Fourth annual Reindeer Awards

John Turner
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Contrary to all the rumours out there, The Freak is safe and there was no damage done to the house after the "Meltdown in the Meadowlands."

Thanks to everyone for the touching and compassionate texts, emails and phone calls.

The Freak votes for Mike Vick as MVP after that super-human effort against the Giants. Mom said there would be days like this, and she was right!

It's that time of year when The Freak e-mails Santa to give out the fourth annual Reindeer Awards. 

Santa's reindeers are like a football team - they need to work together to bring those smiles to kids around the world. Don't forget children, the bearded guy in red has texted The Freak reminding you he is a big NFL fan, and likes to be left football snacks likes ribs, wings, pizza and brown pop along with the traditional goodies.

Here are this year's winners:

Dasher is known for his ability to run fast and get open. This award for top receiver goes to Roddy White, who's a big reason why the Falcons are 12-2 and on top of the NFC.

Prancer is known for having an attitude and affecting the team's performance, and hoofs down it goes to Randy Moss. He has played on three teams this season and has done nothing but ruin the Titans and Vikes' seasons.

Dancer has great moves and can run like the wind - sounds like No. 7 of the Eagles, Vick. He has become the most dangerous player in the league.

Vixen is a tough reindeer and would be the first to pull Santa's sleigh regardless of injury. The tough-guy award goes to Ben Roethlisberger, who has played with numerous injuries like a broken nose and foot, but doesn't miss a snap.

Cupid never lived up to Santa's expectations, and this goes to the season's biggest bust. Carson Palmer had a brutal year with all the weapons he had, and just kept throwing the ball to the other team in big situations. Bengals lost many close games because of his poor play.

Comet is known to run with any reindeer, and this award goes to the top defensive back - Steelers' Troy Polamalu. The Steelers are not that good without him.

Donner persevered through many hoof injuries, so this award goes to the comeback player of the year. Brian Urlacher missed most of last year, and has come back with a vengeance to lead Chicago's defence to a NFC North title.

Blitzen loves to blitz during reindeer football games, and so does Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake, who used to play in Canada. He leads the league with 14 sacks.

Rudolph is Santa's top reindeer for a reason as he's able to get the team of reindeer to follow his lead. This sounds like what Tom Brady does every Sunday with a bunch of no names on offence.

Stat of the week

The Detroit Lions had lost 26 straight games on the road dating back to Oct. 28, 2007, when they beat the Bears 16-7.

Pet peeve of the week

Yes, the Giants blew a huge lead with only seven minutes to go, and it was the lead story on every sportscast. But if it was another team from a small market, like Jacksonville or Tennessee, guaranteed it would not of been such a big deal.

"It's that time of year when The Freak e-mails Santa to give out the fourth annual Reindeer Awards. Santa's reindeers are like a football team - they need to work together to bring those smiles to kids around the world." John Turner

Coach Parcells quote of the week

"I don't do many endorsements. I'd rather get doused by Gatorade than bust my butt selling it."

The sure thing

Minnesota is down to third-string quarterback Joe Webb while the Eagles have Vick, which is all you need to know. Philly gets a late Christmas gift. Eagles win big.

The Pats can lock up the AFC East with a win in snowy Buffalo. The Bills will make it a competitive game, but Mr. Brady and Co. will prevail.

Santa came too late to save the Bengals' season. They host the Chargers, who make the long sleigh ride from the West Coast. The Bolts need to win out to have a chance at the post-season. It starts with a win in Cincy.

Don't mortgage the house picks

The Gmen know if they beat the Pack they are going to the dance. Many of the veterans remember the last time they went to Lambeau against all odds (2007 NFC Championship game). However, last week's loss will still have a lingering effect on Big Blue, allowing ARod and the Pack to win. It won't be a Blue Christmas in New York.

The last time Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman was near Jacksonville, he was leading the powerful Florida Gators in nearby Gainesville. Sunday, he's up against the Jags, who desperately need this game. MJD was shut down last week, but this won't happen two weeks in a row. Jags ruin Grossman's homecoming game.

It's a do-or-die game for both the Seahawks and Bucs, with the loser virtually out of the playoffs. The Bucs laid an egg at home last week, and if they lay another it will look more like Easter than Christmas in Florida. Tampa shows up this week, which gives them a chance to make the playoffs next week.

Upset special

The only guarantee in the Saints-Falcons' game is there will be no snow. 

The Saints want to prove on Monday night they are alive and kicking towards repeating as Super Bowl champions.

However, Matty Ice and the Falcons want to show everyone they are the top dogs in the NFC. A win will do that, plus give them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Falcons are almost unbeatable at home, until Monday when Brees and the Saints prove they won't give up representing the NFC without a tough fight. New Orleans wins.

Last week: 3-for-7.

Season: 66-for-107.

John Turner is a Summerside schoolteacher. His column appears every Saturday during the NFL season. Feel free to e-mail questions and comments to the

Organizations: Giants, Bengals, Steelers Detroit Lions Gatorade Chargers Big Blue Redskins Florida Gators Grossman's Seahawks

Geographic location: Jacksonville, Chicago, Blitzen Canada Tennessee Buffalo West Coast New York.The Gainesville Florida Tampa New Orleans Summerside

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