, Corbin, KY

November 27, 2013

Sometimes I really do feel like a turkey!

Like It or Not, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — As an avid sports fan, sometimes I feel like a real turkey.

Why you ask?

I think it’s the fact time and time again I’m let down by the teams that I root for.

With that said, I’m going to write a sarcastic version (surprise coming from me) of the things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.

• The Chicago Cubs

This one was so obvious I had no choice but to put it at the top of my list. I’m so thankful for the Cubs having never won the World Series in my lifetime. When you think about the money I’ve saved on division, league and World Series T-shirts, I have plenty to be thankful for.  I’ve also always said that when the Cubs finally do win the World Series that I will get a tattoo on my right arm. Looks like the ink is most likely safe for another five or 10 years anyway.

• Referees

I’m thankful that referees/sports officials don’t seem to have any kind of accountability when it comes to right and wrong calls. If they did, a lot of those poor guys may be out of jobs. Before you respond mentally and tell me I should put myself in their shoes, I have, which means I know that a lot of the calls are made as snap judgments. I also know that the level at which I umpired (Little League and middle school baseball) is a much slower pace than that of professional sports, but that’s really no excuse. Time and time again, the outcome of games are decided by a judgment call or a call that is changed to go in the other team’s favor for some reason. I continue to be amazed at the fact that some lazy guy in a recliner with a bowl of popcorn and a diet drink in his hand can see that a call was wrong, yet some of these officials can’t see to tie their own shoes.

• Mother Nature

Thank goodness Mother Nature has decided to give us some cold weather as football season winds down. Not only was it cold this past Friday for Williamsburg’s playoff game against Hazard, it was also raining. Hopefully this week the weather will be a little bit more tolerable, but the forecast doesn’t give any indication that will happen. Maybe we can get some snow on the ground or falling in time for the game! That would be great (said nobody)!

• Injuries

When I sit and think about it, injuries should have probably been at the top of my list. It seems like every time something starts going well for one of the sports teams I root for, an injury jumps up and bites them on a particular body part. Last season the Chicago Bulls were without Derrick Rose and the Kentucky Wildcats lost Nerlens Noel late in the season. This season, the Bulls are again without Rose after an injury to his other knee and my beloved Chicago Bears have been without quarterback Jay Cutler for most of the season. I will be honest though, Cutler most likely wouldn’t help the Bears unless he magically became an All-Pro linebacker without anyone knowing it.

• On a serious note

I guess I’ll end by listing a few things I really am thankful for. First of all I’m thankful for my family and friends. A lot of times we look past those that are close to us at this time of year and forget to let them know how thankful we are to have them in our lives. I’m also thankful to have a job that I enjoy doing, with the exception of tight deadlines. I know a lot of people are out of work or actually have to perform hard labor to make a dollar these days, so I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. Last but not least, I’m thankful for the little things in life. A lot of times these are the things that mean the most to us in the grand scheme of things.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.