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What This American is Thankful For This Thanksgiving

The American holiday of Thanksgiving is here and there is much to be thankful for.

We were always taught in grade school that the first ever Thanksgiving was held as a feast in celebration between the Native Americans and the American Pilgrims. Why the Natives would sit down and eat with a bunch of mysterious white men that took everything they had is beyond me but it seemed innocent enough as a child.

Nowadays, Thanksgiving is a Thursday in November when you get together with family, eat a ridiculous amount of food, and watch football (our football, remember we call your football ‘soccer’) all while falling asleep on the couch multiple times throughout the day. It’s quite the glorious holiday.

Thanksgiving is also the time to reflect on everything that we have to be thankful for. Thus far in this season Palace haven’t given us much to be thankful for. But since I’m in the spirit, I’m going to say what I am thankful for (on and off the pitch).

First and foremost, I am thankful for Wilfried Zaha. The man that got me hooked on the sport and made me fall in love with Palace. He wears his heart on his sleeve each time he steps onto the grass and was born a stones throw away from Selhurst Park. He embodies everything a Palace player is supposed to be.

I am thankful for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and his meteoric rise. He has been Palace’s best player this season and has fewer Premier League appearances than total years on this earth – he turns 21 on Monday. If he is not starting at right back for England at the World Cup in 2022 then Gareth Southgate will forever be disregarded as a Palace legend.

I am also thankful for Chung-Yong Lee’s wonder goal at Stoke City in the first full Palace match I ever watched. It is my favorite Palace goal of all time, although Connor Wickham’s pristine header against Watford in the FA Cup semi-final is a very close second.

Christian Benteke is thankful for other Palace strikers being trash this season. He went from being the worst signing in the history of the club to fans on Twitter begging him to get healthy as soon as possible. Jordan Ayew sealed his fate when he watched Juan Foyth head in the winner in the totally predictable 1-0 loss to the Spurs. Alexander Sorloth didn’t help his stock either by driving the ball straight into Hugo Loris from five yards out in the same game.

Mostly though, I am thankful for anyone that takes the time to read an American’s thoughts on your beloved Palace. I say ‘your’ because it was indeed was ‘yours’ far before I ever stumbled upon the club and it will be ‘yours’ long after I am gone. I’m thankful that editor Jay actually hits the publish button after reading my incoherent thoughts and translates my American English into British English.

Lastly, on a personal level, I’m thankful for the future Palace striker that is currently growing bigger by the day within my amazing wife. At twenty weeks, he has already scored as many goals this season as Ayew, Sorloth and Benteke combined and he won’t be born for another four months!

Next up for Palace

Before this four match run of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, and United, I predicted Palace would win one match. Well, they should have beaten Arsenal and were rightfully defeated at Stamford Bridge. The loss to Spurs happened again and here we are – one match left of the toughest stretch of the season.

Manchester United.

A team that Palace has exactly zero wins against in while in the Premier League. Yes, I know about the League Cup tie in 2011 but this isn’t a League Cup game. It’s a Premier League game, with three points on the line. In fact, in all eighteen Premier League meetings between the clubs, Palace have only managed two points. In total.

But hey, looking on the bright side, the next batch of four matches on the fixture list are home to Burnley and Leicester with trips to Palace Twitter’s two biggest rivals in Brighton and West Ham. I hate to say it but those are all winnable matches but I’m going to jinx it and say that those are all winnable matches.

I said it over a month ago and I’ll say it again now, December is THE do or die month. How active the club is during the January window (buying OR selling) will directly be tied to how well they play in the final month of the calendar year. We know Palace are a talented bunch but now is the time to show it and pick up much needed points.

As always, UP THE PALACE!!!

TEB WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE POND A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING

 

 

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Andy Leisen

Andy Leisen

Andy is an obsessed Palace fan from Virginia in the United States. He is a Minnesota sports fan at heart and made the pilgrimage to Selhurst in March 2018 and offers an American's take on the Eagles.

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