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Curious How Many Caps Eat Chitlins for Thanksgiving?

I am, anyhow. The team has just five American-born players, including Donald Brashear, who was raised Canadian and doesn't really count. As of this writing, they have a practice scheduled for tomorrow, and no lavish team meal plans. So it would appear there might not be a whole lot of pilgrim dioramas being built in this particular dressing room, but I'll surely find out. Incidentally, the Leafs are practicing in town tomorrow, and their 15-member traveling media contingent will likely not care much about our holiday. Thanksgiving with the 15-Member Maple Leafs Media Contingent would be a fine blog entry, but someone else will have to take on that one.

And in other Thanksgiving news....

German-born Wilkes-Barre area h.s. kicker Alex Ding is excited about playing in a Thanksgiving-Day all-star game.

" We don't really celebrate Thanksgiving in Germany so this is new experience for me," Ding said. "We get a vacation from school and I like watching football. I got to know the rules a little bit better."

That, after all, is what this holiday is about; teaching German exchange students and football players the rules of football.

Dolphins punter Donnie Jones gave his team a pre-Thanksgiving motivational address.

"At one point he implored his teammates to do something to the Lions that involved a turkey and was anatomically impossible," we're told by the PalmBeachPost.

What, bend their legs behind their backs while holding a turkey? I don't get it. C'mon PalmBeachPost, be more specific next time. You forced me to go to the Miami Herald, which tells us this:

''We're going to go up there and give them a turkey,'' Jones shouted to his approving teammates. ``The only turkey they're going to get is the one we're going to deep fry and shove up their . . . [butt]. We're going up there and [expletive] whup their [butt].''

Wowzers. Curious why that particular turkey would have to be deep fried before it goes on its anatomically impossible mission. And how confident is the PalmBeachPost that said mission is anatomically impossible? And how much turkey shoving is the punter really gonna do?

John Fogerty will, for some reason, perform in two of the NFL's three halftime shows on Thursday. The NFL will have both a United Way-themed halftime show, and a Salvation Army-themed halftime show. In the interests of holiday goodwill, I just deleted the joke I wrote about these shows.

The Kansas basketball team plans to eat Thanksgiving twice, lunch and dinner. But that story fails to provide the menu, which you cannot say about this brilliant Clemson-South Carolina story:

The sweet potato casserole works. Vegetable medley, palatable. The absence of stuffing will be tolerated.

But having turkeys stuffed with duck and chicken -- turduckens, as they are called -- on the new menu was enough to make Clemson linebacker Nick Watkins say he still prefers his mom's home cooking, despite his belief his team's Thanksgiving meal is being catered to his tastes.

Then there is the rumor fried oysters may be offered as a side.

"If I don't like it, that's why McDonald's is open 24/7," senior cornerback Duane Coleman said....

Clemson will have 25 turkeys of assorted variety on hand, with the dessert options limited to bananas foster."

Frankly, I didn't know that fried oysters or bananas foster were Thanksgiving traditions, nor did I know that the Tigers would dine on turduckens, but I'm glad I do now. That's what good journalism is all about.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 22, 2006; 10:35 AM ET
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Can you really be raised Canadian?

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | November 22, 2006 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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