Celebrating Thanksgiving with football

Celebrating Thanksgiving with football

This Thanksgiving break, students and families will be packing their bags as they travel to Austin, Texas to watch the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Texas Longhorns.

According to ESPN, the clash between the two Texas universities is one of the most important games left in the season as the Texas Longhorns look to spoil TCU’s chances of whether or not they will they will secure a spot in one of the coveted playoff matchups.

For some, the main focus of the Thanksgiving holiday will be the 6:30 p.m. game, but for others, it is a time to reconnect with family and friends in the state capital.

“Going to the game is one thing, but it also gives me opportunity to reconnect with my family and have a great time and not just go home and sit around the dining room table,” said Jake Larsen, a senior political science major.

“My entire family will be there in Austin for the game,” Larsen said. “I look forward to having a Thanksgiving meal with them during the day and then if we win the game, we will go out and celebrate on 6th Street with all the other Horned Frogs.”

Garret Evans, a senior political science major, is meeting his entire family in Austin for the Thanksgiving matchup.

“I am going to drive down to Austin with some friends then meet up with my whole family at my aunt and uncle’s house for a Thanksgiving meal,” Evans said. “You couldn’t ask for a better way to spend Thanksgiving—you’ve got family, friends and football in one of the most fun cities in Texas.”

While some students may not be able to meet with their families in Austin this Thanksgiving break, they are still supporting the Horned Frogs for the big game.

“This is a huge game and a huge opportunity in a great city,” said Andrew Price, senior criminal justice major. “Because Thanksgiving is so late in November, I am going to be seeing my family in a few short weeks so it didn’t make to much sense to travel home for the short break.”

Hopefully the Horned Frogs will be able to recreate the same magic from two years ago when they took down the then No. 18 ranked Longhorns, 20-13, at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

“I went two years ago and it was a blast,” Price said. “I can only imagine it being even bigger and better this year, especially if we can pull through with a win.”

For those traveling alone or with families, the city of Austin has much to offer over the Thanksgiving holiday.

For students and families that are looking to have a Thanksgiving meal before the big game, the LakeWay Resort and Spa is offering its annual Thanksgiving Brunch.

The brunch will include live music and a kid’s petting zoo. The cost is $50 for adults and $20 for children (5-12).

Another option for a Thanksgiving meal is the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa.

The turkey day buffet includes roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, shrimp, gulf coast oysters, ahi tuna, glazed ham, slow-roasted prime rib, as well as an array of sides and desserts.

The cost is $55 for adults and $27 for children ages 6-12. In addition to the meal, there will also be activities such as holiday-themed arts and crafts, kiddie train rides, Storytelling’ with JD, Baking in the Pines, teen poker night and much more.

For those that are looking to work up an appetite for their Thanksgiving meal, they can participate in the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot to fight back against poverty through Caritas of Austin.

Families and students can either participate in a 5-mile family fun run or a 1-mile walk. The money raised helps Caritas of Austin feed, house, educate and employ thousands of Austinites who are experiencing poverty and homelessness.

Join the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa for their 5th Annual Holiday Lights & Ice event benefiting Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas.

The entire family can enjoy ice-skating on their 4,100-square-foot ice rink with over 200,000 lights and other festive activities.

The popular 6th Street bars will be filled with purple, especially if the Horned Fogs can walk away with a victory against the Texas Longhorns.

The street is one of the most well know streets in Texas and consists of seven blocks filled with bars, live music and all other kinds of entertainment for those of legal age.