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Friendsgiving

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The pickup football game has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many, but one group has been at it for 40 straight years. Since 1977, more than 20 past and present residents of Chalfont, Pa., have played an annual game they call the Turkey Bowl on Black Friday. The event started among 16 eighth-graders at Unami Middle School, and to this day a dozen of them still show up at the same field, now with their families in tow. Five of the core group have never missed a game, and some have even flown in from London or bused in from Texas to make kickoff. "We don't come back because it's the best football but because the people are important and the game keeps the friendships alive," says Ron Wurz, one of the game's originators. "I can't think of a better way to do that than football."