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It’s Black Friday. You probably woke up this morning on the living room floor under a pile of gnawed-off turkey legs and empty beer cans. You were going to go shopping, but screw it, that’s what Christmas Eve is for. Sometime this weekend you’ll get around to putting up the Christmas lights Griswold-style. But first, let’s take a timeout for the Hot Stove Player of the Week. In honor of Thanksgiving, this week’s prize is a chance for the winner to give thanks for what he has and give back to the community – by raking my leaves and taking out the garbage. Congratulations.

Winner

Domenik Hixon: The Giants answer to Leon Washington, Hixon was all over the field in their victory over Arizona. He returned three kickoffs for 180 yards, including an 83-yarder and one for 68 yards. With Plaxico Burress out with a barking hammy, Hixon moved into his spot and caught six passes for 57 yards. He gained 11 yards rushing on an end-around. And he returned two punts for 21 yards. That adds up to 269 all-purpose yards. He tied Del Shofner (1962) for the third-highest yardage total in Giants history, only behind Joe Scott‘s 279 yards in 1948 (Jeff Feagles made his debut in that game, by the way) and Tiki Barber‘s 276 in 2002. Hixon didn’t score any touchdowns, but he put the Giants in great field position all game long. Which put him in position to win the Hot Stove Player of the Week award.

Runners Up

Eli Manning: The Giants proved they could win by throwing the ball out in Arizona. Manning went 26 for 33, threw for 240 yards and three TD’s, with no interceptions. He had a QB rating of 127.3. You couldn’t have asked for anything more from him on Sunday.

Brett Favre: The Jets wily QB led the way as his team easily beat the formerly undefeated Titans. He was 25 for 32 for 224 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and only one INT.

Leon Washington: The Jets sparkplug scored two touchdowns, the first being an impressive 61-yard run. He gained 82 yards on eight carries in all, and returned two kickoffs for 39 yards.

Donnie Walsh: The Knicks president dumped Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford, freeing up cap space for the LeBron James sweepstakes. He picked up three contracts that expire in two years. Those contracts’ names have Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas written on them. Are the Knicks worse for this season? Maybe by a little. But who cares? There’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Nikolai Zherdev: The Rangers right wing piled up five assists in their last two games, helping the Blueshirts win two out of three games this week.

Dainius Zubrus: The Devils center had only scored two goals all season, but in Sunday’s 7-3 win over Tampa Bay he exploded for four goals. And since that’s the Devils, that would be like scoring eight goals for any other team.

Anti-Player of the Week

Stephon Marbury: The Knicks actually wanted their surly guard to play on Friday and Wednesday, but he refused. On Saturday, seven of Marbury’s teammates gutted out a win without him. Now he’s been suspended. If you refuse to play, you’re the Anti-Player of the Week. In fact, we’ll rename this section the Stephon Marbury Memorial Anti-Player of the Week.

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