Friday is the best day of the week. The work week is almost over. You can go out afterwards, drink 18 beers, pass out naked on 8th Avenue and no one will even notice you because it’s New York. And it’s Hot Stove Player of the Week time. The prize for this week’s winner is the self-help DVD “Living Life the Gary Busey Way: Communicating Through Barking and Bird Calls.”
Kris Jenkins: After spending the summer slimming down to 500 pounds by going on one of those all meatloaf, gravy, fried chicken, ice cream and chocolate sauce diets, the giant Jets defensive end is paying dividends for the team. A dominating force in Sunday’s win up in Buffalo, he was the main cog in holding the Bills to only 30 yards rushing, had two sacks, five tackles and pressured Trent Edwards into throwing an interception, which was returned 92 yards by Abram Elam for a touchdown.
Justin Tuck: The Giants defensive end could have easily been the winner this week but his game was a blowout so we’ll go with Jenkins. Tuck had two-and-a-half sacks, three tackles for lost yardage and three QB hits in Sunday’s complete domination of the Cowboys. And he was whistled for a phantom roughing the passer penalty – how dare he touch the Dallas QB. Doesn’t he know they’re America’s team?
Brandon Jacobs: The burly Giants running back barreled his way through the Dallas defense for 117 yards and one TD. He had runs of 26 and 31 yards. And he doesn’t even play a full game.
Darrelle Revis: The Jets CB had an interception to seal the game, a sack, five tackles and a forced fumble. Not too shabby.
Nate Robinson/Chris Drury: The Knicks and Rangers both went 1-2 for the week, but Robinson poured in 24 points against Charlotte to stick it to Larry Brown, and Drury netted a hat trick to lead the Rangers over Tampa Bay last night.
Anti-Player of the Week
Stephon Marbury: Mike D’Antoni made the controversial and somewhat silly decision not to activate Marbury, but the guard’s antics over the years have put himself in this position. Can you imagine any other player that this can happen to (well, except Eddy Curry)? This is more of a Lifetime Achievement Award for the surly guard. D’Antoni’s just treating Starbury like the guard treats interns: “Are you going to get in the truck?” has turned into “Are you going to sit at the end of the bench?”