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What should Sacramento sports fans be most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Leading off: Five things fans can be thankful for today

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 - 9:45 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 - 6:30 am

We know it’s a cliche, but we’re going with it anyway.

Here are five things Sacramento-area sports fans can be thankful for today, after family, friends, good health, etc.:

•  DeMarcus Cousins: The Kings center is off to a great start this season, averaging 21.3 points and 10.5 rebounds, and has established himself as the team’s best player. But most important, he’s only fouled out of one game and he hasn’t been ejected, suspended or fined. Maturity at last?

•  Vivek Ranadive: Plenty of folks can be praised for their role in keeping the Kings in Sacramento, but it never woud have happened without Ranadive. Not only did he step in as the lead investor, he’s made it clear he intends to turn the team into a winner, perhaps in time for the new arena.

•  Colin Kaepernick: Sure, the 49ers quarterback isn’t playing as well as last year, but it’s just his first full season as a starter. There hasn’t been a quarterback with this potential – and this exciting to watch – since Steve Young. When Kap’s got the ball ...

•  Bay Area baseball: As 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says, “Who has it better than us?” Over the past four years, the Giants have won two World Series and the A’s have made it to the playoffs twice. If you’re a baseball fan, there’s no better two-team market in the country.

•  High school football: The Sacramento region has become as strong as any in the state, as evidenced by three State Bowl victories in the past five years. And if you want to see one of our area’s most exicting programs, head over to Folsom for Friday night’s Sac Joaquin Section Division I semifinal.

What to watch

NFL, Raiders at Dallas, 1:30 p.m., Ch. 13: Raiders fans hope this game doesn’t turn into a turkey.

Today’s poll

What should Sacramento-area sports fans be most thankful for this Thanksgiving ?

• DeMarcus Cousins

• Vivek Ranadive

• Colin Kaepernick

• Bay Area baseball

• High school football

Vote above, or go to

Wednesday’s results

Will receiver Michael Crabtree make a difference when he returns to the 49ers’ lineup?

• Yes: 73%

• No: 27%

Total votes: 143

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