25th Annual Turkey Bowl

This was the 25th annual Turkey Bowl.  It’s always one of the highlights of the year for me.  I love feeling for one day out of the year like I’m invincible on the football field.  Reality soon steps in when on the first play that left hamstring and groin start to feel a shade over 50.

Four have played in all 25 Turkey Bowls.    Tommy Krenz, Kevin Rogers, Terry Bailergeon, and Rollo Grant.  Tommy had an incredible game at QB.  The  red team started making a comeback  when he came in and took charge at QB and made two spectacular throws on the final drive with 70 yards to go in under 2 minutes to go in the game.  On the last play of the game with the red team (who was down at one time by 3 touchdowns ) trailing by four, and on 4th and goal from the 20 yard line Tommy throws one up for Division one Northern Illinois football player Lincoln Howard and he leaped over 3 defenders and somehow comes down with it.  I still can’t believe he caught it and then proceeded to dunk it over the goalpost in celebration.  How the red team won over the younger speedier Black team is beyond me.  This is typical of the Turkey bowl.  It always seems to come down to the final drive.   John Elway has nothing on Tommy Krenz and this years’ game winning Drive.

25th Turkey Bowl 2012

Kevy Rogers and I took turns coming in and out of the game.  I had a gimpy hip and hamstring and Kevy pulled his quad on a kickoff.  Kevy can still kick the ball like he did in high school.  Terry B played great Zone defense and his kids participated this year and look for them to be future Chieftain stars.  Rollo was on fire for the black team until big Lincoln someow snatched one of his passes and got the red team back in this year’s game.  We were suppose to play the Turkey Bowl in Las Vegas this year but I had an assumption that we would have perfect conditions and we sure did.   61 degrees with a 10 mph wind from the south.  As Garth form the Valley Wire took the traditional post game picture the wind seemed to shift a bit and I noticed the temp may have gone down a few degrees.  Never mind the weather as a bunch of us got in our cars and headed down to my clinic to get worked on and do some ARP wave since we were all dinged up.  No major injuries this year which is great news.  We’ve had quite a few broken collar bones, wrist, ribs, etc, and many concussions and pulled muscles.  The field was in great shape and it felt like we were playing in September.  Sure was nice not landing hard on a frozen field.

As we have completed 25 Turkey Bowls looking back we’ve had over 200 different people play in this event.  Thank you to all who have played and now it is time to start turning it over to the sons and grandsons to keep the Turkey Bowl alive and well for another 25 years.

Dr. E

p.s.  61 degrees when Turkey Bowl ended at noon and 8 hours later we had 22 degrees and a winter storm.  Sure was fun playing the Turkey bowl in T-shirts and shorts and not snowmobile suits.  Lincoln Howard this years MVP.  Look for Lincoln to be starting tight end for Northern Illinois football team next year.  They are currently rated #22 in the country.

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One Response to “25th Annual Turkey Bowl”

  • Kelly:

    You guys are totally awesome! Had I known you were playing there, I would have been there as a “senior” cheerleader, for red team, of course!

    Take care of yourselves! Love, Kelly Gieser

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