OK – not a post about football, but I would like to pay my respects to my wife’s aunt and my older brother. My wife’s aunt got sick with cancer and in  after she was diagnosed, she passed away quickly. There may have been symptoms that were ignored, but she was otherwise healthy and happy. We traveled to California to say goodbye to her while she was still alive, and then we scheduled to go back to attend her funeral.

My brother had heart issues for a while. Sometimes his numbers were good, sometimes bad. Sometimes his other organs worked, sometimes they didn’t. I won’t go into how he ended up in the condition he was in, but the Wednesday before we were supposed to go to aunt’s funeral in CA, my brother had a major brain bleed – probably from the blood thinners – so my dad, sister and I decided to go to TX (while my wife and kids went to CA).

On the way to the airport on Thrusday morning, we got the news that my brother did not survive until morning. So instead of a trip waiting in the hospital for him to recover, we ended up helping prepare for his funeral.

My wife was singing, and I was a pallbearer for aunt’s funeral, so I couldn’t miss that. I left TX early Saturday morning and barely made it in time for her funeral in CA. Sunday morning, we left early from CA to TX to make it in time for my brother’s funeral. We went home Monday, did some laundry, got some rest, and left Tuesday for Salt Lake City for Thanksgiving with my wife’s family.  Needless to say we were physically and emotionally exhausted. The rest and time with family was good.

Death is always a sad time for many, but I always like to focus on the happy times. Every time I see a body in a coffin, I feel more happy than sad because now they are at peace. No more pain and suffering, no more dealing with knuckleheads, and the opportunity to rest in paradise. I hope they both get to rest in paradise together, and watch over and protect us. Their memories will always keep me smiling.

Thank you for the prayers and support!

So of course you can’t have Thanksgiving without football. I was always jealous of the families that had their tradition for playing football with their families on Thanksgiving day.  We would see them in the park all wearing their team’s favorite jersey as we went to the grocery store for last minute items. We were always just spectators on TV and being from NY, I never enjoyed the teams that were playing anyway. The Detroit Lions sucked back then, but it was always a joy to watch Barry Sanders. The Dallas Cowboys were usually pretty good, but being a NY Giants fan, I always cheered for the opposing team.

This year we spend Thanksgiving with family in Salt Lake City.  Since there is no professional NFL Team there, I was surprised to learn that a lot of residents there cheer for the Denver Broncos.  Speaking of the Broncos, how about that incredible Overtime win against the almighty, undefeated Patriots!  Without Peyton Manning! In 24 degree snowy weather! Defense wins championships and I think we have a championships caliber defense this year so I expect to make the Superbowl regardless if Manning or Osweiler is behind center.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and your team is having good success thus far in the season. Hope to see your team in the playoffs!