Hoo-ha. You may recall that I was a mite peeved back when the schedule came out and it was revealed that the Patriots would play on Thanksgiving for their game at Detroit. This was because the last few years my brother and his wife have come over here for Thanksgiving since they had to work during Christmas/New Year's. (They are both doctors doing their residencies.) Then I found out that this year they don't have to work either holiday so they would be staying in Michigan for Thanksgiving and coming here for Christmas. However, I thought it would be gauche to ask if I could come over to go to the Pats game... but then last week I was talking to Bro and when I brought it up, he invited me to do just that! It was uncertain for a few days... I had to make sure I could get off work for one, and then there was the whole question of whether I should spend the $$, since the wife and I are looking at bearing offspring, which I'm led to understand can put a bit of a dent in your finances. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. I get to see the Pats, which I haven't done since 2007; they're playing the Lions, so odds are they'll win; I don't have to pay for a hotel or even the game ticket; I don't have to worry about driving in an unfamiliar city looking for a parking space; all I have to worry about is the gas to get there and back. Plus I get to see my year-and-a-half-old niece. Plus I haven't had more than a couple days off at a time in almost three years, so I think I've earned it. Also it should be fun to see the throwback unis. The last time I saw the Pats wear those was in 1986, when they weren't even throwbacks yet. Now I just hope the Lions fans don't lynch me. I went to a Lions home game against the Packers (in 1998, when I was still somewhat of a Packers fan) and boy were those people a-holes.