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Sleep Well After Eating

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This week is Thanksgiving so I am obligated to blog about it according to the rules that govern internet blogging. Incidentally, the internet has strict rules about the accuracy of what is added to the worldwide web.  Rule number one is; if it is not true then it’s not for you.  I might be wrong about that.  In 2012 I blogged about how it is on the wrong day.  You can read my reasoning by clicking here.  I stand by my views.  In 2009 I took a humorous approach in an unscientific poll that you can read by clicking here.

This year, rather than talking about Thanksgiving Day foods or trying my hand at humor, I am going to prepare a list of my most memorable football games that were played on Thanksgiving.

  • 11/26/98 – Pittsburgh at Detroit – Jerome Bettis and the coin toss fiasco.  

The Steelers lose in overtime because the ref “misheard” Jerome Bettis call the toss at the beginning of overtime and the Lions quickly kicked a field goal to win the game 19-16.

  • 11/28/74 – Washington at Dallas – The Clint Longley game.

Clint Longley beats the Redskins 24-23 after coming in for an injured Roger “the dodger” Staubach. He took over in the third quarter down 16-3 and won it on a 50 year “hail mary”.  A couple of years later in training camp he sucker-punched the very same Roger Staubach and was quickly traded to San Diego.  There are two things you never do; divide by zero and hit the star quarterback.  He never amounted to much after that game on Thanksgiving but he had his moment in the sun – the San Diego sun.

  • 11/25/93 – Miami at Dallas – The Leon Lett* game

Cowboys led the Dolphins 14–13 with only a handful of seconds to go and Miami attempted to win it with a 40-yard field goal but it was blocked by the Cowboys. Unfortunately, Leon Lett of the Cowboys chased after the ball, touched it and the Dolphins recovered it and kicked the winner with a final score of 16-14

*Leon Lett gets special recognition for being a bonehead. In the January 1993 Super Bowl which the Cowboys crushed the Bills 52-17 he recovered a fumble on the Dallas 35-yard line and ran it back towards the end zone.  Around the 10-yard line he began “showboating” and slowed and held the ball out as he neared the goal line.  He did not see Don Beebe, a noted Bills hustling special teams player who chased him down and knocked the ball out of his hand and through the end zone for a touchback.  This cost them a touchdown and, more importantly, set the stage for his gaffe on Thanksgiving Day in 1993. 

Those are three Thanksgiving Day games that I remember and the special Leon Lett Super Bowl gaffe was added in as a bonus. Have a great week and practice your fundamentals Leon!


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