Thanksgiving Day Leftovers: A Syracuse Lacrosse Memory
As a Syracuse University lacrosse player in the mid-1980s, I learned that my teammates from Central New York were serious woodsmen. Attackmen, midfielders, defensemen, and our late goalie Tom Nims disappeared during hunting season and came back with freshly caught fish and freezers full of venison. When the campus cafeterias where closed at 7:30 pm, the upstate guys gorged on fried fish and venison dishes while my teammates from down state and other points south of SU's Carrier Dome made due with Thanksgiving Day leftovers. Thus I learned over the years that folks in Central New York loved to eat wild game. We associate venison with Native American culinary traditions which is true. In fact, as I mentioned in my post on the history of Thanksgiving Traditions, the first facsimile of these meals consisted of New England settlers eating with a group of Native Americans. The available documentary history of that event reveals that Native Americans brought several freshly killed dear to the several day long feast.