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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Showdown Week '08

Ahhh, it is that time of year again.  A time when families come together to give thanks, a time for reflection and joy, a time for...The Showdown.

Yes, you are correctly asking yourself, "When will these over the hill, never-that-good-at-sports in the first place  guys realize that they need to hang up the cleats once and for all and stop these yearly shenanigans?"

The answer- that's a stupid question.

Yes, once again the class of 1997 (yeah...11 years ago, last decade/millenium) and the class of 2000 will square off in the octagon (octagon = LCHS high school) for the 8th annual playing of the Thanksgiving Showdown Classic.  Once again, I will be playing for the class of '97, who miraculously find themselves trailing in the all-time series 4-3.  How?  Lord only knows.

I'm actually a little scared for 2000 this year.  Mike Schmitt thinks I forgot about that cheap shot block he threw on me last year, well I didn't forget, and I DID hear that he's playing QB this year...Mike, I know you're reading this...

If you can't come by tickets for the game due to the sell-out, don't fret, the highlights will be shown on ESPN 8 'The OCHO' at midnight following the game.

Watch highlights from the last game '97 recognizes:



  1. Dude, take it easy on Mike--after your stint in the Marines, you are classified as a deadly weapon...

  2. Just letting you know that the men and women like you are thought of everyday to us!

  3. While you're playing in the mud, we'll be eating turkey -- thankful to you for your service and your blog. Thankful to those of Golf Company too and all those that serve. To quote George Orwell -- people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. Thanks to the rough men and women of the Marine Corp., we'll be sleeping peacefully.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! It must be such a joy for your family and friends to know that you are home safe. I hope and pray for the safety of all those still fighting these wars.

  5. We had our annual Turkey Bowl football game in the front yard. It is probably not nearly as competitive as your game, but it is entertaining. We had lots of food, family and fun and we gave thanks for guys like you who make us safe.