Giving thanks

November 22, 2007 – 5:37 am by Hickey

It’s been a rough week for myself and my family (hence the fact I haven’t posted anything in a week), and thoughts of “What exactly is there to be thankful for?” have been raised. Fortunately, as always, sports is there to the rescue. And here are some of the things about sports that we should be thankful for in 2007.

– The ineptitude of the New York Knicks. Seriously, is there anything better than watching the daily drama that unfolds out of Madison Square Garden? Anybody who says they know what’s going to happen next is a liar. (Well, outside of knowing the Knicks will lose in embarrassing fashion.)

And even if the MSG crowd chants “Fire Isiah!” every five minutes, I implore James Dolan to not listen to their requests. Think about it. The Hawks suck every year, and nobody gives a crap about them. Apparently they have new uniforms this season. Did you know that? Didn’t think so.

But the Knicks — well, they take sucking to a whole different level. A legendary level. A level that assures you of always being in the national consciousness. Fire Zeke, and some of that made-for-the tabloids drama goes away. Maybe all of it. Do you see Jeff Van Gundy causing that kind of a stir? So even though each additional game Isiah coaches lowers the value of my IU education, I say “stand by your man.”

– Kansas football coach Mark Mangino. And the fact I’m not Mark Mangino’s underwear.

– England failing to qualify for the 2008 European soccer championships. Just as the rest of the world delights in the recent ineptitude of the U.S. in basketball, we’re allowed to chuckle when the country that invented the sport can’t even get as far as Romania.

– Early season college basketball tournaments, especially the Maui Invitational and Great Alaska Shootout. Something about seeing the best teams in the country playing in a high school gym with dressed-down coaches and a major sporting event occurring in Alaska just warms the soul.

– The USC Song Girls.

– The Old Oaken Bucket finally getting an “I” added to the chain.

– Watching the New England Patriots do stuff that I had deemed impossible outside of Tecmo Bowl. Watching the Miami Dolphins do other stuff I had deemed impossible. Namely, hiring Cam Cameron as head coach. Oh yeah, and not winning any games.

– Seeing the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings four straight times. Wings fans better hope the Hawks don’t end up with the No. 8 seed this postseason.

– Thanksgiving football. (Except for games shown on NFL Network). But nothing can beat the one day a year we all get excited to watch the Lions.

– One word: turducken.

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