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Posted at 5:25 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Don't rain on our Thanksgiving tradition

By Jerome J. McNamara, Washington

After reading about Washington's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl ["Controversy over eligibility leaves lingering hangover," Sports Nov. 26], I could not help but think of my own family's Turkey Bowl controversy.

The McNamara family has been playing football on Thanksgiving at Rock Creek Park, every year, rain or shine, since 1960.

This year, at approximately 10:30 on Thanksgiving morning, a police cruiser from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission drove onto the field to announce that "the fields were closed due to rain." The police car then drove across the fields to tell players on adjoining fields the same unwanted news.

According to the National Weather Service, National Airport registered 0.01 inches of rain on Nov. 26. The field was wet, but there was no mud or standing water. Who are the turkeys here?

By Jerome J. McNamara, Washington  | December 1, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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"The field was wet"

If the field is wet, one is not allowed to play on the field, as this leads to damage.

I too have seen MD cops (park and other) DRIVE across fields rather than get there butss out and use their speakers...

but that is a lazy cop issue, and a destruction of property issue... that cops are totally immune to.. cuz they are fat lazy cops.

Sorry you got yelled at. I get it all the time over my (on leash) dog. MD park Police think they are gods.

Posted by: Greent | December 2, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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