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What are you thankful for today?

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Corn Nation! We all hope you enjoy the clippings I have for you below while you’re hiding in the bathroom or random room by yourself to escape your crazy uncle/pesky in-laws/obnoxious sibling. Of course, here is also hoping this finds you enjoying the company of loved ones and partaking in the quintessential American holiday that is celebrating the bounty this great country has provided for us all since the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims celebrated. And I’m sure plenty of you reading this are like me, and are one of the more than 10 million Americans today who can trace the family tree back to the Pilgrims who fled persecution for a better life in the “new world.” I mention all this, with the focus on why we celebrate the holiday by the way.

So what are we all thankful for as individuals? Well, to be honest, this year in particular I’m thankful for the perspective that I’m here and overall can consider myself healthy. I won’t wax melodramatic on a happy holiday like this too much, but I say this because not too many weeks ago Cassius Winston of MSU basketball lost one of his younger brothers to suicide. It strikes home for me as I’ve known more than one person in my life to have committed suicide. That includes a relative who is a graduate of Albion College where Zachary Winston attended, and where he just a few short weeks ago took his own life. So I merely mention this as it’s what’s on my mind, and what I find myself thankful for this year. I’m here. I am overall a healthy person, including mentally. No matter what other complaints I have (probably more than I should let myself focus on at times), I have the most important things in my life going for me. I have a supportive spouse and family, a roof over my head, food on the table, and of course a little ball of fur in the form of a happy beagle. What more could I possibly need?

So with all of that out of the way, it’s time to get ready for the delicious duck we are having for dinner tonight! That’s right. This is the first Thanksgiving my husband and I are spending together just us. I always spent it with my family until last year when we were in Nebraska for the MSU at UNL game and extended the stay for the holiday with my in-laws instead. This year it just didn’t make sense to travel to either side of the family. So that means we get to pick our own meal, and I’ve never been all that fond of dry, bland turkey baked in an oven. So duck it is! The Macy’s parade, the Detroit Lions losing another Thanksgiving game, and finally thoroughly enjoying a large Thanksgiving dinner!!! What a great tradition to continue my favorite parts of and make twists to the parts I’ve not been as fond of.

And one quick aside before the flakes here about my Lions fandom and the Nebraska connecting intersection of Suh. I’ve been to a Thanskgiving Day game in fact, and just one time so far. It was the 2001 game when Ndamukong Suh was ejected for stomping on a Packer. Let’s revisit that glorious moment together (at Jon’s expense as he’s an evil, horrible, no good, dirty stinking Packers fan):

Also, here’s this video which has hilarious sound effects set to cartoon animation of the affair:

So with that covered, let’s hear about what your favorite family traditions are for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite dish and/or least favorite? And of course, most importantly, what are you thankful for this year? Please let us know in the comments!

And now, onto the turkey flakes!

Huskers Football

Reviewing the 2019 Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa games have been low scoring this season due to a great defense and an offense that struggles in the red zone.

Jumping in to help came naturally to pair being honored at Iowa vs. Nebraska football game

A Nebraska farmer and an Iowa nurse will be honored Friday at the 2019 Hy-Vee Heroes Game when the Hawkeyes play the Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Husker legend Johnny Rodgers signing copies of ‘24th & Glory’ on campus before Iowa game

Husker legend Johnny Rodgers — one of the central figures in the story about North Omaha’s greatest generation of athletes — will be signing copies of the book this Friday on campus.

Red Report: Handling a short week; Huskers getting healthier?; Dewitt up for courage award

Thanksgiving dinner is out of the way for the Nebraska football team as preparations continue for Friday’s game against Iowa.
The Huskers had their team holiday dinner Tuesday night, NU head coach Scott Frost said, but “we still have some work to do.”

Scouting Iowa: Breaking down the Hawkeyes

Why you may need Rolaids
1. By the numbers, this is shaping up as one of Iowa’s best defenses in a long line of good defenses.

Nebrasketball

Nebrasketball: Huskers Escape South Florida in Final Cayman Thriller

Fred Hoiberg was able to secure a 2-1 record in Cayman to give the Huskers their fourth win in their last five.

Nebrasketball: Fan Pulse Week 4 and Men’s/Women’s AP Poll Results

After the start of his first win streak, is confidence even higher in Nebrasketball heading into week 4?

Of Bangarangs & Daggers Episode 28: The Three Man Weave Episode

Patrick, Nate, & Kevin make podcast magic with a little help from Greg. [Really, listen to this week’s episode if you haven’t already.]

Thor has a great sense of self-deprecating humor:

Hoiberg (and most other B1G coaches) are not fans of pumpkin spice lattes.

Other Husker News

Nebraska wrestling matches program high with No. 2 ranking

The Nebraska wrestling team is ranked No. 2 in the latest coaches poll. That matches the program high, which was first reached in February 2008.

Miller shows value to Nebraska volleyball team; Huskers play for share of Big Ten lead on Sunday

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook often talks about the fine line between success and failure when you’re serving in a college match.

Around the B1G and Sports World

Michigan State’s Cassius Winston carries grief like heavy burden: ‘I cried before the game’

Cassius Winston’s mother, Wendi, wants her son to keep his eyes and mind focused on basketball. It’s what made him an All-American. It’s what got him the scholarship to Michigan State. It’s what defines his future.
The present? That is hard to say. For Cassius. For his mother. For his father, Reggie. For his brother, Khy. They are thankful to spend time together during the holiday week. But traveling nearly 4,500 miles from home cannot put any distance between the pain they are feeling.

College hockey offers fine appetizers for a big football weekend

But even with ESPN’s “College GameDay’’ making its first visit to the U of M campus, there’s still some hockey that should steal your attention. Actually, there are a couple of outstanding college hockey matchups well worthy of your time.
[Bill Moos, GET US A GOD DAMN CONFERENCE HOCKEY TEAM ALREADY MAN!]

Badgers cross country runner Alicia Monson named Big Ten’s best

University of Wisconsin senior Alicia Monson was selected as the 2019 Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year by a vote of coaches, the conference announced Tuesday.

On again? Under pressure, Rutgers appears on verge of reviving talks with Greg Schiano

A Thanksgiving miracle might be possible for Rutgers. There is a growing hope that Greg Schiano’s return as head football coach can be salvaged, several individuals with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.

HAHAHA Duke lost to Stephen F. Austin

This has got to be the first time in AP history three different teams have been #1 and all lost within the first four weeks of the season.

Why the Cowboys and Lions always play on Thanksgiving

Since the beginning of time, okay maybe not that long ago, but since very early on in National Football League history, fans have been able to watch the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. This season, the Lions host the Bears, the Cowboys host the Bills, and the Falcons host the Saints.

Nike to launch limited-edition Barry Sanders shoe on Thanksgiving Day

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of his retirement, as well as his most productive season, Nike is releasing a limited-edition Barry Sanders shoe on Thanksgiving that will be sold both at Ford Field as well as on the shoemaker’s website.

Arena Football is caput.

Other News

Photographer spots rare 3-antlered buck in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

A former state representative from the Upper Peninsula, Steve Lindberg, spied a three-antlered deer this weekend and posted photos to his Facebook page.

Beagle Corner

Taylor has taken to the top of our loveseat in the living room as her favorite napping spot. We call it “her throne.” Problem is the chair is old and needs replaced, and she is flattening the cushion so that every so often she falls off it back into the seat. It’s adorable to witness.

She has also been enjoying turkey a bit early this month with a new holiday toy we got her. It took her about two weeks to finally get a leg off, so that’s awfully successful!

And finally, her Detroit Pistons came to town not too long ago, and they stunk it up against the Washington Wizards. So she retaliated by napping through most of the game.

And that’s all the stuffing we have for you folks. Happy Thanksgiving to you all from all of us here at Corn Nation!

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