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What I’m Thankful For…

miller-article1Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of November. But, we should be thankful every day not just on Turkey Day.

In that spirit, I’m taking a page out of one of my media colleague’s books and writing my first “Thankful For…” column.  It covers primarily sports; however, I add some other interests in as well.

Happy Thanksgiving and watch some football!

What I Am Thankful For….

…a job.

…the entertainment value of Tim Tebow. Love him or hate him, you’ll wish to see a player of his caliber every season.

…head coach Urban Meyer's showing of actual emotion. I can't prove that his getting choked up on Monday was programmed. It’s nice to see that he is actually human. He should be thrilled. It can be argued that Meyer is the best college football coach in the country.

…Aaron Rodgers and Reggie Wayne for being the only two producers on my fantasy football team. I’m already building for next year. That’s the line you give when your squad is 3-8.

…this cool weather. It’s helping me transition into the holiday spirit.

…FX’s The League, which reminds me so much of my fantasy football league that it’s scary.

…living in a good sports town – no matter what the naysayers spew. Jacksonville, Florida, is paradise for a number of reasons.

…the Jacksonville Jaguars’ finding a viable No. 1 wide receiver. Mike Sims-Walker has made the phrase “poor receiving corps” non-existent this season.

…three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day, even if two of them are worth sleeping through.

…the option of ham instead of turkey.

…the college football season nearing an end. I hate to say it, but the success of the Florida Gators has made college football unpleasant, at times, for me.

…my health. We shouldn’t take it for granted.

…people who can formulate their own strong opinions.

…Jacksonville Jaguars’ general manager Gene Smith’s creating a new regime. Through ten games, it is extremely evident.

…the opportunity to witness St. Louis Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols’ full career. Not only has he performed without performance-enhancing drugs, but he is a more well-rounded ballplayer than Yank Alex Rodriguez.

…a wetsuit that keeps me warm enough.

…the return of mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice on The Ultimate Fighter 10’s season finale on December 5th. Slice, who shot to stardom because of his YouTube videos, is scheduled to fight Houston Alexander, another big-punch fighter. It could be sink or swim for Slice. He needs a huge victory to establish his worth in MMA.

…my family and friends.

…not having to decide whether I should go for it on 4th and 2 during the biggest Sunday Night Football game of the year.

…the joy Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox and third baseman Chipper Jones have brought me. When they’re out of baseball, many fans will feel some emptiness. The streak of 14 straight division titles – which both Cox and Jones were a part of – is one of the most impressive records in sports.

…no affiliation with the University of Notre Dame. It seems like there is one thing after the next in South Bend, Indiana. A head coach who will be gone quite soon, and a quarterback who can’t avoid a sucker punch in a local restaurant. There isn’t much fight in the Irish lately.

…pumpkin pie with whipped cream. In my opinion, only apple pie can contend with pumpkin.

…the increase in the popularity of tennis in the United States. It’s one of the most enjoyable sports to play casually or competitively with friends. Tennis is excellent exercise for all age groups. Pick up a raquet!

…a possible boxing matchup between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in the near future. The fight alone cannot rejuvenate boxing. Only a true, entertaining heavyweight can do that.

…not getting my eyes gouged while I work on this column. It helps that I wear an eye shield on my helmet during typing.


Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio. Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with The Jacksonville Observer Radio Show.

Richard contributes to Inside the Game with Robin Valetutto every Saturday from 12-2 p.m.

Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.

You can e-mail Richard at Richard.Miller@jaxobserver.com

5 Responses »

  1. I am thankful that there is hope for FSU. Maybe Saturday the Noles will not be crushed.

    I am thankful that Tim Tebow will graduate this year. We will see what kind of coach Urban is after that. Anyone can win games with a player that has been touched by God.

    I doubt that a college player with his overall talent will be discovered in my lifetime.

    Go Gators! Go Noles, just a little more! Go Florida teams.

    I am thankful for the Weavers. Hopefully they have the foresight to hire TIm Tebow immediately. Maybe he won't be the best NFL player but you might be surprised. I don't think he would let anyone down, and, he will fill the stadium.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. First of all, I'm thankful for Richard and his column. Second, I'm thankful that Tim Tebow has played for the Gators. I will miss not watching him play college football in the future. If the Weavers are interested in selling more ticketrs to the Jag games, they should consider hiring the home-town boy, Tim!

    Great Thanksgiving column, Richard; and I agree with you over the pumpkin pie deal!

  3. I am thankful, too, for football on Thanksgiving Day. Isn't America great. And, I too prefer ham over turkey and pumpkin pie to any other choice.
    Go GATORS!

  4. Praise the LORD for Thanksgiving Day and all the wonderful blessings that accompany it. And, I am also thankful for staying home for the holiday. Hey, there are airport delays everywhere. Wonder why. Oh, it's snow, but not in paradise (FLORIDA). Go Jags, Go Florida teams (all of them if that's possible).

  5. I agree that the Florida Gators' success has taken away from the nail biting competition that we all love about college football. Before each game starts, we know who is going to win. Wait til next year. Go NOLES.
    I'm thankful Thanksgiving is only once a year. Relatives can be like fish; after a day or so, they begin to stink. HA HA.