A football fan's guide to Thanksgiving

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In just two days another Thanksgiving will be upon us. A day to enjoy family, an unreasonable amount of food and a full schedule of NFL football. While I would love to go on a 500 word rant about all my favorite foods from Thanksgiving (pumpkin pie, obviously), I figured I would instead create a perfect schedule to make sure you get the most out of your holiday.

Pre-12 p.m.

Assuming you are not the person preparing all the food, the morning of Thanksgiving is the time to sit back and rest up; you have a big day ahead of you. Eat something really light for breakfast—no heavy pancakes or waffles. The only exception is if you are offered a plate of bacon. Choose the bacon.

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

With just 30 minutes until kick-off, assess the seating situation. If you are with a big group, seating can be at a premium, so be prepared to claim your spot. You don't want to be stuck standing.

12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the time things get tricky. The Lions-Texans game starts at 12:30 p.m., but at some point during this duration you may also be beckoned to the dinner table (my family does it about 2 p.m.), so be mentally prepared for that. I try to delay everyone to coincide with halftime of the game in order to miss a minimal amount of the game. Make sure to eat quickly; just unhinge your jaw and start shoveling. Don't worry: there will be other football fans at the table doing the same thing.

4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Food coma #1.

4:15 to 7 p.m.

Cowboys vs. Redskins. Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. RG3, in his first trip to Big D. As the game begins I usually awaken from my food coma to enjoy some dessert, or depending on who's definition, lots of dessert. It's the sugar boost you need to get through the rest of the day. I also use the halftime of this game to partake in my second helping of Thanksgiving dinner. Before you say it, no, I am not overdoing it. Thanksgiving is meant for gluttony.

7 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

Food coma #2.

8:20 p.m. until bedtime

By this time I'm usually home, in comfortable clothes, on my comfortable couch. It's time to unwind and let another Thanksgiving come to close with the final NFL game of the day: Jets vs. Patriots. A great game to end a great holiday.

Everyone's Thanksgiving is little different, so no matter what your schedule is this year, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!