Sports figures we're thankful for
See which sports figures we're giving thanks for this Thanksgiving.
We're thankful that Mike Woodson has led the Knicks to one of the best starts in franchise history. He has his veteran crew buying into his system, and they responded with a 6-0 start.
Yankees fans have to be thankful for Jeter's offensive resurgence last season. Not only did it prove to doubters that the Captain can still hit, but he was also the most stable, consistent player in a lineup where seemingly everybody went through a major slump at some point.
Mets fans are thankful that Dickey won 20 games, brought home the NL Cy Young Award and was one of the few bright spots of an overall sub-par season in Queens. Baseball fans are thankful that Dickey made the knuckleball cool again. Sports fans are thankful for Dickey's inspirational backstory.
Follow us here: the Giants outfielder hit a fly ball deep to left on April 24 that Jason Bay dove for, missed and fractured a rib. That landed Bay on the disabled list and thrust backup outfielder Mike Baxter into the lineup. That put Baxter in perfect position to crash into the outfield wall and make the catch that preserved Johan Santana's no-hitter. So next time you think about the Mets' no-hitter, thank Blanco.
Whether he's going off with one of his signature on-air tirades or falling asleep during an interview, we're thankful for all of the wacky moments that Francesa brings us on a regular basis. We're sure the guys behind @MikeFrancesaNY — a hilarious fake Twitter account of "New Yawk's Numbah One" — are thankful as well.
We're thankful for the fact that this member of the Fierce Five is not easily impressed. Her facial expression after taking silver in the vault has become one of the year's most popular memes. Even President Obama has gotten in on being unimpressed!
It doesn't matter which NFL team you root for, take some time out of your Thanksgiving to thank Brett Favre for not unretiring this season — so far.
No matter how poorly the Jets may be playing, Ryan always has something to say about his team at any given moment. We thank you, Rex, for your unhindered bravado and for always being so quotable no matter the situation.
ROBERT GRIFFIN III
Fantasy football players across the country are thankful that RGIII has become a fantasy stud in his rookie season. The rookie, who was probably drafted in the mid-to-late rounds of your fantasy league, has emerged into a must-start QB every week because of his dual-threat nature.
MIKE TROUT AND BRYCE HARPER
The future of baseball is bright, and we have a pair of kids to thank for that. Trout was in the AL MVP discussion after putting together one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory, and Harper was instrumental in bringing the Washington Nationals to national relevance.
Giants fans can be thankful that they have a poised quarterback who can get things done when the pressure is at its highest. Of course, the fact that he helped the Giants get another Super Bowl ring last season isn't too bad, either.
We're thankful for Usain Bolt, who by winning three gold medals this summer proved that you don't need performance-enhancing drugs to be the world's fastest man.
Even though Lin is now in Houston, he brought some much-needed buzz and excitement to New York last season. Whether you thought “Linsanity” was the real deal or just a flash in the pan, Knicks fans can be thankful for Lin making their team the most talked-about of the year.
Fighting Irish fans can thank Te'o for helping to bring Notre Dame back into the thick of the national title discussion after years of mediocrity.
We're thankful we had the chance to witness Phelps finish his swimming career with a flourish and become the most decorated Olympian of all time this summer in London.
We're thankful that Chad Ochocinco hasn't lost his ability to tweet after he was cut from the Miami Dolphins. When he's not looking for a new team, the wide receiver has spent his free time engaging with followers on Twitter.