In lieu of an Ask An Angel column this week, the Angels gathered together and wanted to share with you the things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.  On behalf of them & the entire Pocket Doppler Staff, here’s to a very Happy (& Victorious) Thanksgiving.

Colleen : Things I’m Thankful For:

  • 10-0h.
  • A quarterback who calls a game in which he got a QB rating of 112.3 “frustrating.”  How lucky are we, Packer fans?
  • Jordy. Freaking. Nelson.
  • Throwback Weekend – and the prospect of TBW2.
  • Carl Edwards NOT winning the Sprint Cup Championship.  Suck it, Cousin Carl.  Next year it’s Jeff Gordon or Matt Kenseth’s year anyway.
  • “Gronking” @zcalvelli in #DCGB and co-inventing a new verb.  Use it.  It’s very satisfying.
  • (Currently) leading @bigsnakeman in the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators.
  • The great Packer fans on Twitter – including of course our own Pocket Doppler staff.
  • Your World Champion Green Bay Packers.

Paige: I’m thankful for the sounds of Friday night high school football, Ron Gardenhire’s ruby red cheeks (facial cheeks!), the smell of Lambeau Field’s grass after a summer mow, Tim Tebow’s generosity with adoring fans, the excitement surrounding Brewers nation and Beast Mode, Donald Driver’s pearly whites, Russel Wilson’s decision to don cardinal and white, the commraderie on the Packers beat, and most importantly… not having to get into a deer tree stand or go in a strugeon hut ever again!

Happy Thanksgiving Pocket Dopplers! Wishing you and your’s a wonderful and safe holiday!

Lauren: Here are the things I’m thankful for this year. :)

It’s that time of year where I choose to be reflective. I call my family even more, I tell my friends how awesome they are, and I want to be as happy as I can that I’m still here. My friends tease me because I’m too nice and always cimplimenting, but people really do mean that much to me.

6 years ago around Thanksgiving I was diagnosed with skin cancer. A surgery later, it was all gone. This past year, I’m officially cancer free.But, not a day goes by that I’m not thankful to live a life, be around amazing people and have an opportunity to go for what I want. I lost a childhood best friend to a brain tumor at 17, and I know he would want me to live as much as possible. So I do – for the both of us.

So I’m thankful everyday for family, friends, a job and my health. You never know which day is your last – so go after it. If you want a job, try like hell to make it yours. If you love someone, tell them. Don’t be scared to be happy or hurt. Laugh and realize you can’t fight destiny or fate.

Call your family tonight and say I love you.

Don’t wait until its too late for people to know you’re thankful.

Also, I’m thankful for the Packers being 10-0 this year. ;)

Amanda: There are many things I am thankful for this holiday, but I will focus on three.

One, every day I am more and more thankful for my amazing family and friends. Through thick and thin, both have been there for me and both support me in my work and future endeavors. My parents have taught me some of the most valuable life lessons that have molded me into the person I am. My brothers, without knowing, built me into one of the most competitive individuals you will probably meet and have become two of my best friends.

Two, I am thankful for the opportunities I have come across and experienced. While I do believe hard work and intelligence play a significant role in finding opportunities, sometimes luck sneaks its way in there. I am thankful for a great job and a great cast of people that I can write and discuss sports with.

Three, I am thankful that there are people in this world who put others before themselves. The men and women in US military allow us to enjoy simple, daily activities that we often take for granted. Without these brave individuals, we would not be blessed with the gift of freedom. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy your turkey! Go Pack Go!

Jayme: This year I will be giving thanks for:

Aaron Rodgers, Lane Kiffin’s visor, the shingles and my thyroid for teaching me that sometimes a break is necessary, for everyone at ThrowBack Weekend for still liking me after meeting me, hilarious people on YouTube, directv Sunday  Ticket, select male bloggers for their help in uniting female sport fans to prove we’re not all clueless nuts concerned with paint colors, the Angels for being actually decent people who not only know sports but have become some great friends, Jersey Al’s shoulder, green and yellow eye makeup, Lil’ Wayne, Front Row Amy for teaching people how not to clap, TLR retiring, and last but not least Wally Pingel because he doesn’t yell at me nearly as much as he should.

Kelly: Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. It’s a time for family, to see relatives you haven’t seen in a while, to remember the past and embrace the present. I am thankful first and foremost for family. I am thankful that my girls will once again get to spend time with my favorite aunt and uncle when we make the roadtrip back to Titletown on Thanksgiving. While I’m thankful my brother has finally found his dream job, I wish he were making the journey home as well. The standing bet still stands for him to show up to holiday gathering completely bald (shaved eyebrows would up the payoff) just to see my mom’s reaction. Sure, we’re grown up now, but challenge has be out there for over a decade and I’m still willing to pony up if he rises to the occassion. I only have one brother and, though we are five years apart, we share the same sense of humor. He remains my partner in crime much to our mothers’ dismay. I am thankful for parents that are such an integral part of my daughters’ lives. They never tire of the idea of traveling to Noni and Boppa’s for a visit and continue to bound through the kitchen door at their home in De Pere with boisterous zeal.

I love how we all still gather at my parents’ home for Thanksgiving even if my mom, who on any other day of the year could care less about the NFL, suddenly becomes an obnxious Detroit transplant (which she is) and will cheer for the Lions regardless of who they are playing. I love how my husband Robb will rib her for this. She will have the Turkey on the table at one just to spite everyone tomorrow who is cheering for the Packers (which will be everyone else in the house except for my five-year-old who just likes to be contrary) because it is a holiday first and there shouldn’t be any football on during a meal (but she will still yell something about Go Lions.)

I am thankful for the opportunties in my life, but am I most thankful that I never have to work another Thankgiving Day in my life. There was a time in the not-so-distant past where I worked every other holiday.

Like others I am thankful for our military. Yes, it sounds cliche. But I am thankful for the military and pray for a day when our troops can once again celebrate a holiday when we are no longer at war any place in the world. This year it hits hard to home as my cousin who is my age prepares for deployment in one of those war zones. I will be counting the days until her safe return.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May you be able to celebrate and remember those close to your heart. And if you have time, I hear there is going to be one heck of a game on Fox tomorrow. Hopefully you don’t have an obnoxious Detroit transplant in your ranks. And if you do, I hope you get to gloat and be thankful that the transplant’s team loses in epic fashion tomorrow.

Anita: I’m thankful for my son, my doggy and even for the pain in the butt cat! I’m thankful for the fact that I’m employed by a great University and enjoy of the benefits of that position (football, basketball and hockey games) and that I root for the greatest franchise in the history of sports, the Green Bay Packers! I am thankful for my besties who are there when I need a drink, a laugh and companionship. I am thankful for the PD staff (angels and devils) who make me smile on a daily basis, and sometimes, even make me think!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!


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  • John Rehor

    Thank you Angels! You make reading about the world of Packers better.