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TBT: The Bay Area’s All-Turkey Team

Nov 28, 2013, 1:24 PM PST

Bay Area sports fans have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. After spending time reflecting on everything that we are truly blessed to have in our lives, it’s time to talk turkey.

Here is our 2013 All-Turkey team. It’s a list filled with athletes that entered the year with high expectations, but for one reason or another, let the fans down.


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Aldon Smith 

Smith could be the most gifted, talented and dominating player in the Bay Area sports landscape. He lands on the All-Turkey team because his bad off-the-field decisions have become an alarming trend. Instead of making headlines for threatening an NFL sack record this season, he is showing up in the police blotter. Smith missed five games this season while tending to his issues and it looks like he is back on the right track.

Dishonorable Mention: Colin Kaepernick: This season has been wildly inconsistent for Kaepernick. His 56.7 completion percentage ranks 31st in the league.


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Darren McFadden 

Run DMC has been dubbed “McFragile” by Raiders fans. McFadden possesses a freakish blend of size and speed, but the numbers this season — even when healthy — just haven’t been there. In the seven games that McFadden has started this year, he’s averaging 3.6 yards per carry and has only reached 100 rushing yards once.

Dishonorable Mention: Reggie McKenzie: The Oakland Raiders’ GM traded two picks to acquire Matt Flynn, who is currently starting for the Green Bay Packers. He had his work cut out for him when he took the job, so we’ll take it easy on him.


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Brett Anderson

The Oakland Athletics Opening Day starter had a 7.23 ERA in the five games that he did start, and a 4.71 ERA in 11 games as a reliever. It all amounted to another disappointing injury-plagued season. It’s hard to fault a guy for things that are out of his control — like injuries — but this was a season to forget for Anderson. After recovering from Tommy John surgery and a late oblique strain in 2012, many hoped this would be the year that Anderson finally returned to form to lead the A’s rotation. It just didn’t happen.


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2013 San Francisco Giants roster

The Giants’ ownership, front office and fans did their part. After winning the 2012 World Series, all of the key members of the roster were reassembled and the fans sold out every game as they tried to will the team to victory. Instead of making another postseason run, the team fell flat and finished tied for third in their division. Sure, there were bright spots like Hunter Pence, Sergio Romo and Madison Bumgarner, but expectations were sky-high and not met.


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Martin Havlat

It’s never easy to fill the All-Turkey roster with players from a team that makes the playoffs every year. But for the San Jose Sharks, one underachieving player stands out, Martin Havlat. He was acquired in 2011 with some high expectations and hasn’t made the type of impact you’d expect from the fifth highest-paid player on the team.

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