According to sources close with BGN, today is Thanksgiving. That means it's that time of year where you gather with loved ones and sit around the table to tell everyone what you're thankful for. So before you dive into your delicious Thanksgiving meal, take a second to stop by and tell us here at BGN something that you are thankful for. It can be Eagles related or personal or anything you want it to be about.
To get us started off, the BGN writers will share their Thanksgiving messages.
Brandon Lee Gowton: First and foremost, I'm thankful for my family and friends. They're among the most important things in life. I'm also thankful for the great opportunity to be writing and managing the darn best Eagles blog on the INTERNETZ. It's a great honor to be writing for such a great platform. Major thanks to JasonB, JimmyK, Danta Klaus, Joel Thorman, and SB Nation itself for allowing me to have this opportunity.
While I'm listing names, where would BGN be without it's awesome staff? None of this would be possible without people like: Mike Kaye, Brent Cohen, James Keane, Mark Saltveit, Josh Collachi, Tommy Lawlor, Matt Harkenreader, and the guys at ChipWagon. A special shout out to John Barchard and James Seltzer as well for their work on BGN Radio.
On an Eagles note, I'm really thankful for Chip Kelly. As soon as I had started to study coaching prospects, knowing that Andy Reid woudn't be back, I knew he had to be the guy. As you can see, I was very supportive of the choice when the Eagles made the hire. It was just a really fun day. I have a lot of faith in Kelly leading this franchise moving forward.
Lastly, a big shout out to the wonderful community here at BGN. Thanks so much for your daily support. For anyone who reads our site, comments, follows us on Twitter, likes us on Facebook, links to us, listens to our podcast, writes a FanShot/FanPost, etc... thank you! It means a lot. We wouldn't exist without you. Thank you, and have a great day.
Mike Kaye: I am thankful for Nick Foles and Bleeding Green Nation. Foles makes me want to believe in him, in a way only Donovan McNabb and Randall Cunningham have. I don't know if he is the guy, but I think that'd be pretty great. Second, BGN is like home to me and has really changed my life in many ways. I love writing for you guys (despite the unwarranted and warranted hate at times) and hosting BGN Radio with my good friends, Brandon and John along with James. This job has given me a lot of exposure, but more importantly, has helped me establish relationships with a lot of great people.
Also, I am extremely thankful for my new full-time job, new life in Phoenix, my family, friends and my loving girlfriend.
Brent Cohen: I'm thankful for Chip Kelly. I have no doubt that the Eagles will be perennial contenders while he's here. They're fun to watch again, which is all you can really want from your pro coaches. Win or lose, at least they won't be boring. I'm also thankful that Wharton has a grade non-disclosure policy (which includes law grades!), allowing me to continue blogging when I should probably be studying. Family, friends, freedom, etc...all that's good too.
James Keane: Right now I’m very thankful for the Jeffrey Lurie-Howie Roseman-Chip Kelly triumvirate. You can be thankful for having Chip Kelly as your head coach, but Kelly is not the only one responsible for his being in Philadelphia. Chip didn’t sit in his Oregon office one day and independently think, without outside influence, "I want to be the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles." Yes, he ultimately made the decision, but I’m also thankful to Lurie and Roseman for having the foresight, balls, and ability to execute a plan that delivered a guy who, right now, is the best new head coach in the NFL.
I’m extremely thankful for Jimmy, Brandon, Mike, and Dan for giving me the opportunity to write for BGN. I’ve been writing for less than a year and they were there almost from the start. BGN is a great community of writers, readers, and fans, the latter two of which give it soul. I’ve never experienced an Eagles season quite like this one and I’m having a great time. (And hopefully, I’ll get to share a beer with you guys one day.)
Lastly I’m thankful for and lucky to have my friends and family and my beautiful wife Liz, who somehow puts up with my late night keyboard taps and slightly-more-than-occasional bouts of Phil Dunphy-like absent mindedness. She’s an awesome mom to our one-year old son, James, who’s walking now, has about six teeth, and can do the E-A-G-L-E-S chant. Pretty much, I wouldn’t be where or who I am without either of them.
Mark Saltveit: I'm thankful that Chip Kelly signed with the Eagles (who fit his talents well), and lured me into the Philadelphia sports scene. I honestly don't think there is a smarter group of sportswriters anywhere, and they have been nothing but gracious and welcoming toward this NFL noob.
Matt Harkenreader: Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday, and I'm thankful for having an amazing group of friends and family that have always been supportive of whatever I've set out to do, and for having the opportunity to follow my passion for writing and the Eagles by contributing here at Bleeding Green Nation. Of course, I'm thankful for having the great community we do at BGN to intelligently discuss the football team we all love so much. And finally, I'm thankful for having a defense that KNOWS HOW TO STOP THE OTHER TEAM FROM SCORING IN THE RED ZONE. It's been far too long since I've been able to honestly say that. Enjoy your turkey! And football (duh)!
Josh Collacchi: I am thankful for the one we call Chip Kelly. He has been a tremendous breath of fresh air in his short time here, but it looks like we have a very good football coach for years to come. Thanksgiving is one of the great holidays on our calendar, and my personal favorite. Family, food, and football together creates an atmosphere like no other which makes Thanksgiving a blessing each and every year. I am also thankful for the opportunity to write here at BGN, and want to personally thank Brandon, Mike and former editors Dan Klausner and Jimmy Kempski, each of them has helped me take the essential steps towards making sports media a realistic career and for that I will be forever indebted. Happy Thanksgiving.
That's it for us! Now it's your turn. What are you most thankful for?