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The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story

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In 1960, on the front lawn of an elementary school in North East Dallas, a tradition was born. A group of seventh-grade boys captured the free time before Thanksgiving dinner to engage in a game of touch football. It was a good day to play. So good, in fact, that the game would resume each year at the same time in the same place.
Through the ebb and flow of lives, loves, an
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ebook, 400 pages
Published October 14th 2019
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Lori
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Holiday makes me think of the happy personal occasions I've had like eating ribbon candy with Grandma and playing touch football with family and friends.

A group of eight of us from the neighborhood, mostly boys, and a few of us girls, would get together and play touch football in an empty lot a few blocks southeast of our home.

You could say it's where I first began to fall for my husband as he lived across the street from the empty lot and was one of us players, my brother was a player too
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Brent Parrott
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please visit our website to better understand the wonderful reading experience of this Americana story. THANKS
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Gordon Long
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I am doing something I rarely do: I am reviewing a work I did not read all the way through. However, I think the book deserves comment, so here goes.

If anyone should be attracted to this book it’s an ageing middle-class white male weekend warrior finding it difficult to keep up any more in his chosen sports, looking back fondly on former glory. In other words, me. When I decided to review it, I hoped that this tale would rise out of the ranks of the many “save our story for posterity” tomes made
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Dennis Morris
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining story about a touch football game played on Thanksgiving morning in North East Dallas at Reilly Elementary School. No big deal, except - the game was played each year for 50 years. After a few years, it became more of an event and was called the Turkey Bowl by locals.

The authors, Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro, serve as color commentators as they look back at how the game began and then evolved. Beginnng with the 6th Turkey Bowl, you had to have an invitation to play in the game
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Sue
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In 1960, on the front lawn of an elementary school in North East Dallas, a tradition was born. A group of seventh-grade boys spent the free time before Thanksgiving dinner to play a game of touch football. Fifty years later, they played their last game. Some of the original group from the 60s played in that final game - they played a lot slower but the fun and the camaraderie was still there for them.

This book is about those football games and the friendships that formed. The book is divided int
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Laura
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story is much more than childhood friends reminiscing about playing football on Thanksgiving morning. Life happened. People moved. One thing remained the same. This game. It went on for 50 years!

I enjoyed reading about each member and what they have accomplished throughout their life. This was before my time but I am familiar with things and events that were mentioned. It all seemed like a simpler time.

When reading about the games, it was more about who sho
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Alyssa Colosimo
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was initially drawn to this book because of the nostalgia and heartwarming feeling that a Thanksgiving football game meant to me personally. I grew up in a house of football fans and my dad and brother played a game of touch football with my uncle and friends every Thanksgiving morning while I helped my mom cook the turkey and watch the parade. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story was truly a great read and a touching reminder of friendship, history, and tradition. I especially loved the ...more
Arden
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who values friendship, family and of course football
The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story is a beautiful coming-of-age story about lifelong friendship, traditions, and Texas football. One of the things I enjoyed most is that the book is interactive. The digital version is supplemented with artifacts and details (videos, links, newspaper clippings, and photos) that preserve an era in American history long past. I highly recommend reading it...especially if you have nostalgic heartstrings.
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