials with phone numbers and anything else where I need to read.


Remeber That?

That’s how you feel when you watch a winning team. The UB Bulls defeated the 12th ranked Ball State Cardinals 42-24 last night at Detroit’s Ford Field. I didn’t start watching until I read some of the stuff at the WNYMedia LiveBlog, which was about the end of the first half. It was great fun, and a good break from all the stuff hovering around the Bills and the Sabres. My congratulations go out to the Bulls, who have accepted an invite to the International Bowl up in Toronto.

Buffalo Sports Bloggers Fantasy Football

Just finished the draft in the Buffalo Sports Bloggers league, and here’s what I got:

QB – Matt Hasselbeck
WR – Chad Johnson
WR – Hines Ward
RB – Clinton Portis
RB – Ryan Grant
TE – Antonio Gates
WR/TE – Nate Burleson
K – Rob Bironas
DEF – New England


WR – Bernard Berrian
WR – Bobby Engram
RB – Chris Perry
QB – Matt Ryan
WR – Antwaan Randle El
RB – Steve Slaton
RB – Reuben Droughns
WR – Limas Sweed

Kinda flaked on the second to last pick there – but I need somebody to cut for that week 1 waiver wire pickup anyway. I actually missed the first two selections (both of the starting RBs) but I don’t mind who I’ve got. Good team for picking as late in the rounds as I did.


I love Joe Paterno

In a day and age where College athletes at the highest levels can be as famous and as pampered as their professional counterparts, Joe Pa is a throwback. At least 15 Nittany Lions were involved in an ugly off-campus brawl, but instead of trying to move past it quickly and using typical head-coach doubletalk about who started what, and this guy just made a mistake, Paterno is taking action. On the Sunday after every home game, his team will take to the field again…to clean the stands of garbage as penance for doing Penn State, their coach, the team and their fans wrong.

It’s a job that usually goes to members of club sports on campus €“ say, rugby or crew €“ which do it to raise money so they can compete. Paterno said the clubs still will get the $5,000 for the job, but his guys, fresh off playing 60 minutes of major college football the day before, will do all the work starting Sunday morning.

“We’re all going to do it, everybody,” Paterno told the Harrisburg Patriot-News after a banquet in suburban Philadelphia. “Not just the kids that were involved. ‘Cause we’re all in it together. This is a team embarrassment. I wouldn’t call it anything much other than that.”

How many coaches would do this? I think the NFL should take note, maybe Chris Henry and Pacman Jones could use a dose of this? ;) Joe Pa isn’t done, either:

The entire team also will have to build a house for Habitat for Humanity and volunteer for the Special Olympics this summer.