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Thank you, readers. It's been fun; plus Bird Day NFL picks & Thanksgiving video starring me, Jeffrey Loria and 3 more

[It is THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22. I don't mean to sow negativity on this positive, thankful holiday, but check out the Marlins' Facebook page for a good laugh. The team wishes its fans a happy Thanksgiving ... to a torrent of animus and vitriol. Would be especially gratifying if I thought Jeffrey Loria or David Samson ever perused the club's Facebook site].

1aa1haptgHAPPY THANKSGIVING, ALL!: Everybody is busy today (maybe too busy to read a blog!), but I want to take a moment to thank you all. Just that. Thanks. I especially want to thank my long-time readers in the newspaper and then online, and of course those who helped make the blog a success when we started this venture back in September 2005. I am honored that you have invited me to play a small role in your lives. Trust that you all, collectively, play a big role in mine. Thanks again, and have a wonderful holiday!

Our Bird Day NFL picks: I'll admit this feels like a recipe for indigestion -- picking road teams in all three games today. But I did. Like Houston (-3) at Detroit, 31-24, and I like New England (-6 1/2) at the N.Y. Stinkin' Jets, 27-17 -- bookending a middle-game upset: Washington (+3 1/2) winning at Dallas, 24-23. Click on Bird Day Gems for our full picks.

1aa1tg12A holiday video from me to you: I got together recently with -- left to right: Jeffrey Loria, LeBron James, me, Donna Shalala and Don Shula -- to record this special Thanksgiving video. I never realized before how "Donna Shalala" and "Don Shula" are almost the same name. Click HERE to watch. Enjoy.