Rottweilers are some of the meanest, toughest, orneriest mothers in the canine kingdom, so it's understandable why some people would think the dog-naming people decided to call the dogs "Rock-Wilders." But the dog-namers didn't, so please stop mispronouncing the breed's name. To help eliminate this phonetic faux pas, the re-established American Basketball Association -- you might remember old-school ABA big dogs such as Julius "Dr. J." Erving? -- has expanded to the Gateway City with the addition of the St. Louis Rottweilers, who play in the White (Central) Division along with teams from KC, Chicago and Detroit. The Rotts tip the famed red, white and blue ABA ball against Texas in their first home game at 7:05 p.m. at the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles; 636-896-4242 or www.stlouisrots.com). Tickets are $7 to $17 and are available through the Family Arena box office and MetroTix (www.metrotix.com). -- R.L. Nave
No More TV
Parade outside instead
On Thanksgiving morning everyone tries to make such a big deal out of watching the televised parades. Feeling the celebratory vibe of a faraway parade from your living room is about as easy as smelling a turkey cooking in your oven while you're street-side at a parade. This year, eat the gobbler on Thursday, and then on Friday head over to Highland, Illinois, after work (if you're so unlucky) for the small-ish town's annual Lighted Christmas Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year's theme? "A Christmas Story," natch. Grand Marshal Santa leads the paraders through the streets of Highland and around the historic downtown square, where carolers sing and visitors ride carriages. And in order to celebrate Highland's heritage, the townsfolk set up a tiny Swiss village in the square -- with wee Swiss decorations and thousands of lights! Visit www.highlandillinois.com or call 618-654-3721 for more information. -- Alison Sieloff
Show Me FootBowl
While staring up at the Edward Jones Dome (Broadway and Washington Avenue) in a Springsteen-esque "Glory Days" kind of moment, countless men have said, "You know, I played football here once," attempting to impress their dates/buddies. These young men are probably talking about the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Show-Me Bowl (a.k.a. "State"). This week cheerleaders paint banners, the band perfects "Louie, Louie," and Missouri's most talented high school football players begin to construct the foundations of stories they'll tell for years. Cheer them on starting at noon Friday and Saturday (November 26 and 27); tickets are $10 per day (314-241-1888 or www.ticketmaster.com). -- Kristie McClanahan
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