With tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the States, it’s the time of year when many reflect upon all of the things in their lives for which they should be thankful. Things are no different here at WSOTP. And while I’m especially thankful for a wonderfully patient wife, a loving family, and that Spurs’ UnderArmour kits aren’t as hideous as I had anticipated — among other blessings — amongst other things too, of course — I do have one gripe I want to air about the holiday.
Between the NFL and NCAA, the American-flavored version of football seems to go hand in hand with Thanksgiving. Games will be on all day tomorrow, and many families across the country will gather around their TV’s to watch as a part of their annual holiday tradition. But as my fellow soccer fans will attest, we’re normally left in the dark on Turkey Day by the major networks. This year, we’re lucky enough to have Europa League matches to occupy us, but they’re typically not high-profile matches. And while that’s enough for me, that doesn’t mean everyone else in my family will prefer round football to egg football this year. But since the festivities are being held at my house this year, the rules will be different… a new dawn for Thanksgiving traditions is in the cards.
But if your family won’t budge from their normal traditions, here are some links to help keep you from feeling neglected. Happy holidays everyone!
This article convinced me to subscribe to Howler quarterly. – whatahowler.tumblr.com
I want prints of these for my [imaginary] office. – 8bitfootball.wordpress.com
Or “Why fading European stars like to play in MLS.” – metro.co.uk
Old Italian men are weird. – dirtytackle.net
Little cheer at Wolves this season, except this brand refresh. – weareraw.co.uk
More Howler: maybe the USSF wants to forget its past? – theoriginalwinger.com
Next, bring this to the States. – fantasista.co.uk
This defense of American soccer culture hit close to home. – sbnation.com