NFL on Thanksgiving Day: Food & Football [Preview]

Football is as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and awkward family moments. Unfortunately, the two teams required by the 28th Amendment to host games on Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, haven’t provided too many memorable match-ups in recent history. But this Thanksgiving, five out of the six teams in action are in the playoff mix, and at least two of the games should be very entertaining.

Photo by guyfromlargo, CC BY-NC 2.0

Let’s take a look at what’s on tap.

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Playing Outside the Box: Moneyball

It’s been nearly a decade since the 2002 season, the year that author Michael Lewis wrote about Oakland Athletics’ General Manger Billy Beane and his strategy to find overlooked and undervalued players to fill voids in the A’s low-payroll roster.

The concepts in Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game have become a lightning rod of controversy over the years, setting up a somewhat fictitious battle over the best way to build a ball club, between the traditional method of scouting and more recent statistics-driven analysis.

Round two of this spirited debate has surfaced with the release of the movie version of Moneyball, which focuses on the evolution of Beane’s theories and his motivation for putting them to use.

The Oakland A's playing host to the Toronto Blue Jays on August 20th, 2011. Photo by Joey Pangilinan.

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2011 MLB Playoff Preview

September 28, 2011 will go down as one of the craziest nights of baseball in the game’s rich history.

Four teams were competing for two playoff spots. The Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox were trying to avoid the biggest September collapses in baseball history. The St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays, who were thought to be dead at the beginning of the month, were trying to complete two of the most improbable comebacks.

Photo by Jordan Iserson.

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2011 NFL Season Preview

The dreaded lockout that threatened to shorten the NFL season ended without any significant damage.  The owners and players reached a deal in late July, after nearly 5 months of heated negotiations to preserve the entire 2011 regular season.

Now, after all of the lockout drama and an incredibly boring preseason, the 2011 NFL season is upon us. The rosters have been trimmed down, the final cuts made and all 32 teams are now preparing to begin their quest to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Indianapolis next February.

Let’s take a look at the three biggest games of the year and why their impact is so great.

1.) Week 1:  (September 8, 2011) Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints. Lambeau Field, 8:30pmEST

Lambeau Field- Home of Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers, and site of the the 2011 NFL season opener. Photo by Michael Brown.

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