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Thank you very much

Steve Yingling

As you sit down at the dinner table today to enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving Day feast, remember there is much more to be thankful for than the food that you are about to eat:

Thanks to:

— The NFL arbitrator for letting Terrell Owens time to sit back and rest his lips. Maybe he’ll keep them together next year when he’s playing for the Falcons or Broncos.

— Oregon alums for not harrassing me too badly following the Beavers’ humiliating 56-14 defeat to the Ducks in the annual Civil War game last Saturday.

— The NFL for tendering one decent game on Turkey Day. Doesn’t Detroit have something else to do on this holiday?

— Peyton Manning for wanting to wear a horseshoe on his helmet throughout his NFL career.

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— Nike Team Nationals for making its high school cross country championships just as mixed up as the Bowl Championship Series. How could the two-time defending state champion STHS girls only be ranked fifth in the Southwest region?

— Northern Nevada boys’ soccer programs for continually being naive in thinking that Vikings won’t be good a year after losing 15 to 20 seniors.

— The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association for allowing South Tahoe to remain in the Northern 4A League despite a glut of cross country and boys’ soccer championships.

— World Cup skiing champion Bode Miller for always having an opinion.

— Freestyle moguls star Travis Cabral for staying close to his hometown roots and giving back to his community.

— University of Nevada for allowing Garrett and Justin McIntyre to escape to Fresno into the welcoming hands of Pat Hill.

— Karma and Rollins Stallworth being so loyal and dedicated to the Hug High football program over the past two decades. Hug’s first Northern 4A regional championship last Friday was a long time coming.

— Adults in our community who are so dedicated to developing our children in athletics. Multi-sport youth coaches like Scott Morgan, Shawn Miller, Jimmy Barnard, Kevin Higgins, Joe Laub, Scott Rogers and Joby Cefalu continually volunteer their time so your children can enjoy their youth sports experiences.

— Pop Warner youth football head coaches David Slater (Peewees) and Miller (Junior Peewees) for providing the community with thrills on the gridiron this fall. Both teams advanced to the West Coast Division III championship games.

— STHS cross country coaches Dan Wilvers and Dominique Westlake for allowing young-and-willing runners to train with their high school teams during the summer.

— Don Amaral and Matt Tillson for making baseball a highly anticipated spring sport in a mountain community.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or