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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

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This year's Thanksgiving holiday is sure to be the calm before six more days of Civil War run-up... so in this moment, we ask, what are you thankful for? (Photo by Ethan Erickson)
This year's Thanksgiving holiday is sure to be the calm before six more days of Civil War run-up... so in this moment, we ask, what are you thankful for? (Photo by Ethan Erickson)

Happy Thanksgiving, Beaver Nation. 

As I was thinking back to a year ago, it occurred to me that our situation on Thanksgiving last year was eerily similar to the situation this year. Last year's game was played the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year's is two Saturdays after, but still-- the Civil War is the only game on our minds.

Now, I think I can speak for the general population in saying that our confidence level is higher than it was last year due to the fact that the team is fully healthy and we have a week to rest and prepare. 

Here's what The VD Special wrote on Thanksgiving last year, and almost the same thing applies today:

While we are on the verge of a football game of epic proportions-- think, 300 meets Braveheart-- it's sometimes good to sit back and put things in perspective. There has been a lot of trash talking back and forth this week (some good, some, well, not so good) and I feel that this could be a day where we all just take a breather, spend time with family, friends, whoever, and just let things be, until tomorrow.

We have six more days to go after today, but that doesn't mean we can't do some self reflection now. 

It's been a great year here on Building the Dam and we've seen significant growth. While I haven't had the greatest amount of time to devote to writing here, I've added several new authors who are helping me to get the job done. Thanks to Andy, Kenny, Ryan, Connor, Arby, and Chris for helping to make this site what it is. And thanks to all of the rest of you for your contributions as well. Let's make the rest of Civil War week a great one here on Building the Dam. 

With that said, I'll open this up to you: What are you thankful for in regards to the Oregon State Athletic Program? You can go beyond that, of course, but what do you appreciate most about the orange and black?

Again, have a great Thanksgiving. 

--Jake (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)