The day after thanksgiving is known simply as “Black Friday,” it was traditionally the day when Christmas shopping was so prevalent that retailers finally made a profit or got their finances “in the black” for the year. These days Black Friday has become a day of huge sales and major discounts, so it has led to mobs of unruly shoppers and almost unbearable holiday hours for retail employees. I believe that the holidays are a time to spend with family so I have always been against stores opening on Thanksgiving, but as a frugal shopper, I love to take advantage of some of the available deals of the day. I have never waited in a line or rushed a store for a sale, but stopping into a shop and grabbing a chance deal is always great during the day. Many retailers have been trying for years to use this day to drive revenue while ensuring the safety of their shoppers, and while lines and lotteries have helped avert tragic events of the past, people are still too violent and aggressive these days. Shopping should not be a stressful or dangerous event, and holiday shopping should be about buying something special for your loved ones and not a sale. This year’s Black Friday has already been filled with stories of fights and mobs, and since I don’t plan on ever finding myself in a situation in which I have to fight for a tv, I think I will keep my major purchases to “Cyber Monday” sales.
Last week was my worst of all in terms of NFL picks, and based on the recent trend, my picks seem to be getting worse and worse. I managed to predict only six correct games out of fourteen, and if the tread holds true, I will only have five correct this week. I am still set on getting at least one perfect week this season so this week, with every team playing once again, I am determined to get it right. Week twelve of the NFL season starts with the great tradition that is Thanksgiving football. There are three games being played this Thanksgiving so I will be expecting a day full of football, food, and family. In the first game to be played, I expect the Lions to defeat the Eagles, and in the late afternoon matchup of the Cowboys and Panthers, I fully expect the Panthers to put up a large score and keep their undefeated season going. Game three of Thanksgiving is an NFC North matchup of the Bears and Packers, and while the Bears have played well as of late, they will fall to the Packers in this game. As for the first of the Sunday games the Bills will beat the Chiefs in a blowout, the Bengals will defeat the Rams, and the Texans will win a close game against the Saints. The surging Buccaneers will defeat the Colts, the Chargers will beat the Jaguars, and the Dolphins will defeat the Jets. The Vikings will win an interesting game against the Falcons, and in a pivotal game for the weak NFC East division title, the Giants will defeat the Redskins. The Raiders will beat the Titans, the Cardinals will dismantle the much weaker 49ers, and the Steelers will win a close game against the Seahawks. As for the primetime games, we start with an interesting matchup of the undefeated Patriots and the Broncos, I expect the Broncos defense to hold strong against the heavily injured Patriot lineup and get a big win. The Monday night game will be something of a snoozer as two teams with lost seasons look to battle for the bottom of their division. I expect the Ravens to win the final game of the week against the Browns, even though they will be playing short handed. There you have it for my week twelve picks, hopefully I can break the streak of terrible weeks, enjoy the extended Thanksgiving weekend everybody.
Thanksgiving is days away, and before I state what makes me thankful, I would like to take a moment to admire the bird of the hour, the turkey. A turkey is the bird that millions of Americans will be gathering around, but why exactly do we eat a turkey of all birds? I know that turkeys are delicious, and they are rather large birds so they can feed many, but I like to wonder what the day would be like if we just ate chicken or duck. One of the major reasons for turkey being eaten on thanksgiving is because, during the early years of this continent’s colonization, these birds were quite plentiful and native. The early celebrators of the holiday possibly had easy access to the birds, and due to the large size of these fowl, I’m sure they were extremely thankful for their bounty. While I don’t exactly like turkeys since they are known for chasing people around, I still find them quite tasty, so I definitely can’t wait to “dig in” this Thursday.