In the United States we have a long standing tradition that occurs on the 4th Thursday of every November. Thanks Giving. We gather with friends and family to share in traditional foods of the season and specifically to give thanks to all that we are fortunate to have. While the occasion is an excellent opportunity to remember some of the most basic social graces, it should be a trend rather than a tradition.
We do indeed have much to be thankful for. As athletes we base our blessings on our abilities. While the assumption is that those abilities are always physical, the mental components are equally important.
While many businesses close their doors for this holiday, many others also remain open to service customers. As members of the press we are on call 24/7, yet when possible it is important to rest and recover. On this day we will have a trimmed down news release schedule so that our many diligent reporters and contributors may take some much needed time off to spend with friends and family.
Some of you not residing in the USA may wonder just what happens on a day like Thanksgiving. Well, to put it simply,we gather with friends and family while we’re tempted by all sorts of delicious treasures… from the ever popular roasted turkey to deserts like pumpkin pie. (a la mode as well, if you are so inclined)
It is a fun and mild holiday that has always been known for it’s purpose to rekindle our bonds with family and friends over a great meal. But there are some that may not enjoy in the spoils of this day as many of us are so fortunate to do. The ever diligent aspiring athletes in The Ultimate Fighter will likely be starving themselves, keeping things as lean as possible to ensure they are unaffected for their live Finale bout in Las Vegas this Saturday (November 30th). For those fighters it certainly could seem like a holiday from hell. How might the fighter, fight the temptation to eat everything placed in front of them?
I certainly cannot proclaim to have words of encouragement that rival those of a good coach so I will only say “be strong, stay positive and follow your coach’s advise.”
For fans of combat sports, knowing that some may be fighting battles on two fronts this week, it’s even more so a time to be thankful for all the efforts of each fighter and their teams.
However, given the occasion, I would propose we go one step further and remember to be thankful for everyone’s efforts, the promoters, fighters, coaches, teachers, teams and their families. Everyone contributes to making things possible in the ring and the octagon. No single effort is greater than another and no single day should make us be more thankful than another.
So to all of our readers who are celebrating Thanksgiving today, may you have a very happy Thanksgiving indeed! And to all of our international readers, we wish you well, as always and will assure you we will be back to a full news schedule tomorrow morning!