Over the past several Thanksgivings, we've all seen the network's football broadcasters give out their version of the game's MVP.
John Madden used to give out turkey legs to his MVPs, and CBS' Phil Simms gives out his Iron Man Award, conveniently named because the award is a replica of an iron. And recently, FOX, since they lost Madden's services, has started giving out an awful trophy of a long-necked turkey complete with helmet and ball.
Well, I'm not above giving out my own awards. But I'm not celebrating greatness here. I'm celebrating those players who have served up nothing but indigestion for us up to now.
I'm naming my Jive Turkey team. J.J. Walker would be proud.
QB Rich Gannon, Oakland: He went from a league MVP season to the injured list this season. That might be the only thing that saved him from total embarrassment, as the Raiders reek this year.
RB William Green, Cleveland: Talk about your sophomore slump. Not only has he not produced like last year, he's in the midst of a four-game suspension and possible drug possession charges.
RB Trung Canidate, Washington: Remember how he was supposed to be the man after Stephen Davis left for Carolina? Think Steve Spurrier would love to have Davis back right now?
WR David Boston, San Diego: His attitude is enough to sour almost any stomach, but his lack of productivity has been downright sickening. He's got only two 100-yard games all season. Hardly what San Diego was looking for.
WR Eric Moulds, Buffalo: Injuries have hurt him and his owners lately. He has caught only one touchdown all season.
WR Peerless Price, Atlanta: He has caught as many touchdowns (two) as No. 1 draft picks the Falcons gave up for him.
TE Jerramy Stevens, Seattle: He was supposed to have a breakout season. Instead he's caught only two balls all year.
K Martin Gramatica, Tampa Bay: He hasn't been so automatica this year (10-for-16 on field goals).
Tampa Bay's defense: Injuries and some free agent losses have brought this unit back down to mediocrity.
START OF THE WEEK
RB Deuce McAllister, New Orleans: He had nearly 200 yards against a tough Philadelphia defense last week, and he should find similar success Sunday against Washington.
Other Good Starts: QB Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay; RB Eddie George, Tennessee; Dallas' defense; Miami's defense; RB Ahman Green, Green Bay.
SIT OF THE WEEK
Ricky Williams, Miami: Stephen Davis couldn't do anything against Dallas' defense; Williams won't either.
Other Good Sits: Cleveland's defense; RB Stephen Davis, Carolina; QB Doug Flutie, San Diego; QB Jake Delhomme, Carolina; RB Troy Hambrick, Dallas.
WR Charles Rogers, Detroit: He's still injured, but he might return in Week 14 against San Diego.
RB T.J. Duckett, Atlanta: With Warrick Dunn out for the year, Duckett finally gets his chance. He should make the most of it Sunday.
Reach Raymond Beasock at (706) 823-3221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.