By Dan Shanoff
Page 2 columnist

In honor of the long holiday weekend, we're changing the usual "Hot" vs. "Not Hot" breakdown, in favor of a more appropriate "Thanks" or "No Thanks." As in: Thanks for LeBron, Michelle Wie and good, steroid-free health. Or "No Thanks" to, among other things: Notre Dame football mediocrity, overexposure of the ultra-rich and retro uniforms as skirts.

What an appropriate moment to note that it's always fashionable to take a minute to give thanks, notably for the fact that the sports world provides a revolving door of bandwagons and goats, to fans' neverending distraction. Check out the list below, then impress your extended family at the dinner table, during game-watching or while lazing out thanks to turkey-supplied tryptophans:

WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT ON THANKSGIVING
Category Thanks No Thanks
Thanksgiving tradition Lions/Cowboys on TV Atkins restrictions
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Jessica Alba

Paris Hilton
Celeb trials Jacko Kobe
Playmaker Dante Hall Keyshawn Johnson
Surprise QB Jon Kitna Kordell Stewart
NBA management Rappers who want to own Owners who want to rap
MLB rumor mill A-Rod trades Steroid use
Underdogs
Marlins

TCU
Movie "three-quel" Lord of the Rings Matrix
Celebrity couple Jen and Ben Uh, Jen and Ben
Lakers GP, Mailman playing for rings Kobe eyeing '04 free-agency
Tennis Roddick's serve Williams' injuries
Hockey Outdoor game Indoor game
Yankees drama Winning no gimme Boss' gripes
Golf
Women playing PGA

Tiger's drought
NBA surprise Baron Davis Nets stink
Depth on present bench Electronics Clothes
Blotter fodder THG (rains, pours) DWI (don't be an idiot)
One-name sensation
LeBron

T-Mac
Must-see TV Celebrity poker Queer Eye
Endorsement ESP...N Mag "Healthy" fast food
Rivalry game Florida/Florida St. Nebraska/Colorado
NFL MVP Steve McNair William Green
BCS Oklahoma clarity Computer criticism
Must-have jersey Powder-blue Nuggets Silver Mavs
Embrace
Britney-Madonna

Parcells-Belichick
Soccer star Freddy Adu David Beckham
NFL coach Dick Vermeil Jon Gruden
College hoops bandwagon UConn (men and women) 'Cuse Redux
Schlocky holiday-weekend flick Bad Santa Haunted Mansion

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "Daily Quickie" commentary appears every weekday morning.




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