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What is your best Boston sports memory on Thanksgiving? – Tim O.
Hmmm, that’s kind of a tough one, because there’s not a ton of history there, at least with pro sports. (I’m sure many of you have high school football memories.) The Patriots have played five times on Thanksgiving in their history – in 1984 (vs. Dallas), against the Lions in 2000, ‘02, and ’10, and then in ’12 against the Jets.
I suppose the choice has to be the 49-14 rout of the Jets in ’12, if only because it delivered one of the more unforgettable football follies in NFL history – Mark Sanchez’s butt fumble. But that wasn’t so much a memorable Boston sports memory as it was the quintessential Jets fail.
The subtler choice would be the 2000 Thanksgiving game between the Lions and Patriots. The Patriots got clobbered, 34-9, but as most Patriots fans know, it did mark the official NFL debut of Tom Brady in garbage time. I don’t think any of us had a clue that it was a significant moment at the time, other than maybe Brady himself.
The biggest Thanksgiving Day transaction was probably the Red Sox-Marlins seven-player trade in 2005 that sent Hanley Ramirez to Miami and brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston. But remembering a transaction first would be kind of a strange Thanksgiving memory.
So the Buttfumble it is. But what do you guys think? What is your best Boston sports memory on Thanksgiving?