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Bruin Bites: Happy Thanksgiving Edition / Football Open Thread

It's time to take a step back, give thanks for all we have as Bruins, and take a look at the various bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse as we enjoy this Turkey Day holiday.

Harry How

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in the wider Bruins Nation! On today, of all days, we get the chance to really step back and consider all that we, as Bruins, have to be thankful for. And, of course, at the top of that list for all of us is Coach Jim Mora, Brett Hundley, Johnathan Franklin, and the rest of our UCLA football team for their total victory over Southern Cal. It feels good to be thankful for reclaiming not only the Victory Bell, but for driving a stake into the heart of Southern Cal's program and setting up UCLA to reclaim Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.

What a difference a year makes: last Thanksgiving, we were watching Rick Neuheisel, a great Bruin but not a great coach, lead our Bruins to another disappointing stumbling end-of-the-year performance, which culminated in a humiliating 50-0 beat-down, with back-up running back Anthony Barr gaining one yard on one carry and watching arrogant Trojan prick QB Matt Barkley run up the score. Now, the Bruins are the kings of Los Angeles and Matt Barkley's college career ended with his face driven into the Rose Bowl turf thanks to starting OLB Anthony Barr.

On the flip side, Ben Howland, who was getting humiliated by fourth-tier garbage programs from who-the-hell-knew-this-POS-school-existed-type institutions like Middle Tennessee State, still hasn't found a way to put it together, sticking with his ineffective, boring starting line-up with both Wear twins, getting upset by Georgetown and barely squeaking by the likes of Georgia and UC Irvine. So, we have at least one program to be thankful for, right?

Of course, when we turn away from sports, we do have a lot to be thankful for as Bruins. For those of us here at BN, we are first and foremost thankful for all of you, the readers, contributors, and others who come to this community and bring your insightful commentary, unique perspectives, and hilarious senses of humor. Thank you for making writing here so enjoyable. And of course, as Bruins, we are thankful for the fact that we get to be part of the greatest university in the world: that we get to stroll down Bruin Walk, have lunch at Ackerman Union, study on the lawn between Royce Hall and Powell Library, and live by the principles of Coach Wooden. So, while our basketball program still has a very long way to go (and likely not with Ben Howland at the helm) and our athletic department is run by an incompetent goon, we should always remember how great it is to be a Bruin and to be thankful for it.

So with that said, let's turn to a special edition round-up of the bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse on this Turkey Day:

Alright folks, those are your special edition Turkey Day Bruin Bites. There's not a lot of action in the college football world today, with TCU at #16-ranked Texas at 4:30 p.m. PT the only Division I contest, but there will be plenty of NFL action, with Houston at Detroit at 9:30 a.m. PT, followed by Washington at Dallas at 1:25 p.m. PT and New England at the New York Jets at 5:20 p.m. PT. So, if you're keeping score, we'll have a handful of Bruins to watch today (Khalil Bell - New York Jets; Kenyon Coleman - Dallas; Kai Forbath - Washington; Logan Paulsen - Washington; Matt Slater - New England). So, we'll be using this as our Thanksgiving football open thread as well.

Have a great long holiday weekend and be safe in your travels. Fire away with your thoughts, additions, comments in the thread.