October 4, 2012

Giving thanks


MONTREAL – The Alouettes have traditionally given fans lots to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Monday, and we don’t just mean the temporary respite from visiting in-laws. Hosts of a home game every year since 2006 on the second Monday in October, they’ve also been perennial winners of a home game on the second Monday in October.

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In six Thanksgiving Day Classics since 2006, the Alouettes have posted a perfect 6-0 record and have run that record in convincing fashion, outscoring their yearly visiting company by a margin of 211-87.

And on a holiday that already expands waistlines, Alouettes fans have been downright spoiled on this day in history as they’ve watched their team not only feast on the opposition as if they were drizzled with gravy and topped with cranberry sauce, but also make history for dessert.

Victories aren’t the only good omens to have come on Thanksgiving for the Als. Remember when Ben Cahoon became the CFL’s all-time receptions leader back in 2010? That was on Thanksgiving Monday. Or how about a year later when Anthony Calvillo took over the throne as pro football’s all-time passing yards leader? Also on Thanksgiving Monday.

After rewriting the record books in each of the past two autumn holiday weekends, the Alouettes Thanksgiving perk of 2012 might well be a playoff berth. Should the Eskimos lose to the Tiger-Cats on Friday night, an Als win over the Bombers Monday (TICKETS) would punch Marc Trestman’s squad’s ticket into the postseason.

So as fans prepare to carve their golden birds this weekend, they can also give thanks that their favorite birds have a chance to add to their Thanksgiving streak.