In Which I Do My Very Best to Ruin Thanksgiving ... Six Months Ahead of Time

It's totally normal to pick sports over family. Right?
Publish date:
April 20, 2010
family drama, football, Thanksgiving, 49ers, lockout

Thanksgiving is a really big deal in my family. Like the only holiday where (usually) no one cries and everyone gets along. You know, as much as families can.

We typically start out at my mom's best friend's house around 5 p.m., dress like Pilgrims and Indians, do shots of Wild Turkey, stuff our faces with delicious home cooking and then stumble to the karaoke bar down the street. Pretty much what every family does, or whatever.

It's actually the one holiday I look forward to each year. Friends and family (I've found the more friends there are, the less fighting there is!), no presents, no pressure, yummy food and, it's worth mentioning twice: Wild Turkey!

Which is why when the 2011 NFL schedule was announced today, I went into a complete panic and immediately shot this email off to my mother.

Subject: Thanksgiving

Hi Mom,

I just want to put this out there.

The 49ers play the Ravens (in Baltimore so I won’t be going to the game) at 5:20 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. If there is not a lockout, I will insist upon watching this game. It will be over at approximately 8:20 p.m.

Maybe we could do Thanksgiving Dinner earlier this year?

And yes, I am obviously insane.

Thank you for all that you do,


It takes a special kind of daughter to ruin Thanksgiving, but I do think that this will somehow make the fact that I'm not showing up for Easter seem like way less of a big deal. (What? It's still snowboarding season, people!)