The Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay again brings the bittersweet holiday joy with his "27 Rules of Thanksgiving Touch Football" column.
This is the surprising sixth year of the annual piece, making it a tradition. After so many years, a natural falloff might be expected, but Gay keeps the piece fresh, through commenting upon current events.
This year, he's mined new material from the presidential election, Peyton Manning's retirement and Tony Romo's fall to Dallas Cowboys backup behind Dak Prescott.
Gay's regular column has also regained its zip this autumn, after losing some steam. He's established himself as the nation's leading sports columnist, using language with the wit and precision of past masters such as Red Smith, Furman Bisher and Dave Anderson.