Thanks A Lot. No, Seriously.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- I'll be honest, I never thought I'd be spending Thanksgiving in Kansas City under any circumstances.
This is nothing against KC, it's just that I don't really know anyone from the city, nor do I have any family near here. Since those are typically the reasons that bring you somewhere new for Turkey Day, you can see why I never thought I'd be here.
Not to be too cliched, but life takes some funky turns. Of course I'd rather be with my family, but in a weird way I'm really happy to be sitting in this Holiday Inn watching the Lions and Packers a stone's throw from the Kansas City Sports Complex.
Like most people, holidays make me reflective. And though it may be a bit trite, I thought I'd use this opportunity to say what I'm thankful for this year. Since I'm a thousand miles from home, I figure I've got the right to be a little corny. Tomorrow we'll return with our usual dose of snark and sarcasm.
Who needs family when your hotel room has a view of the Royals' Kauffman Stadium?
I'm thankful my family hasn't given me a major guilt trip for missing yet another major event due to my sportswriting career.
I'm thankful I finally got to go to the Michigan-Ohio State game, and that I'll be at Kansas-Missouri this Saturday, a.k.a. "The Game Of The Year." And for more on the history of that game, check out today's video, which is called "Border War For Dummies."
(Note: If you're a Mac user having trouble viewing this video, click here to download a program called Flip4Mac that will allow you watch it.)
I'm thankful the Mets didn't sign Yorvit Torrealba to a three-year contract.
I'm thankful I'm out here with Mr. Sas, one of my oldest friends. Being away from family is a lot easier when you have a close friend in tow (insert corny sigh from studio audience).
You can't spell "Kansas" without "S-A-S!"
I'm thankful for the White House. No, not the George Bush White House.
I'm thankful for "Jump Around."
I'm thankful for Pop Tarts.
I'm thankful that despite all the Pop Tarts and the fact I've spent six of the last eight months on the road, I'm still pretty healthy.
I'm thankful for Pam Anderson.
I'm thankful for lots and lots of "Scrubs" re-runs.
I'm thankful for the continued hospitality and generosity I've received on the road. From access to players and coaches, to free grub at tailgates, I've been on the receiving end of all sorts of benevolence over the past year, and it's made my job that much easier.
People close to me have heard me moan from time to time about the grind of the road, but that doesn't mean I don't love what I'm doing. There isn't a day that goes by where we don't have at least one person say to us, "you guys have the coolest job in the world."
Above all else, that's probably what I'm most thankful for.