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</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>
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ELI MANNING EAGER TO SHOW THET HE'S THE FUNNIEST MANNING, NOT BIG BRO PEYTON, ON SNL (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/eli-manning-eager-show-funniest-manning-big-bro-peyton-saturday-night-live-article-1.1071452)

"Eli Manning (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Eli+Manning) is finally
ready for primetime.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none"><div class="story-body p402_premium" itemprop="articleBody">


When Manning turned down a shot to host Saturday Night Live in 2008, it was
because he didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of his famous brother, who had
hosted the show to rave reviews in 2007.</p>


Now, after becoming a two-time Super Bowl winning QB in February, the
winningest Manning is out to prove he’s also the funniest.

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/eli-brings-the-funny-to-snl-promos">SEE
IT: ELI'S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PROMOS</a></p>


In a conference call with producer Lorne Michaels (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lorne+Michaels)
Wednesday, Eli said when he hosts SNL this weekend it will “tell a lot” about
whether he can stay on the same field with Peyton. The usually reserved Giants
quarterback said he’s ready to “let loose” and have some fun at his own expense
when he becomes the fifth NFL quarterback to host the show.</p>


“I think that’s the good thing about Saturday Night Live, you can kind of
come in and maybe express a different side that people don’t see,” Eli said.
“Maybe that’s not you at all times, but for this night you can kind of let
loose.</p>


“I think that’s one thing I’d say about Peyton and I. We don’t mind making
fun of myself or letting the jokes be at our own expense. I think it’s important
to have that attitude going into this week.”</p>


Eli’s been busy doing that at Studio 8H since early Monday, trying to live up
Peyton’s performance. So far, according to Michaels, Eli has been a natural,
too.</p>


“I think he’s both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence and a
kind of … I don’t know how to say this … but you sort of believe that he doesn’t
take himself that seriously,” Michaels said on Wednesday. “I mean, I think he
takes his work very seriously, but there’s a sort of essential modesty to him
and I think that plays well with what we do. If the host is spending a lot of
time protecting image, it’s exhausting. Particularly for us.”</p>


That was exactly the advice that Peyton gave Eli before rehearsals began. In
an exclusive interview with the Daily News last week, Peyton said he told Eli
“<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-eli-manning-two-time-super-bowl-champion-prepares-host-saturday-night-live-article-1.1069320">You
have to let them just kind of let them have at it with you</a>” and not
be afraid to make fun of yourself.</p>


Some of Eli’s ability to do that was on display in promos for the show
released on Wednesday morning by NBC. In one promo the usually stiff Eli is
asked to sing by cast member Kenan Thompson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kenan+Thompson). Eli
puts his hand over his ear, closes his eyes and leans back as if he’s belting
out a tune while a high-pitched voice appears to come out of his mouth.</p>


Rehearsals were still underway and Michaels said they were still in the
process of narrowing down 40-45 scripts into the 12-13 that will be used, so Eli
doesn’t know yet exactly what he’ll be performing live. He is mindful, though,
of how good Peyton was on the show.</p>


In fact that was one reason he turned SNL down four years ago.</p>


“One of the main reasons I did not do it was Peyton had done so well the
previous year,” Eli said. “I thought it might be a little fresh in everyone’s
mind. So I didn’t want to have to go up against a tough competition and the
great job that he performed.</p>


“When I got the invite this year I definitely wanted to try to make it work.
I kind of remember to saying to Lorne (in 2008), ‘I do want to do the show at
one point. I just want to do it maybe after my next championship.’”</p>


Said Michaels: “Eli was good enough to win another Super Bowl, which helped
us a lot."</p></div></div>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div><div><div><div><div>
</div></div></div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
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GIANTS' LEGEND CARSON "NOT SURPRISED" BY SEAU'S DEATH (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/giants_legend_carson_not_shocked_FrkLD9KhJX9EHMWZC NJCjM)

"The more tragic stories such as Junior Seau’s apparent suicide Wednesday
unfold, the less Harry Carson is surprised. Maybe Seau had personal demons no
one knew existed. Or maybe he paid the ultimate price for all of those years
when concussions were considered a fact of the machismo NFL life.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


“When I heard it, I have to say in the past I would have been shocked,” the
Hall of Fame Giants linebacker said. “But I’m not shocked anymore.”</p>


Carson, early in his career back in the early 1980s, said he contemplated
suicide while driving over the Tappan Zee Bridge. Then he thought about leaving
his infant daughter without a father.
</p>“I knew years ago that there would come a point in time where, whether it was
transitioning to the game, or there would be guys having these neurological
issues, that players were going to be committing suicide,” Carson said. “I said
that years ago.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


“Whether it’s Dave Duerson, whether it’s Andre Waters, whether it’s Ray
Easterling from two weeks ago, there are guys who are committing suicide.</p>


“So people who look at me, they wonder about me, because I’ve been so out
there in regard to the whole trauma brain injury thing,” Carson said. “I’m
fine.”</p>


Carson said he predicted a rash of NFL suicides because of the neurological
damage that can occur from playing the game.</p>


“I knew how I felt as a player, having those thoughts of suicide, and you’re
going through something and it’s like you can’t really explain what you’re
dealing with, and it’s neurological,” he said. “You have these deep bouts of
depression, and people think you’re depressed because you’re not playing
anymore. You’re depressed because you’re having neurological issues that are
very difficult to describe.</p>


“When you’re dealing with depression and these issues, then you feel like
you’re going through it by yourself. Sometimes you feel like there’s no place to
turn. ‘Nobody can understand what I’m going through so I’m going to end it all.’
Especially for athletes, who are very prideful individuals.”</p>


Carson wrote a book (“Captain for Life”) detailing his personal
post-concussion nightmare, but is not part of the concussion lawsuit filed by
former players.</p>


“There were attorneys in New York who wanted me to be lead plainttff,” Carson
said. “I opted not to. It’s more about the way that I’m built as opposed to
going after the NFL to get compensation. I had a player contact me the day
before yesterday, and he asked me about the whole concussion lawsuit, and he
asked me if he should be a part of it. I said, ‘You should.’</p>


“Fans all turn around and blame the players and say they’re trying to make
gains off of the NFL,” he said. [Fans say], ‘They squandered their money and now
they’re trying to get rich off the NFL.’ I’m going to speak up about it. I don’t
want anythng from the NFL. For all the players who are a part of it, I can
understand.”</p></div>GIANTS' QB MANNING GETTING "SNL" PLAYBOOK (WITH VIDEO) (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_qb_manning_getting_snl_playbook_S76LGVhaOpP Qiq3xaGcfrJ)

"The Giants and their fans have studied every move Eli Manning has made the
past eight years, but no one will ever have seen him the way he’ll present
himself this weekend, when he is the host of “Saturday Night Live.’’<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


“I think that’s the good thing about 'Saturday Night Live' is you can kind of
come in and maybe express a different side that people don’t see and maybe
that’s not you at all times,’’ Manning said Wednesday during a conference call.
“But for this night you can kind of let loose."</p>


Manning letting loose is not a sight many have witnessed but he’ll leave his
comfort zone and enter uncharted territory with this gig. He spent Monday and
Tuesday meeting cast members and writers at the NBC studios and kicked around
some ideas, but the heavy lifting is still to come, when scripts are finalized
and he starts intensive rehearsals.</p>


“The show is built around Eli, you want to make sure we have the best
possible things for this week’s show,’’ said Lorne Michaels, executive producer
of “Saturday Night Live.’’</p>


Michaels said, “We’ve been pursuing him a long time’’ and indeed, he reached
out to Manning after he was named MVP of Super Bowl XLII following the 2007
season. Manning declined then but not this time after winning his second Super
Bowl MVP award by again beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl XLVI.</p>


“I think he’s both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence and a
kind of … you sort of believe he doesn’t take himself that seriously,’’ Michaels
said. “I think he takes his work very seriously. There’s a sort of a central
modesty to him and I think that plays well to what we do. If the host is
spending a lot of time protecting his image it’s exhausting for us.’’</p>


Manning, hearing Michaels’ complementary words, said, “I’m blushing Lorne,
thank you.’’</p>GIANTS' QB BACKS NFL SUSPENSIONS OF SAINTS (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_qb_backs_nfl_suspensions_OBSzbo3bEkjvFgibjj 8bwN)
</div></div><div>


"There might be some outcry from NFL players after commissioner Roger Goodell
lowered the boom with severe penalties to four Saints players for their
participation in the team’s bounty program scandal, but there will be no outcry
from Eli Manning.</p>


The Giants quarterback is in lockstep with Goodell that there is no place in
the game for bounties and those who were involved had to be severely
punished.</p>


Jonathan Vilma, the Saints Pro Bowl linebacker, <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/vilma_suspended_for_season_for_role_oohIPjLPeSNuEP 4wxa9QAI">was
suspended for the entire 2012 season</a>. Former Saints defensive end Anthony
Hargrove, now with the Packers, received an eight-game ban and Saints defensive
end Will Smith will be forced to sit out four games. </p>


The league also suspended current Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who played
in New Orleans from 2006-2009, for three games. All players have been suspended
without pay.</p>


“I think what Roger Goodell has done, he’s been harsh on this whole bounty
thing, on the Saints and the coaches and the players,’’ Manning said on
Wednesday on a conference call promoting his hosting appearance on “Saturday
Night Live’’ this weekend. “I think he’s doing the right thing to make sure this
doesn’t happen ever again. There’s no room for any sort of bounty system in the
NFL, it’s a physical sport and you got to respect the game. I think he’s been
harsh to try to prove and make a statement there is no place for this in the
game of football.’’</p></div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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</div></div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>

ZILCH

http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>
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<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
</div>
COULD INJURY TO RAVENS' TERRELL SUGGS REKINDLE THEIR INTEREST IN GIANTS/ OSI UMENYIORA? (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/03/could-injury-to-baltimore-ravens-terrell-suggs-rekindle-their-interest-in-giants-osi-umenyiora/)

"The Baltimore (http://www.giants101.com/tag/baltimore/)
Ravens received some terrible news on Thursday morning, learning that Pro Bowl
linebacker <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Terrell Suggs" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/terrell-suggs/" rel="tag nofollow">Terrell
Suggs</a> had suffered a partial tear of his Achilles; an injury that could
sideline him for the 2012 season. As a result, the team may immediately look to
free agency or the trade market for reinforcements, and right at the top of
their list could very well be New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants defensive end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Osi Umenyiora" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/" rel="tag nofollow">Osi
Umenyiora</a>.


The Ravens have kept a very close eye on the relationship between Umenyiora
and the Giants, and were among five teams who showed serious interest in trading
for the DE a year ago. Unwilling to part with a second-round pick ended their
pursuit of him, however.</p>


Before any potential trade is explored, the Ravens will need to determine the
full extent of Suggs' injury. As of now, the linebacker believes he'll be able
to return sometime this season.</p>
<blockquote>


"I absolutely [expect to play this year]. Middle to end of October.
Definitely beginning of December," told Aaron Wilson of
Scout.com.</p></blockquote>


A year ago the Giants dropped their asking price for Umenyiora from a
first-round pick to a second-round pick, while the Ravens offered only a
third-round pick. Talks went back-and-forth but the trade failed to materialize.
However, given the current situation with both teams, it would make sense that
they at least opened up the phone lines once again."</p>NEW YORK GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS # 90 ON NFL'S TOP 100 LIST FOR 2012 (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/03/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-90-on-nfls-top-100-list-for-2012/)

"While the country anxiously awaits the placement of New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)'s Top 100 List for 2012, wide receiver <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a> snuck on (http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-york-giants/09000d5d828d333b/Adrian-Wilson-Rashad-Johnson?module=HP11_hot_topics) without much to-do. In the second segment, which
aired on Wednesday night and focused on players 81-90, Nicks was ranked #90.
It's a position many feel is far too low for him, but the recognition itself is
nothing to shake a stick at.
<blockquote>


"His catch radius, I think, it's probably up there; top two of three. [He's]
able to catch every ball in his area," Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson
said. "He put himself right up there in the top five receivers in this
league."</p></blockquote>


As Wilson noted, Nicks is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best
wide receivers in the game. His talent is often overlooked due to the
well-deserved superstardom of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a>, but any true Giants fan would tell you he's still the best wideout on
his team.</p>


Over the last two seasons, Nicks has put up numbers compatible to those of
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Most importantly, he shows
absolutely no signs of slowing down and has yet to reach his ceiling.</p>


Quiet and courteous, #88 is far from the norm at wide receiver in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) and may fail
to get the National recognition he deserves because of it. He's no diva, but
he'll run with the best the league has to offer."
</p>ELI "ANXIOUS" ABOUT SNL GIG (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/2/2994136/eli-anxious-about-snl-gig)

"New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
quarterback Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning)
participated Wednesday in a press conference to promote his appearance this
weekend as host of 'Saturday Night Live.' Eli's brother Peyton hosted the show
several years ago and drew raves for his performance.


Which is the funnier Manning. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels said "we
won't really know that until Saturday."</p>


Manning did admit that he bypassed an offer to host SNL after winning his
first Super Bowl partially because it was right after Peyton's highly-acclaimed
effort, and that he is "anxious" about hosting the show.</p>


Manning said that both his brother and John Madden, who hosted several years
ago, have told him to "just enjoy the week."</p>


Eli's teammates know him as a prankster, and while I can't see him being
completely hilarious or at ease doing the show I think his SNL appearance might
be more fun than you might anticipate.</p>


Eli has already filmed several trailers for the show. Here is a look"
</p>GIANTS' ELI MANNING, TRAVIS BECKUM REACT TO BOUNTYGATE SUSPENSIONS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/02/new-york-giants-eli-manning-travis-beckum-react-to-bountygate-suspensions/)

"The NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) handed down
suspensions for players involved in Bountygate on Wednesday morning, including a
historic 16-game ban for New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. In
addition to Vilma, defensive lineman Anthony Hardgrove, now with the Green Bay
Packers, has been suspended for eight games, defensive end Will Smith has been
suspended for four games and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland
Browns, has been suspended for three games. All players are expected to appeal
their suspension.


While taking part in a conference call to help promote his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/02/eli-mannings-saturday-night-live-promo-released/), New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked to give his thoughts on the Bountygate
suspensions. As you might expect, Manning was in full support of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)
Commissioner.</p>
<blockquote>


"[Roger Goodell] is doing the right thing to make sure that this doesn’t
happen ever again," Manning said.</p></blockquote>


Shortly after Eli's call, and mixed in amidst the angry tweets from Saints
players, Big Blue tight end Travis Beckum took to Twitter to share his own
personal, yet indirect, thoughts on the situation.</p>
<blockquote>


"The Giants are a class organization. We play by the rules and are taught to
play as men! It's not a coincidence we are Super Bowl champs," he tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/TravisBeckum47/status/197733350268600320).</p></blockquote>


Finally, former Giants running back Tiki Barber shared his .02 on the
suspensions and Bountygate as a whole.</p>
<blockquote>


"Funded malicious intent and violation of the sanctity of the brotherhood of
players is core to egregiousness of Saints bounty program," Barber tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/Barber_Tiki/status/197739757432877057). "Pay for performance is ok … pay to end a
game/season/career is not – but if it happens in the natural course of the
brutality, it's okay."</p></blockquote>


Although most seem to agree that some sort of punishment needed to be handed
down, a season-long suspension was commonly referred to as "over the top." Some,
like Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden, went as far as to say "It's going to be
a long time before Roger Goodell makes it back on anybody's Christmas list."</p><a href="http://www.giants101.com/">http://www.giants101.com/
</a>
<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

FOUR NY GIANTS IN PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS TOP 50 (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/3/2996729/new-york-giants-pro-football-focus-top-101-eli-manning-jason-pierre-paul-victor-cruz-hakeem-nicks)

"You probably know by now that NFL Network (http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork) is winding its way through its Top 100 players
heading into the 2012 NFL season, as voted on by NFL players. We will talk
enough about that list. Let's talk about another list -- the <a href="https://www.profootballfocus.com/" target="_blank">Pro Football Focus Top
101 of 2011</a>.<div class="entry-body">


PFF says the list was based entirely on 2011 performance. Here are the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants">New
York Giants</a> on the list:</p>


Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)
(No. 50)</p>


Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
(No. 37)</p>


<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108442/jason-pierre-paul">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a> (No. 17)</p>


Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning) (No.
8) -- PFF's bullet points on Manning are listed below. Here is the full article on Eli (http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/05/03/no-8-eli-manning-qb-new-york-giants), and yes it is a free read.</p>
<ul> His O-line allowed 15 more total pressures than any other in the NFL Led NFL with 69.4% accuracy percentage on snaps under pressure Led NFL in percentage of total pressure that turns into sacks with just
11.5% Best-graded game was the Super Bowl (+8.2) Led NFL in deep attempts (109), completions (43), yards (1,490) on passes
that traveled 20+ yards in the air[/list]


<font size="3">By the way, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a> quarterback Tom Brady (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1653/tom-brady) was 13th
on the PFF list.Aaron Rodgers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1977/aaron-rodgers)
of the Green Bay Packers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers)
is No. 1 on PFF's list."</font></p></div>
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BBV TV - REEL 8: NY GIANTS; JAKE BALLARD INTERVIEW (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/3/2995912/bbv-tv-reel-8-new-york-giants-jake-ballard-interview)

"In this week's episode of BBV TV we catch up with New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
tight end, Jake Ballard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108531/jake-ballard)
at CitiField. We discuss his injury, the offseason acquisitions/departures,
Super Bowl XLVI and more. There have been lots of developments with Jake
throughout the 2011-2012 season. Join us on BBV TV as we touch on each one.



</p>


TheBigBlueView: Reel 8 - New York Giants Jake Ballard Interview (via sbnbigblueview (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mImitDzjZ4c))"</p>NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: OSI UMENYIORA, HAKEEM NICKS AND MORE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/3/2995977/new-york-giants-news-osi-umenyiora-hakeem-nicks-joe-martinek-james-brewer)

Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans. Here are some stories of interest for you today.


<a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/05/02/palladino-osi-umenyiora-saga-getting-old/">Ernie
Palladino: Osi Umenyiora Saga Getting Old " CBS New York</a>
It’s all getting
so old, and so stupidly personal. Umenyiora is heading into the final year of
his contract, which means he’ll be $3.975 million richer when he’s eligible to
hit the free agent market. The worst thing that’s going to happen to him is that
Reese slaps the franchise tag on him, tying him to the Giants for one more year
at the average of the top five salaries among all defensive ends.

Osi
isn’t going anywhere this year. Hold out, hate Reese, seethe, it doesn’t matter.
It has all gotten old and it has gotten Umenyiora nowhere.

His best play
is to shut up and play. Produce like he has, and he’ll get paid somewhere, from
somebody.

Most probably the Giants.</p>
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<a href="http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/WR-Nicks-ranked-90-on-NFL-Top-100/ba22058e-6777-4070-90af-987b596c9533">WR
Nicks ranked #90 on NFL Top 100</a>
"His catch radius I think is probably up
there top two or three," Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler and fellow North
Carolina native, said. "Being able to catch every ball in his area…he put
himself right up there with the top five receivers in this league in just being
able to do the things that he did after the catch. "He’s not a little guy so to
be able to take your shot on him, you have to make sure you wrap him up and make
sure you have to hit him in the right area." [<a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-york-giants/09000d5d828d37af/Top-100-Players-of-2012-Hakeem-Nicks">Here
is the NFL.com video</a>]" Read more...
</p>
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<a href="http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/the_new_york_giants_should_extend_osi_umenyioras_c ontract/10712363">THE NEW YORK GIANTS SHOULD EXTEND OSI UMENYIORA'S CONTRACT
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"New York Giants (http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/) defensive end Osi Umenyiora (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/05/02/jerry-reese-vs-osi-umenyiora-whose-side-are-you-on/&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=A7WiT-vbG8P10gGii6nVDA&amp;ved=0CA8QFjAF&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNFY4eMFzZUtTYyta77Qwok5z7HU5g) has been making
the headlines lately with his open criticism of General Manager Jerry Reese (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/05/02/jerry-reese-vs-osi-umenyiora-whose-side-are-you-on/&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=A7WiT-vbG8P10gGii6nVDA&amp;ved=0CA8QFjAF&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNFY4eMFzZUtTYyta77Qwok5z7HU5g) and his contract
situation. The same thing happened last offseason as well, where Osi threatened
to hold out if he wasn’t given a new contract. Ultimately, Osi got on the field
and played football and the Giants won a Super Bowl. Now, Osi is back at it,
opening his mouth to everyone that walks by him about how Reese lied to him and
that he was promised a new contract. Osi became angry when the Giants gave <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/04/27/new-york-giants-give-mathias-kiwanuka-3-year-16-5-million-extension/&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=tbWiT4muNOjZ0QGYvczQCA&amp;ved=0CAUQFjAA&amp;clie nt=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNGFGfVDZINS37c_npMZ1NycPlPGkQ" target="_blank">Mathias Kiwanuka a three-year contract
extension</a> and has come out and said the Giants are making him out to look
like a “greedy pig.”


The back and forth between Osi and Reese is purely a case of he-said,
she-said and Reese has publicly stated that Osi’s words will not play a role in
the Giants trying to re-sign him, something the Giants are trying to do. This
is the right move by Reese. There is no need to engage in a verbal tug-of-war
with one of your best players. Let him vent. It means nothing. If this is the
biggest distraction the Giants face as they gear up to defend their Super Bowl
title then so be it. That is a very good problem to have, a player who wants to
stay with the team, wants to get paid for being one of the best at his position,
and who won’t sulk on the field if he doesn’t get his way.</p>


Umenyiora has been an integral part of a defense that has led the Giants to
two Super Bowl Championships in five years. He has made two Pro Bowl
appearances in 2005 and 2007 and was named to two All-Pro teams in 2005 (first
team) and 2010 (second team, Associated Press). He has been in the top ten in
sacks three times and is currently 13<sup>th</sup> on the active sacks leader
list. In 2010, Osi had 10 forced fumbles, a league record, and is one of the
best in the NFL at the strip-sack where he gets the quarterback to fumble the
football. He has 30 forced fumbles in his career. Every team in the NFL needs
a player like Osi Umenyiora. His on-field production has been fantastic, there
is no question. This past season he only played in 9 games as a result of
injury but still recorded 9 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He added another 3.5
sacks and one forced fumble in the Playoffs. Osi is one of the best defensive
ends in football.</p>


Osi’s problem is Osi. He has a big mouth. He isn’t the first football
player to open his mouth too often and he won’t be the last. Football players
have a short career, especially when it comes to maximizing their earnings
potential. They want to get paid and they want it immediately. That is
understandable, especially in a league where few dollars are guaranteed. You
could sign a huge, eight-year contract this year and be cut in two years and
never see a dime beyond what you have already made. Football is a merciless
game both on and off the field.</p>


Reese has publicly stated that the Giants are, “a better football team with
Osi Umenyiora on our team. We respect him as a football player. So our goal is
to have Osi play football for the New York Giants and retire a Giant.” Those
words might be PR but they are also true. The Giants are a better football team
with Osi Umenyiora. Reese should be working towards a contract extension with
one of his best players. It is only logical. Words mean nothing. Osi went out
there last season and played hard when he was healthy. In the nine games he
played in, he recorded three multi-sack games and added another one in the
playoffs against Green Bay. He has the ability to absolutely dominate a game
with his ability to get to the quarterback and cause him to fumble the
football.</p>


The New York Giants are a better football team with Osi Umenyiora. The
Giants are at their best when they get unrelenting pressure on the quarterback
and they have some of the best in the game at being able to do that. With
Justin Tuck (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/2012/01/13/justin-tuck-this-11-team-is-better-than-07/&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=W7WiT7C2F4fV0QHSi4XVDA&amp;ved=0CAUQFjAA&amp;clie nt=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNHoly5I4-QVfqRCK8yaWzzGVFS7OQ), Jason Pierre-Paul (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.rantsports.com/mock-draft/2012/04/25/new-york-giants-offseason-outlook-2/&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=hrWiT_CtA6e50AHWz-3VDA&amp;ved=0CA0QFjAE&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNGorqfryBNcwOlo6S9zW2hN_Pu_zw), Mathias Kiwanuka, and Osi able to
line up in various packages on the defensive front few teams are able to stop
them. You can’t double team everyone. Last season, despite injuries hampering
Osi and Tuck, the Giants placed third in the NFL with 48 sacks behind the
Minnesota Vikings (http://www.rantsports.com/minnesota-vikings/) and <a href="http://www.rantsports.com/philadelphia-eagles/" target="_blank">Philadelphia
Eagles</a> who both had 50. Had Tuck and Osi not been dealing with
nagging injuries, the Giants probably would have led the NFL in that category.
That is how good this defensive front is. The Giants don’t need to rely on
schemes and blitzes because their front four at any given moment can bust
through the offensive line and make your quarterback regret being born. That is
an effective weapon to have but the Giants must make sure they have all of the
bullets for their weapon and Osi is a part of that ammunition.</p>


The Giants need Osi and Osi needs the Giants. He fits the system and I think
everyone on that defensive front benefits from each other. If Osi were to leave
as a free agent he might be able to get more money but I don’t think his
production would be as good as it has been with the Giants. What is happening
right now is just talk. Osi has done it before and I am sure he will do it
again. He isn’t hurting anyone’s feelings. He might be aggravating some fans
who might see him as ungrateful but I honestly can’t say I blame him for wanting
more money or a little security moving forward. Who doesn’t want job security?
The only difference is Osi has microphones stuck in his face and writers who
follow his Twitter account and report his musings as news. I have confidence
the Giants and Osi will reach an agreement on a new contract and Osi’s mouth
will only be yapping at offensive linemen and quarterbacks."
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<u>SPORTING NEWS

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<u>NYG REPORTER
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</a>

<font size="4"><u>NFL.COM</u></font>

UMENYIORA REPLACING SUGGS UNLIKELY (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828d6ef2/article/osi-umenyiora-replacing-terrell-suggs-is-unlikely)

"It's not hard to connect the dots following TerrellSuggs' <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1336075810375_3909" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d828aeae5" target="_blank">torn Achilles'
tendon injury</a>.


The BaltimoreRavens <a id="yui_3_4_1_1_1336075810375_3910" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d828d650c/" target="_blank">need a pass
rusher</a>, and New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) general manager
Jerry Reese sounded like he was open to the possibility of trading Osi Umenyiora (/players/osiumenyiora/profile?id=UME444955) in comments
made after the draft. To make it even juicier, The Baltimore Sun and the New
York Daily News reported last year that the Ravens showed interest in Umenyiora
for a possible trade.</p>


</p><div id="yui_3_4_1_1_1336075810375_3673" class="articleText">

Sounds like a match made in speculation heaven, right? Not exactly.</p>


The Giants didn't trade Umenyiora last year because teams like the Ravens
balked at New York's first-round asking price. The Giants likely received calls
on Umenyiora during the draft, but again, no one made an offer Reese couldn't
refuse.</p>


It's not in Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome's DNA to give up high future draft picks.
Umenyiora is especially costly because he would require a big long-term deal to
make the trade sensible. (And the Ravens are tight to the salary cap.) There
also are questions about how he'd fit in the 3-4 defense. Newsome probably has
more confidence in his young pass rushers than the average Ravens fan.</p>


The biggest obstacle of all here: The Giants aren't motivated sellers. They
have Umenyiora under contract at a low price. He's valuable to them, and they
can live through a little offseason drama. After all, they have done it plenty
of times before.</p>


Umenyiora-to-Baltimore makes sense on message boards, but we suspect the
speculation will end there."</p>

##
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ELI MANNING LIKES HOW ROGER GOODELL HAS HANDLED THE BOUNTY SCANDAL (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/eli_manning_likes_how_roger_goodell_has_handled_th e_bounty_scandal/10712024)

"As New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning prepares to host NBC’s Saturday Night
Live, he took some time to address the player suspensions (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/live-from-new-york-eli-manning-talks-about-the-saints-bounty-program/)that NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell handed down on Wednesday.


“I think he’s doing the right thing to make sure this doesn’t ever happen
again,” Manning said. “There’s no room for any type of bounty system in the
N.F.L. You have to respect the game.”</p>


“I think he’s been harsh to try and prove, to make a statement, that there is
no place for this in the game of football.”</p>


Manning is one of the few players that understands that Goodell is not trying
to take the physicality out of football, but he’s rather trying to make the game
safer by making it clear that intentionally trying to injure an opposing player
won’t be tolerated."</p>HAKEEM NICKS: WHY HIS PEERS JUST MADE HIM BETTER (http://network.yardbarker.com/all_sports/article_external/hakeem_nicks_why_his_peers_just_made_him_better/10711736)

"The NFL Network is currently running a series called "The Top 100 NFL Players of
2012". This is a ranking of the best players for the upcoming season. It is
chosen by the players, for the players. Most vote tallies determine the
order.

So far, only one New York Giants player has been named. That
player is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks at # 90. This distinction can be
interpreted two ways. Nicks could view this as a high honor. To be recognized by
his own peers as one of the best players in the league is, indeed, an honor. He
most likely will be humbled by the gesture.

It's easy to see why they
placed him on this list, though. Last season, he posted 76 catches for 1,192
yards and scored seven times. He also had a 68 yard reception this past season
to tie a career long mark. In his first three seasons, Nicks has posted 202
catches for 3,034 yards with 24 TDs. He has vastly improved with each new
season. The ceiling of his talent has still yet to be reached. At just 24, he
has several years left to build on that reputation among his peers.

As
impressive as all of this is, these are also the same reasons he could respond
to this gesture in a different way. He could take this in stride as a message
from his peers. They recognize him, but at # 90, he still has a long way to go
to be considered a premiere play maker in the league.

If he takes that
approach, he could become even more dangerous. A motivated Hakeem Nicks with a
chip like that on his shoulder would become a lethal Pro Bowl caliber player
year in and year out. While it may be a nice gesture and show of respect from
his peers, it would be more advantageous for himself, the Giants and their fans
if he took this almost as a snub and developed a chip on his shoulder as a
result.

Resting on the laurels of a Super Bowl ring and back to back
1,000 yard seasons would be a dangerous thing to do. Football players need
motivation and this is the perfect opportunity for just that. He is well liked
around the league. Not a harsh word has been uttered toward him or about him in
his time in the NFL. He doesn't cause waves. That's a wonderful
thing!

For a player like that, they have to find other ways to get and
stayed motivated. No one will be offering bulletin board material for him, so
this has to be the next best thing. If he looks at this from that perspective,
he will become just as elite as a receiver as the man that is throwing it to
him. That would help them both.

Therefore, he should take whatever award
or certificate that is handed out with this honor and make a short speech to his
peers. He should say something like this "thank you for telling me that 90
people are better than me, I guess I'll have to show you all that you're
wrong".

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"The NFL has released the dates of the rookie and veteran minicamps for all 32
NFL teams, as well as the organized team activity (OTA) dates.
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OTA DATES</p></td>
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veterans unless otherwise noted)</p></td></tr>
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May 29-31, June 5-7, June 12-15</p></td>
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BALTIMORE</p></td>
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May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
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BUFFALO</p></td>
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May 29, May 31-June 1, June 5, June 7-8, June 11-12, June 14-15</p></td>
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May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21</p></td></tr>
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CAROLINA</p></td>
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May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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CHICAGO</p></td>
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May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
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CINCINNATI</p></td>
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May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
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May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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CLEVELAND</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 12-15</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7</p></td></tr>
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DALLAS</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
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May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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DENVER</p></td>
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May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 4-7</p></td>
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May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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DETROIT</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">
<p class="dummy">May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June
7-8</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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GREEN BAY</p></td>
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May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 5-8</p></td>
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HOUSTON</p></td>
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May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
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June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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INDIANAPOLIS</p></td>
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May 15-17, May 22-24, June 4-7</p></td>
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May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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JACKSONVILLE</p></td>
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May 15-17, May 22-24, May 29-June 1</p></td>
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May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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KANSAS CITY</p></td>
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May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8</p></td>
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NEW ENGLAND</p></td>
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May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4, June 6-7</p></td>
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May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
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OAKLAND</p></td>
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May 14-15, May 17, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-7</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


PHILADELPHIA</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


PITTSBURGH</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">
<p class="dummy">May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


ST. LOUIS</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">
<p class="dummy">May 15-16, May 18, May 22-23, May 25,</p>
<p class="dummy">June 5-8</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


SAN DIEGO</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 29-31, June 5-7, June 11-14</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


SAN FRANCISCO</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


SEATTLE</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


TAMPA BAY</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 15, May 17-18, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-5, June 7-8</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


</p></td>
<td valign="top">


</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


</p></td>
<td valign="top">


</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


TENNESSEE</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">
<p class="dummy">May 30-June 1, June 5-7, June 11-12, June 14-15</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 11-12 (rookies), June 19-21</p></td></tr>
<tr>
<td valign="top" width="112">


WASHINGTON</p></td>
<td valign="top" width="208">


May 21, May 23-24, May 29-31, June 4-7</p></td>
<td valign="top">


May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
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JUNIOR SEAU SAID GAME HAD TO CHANGE (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/junior-seau-said-game-had-to-change/?ref=football)



"On a day <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/sports/football/junior-seau-famed-nfl-linebacker-dies-at-43-in-apparent-suicide.html?ref=sports">to
remember Junior Seau</a>, here are a few suggested links:


A good place to start: <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/jim_trotter/05/02/junior.seau/index.html#ixzz1tnjD7Q8T">Jim
Trotter’s column at SI.com</a>. Seau was the first player Trotter ran into on
his first regular pro beat in 1995, with the Chargers. Seau told him, “So,
you’re the new guy?” Well, if you need anything call me. Here, take my number.”
Seventeen years later:</p>

<blockquote>


In March, we spoke about the perception that commissioner Roger Goodell was
making the game too soft with his enhanced enforcement of player safety rules.
“It has to happen,” he said. “Those who are saying the game is changing for the
worse, well, they don’t have a father who can’t remember his name because of the
game. I’m pretty sure if everybody had to wake with their dad not knowing his
name, not knowing his kids’ name, not being able to function at a normal rate
after football, they would understand that the game needs to change. If it
doesn’t, there are going to be more players, more great players, being affected
by the things that we know of and aren’t changing. That’s not
right.”</p></blockquote>



More from around the Web:
<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--junior-seau-was-gregarious--ebullient--hilarious-and-immensely-popular.html">Michael
Silver, Yahoo Sports:</a> “Gregarious, ebullient, hilarious and immensely
popular, Seau provoked smiles in San Diego, Miami, Foxborough and throughout the
NFL universe for more than two decades.”</p>



<a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/may/02/canepa-seau-san-diego-treasure/?page=2#article">Nick
Canepa, U-T San Diego: </a>“Junior Seau is a San Diego treasure. He has joined
Ted Williams, Lance Alworth, LaDainian Tomlinson, Dan Fouts, John Jefferson,
Randy Jones, Tony Gwynn, Caminiti, Don Coryell, Steve Fisher, Bill Walton,
Trevor Hoffman and a few others in our pantheon of beloved sports icons. I can’t
say San Diego County has developed a greater all-around athlete, an athlete not
only loved, but one who cared about those not as fortunate, who made something
of himself, something for which his family and community could be proud.”</p>

<a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/02/lorenzo-neal-reflects-on-the-pressures-of-being-junior-seau/">
Michael
David Smith, ProFootballTalk.com:</a> “Lorenzo Neal said in an interview on NBC
Sports Talk that Seau wanted badly to please everyone, and he could always do
that by playing football well, which came naturally to him. But it was harder
for Seau to continue to make a difference when football was over.”</p>



A great anecdote from Saints guard Eric Olsen on his Twitter account, <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/12283/staten-island-product-remembers-seau">via
ESPN New York:</a></p>

<blockquote>


When I was a [freshman] in HS, Junior Seau worked the Jay Fiedler Football
camp and at the end of one of the days he challenged anyone to a 1 on 1 …</p>


Being one of the ‘big’ kids, I was volunteered by my buddies and went up in
front of the whole camp to face this monster of a man. Shaking in my cleats, he
gave me a wink before a coach gave the cadence. He let me pancake him. And he
sold it too…</p>


I can’t even tell you how good I felt at that moment; it changed me forever.
The whole camp cheered for me, a chubby kid that didn’t know if he even liked
football. From then on I was addicted. All thanks 2 this 10 time all-pro that
felt like making some snot-nosed kid’s day…</p>


Doesn’t seem like much but it meant a lot to me. Sorry for the essay just had
to share. RIP Junior I’ll never forget what you did for me."</p></blockquote>

KURT WARNER DOES NOT WANT HIS SONS TO PLAY FOOTBALL (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26006/Kurt-Warner-does-not-want-his-sons-to-play-football/Default.aspx)

SOURCE: SAINTS, BREES NOT CLOSE ON CONTRACT (http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescription/tabid/61/EntryId/26002/Source--Saints--Brees-not-close-on-contract/Default.aspx)
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JUNIOR SEAU'S APPARENT SUICIDE STUNS AN ENTIRE CITY (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/Junior_Seaus_apparent_suicide_stuns_an_entire_city _.html)

NFL STATEMENT ON BOUNTY PUNISHMENTS FOR 4 PLAYERS (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/n-f-l-statement-on-bounty-punishments-for-4-players/?ref=football)

VILMA'S STRONG STATEMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CONVINCING IN EARLY MARCH (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/02/vilmas-strong-statement-would-have-been-more-convincing-in-early-march/related/)

BUCS SIGN FORMER RUTGERS' DT ERIC LEGRAND IN STORY THAT STILL INSPIRES (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18934870/bucs-sign-former-rutgers-dt-eric-legrand-in-story-that-still-inspires)</font>

</font>FORMER JETS' LB VILMA SUSPENDED FOR SEASON IN SAINTS' BOUNTY SCANDAL (http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants)<font size="4">

</font>NO SURPRISE THAT ROGER GOODELL PUNISHED PLAYERS SEVERELY (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828cf23f/article/no-surprise-that-roger-goodell-punished-saints-severely)

nygsb42champs
05-03-2012, 01:09 PM
Thanks RF. I can not wait to see SNL.

RoanokeFan
05-03-2012, 01:32 PM
Thanks RF. I can not wait to see SNL.

I've never watched but I will this week [:P]

derekunion28
05-03-2012, 06:09 PM
thanks

RoanokeFan
05-03-2012, 06:11 PM
thanks

[B]

G-Men Surg.
05-04-2012, 01:15 AM
Thanks RF !

fourth&forever
05-04-2012, 09:11 AM
The last SNL Eli promo was great when Eli pegs the guy with the ball. Hilarious!

RoanokeFan
05-04-2012, 10:51 AM
The last SNL Eli promo was great when Eli pegs the guy with the ball. Hilarious!

Looking forward to watching him in action tomorrow night