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Thanksgiving and Turkey Day Football

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It seems like anymore these days there’s a big buildup for Halloween and then when Halloween is over the Christmas decorations go up. I love Christmas, don’t get me wrong, but let’s  not overlook Thanksgiving. And why the big deal and increased emphasis over Halloween? Nice day to let the kids have some fun dressed in a costume and go out and get some treats. But anymore it gets treated like a national holiday when it’s not. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. I love the family time it always brings, the warmth of being with my family, the feast before me and yeah, a little football. It just seems to be a great atmosphere and such an appropriate time to give thanks to the Lord who supplies our every need. The crops have finally been harvested and here in America it’s always bountiful.

Of course, we get more than just a little football – it’s a big football day. Has been for years. When I was a kid growing up in Peoria, Il. two of the city schools always played the last game of the season on Thanksgiving morning. Manual High School and Peoria Central High School played for decades at 10 a.m. every Thanksgiving in the annual Turkey Day game. It was a big deal and got big crowds. This was before the Illinois High School playoffs and it ended when the playoffs began. The best college football game I ever saw, even to this day, was on Thanksgiving. I remember, it was 1971 and my wife and I were at my grandmas house for thanksgiving. I watched Jack Mildren run the wishbone offense of Oklahoma against the I formation and Jeff Kinney of Nebraska. Nebraska won the back and forth game 35-31. It was dominated by the run, both teams RAN the football. Back in the day when it was RTFF rtff. Passing was for cowards. Not really, but sort of. To this day it’s the best college game I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a bunch of em!

So, I am taking time this week and on Thanksgiving Day to be truly thankful to the Lord for my family, my house, the bounty at my dinner table, the freedom to worship as I choose, and my country.

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck to all those high school football coaches around the country playing for state championships this weekend. What a weekend, AND THATS MY TAKE!

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The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. G. Patton

Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2   50. Vermont -1.7   49. North Dakota 3.3   48. Wyoming 5.2  47. Rhode Island 8.4   46. District of Columbia 8.4   45. Delaware 14.7   44. South Dakota 15.3   43. New Hampshire 16.7   42. Montana 19.2  41. Maine 19.5   40. New Mexico 20.5  39. Oregon 24.2  38. West Virginia 26.3  37. Nevada 31.2  36. Idaho 32.2  35. Nebraska 32.6  34. New York 33.0  33. Iowa 34.4  32. Minnesota 35.9   31. Kentucky 36.3   30. Hawaii 36.5  29. Connecticut 37.3  28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9  26. Virginia 40.8  25. Oklahoma 41.5  24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9  21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4  18. South Carolina 44.61  17. New Jersey 44.63  16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13. Alabama 45.8  12. Utah 46.0  11. North Carolina 46.7  10. Missouri 49.0  9. Pennsylvania 49.9  8. Illinois 50.3  7. Louisiana 51.9  6. Maryland 52.8  5. Georgia 57.2  4. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0  2. Florida 62.5  1. California 69.4

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.