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Sept. 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Giving Thanks, Chiefs-Style

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Happy Thanksgiving, Addicts!

I hope you are settling into a relaxing day of food, family and football, Addicts! As we all take a moment and give thanks, here’s what I’m thankful for today:

  • Sunday. Broncos. Bring it, Donkeys.
  • The crowd noise at Arrowhead Stadium. Sunday is going to make the Seahawks’ stadium sounds like the inside of a Raider fan’s head (a vacuum, a place where nothing’s going on, a special quiet place – Addicts, just substitute in whatever metaphor you want here).
  • The ability of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali to regenerate cells quickly. Remember that great movie Predator? Houston and Hali need to be Predator II and III.
  • The Raiders continue to find new ways to lose. Just lose, baby!
  • Andy Reid and his coaching staff treating players like the grown men they are. Respect and dignity go a long way.
  • Except for opposing players. I am eternally thankful for Andy Reid’s butt-box-out of Philip Rivers.
  • Bob Sutton. He is a man possessed right about now, diagramming plays in between servings of mashed potatoes. You thought he was devious before? With Houston and/or Hali likely out and the snide remarks the Chiefs defense is getting from national pundits, Sutton’s like a wolf trapped in a corner. The Chiefs defense is going to go out against the Broncos and defend their honor. That’s bigger than any player. Look for a defense possessed on Sunday.
  • The Richie Incognito story coming to light. I have a feeling that what went on in the Miami Dolphins locker room was excessive, and that behavior is inexcusable in any workplace in America.
  • Geoff Schwartz’ Twitter feed. He’s funny and has good perspective. Follow him!
  • We are debating which slot we’ll take in the playoffs, rather than what draft position we’ll be in next year.
  • Tailgating. And barbecue. But that’s redundant.
  • Our rookie class, including future stars Sanders Commings, Marcus Cooper, Knile Davis, Eric Fisher and Nico Johnson.
  • Branden Albert, and his quiet leadership on the offense. He’s always the first one to defend teammates in a scrum and pick teammates off the ground.
  • Brandon Flowers. He plays everywhere, and just makes plays, all day long. He’s also one of the Chiefs’ surest tacklers. Flowers brings confidence and swagger to the Chiefs.
  • Chiefs who lead by example, on the field and off, like Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith, Dexter McCluster, Eric Berry, Albert and Flowers. These Chiefs are consummate professionals and we’re lucky to have them.
  • Seeing the colors on the field and jets overhead and then hearing “home of the…Chiefs”!
  • And of course, all the Addicts in Chiefs Nation!

What are you thankful for, Addicts?! Have a great Turkey Day!

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