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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! All of us here at Dawg Sports wish all of you a healthy and joyous celebration of the many blessings that have been bestowed upon all of us. We truly have many reasons to be grateful.

The ways in which this life is a good one are too numerous to list them all, but it is worth taking the time and going to the trouble to list a few of them, in commemoration of the day. I am thankful for good health, a good job, a good home, and a loving family. I am thankful for the nation, the state, and the faith into which I had the privilege of being born. I am thankful for the opportunities life has provided me, which I did nothing to earn, and the freedom and salvation I have been given, which I did nothing to deserve.

I am thankful for the men and women in uniform who stand in harm’s way all around the globe to defend our nation and its ideals, and for those who sacrificed their lives in the causes for which our country called them to fight. I am thankful for the ability to distinguish between institutional rivalries and personal ones, so that I might root hard for the Georgia Bulldogs to beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, yet still be able to honor the memory and bravery of men like Lieutenant Clinton Dillard Castleberry, Jr. Clint Castleberry, a Georgia Tech halfback who finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a freshman in 1942 and had his jersey number (19) retired by the Yellow Jackets, enlisted in the Army Air Force after his initial college football campaign. His B-26 Marauder disappeared over Africa, and, on November 23, 1944---67 years and one day ago---Castleberry was classified as killed in action in the service of his---our---country. Admirable and courageous representatives of the Institute like Clint Castleberry are why my boisterous cheering for the Bulldogs against the Jackets will never include the expression of a hope that any person associated with either institution will ever be consigned to Hell.

I am thankful for the University of Georgia, which has given so much to me, and I am thankful for Greg McGarity, Mark Richt, Mark Fox, and the many other men and women who represent the nation’s oldest state-chartered university so well. I am thankful for the recently departed Larry Munson, whose loss we all mourn, but whose presence in our lives will all always will hold dear.

I am thankful for DavetheDawg, hailtogeorgia, Ludakit, MaconDawg, Mr. Sanchez, NCT, podunkdawg, The Quincy Carter of Accountants, RedCrake, Spears, tankertoad, and vineyarddawg, each of whom brings to the site a freshness, a vitality, and a uniqueness of voice and perspective that have enriched immeasurably the quality and the quantity of what appears here on a daily basis.

Last, but by no means least, I am thankful for all of you who take the time to visit, read what is written here, and take part in the conversation. Without you, there wouldn’t be a Dawg Sports, and we are grateful for your presence and your participation. In that spirit, we invite you to share your expressions of gratitude on this most fundamentally American of holidays in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving! Go ‘Dawgs!