While Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends and express our gratitude for all of the blessings in our lives, the most famous tradition of the holiday is the Thanksgiving feast (though American football comes a close second). Today, while enjoying a delicious meal with my family, I came up with a crazy idea: comparing the current Everton squad to the foods traditionally eaten on Thanksgiving. This might end up being one of the weirder things I've ever written, but you know what, one of the things I'm thankful for today is that my favorite football team has finally started a season well and has actually become fun to watch.
Hey, it's guaranteed to make you hungry at the very least.
Turkey - Marouane Fellaini
There were two ways I could go with this: calling someone a turkey is usually an insult implying that the person is stupid or dumb in some way, but the turkey is also the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal. I decided to go with the second definition, as Fellaini has easily become the centerpiece of this Everton team.
Stuffing - Leighton Baines
Just as the stuffing complements the turkey and makes it taste better, Baines and his picture-perfect crosses make Fellaini a better player. See where I'm going with this now?
Cranberry sauce - Tony Hibbert
For as long as I can remember, cranberry sauce has been associated with Thanksgiving. While it can be a little plain by itself, cranberry sauce pairs well with other foods and is a comforting constant.
Mashed potatoes - David Moyes
To me, mashed potatoes are probably the key to the entire Thanksgiving meal. We often overlook mashed potatoes in favor of foods with more flair, but really we're lucky to have this dish and its delicious simplicity.
Lemon meringue pie - Darron Gibson
When this first got brought to my family's Thanksgiving dinner, it was not nearly as anticipated as pumpkin pie and nobody was really too excited to eat it. Surprisingly, it has become a hit and now we don't know how we ever celebrated Thanksgiving without it.
Nuts - Steven Naismith
Since we still don't really know what we have in Naismith, he's a tough nut to crack. Okay, I'm running out of ideas here. Although Naismith did act a little nutty in a recent World Cup qualifier.
Leftovers - Thomas Hitzlsperger
We're saving this food that no one else wanted. We still think it could be put to good use.