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Going Off The Grid: Execs Share Thanksgiving Sports Memories

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panelists retell their favorite Thanksgiving sports memories and debate if seating or weather is more important when attending a game.

  • Monumental Sports & Entertainment Senior VP/Business Intelligence Adam Heintz
    -- Is the leading Jewish scorer in his Catholic high school's basketball history.
  • Sideline Sports VP/Sales & Marketing Melyssa Jaskiewicz
    -- Labels herself a "fancy hippy," very into natural living and alternative health.
  • Fiesta Bowl Exec Dir Mike Nealy
    -- Ran 11 marathons (including N.Y. & Boston) in a four-year span.
  • Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders VP/Ticket Sales & Service Andrew Yarnall
    -- Was a world champion at EA Sports' NHL 09 before esports gained popularity.
Going Off The Grid

Best Thanksgiving sports memory Bad seat/good weather or good seat/bad weather? Most underrated Thanksgiving side dish Favorite prop sports bet How much Christmas music have you heard so far?
Bringing family to Caps game last year
This job has spoiled me. Good seat every time
Gravy -- not the star but can make or break meal
Large spread gamers in NCAA Tourney 
Willingly, zero

One year a football game broke out in our family room
Bad seat/good weather
Roasted root veggies & bacon Brussel sprouts
Which manager will get ejected first
None, but it's coming
John Madden + Turkey Leg Award
Good weather - lived in AZ for too long
Skip sides, go for extra Strawberry Rhubarb pie
Just not a betting man
Too early but I've heard a few

Any time the Cowboys lose
Bad seat/good weather
Properly homemade green bean casserole
Over/under number of hole-in-ones at Masters Par 3 Contest
Zero from what I remember, thankfully

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