Thanksgiving thoughts on traditional football weekend
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Thanksgiving thoughts on traditional football weekend

Giving thanks for traditional football and lamenting personalities such as Nick Saban and Bill Belichick

Photo: Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio watching Michael Geiger's game-winning field goal at Ohio State.

Thanksgiving and football have gone together dating back to the late 1800s, so it’s nothing new. But there are always new reasons to give thanks. Here are my 13 football items to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day for the 2015 season.

— 1. I’m thankful for traditional college football rivalries played as regular-season finales. They have survived the reshuffling of conferences in a money grab. It’s baffling and sad that Oklahoma-Nebraska and Texas-Texas A&M gave up what is still treasured at Harvard-Yale, Michigan-Ohio State, Alabama-Auburn, South Carolina-Clemson, Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Oregon-Oregon State and Washington-Washington State. Stanford and Cal still play but no longer with the drama of a final regular-season game. ...

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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