By Josh Kalamotousakis

Thanksgiving is the official start to the holiday season. And what better way to kick off this wonderful season than with family, food and football!

I’m a huge fan of football on Thanksgiving Day. Since the NFL added the third game in 2006, there’s always a game to watch for whenever you and your family eat. The games don’t usually disappoint, and this year looks to be no different.

You have the Houston Texans’ high-powered defense going against the Detroit Lions (11:30 a.m., CBS), Robert Griffin III and the Redskins running into Dallas to face the Cowboys (3:15 p.m., Fox), and a huge rivalry game as the Patriots take on the Jets (7:20 p.m., NBC).

It doesn’t get any better, with two division games (Dallas vs. Washington, New England vs. New York) and a hard-hitting defensive matchup between the Texans and Lions. A full slate of games to go with a full plate. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Game of The Week
Class 8A football playoffs: Glenbard North at Loyola
1 p.m. Saturday

No. 1 Loyola looks to make it back-to-back 8A championship games as they face off against No. 6 Glenbard North in the state semifinals. Both teams are coming off big wins, and each has their eyes on going down to Champaign.

Winners & Losers
Winner: Andrew Luck. He shaved his head in support of head coach Chuck Pagano, who has made it through his first round of chemotherapy. The whole team is behind Pagano and so are many people around the country. Keep fighting, Chuck!

Loser: Dwight Howard. His former team, the Orlando Magic, has started off strong while his Lakers were so sluggish, they fired coach Mike Brown. You mad, Dwight?

The Brooklyn Nets won their first game in their new city and at their very expensive new arena. As long as they keep winning, they won’t become one of Jay-Z’s 99 problems. … Is it safe to say Tony Romo is the new Jay Cutler? … High school basketball is about to get started! Should we just give the trophy to Simeon already? … The LeBron X’s are flying off the shelves everywhere! With a $300 price tag, I’m not sure if we are idiots or addicts for buying them.

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