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the narrator, taps into the challenges of the historic Puritans of 1620
by lifting out a modern-day "Pilgrim" event - a highly competitive and
rugged game of touch football - known as The Turkey Bowl.
Without fail, in Lawrence, Kansas, this game has been played on Thanksgiving Day for 35 straight years. In 1971 three guys began meeting after their abundant Thanksgiving meal to toss the football. Each year a few more joined in on the fun, and teams were formed. The momentum continues to grow.
What makes this Thanksgiving Holiday Bowl game so unique? Why
are men in their 40's and 50's throwing down the gauntlet at the feet
of hopeful young upstarts and placing their years of Turkey Bowl wisdom
against unbridled energy? The answer is TRADITION.
Everyone gathers at
Johnny's Tavern the night before to "initiate" new "Pilgrims" and hear
any announcements regarding the next day's Bowl Game. As Simon points
out, these PILGRIMS OF ANOTHER SORT are engaged in the power of choice, which is the theme throughout the book. Turkey
Bowlers negotiate postponement of family travels and holiday meals,
risk injury on the field of play, flow with the ever-changing rules of
the game and vote for the most valuable players after the final whistle
The Pilgrims of 1620 and the modern day "Pilgrims" have weathered the storms, each in their own way. One group found a rock called Plymouth. Another continues to find a frozen tundra called a football field. The game is exciting, but the life lessons are clearly bigger than the game itself.