Family, Fun, and Football. What are football fans are watching this Thanksgiving?

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I remember growing up and my dad having season tickets to the Cleveland Browns.  He went with our neighbor, Ray, and a few others.  He loved.  He would pack his binoculars, thermos of coffee, and lunch.  He would come home as a pop-sicle.  Back then, the winters were brutal with blizzards in 1977 and 1978.  I remember waking up to the house shaking from the wind.  This was back in the late 70s .  He stepped away from season tickets when prices skyrocketed.  We watched at home and then the infamous Earnest Bynar play happened….The Fumble.  He slowed his consumption of football for a while after that.

Dad never truly lost his interest in football.  The game is a part of Thanksgiving tradition and a major part of Cleveland culture.  We never really kept that part of the tradition when the kids were growing up. My kids are not huge football fans and after my years in Chicago, I weaned them onto basketball (Alex) and hockey (Amanda). Jimmy is a Dallas fan and I let him marry my daughter anyway. Allen?  My Philly boy…It’s the Eagles.  The bestie?  You know the one from Pittsburgh?  I’m sure you can guess.  The cousins are in Miami.  We are all over the place.

Cleveland is in 3rd place in the division…right behind The Ravens and the Steelers, of course.  The first sentence every child in Cleveland learns is “Well, there is always next year!”.  So, for all of you who are realists and know that Cleveland will have to wait for next year and for those who have a shot this year, here is a heads up on what is on for Thanksgiving week.


Week 12

  • Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving)
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Bears at Lions 12:30 p.m. ET Fox
Raiders at Cowboys 4:30 p.m. ET CBS
Bills at Saints 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
  • Sunday, Nov. 28
Game Kickoff time TV channel
Buccaneers at Colts 1 p.m. ET Fox
Jets at Texans 1 p.m. ET CBS
Eagles at Giants 1 p.m. ET Fox
Panthers at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Fox
Titans at Patriots 1 p.m. ET CBS
Steelers at Bengals 1 p.m. ET CBS
Falcons at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET CBS
Chargers at Broncos 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
Rams at Packers 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Vikings at 49ers 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
Browns at Ravens 8:20 p.m. ET NBC


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