Giving thanks for area sports, family and friends
, 2022-11-24 17:37:02,
By the time you read this, I’ll probably be six deviled eggs deep and on my second glass of apple cider.
Yes, y’all, I go hard for Thanksgiving.
I’ll wake up early, throw on my best ugly Christmas sweater, pop cinnamon rolls into the oven, turn on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and start the meal prep, which for me is centered around one golden rule: There can never be too many leftovers.
For some, Thanksgiving is all about a meal that unites family. For my foodie soul, it’s an all-day event.
It’s about making the best homemade turkey gravy and dancing in the kitchen to oldies and motown hits. It’s about marching bands, musicals and floats in NYC, followed by a loop of Christmas Classics like “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
It’s about the Detroit Lions, no matter how hot or cold, ushering in a full day of football on the man cave TVs, and me questioning why I drafted so many Lions on my fantasy teams.
It’s about starting a post-meal puzzle — this year my fiancee, Kristi, got me a 4,000 piece lego set of the McCallister house from “Home Alone” — and finishing the day with “Christmas Vacation” over leftover deviled eggs. It’s about finding the perfect pair of stretchy pants and testing the limits of that waistband.
This year, though, the pageantry takes on added significance. Wyatt, our 6-month-old son, is a big reason why. One day he’ll inherit my Clark Griswold sensibilities, and when that day comes I’ll be the most proud dad ever.
Seth’s Top-10 Thanksgiving side dishes
2. Deviled eggs
3. Rice and gravy (the binder to the plate)
5. Mac and cheese
On that note, the pagaentry of Turkey Day would be nothing without giving thanks.
From my perch atop the local athletic scene, I’m thankful for Choctaw’s Cinderella football team extending the football season in its bid for a 3S state title. Two wins down, three to go.
I’m thankful for Niceville track and field — led by Todd Brigman and Emily Webb — being the most dominant program in the Sunshine State.
I’m thankful for coaches like Meaghan Allen, Adron Robinson, Mercedez Claybrone, Shaun Arntz, Tobi Marez and Meghan Darhower reporting stats and scores unprompted. And I’m thankful for the hospitality I receive at Niceville High football games — Robinson always hooks up the parking spot and Rachel Morrison keeps me fed.
I’m thankful for coaches like Wes Nelson and Jeff Bradley always giving me a reason to travel down south for a state title (the Lakeland and…
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