Saturday, November 24, 2012

Turkey Bowl 2012

Thanksgiving started off bright and early...well not as early as we had hoped since the Turkey Bowl started at 7 a.m. and I woke up at 7:30 a.m.  It was okay thought, Neil and Daniel quickly got ready and thankfully where they were playing wasn't that far from our house so we were then in about three minutes.  Even though we were late, there was plenty of game to be played and lots of pictures to capture (323 to be exact).  I love going and watching the Turkey Bowl.  Typically it's just the young men and adult men from the ward that go while the women stay at home and get ready for dinner (that sounds quite chauvinistic, doesn't it, LOL).  Okay, usually the women stay home and sleep in..that sounds so much better!

Anyway, I like to go and take pictures and to make comments on the sidelines.  This year only Neil and Daniel went as Kevin is in Korea and Michael finally decided he doesn't have much fun and chose to stay in bed this year.  I had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.  Please understand that this football game is not a typical game, which frustrates some.  The intent is really to build bonds and have a little fun.  Therefore there are lots of people on both teams.  The tradition here has been old guys vs. young guys.  Anyone over 18 is an old guy and anyone younger than 18 is a young guy.  Everyone plays!  There are a lot of rules that are broken and created out of convenience, usually by the old guys.  Somehow the game always ends in a tie. 

Some people take the game a little too seriously and don't have fun but if you looked at the over 300  pictures I took, most everyone is having fun.  The game is played as a somewhat tackle/flag football game.  The flag system rarely lasts long.  This year some of the people who haven't played before took it a bit too seriously if you ask me.  When you horse collar a kid (my kid) that's a bit much.  But no fear, when Neil felt his little brother was being pushed around a bit too much, he took matters into his own hands and said it was game on.  A lot of the young guys play football for the high school.  They came ready to play with cleats and everything.  They certainly held their own.  There were some tough hits, thankfully everyone walked away with minor bumps and bruises.

I don't care what anyone says, the boys have fun and it's a great way to build camaraderie between the youth of our church and their adult leaders.
Run Daniel Run!

See those gloves...they stunk up my car so bad I thought I was going to puke! Ugh

Neil's shirt was a victim and didn't survive the game.

I love how Daniel is hanging on for dear life!  He was NOT going to let go.

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