Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope the day brings you any glorious combination of food, family and football.
Word of the Day: Exculpation.
I'M THANKFUL FOR LARRY JOHNSON. For most coaches, "who is the best pass-rusher you ever coached?" is probably a fairly open-and-shut case. But thanks to Larry Johnson, Urban Meyer had more elite defensive ends in a three-year span than most entire programs see in their complete history.
So for Meyer, the question is probably harder than the average game against Michigan. But he took a stab at it, anyway.
Putting Nick Bosa at No. 1 ahead of Chase Young is bold, but I respect it. He was the most unblockable player I've ever seen at the college level until his injury.
Also, it's hilarious that this list is so absurd that Joey Bosa has to be last.
I'M THANKFUL FOR ANTHONY VIOLI. I'm sad to report that your Thanksgiving Skull Session can't be completely full of good news today, because we've got to mourn the loss of a proper Buckeye Legend.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Anthony Violi this morning.— The Ohio State University Marching Band (@TBDBITL) November 25, 2020
A trumpet player in the band from 1937-42, he was our very special guest i-dotter in September 2018 at age 100.
Our deepest condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/UrQU8GlQf1
Anthony Violi was a trumpet player in The Best Damn Band in the Land, a loyal alum, a World War II veteran, and by all accounts an exceptional human being. He will be missed, but never, ever forgotten.
I'M THANKFUL FOR JORDAN FULLER. Jordan Fuller caught more passes thrown 10 yards downfield by a Michigan Man this week than any Wolverine receiver has all year. And in what can only be seen as a Thanksgiving miracle, he was mic'd up while he did it.
It probably took me far longer than it should have to recognize this, but Jordan Fuller is very, very good at football and I'm extremely glad that he was on my favorite team for four years, even if I didn't fully recognize it until after he left.
Jeff Okudah, Chase Young and Damon Arnette were obviously the high profile departures from last year's team, but I never realized how much Fuller meant to the defense until there suddenly isn't a safety on my screen to tackle the man running wide open downfield.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Fuller.
I'M THANKFUL FOR THIS VERY GOOD DOG. I have found it. I have found the single most-essential essential worker.
My hospital hired an employee whose only job is to go around saying hi to other employees while they work pic.twitter.com/WWXNeEiWne— Shari Dunaway, MD (@ShariDunawayMD) November 20, 2020
I'm thankful for Shiloh. And I am now very aware that my freeloading feline son needs to get a damn job.
I'M THANKFUL FOR YOU. At the risk of sounding like a cheese dick, I must express that I am sincerely thankful for every one of you who takes the time to read my online words, as flawed, tardy and typo-ridden as they often are.
It's easy to take for granted that I have a full-time job saying dumb things online, but the reality is the only reason that's the case is because of you maniacs. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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