Whereever you are and whatever you’re doing on this Thanksgiving Day, I hope you’re happy and with family and friends. Remember those in our military who are away from home today, keeping us safe so we can all celebrate. They are the real heroes.
One of the things that goes hand in hand with turkey today is football. For years, it was a drag to have to endure the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Today, they could be invovlved in the best game of the day. Green Bay rolls into Detroit unbeaten. But at 7-3, the Lions should give the Packers a decent game. I’m going with the Pack, but wouldn’t be surprised to see the Lions spring the upset.
The game of the day should be San Francisco at Baltimore. It’s the “Harbaugh Bowl”, with brothers Jim and John squaring off against each other. Jim Harbaugh is the rookie head coach of the 49ers, the surprise of the NFL this season, having lost just once in ten games. John’s Ravens are one of the elite AFC teams. Their parents won’t be attending the game. Too much stress invovlved for that. Besides, they celebrate their wedding anniversaty Friday.
The cliche heard around the Bengals locker room Wednesday was “must win”. You hear that a lot in sports. But it probably applies to the Bengals game this week against the Browns. After back to back losses, both inside the division, the Bengals find themselves a full game back of the Ravens and Steelers. And at 1-2, Cincinnati is two games back of the Ravens in that tie breaker. The only guaranteee for making the playoffs is to win your division. Another loss inside of the AFC North this Sunday and the Bengals would fall into a very precarious position.
Fox Sports baseball expert, Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday that the Los Angeles Angels are interested in trading for the Reds catcher, Ryan Hanigan. Conventional wisdom at the end of last season was that Hanigan would be a back up to the top prospect in the entire Reds organization, Devin Meseraco. Hanigan is cheap by baseball standards, having signed a three year deal this past spring that will pay him just over $1 million this coming season. But if he is on the block, it now makes sense why the Reds elected not to trade Ramon Hernandez. Hernandez is a free agent, who made $3 million last season. On the open market this winter, Hernandez will draw some attention, but nothing in the $3 million range. The Reds won’t offer Hernandez arbitration, but may try to sign him. He’d be a great mentor for Meseraco, and would provide a more consistent bat than Hanigan would
Maybe the Reds have a plan after all.