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A very small conversation yesterday evening led me to a question: Do people really like turkey? Before I have to continue, I have to say that I asked this question out loud and my younger sister told me she likes turkey. Her response prompted me to rephrase my question, because while I realized that my opinion about turkey is a bit more layered, it’s still rooted in the same concept.

I don’t think turkey is offensive. I also don’t think it’s one of the top meats available. It has a taste, but I don’t think it makes much of an impact. I’m not even sure we’ve found a ton of great things to go with turkey, either — I can’t really call myself a massive fan of gravy, and while it works fine in a cold sandwich, it just does not make for a top tier sandwich. In the end, very few foods with turkey even enter the top tier of enjoyable foods. It’s completely inoffensive, but my evolved question is: Is turkey anything more than an inoffensive option?

I could extend the argument by wondering if turkey is simply a societal obligation in some places, like Thanksgiving in the United States. I feel, for some, this is true. I know of a few people who decided to skip turkey last Thanksgiving, a completely downsized affair for many because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, I know that’s not the case for everyone — my sister rejected my suggestion we do the same.

I think it’s worth mentioning, though, that turkey is never the favorite at Thanksgiving. There is hardly a consensus on best or most liked Thanksgiving foods, but turkey is never in the conversation. Turkey is just always there — we don’t collectively question it, but we don’t collectively have a passion for it, either.

tl;dr: Is turkey capable of being a top tier food?

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Links of the Day

RB Leipzig-Liverpool will be played at Puskás Arena in Budapest, as Germany will not allow Liverpool entry because of COVID-19 protocols.

Manchester United’s Lauren James and Axel Tuanzebe were racially abused on social media.

Ajax’s André Onana received a 12 month doping ban.

The president of Serie C’s Novara was arrested after police found him with a bag containing $240k and he could not explain it.

A longer read: Nick Ames interviews Pernille Harder on the 2017 Denmark women’s team strike that earned them a collective bargaining agreement and her aim to make women’s football for accessible for The Guardian