The Thanksgiving season is upon us! That means it’s time to take part in such time-honored traditions as gathering ‘round the dinner table with loved ones, tucking into a delicious seasonal spread, and expressing all that you’re grateful for. But don’t forget about football! The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl, football played exclusively on the holiday, is another all-American custom that’s been a part of Thanksgiving since almost the very first one!
Tracing the Turkey Bowl Back
Just six years after Turkey Day #1, Philadelphia, PA held a football match between The Young American Cricket Club and the Germantown Cricket Club. This landmark game in 1869 would start a trend in another prominent American city: New York! From 1876 to 1881, Yale and Princeton would play every year on Thanksgiving Day. It was clear to see that the holiday match wasn’t going away anytime soon. When the Intercollegiate Football Association recognized Thanksgiving Day football as a national event in 1882, football on Thanksgiving became as American as apple pie! As for the term “Turkey Bowl”? Well, when high school leagues began to name their games after that tasty bird, that tradition gained popularity as well!
Where to View
Excited to take part in your own seasonal football festivities this year? Well, you definitely won’t have any trouble finding football games to watch on Thanksgiving! The NFL will host three exciting games this year: Chicago Bears v. Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills v. Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints v. Atlanta Falcons. Click here for their air times so you can plan them around your busy Thanksgiving prep schedule.
More Spirited Celebrations
While watching from home sure is comfy, especially after devouring that turkey dinner, watching the game with fans will really bring on the heat. Check out this list for just a selection of Clackamas, OR based bars open on Thanksgiving, perfect for viewing the game. There, you can sip on a few brews and meet fellow football fanatics, and perhaps create some friendly rivalries! Rather throw a Turkey Bowl of your own? Planning a football match with fellow Sunnyside Village residents at a public park is a great way to get active and spread Thanksgiving togetherness.
If you’re unsure what day is Thanksgiving 2019, keep November 28th on your radar. Whether you prefer to watch the pros duke it out from the comfort of home, on a barstool with some beers, or you do decide to toss that pigskin yourself with friends and neighbors, you might just feel a little closer to the classic roots of the holiday this year. Have a happy Turkey Bowl Thursday!