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The [Thanksgiving] Papers

11/26 UPDATE 12:15 PM: The College Football Report: The Mighty Ducks, The Pistol, The Iron Bowl and Tiger Droppings.

11/26 UPDATE/7:05 A.M.: What If The Punisher Became Captain America? An allegory of America's transformation into a vigilante state?

11/26 UPDATE/7 A.M.: The Week in Chicago Rock: You shoulda been there.

11/25 UPDATE/Noon: George W. Bush's Letter To President Obama: You legitimize me.

11/25 UPDATE/11:25 A.M.: This Week on CAN TV: A British sculptor, a West Side gangbanger turned drummer, Black Mexico and more.

11/25 UPDATE/10:45 A.M.: Czar of the Playbook Preview: Eagles at Bears.

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Posting will will continue throughout the holiday weekend and today we're chock full of great stuff.

For example:

* Lupe Fiasco vs. Kanye West: Stop Apologizing To Bush! (Via the fine folks at Vocalo.

* Germany vs. USA: We Suck! (Via the fine folks at The Interview Show)

* Giving Thanks For Halloween Rock: Honoring A Chicago Tradition That Rules

* Winning Ugly: In The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

* If You're Going To Tucson: A Stout To Try At Old Chicago

* The Pope's Nose Awards: Here To Bury, Not Praise

Plus:

* "Every year it's the same: Grandma pulls the stuffing cage out of the turkey's butt and the feast begins!"

* Agony & Ivy's 13 Moments To Forget

And if you haven't seen it yet:

* Jay Levine: Let Him Finish Or I'm Gonna Deck Ya!

Also catch our holiday weekend updates at:

* Facebook

* Twitter

From the Beachwood vault:

* Home for the Holidays

What we most give thanks for:

* God Gave Rock and Roll To You

If you're so inclined:

"The Rodeo Riders Chicago will host its final club night at Touche, 6412 N. Clark with their 'Unstuff the Turkey' party on Friday, Nov. 26," Gay Chicago reports.

"The night features the infamous Rodeo Riders' turkey filled with door prizes, a post Thanksgiving tradition for many years. Guests are selected by random drawings to 'unstuff' the bird to claim a prize. This final bar night will mark the end of an era for Chicago's leather community."

Best holiday story with a local angle:

Budding Chicago archeologist digs for pumpkin pie.

"Her research entitled, 'Looking for Pumpkin Pie's Analogs in the Indian Ocean trading system: Applying the Creolization Model to the Swahili Coast,' is now being showcased in the inaugural issue of the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal. The journal publishes undergraduate work of the highest caliber for those students enrolled at a CAA school."

Also in the news:

"Offering voters 30 years of public service advocating for their needs in neighborhoods across the city and in Springfield, Dr. Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins Monday formally entered the race for Mayor of Chicago by filing over 40,000 signatures backing her candidacy."

Who?

And a Bear shall lead them:

"Leslie Frazier is now on board as interim head coach. His story is both tragic and triumphant. He was a defensive back for the Chicago Bears in the 1980s. His career ended on the winning side of Super Bowl XX. And the tragic moment was a punt return that Keith Ortego botched by calling a fair catch and then handing off the ball anyway to Frazier on a called reverse. Frazier was down. Forever. The game was already in hand, the Bears 4-6 defense as good as any in football ever. But Frazier never played again.

"His coaching career began a few years later at Trinity College in Illinois. He took an unheralded program and turned it around to the point he won two NAIA titles. In 1997 he was promoted to defensive back coach of Illinois. In 1999 he joined the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles as a DB coach. The Eagles suddenly turned their team around. He then was hired in 2003 by Cincinnati as defensive coordinator. The Bengals immediately ended a long streak of consecutive losing seasons. That Cincy team was renowned for its' ability to create turnovers. In 2005 Frazier was hired by Tony Dungy as DB coach and Special Grand Inquisitor's Assistant or something like that. That Colts team improved in its' pass defense from 15th to 6th and won Super Bowl XLI. Finally, Frazier was hired by Minnesota (and Brad Childress) in February, 2007."

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Stuff us.



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Posted on November 24, 2010


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