Thanksgiving is the best of all holidays. There’s football all day long, eating all day long, and drinking all day long (actually that sounds like most Sundays during football season). I think there’s something in there about Pilgrims and Indians, too, but I can’t remember what it is. A Chiefs-Patriots game maybe? Did they have muskets and kill turkeys in the old AFL? Or was it Redskins-Cowboys?
The Knicks won a game this week, but it was against the Nets so I’m not sure if that really counts (those teams are a combined 3-27 so far this season), the hockey teams all won some and lost some, the Jets were trounced by the hated Patriots, the Giants went 1-1, and the Mets and Yankees started looking at possible free agents and trades, but they all have something to be thankful for during the holiday season. So here we go:
The Knicks are thankful that the Nets are worse than they are.
The Knicks are also thankful for 1970 and 1973 because that may be it for another 30 years or so.
The Nets players are thankful that they get paid the same amount of money whether they win or lose.
The Yankees are thankful for being the Yankees.
Alex Rodriguez is thankful for Alex Rodriguez.
Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, Jeff Wilpon, and James Dolan are thankful that their dads gave them a team to run for Christmas a few years ago.
Omar Minaya is thankful that he inexplicably gets another chance to save and/or ruin the Mets.
Glen Sather is thankful for James Dolan, who has given him tenure and carte blanche to come up with any crazy plan he can think of for the Rangers, year after year.
The Rangers are thankful for Marian Gaborik. He, in turn, is not so thankful for the support he’s getting from the rest of the team (except for Monday’s game).
The Islanders are thankful they were so bad last year that they got to pick John Tavares in the draft.
The Devils are thankful for Lou Lamoriello, because no matter whom he gets to play on the team, they always win.
The Jets are thankful that Brett Favre has turned back the clock to have one of his best seasons. Oh, wait a minute...where was this last year? Must be the dome.
Fred Robbins is thankful for turducken; why just have turkey when you can have turkey, duck, and chicken?
The Giants are thankful for winning the Super Bowl in 2007 because they’ve been living off of that the last two seasons now.
Player of the Week: Marian Gaborik
The countdown is on for Gaborik. Not the one to break any Rangers scoring records, but can he pass by last year’s goal-scoring leader, Markus Naslund, with 24 in only 30 games? In three games this week, he scored four goals and assisted on two others, leading the Rangers to two wins.
The best corner in the NFL shut down Randy Moss yet again. Now if he can do something about Bill Belichick. Sure, the Pats’ coach is smarter than all of us put together, but how many times will he go out of his way to prove what a classless, unsportsmanlike, petty person he his?
The second-year center scored the game-winner in OT on Monday vs. Toronto, and added two other goals during the week.
The Islanders goalie earns his way onto this list for making 58 saves on Monday against the Leafs.
Eli Manning (Sunday’s Version)
He threw for a career-high 384 yards, three TDs, and put the team on his back in a must-win game and won (and after last night, they’re all must-win games now).
Kevin Boss (Sunday’s Version)
The tough tight end hauled in two touchdown passes against the Falcons.
Mario Manningham (Sunday’s Version)
The second-year receiver led the Giants with six catches for 126 yards on Sunday.
Schmucks of the Week: The Giants (Thanksgiving Night Version)
They were horrible on offense. They were horrible on defense. They were horrible in the first half. They were horrible in the second half. They embarrassed themselves all night long. (No, I’m not bitter.)