Patrick Robinson
Pickup games like this one on Thanksgiving, played at SWAC, are a male tradition for many. CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE OR SEE THE GALLERY BELOW FOR MORE.

SLIDESHOW: Turkey Bowl pickup games; A Thanksgiving tradition

For many young men, those who enjoy sports and possibly once played on organized teams, Thanksgiving represents something more than family and a big meal.

Every year, on playfields across the nation guys get together to toss the football around and have fun in what everyone calls the Turkey Bowl.

A group of friends, coordinated through Facebook, many former Sealth players got together on Thanksgiving morning at the the SWAC field not to watch a game on this day, but to play it.

Keeping score is beside the point. Rules are a little sketchy and there are no referees. Sometimes disputes happen but they are quickly resolved. There are no famous players, no uniforms and no cheering fans.

So while you gather with your family, and tune in the big game on TV, remember that the sports is about the fun of it. These guys know that very well.

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