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November 24, 2011 - John Mehno
It's been my long-held belief that Thanksgiving is just about the best holiday on the calendar.

Reasons? It's all-inclusive. Aside from buying a turkey and other feast foods, it's not a festival of commercialism. It's reliably scheduled. It comes with a long weekend for a lot of people. There's plenty of football. It's the unofficial start of the Christmas season, even though some radio stations have been playing wall-to-wall Christmas songs for the last week.

Anyway, certain essentials are understood: Plenty of food and football are non-negotiable. The Detroit Lions almost always have the early game. This year they're worthy of the exposure, posting a 7-3 record and competing for an NFC playoff spot. The Lions play indoors, so those muddy Thanksgiving games are relegated to fond memories.

There are two movies you need to watch this weekend. The well-known one is "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," with Steve Martin and the late John Candy. The obscure one is Woody Allen's "Broadway Danny Rose." Both have Thanksgiving themes. Except for one heavy-duty profanity at the car rental counter in "Planes, Trains," they're suitable for just about everyone.

So enjoy the weekend, check out the movies and get ready to wrap up a great holiday weekend with the Steelers in prime time on Sunday. Happy Thanksgiving.

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