Tips On Surviving Thanksgiving 2015

It’s November already. While you may already thinking about Christmas, you have to remember that you have to survive Thanksgiving first. For some Thanksgiving can be a very pleasant experience, but for some a couple of days back at home with your family can be very draining. Here are some tips for surviving Thanksgiving 2015.

Prepare Yourself: You know your family better than I do. You’ve been through many Thanksgivings before this one, so you should have an idea on what to expect. If you need meditation the night before, do it. Hide a couple of small bottles of alcohol or fill your flask with the good stuff. If you’re hosting the event make seating arrangements for the meal itself. If you have kids have them make cute name signs and have them place it. Adults usually are not going to change the seating if they know a child did it to avoid hurting his/her feelings because who wants an emotional child during Thanksgiving? Nobody. Don’t cook everything. Have members that coming to bring a dish.

Avoid Heavy Topic: When I say avoid heavy topics, I’m talking about politics or anything that usually get people fired up. Avoid it like the plaque. Break out into song or twerk if you have to.

Leave Social Media Alone: Not because it’s rude to your family, but because all you going to see on social media is your friend’s plate of foods and sadness. Also it’s Facebook law that 80% of your friends must complain about something.

Don’t Be An Early Bird: If you have the luxury of not having to stay with family during the night before Thanksgiving then stay your ass in bed till noonish. If you’re up watching the Thanksgiving parade with them you’re doing it wrong.

Keep the Kids Occupied: For the love of god have something set up for the kids. Have a game station set up for them or movies. Having a dedicated room for them would be ideal. If you have a teenager that’s perfect. Their job can be keeping the kids in line instead of staring into their phones all day long.

Get Out Of the Damn House: Nowhere it’s written that says you have to spend the day eating and just watching football. One of the things I actually like about my thanksgiving is that we actually get to play backyard football or go mudding. These events can bring you closer as a family.

That’s all I have for now. Have anything tips that I might’ve missed? Post them and your thoughts below!

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Saints (0-2) fails to rally against the Bucs (1-1). Loses 26-19

Following the loss to Tampa Bay the Saints falls to 0-2 for the regular season, so what exactly going on with the Saints?

I believe a lot of it’s mental for the Saints opponent. Nobody is really “scared” to play the Saints anymore. The prestige of an elite football team has diminished. Their defense finishing second to last a year ago, and many questionable off season decisions; like keeping Rob Ryan as the defensive coordinator, trading away Jimmy Graham, and giving Byrd a 6 year 50+mil contract when many believe that he’s not in his prime anymore and don’t deserve that kind of contract. Byrd still haven’t played a down for the Saints, but many believe he will be back in week 3. Seriously you look at the Saints roster and besides Drew Brees you kinda get that feeling that there’s no major threats.

During the game, the Saints have plenty of opportunities to come away with the W. However, the Saints had three turnovers and 10 penalties for 115 yards, 4 sacks, a missed field goal, and a blacked extra point attempt. Looking at these stats alone you can tell that team didn’t have a great game at all. Going into the 4th quarter 23-7 the Saints tried to rally, but fell short.

“We fought hard, and fought hard to get back. I let my team down in the most critical part of the game, so I take full responsibility for that. I need to make it up to them.” – Mark Ingram, RB

“I would say it’s very frustrating. We just didn’t execute. Tampa Bay came in and they played better than we did. It’s very simple. Football is a very simple game. You go out and play your best. Usually, you give yourself a good chance of winning. When you miss assignments or you allow pressure on the quarterback or when you turn the ball over, you make it very tough on yourself to win the game.” -Benjamin Watson, TE

It’s been reported that Brees hurt his shoulder after a big hit earlier in the game in which constricted the play calling for the Saints. Brees stated that the injury was minor and only affected a few of his throws.

With this loss the Saints are on a 6 game losing streak for home games. Something that is not heard. Usually the Saints are unbeatable at home.

“It is a fair question, but this is a different team in this locker room. They’re dealing with an opening home loss. We talked it about all week, the advantage you can have of playing at home here, the history of playing here all those other things. There are just so many guys that are new to it and we need to embrace that. The ones that have been here need to communicate how important it is for this to be an advantage. And looking around the league, teams want to play well at home but this is a unique environment. We have great fans and it is disappointing not to play well for them.” – Sean Payton, Head Coach

A silver lining for the Saints is that the season is still young and there’s a lot of football to be played. This Saints team kind of have an underdog feel to them after losing to the Bucs that finished with a record of 2-14 last season. First and foremost the Saints have to stop shooting themselves in the foot with the turnovers and penalties. For defense, will Byrd return will be enough help edge this defense is the right direction? Well Saints fans… lets hope so.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a big level of concern, mainly just disappointment in knowing that we have put ourselves in a little bit of a hole. We can only win one game at a time though, and that’s next week.” – Drew Brees, QB

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Oooohhhhh Patriots… Deflategate!

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efore I begin, keep in mind that the decision to punish the Patriots or not will be on Goodell shoulders and his alone. When talking about the allegations to my friends they seem to think that it’s a council of all the NFL teams to decide the Patriots fate. Nope! Goodell is the only judge. The Patriots are accused of violating an NFL rule requiring that game balls be inflated to between 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch. It is to be believed that decreasing the PSI makes the ball easier to catch.

I’m by no means consider myself a “hardcore” Patriots fan. But I do feel like the reason this is blowing up so fast is to get some kind of “punishment” for the Patriots before their Superbowl game with the Seahawks. With the Patriots going through spygate years ago, their image may not seem honorable. Once a liar, always a liar, right? Goodell HAS to look into any accusations that affect the competitive aspects of the game. The NFL has came out and said that 11 out of 12 balls were deflated after the game. This just put blood in the water for everybody that wants to see some kind of judgment before the Superbowl. It’s not going to happen though. Goodell is required to provide a hearing” to the accused team. This means the Patriots should receive a formal hearing process to contest the accusations before Goodell issues a punishment. Personally, I don’t think Goodell have enough time to get all the information he needs to make a decision. Some reports have the NFL making a statement regarding the issue of “deflate gate.” It may not be definitive statement that most people are looking for though. Again, If the Patriots law team is any good they would likely ask the NFL for more time, so they may present a proper legal defense.

In my opinion, Goodell will not make a decision that will affect the outcome of this game. Why? Is all about the money. The Superbowl is the NFL’s biggest show. It’s really the one time that people from other nations tune in to watch “American football.” Goodell badly wants to increase the NFL spear of influence, so I believe he wants the best players on the field come kickoff time.

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