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GIANTS' UMENYIPRA OFFERS TO BUY BACK LT'S SUPER BOWL RING (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_umenyiora_offers_gets_followers_Cpxi53dE0hF yC15NUzGBAL)

"Osi Umenyiora promised Saturday to buy back Giants great Lawrence Taylor his
Super Bowl XXV ring.<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">

The catch -- the Giants defensive end will only bid to win the auction if he
lands one million followers on Twitter.</p>

Umenyiora put himself forward as an unlikely entrant early Saturday.</p>

"All L.T, NYG, NFL FANS! If i get 1million followers, i will buy L.T's ring
back and give it to him," he tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora). "The 1,000,000th will give it to him. In person.
I'm not joking."</p>

Umenyiora will need to pay a six-figure sum to land the 1991 ring, with the
top offer after 24 bids standing at $108,378 with less than 12 hours to go
before the auction ends Saturday night.
</p>But his money looked safe with the Umenyiora approximately 970,000 followers
off the one million mark at the same stage.<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">

Umenyiora later clarified it would be a random follower that would return the
ring to Taylor, after it was pointed out that those helping him get to seven
figures on Twitter would be doing so without a shot at the main reward.</p>

Taylor, meanwhile, was still coming to terms with the fact that his Super
Bowl ring, which he won at the end of the 1990-91 season when the Giants
defeated the Buffalo Bills in the title game, was even up for auction.</p>

A longtime representative of Taylor told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer on Friday
that the former NFL linebacker had given the championship ring to his son TJ who
could do whatever he wanted with it.</p>

"Lawrence was in fact unaware of it but said he gave it to TJ and it's his
right to do what he wants with it. He's fine with whatever TJ decided," Mark
Lepselter told Glazer."</p>RINGER SON SELLS OUT LT (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/ringer_son_sells_out_lt_aRvE0sq1r6bHT7p8cuehAN)
[/url]</div>"As it turns out, Lawrence Taylor is not selling his Super Bowl XXV ring. But
his son is.<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">

The ring Taylor earned after the 1990 season is being auctioned off by
SCPAuctions.com, but the oft-troubled Hall of Fame linebacker is not the one
seeking to cash in on the ring. </p>

Taylor had given the ring to his son, T.J. and it was T.J. who put it up for
auction, according to Jay Glazer, who is with Fox Sports and reported that
Taylor was not even aware that the ring was being auctioned.</p>

On his Twitter account, Glazer wrote that, based on a conversation he had
with Taylor’s agent, Mark Lepselter, “LT wasn’t aware at all that his son had
put it up for auction. However, he had no problem with it, he feels
they are now his son’s property.”
</p>It looks as if T.J. will get some serious cash for his famous father’s Super
Bowl ring, which was estimated to be valued at between $75,000 and $100,000. The
bidding, which closes tonight, has reached $89,568."<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">

(http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_umenyiora_offers_gets_followers_Cpxi53dE0hF yC15NUzGBAL#ixzz1vKj8Rdcm)</div>

[url="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/coughlin-contract-still-coming-soon-0"]COUGHLIN CONTRACT STILL COMING "SOON" (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/ringer_son_sells_out_lt_aRvE0sq1r6bHT7p8cuehAN#ixz z1vKjfgs3d)

"At some point this offseason Tom Coughlin is going to get a lucrative
contract extension from the Giants. The only questions are: How much? How

And, When?

Giants co-owner John Mara answered the last
question on Wednesday night by saying “We’re working on it” and that “It’ll be
done sooner rather than later.” That was a little more vague than his response
in late March when he reportedly said the deal would be done in 4-6

That was a little more than seven weeks ago, but Mara insisted
there were no holdups in the negotiations with the 65-year-old coach. It’s also
entirely possible the negotiations are finished. Remember, when the Giants
announced their one-year contract extension with Coughlin last July, the deal
had already been done for months.

Regardless, it’s going to happen.
Coughlin has won two Super Bowls in the last five seasons and both Mara and
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch have constantly credited Coughlin – along with GM
Jerry Reese -- for the turnaround of the franchise.

“I just want you to
know how much this means to my family,” Mara told the players at the ring
ceremony on Wednesday night. “We have been here with this team since the
beginning in 1925, through great seasons and a number of not-so-great seasons.
This is not just a business to us, this is personal. Much of my childhood and
early adult years were spent suffering with some pretty poor teams. There were
years when the team was ridiculed and scorned by the media and by our

“So to get to this point today, where we’re the world champions
again, and to have an organization that is universally respected and, to my
thinking, is second to none, is very special indeed. So thank you Jerry Reese,
Tom Coughlin and all the players, coaches and staff for making this dream of
ours a reality.”

So what about the other two questions – How long and
how much? The length of the deal will likely be up to Coughlin, who has never
said publicly how much longer he wants to coach. As for the amount, Coughlin’s
contract extension after the Super Bowl XLII championship was for four years and
$21 million – about $5.25 million per year.

This deal will almost
certainly top $7 million per year, considering five NFL coaches already make at
least that much (Those and four others make more than Coughlin, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2012/05/15/the-highest-paid-coaches-in-sports/">according
to a recently published list in Forbes</a>). It probably will approach $8
million annually, which would make Coughlin the highest paid coach in the

That’s a title currently held by New England coach Bill
Belichick ($7.5 million), who has lost the Super Bowl to Coughlin twice in the
last five years.

[b]Strahan’s ring advice? Go ‘Big’ and ‘Bad’

Justin Tuck started discussing the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/super-bowl-champs-will-have-a-familiar-ring">Super
Bowl XLVI ring design </a>with some of his teammates, he already had decided he
wanted one bigger and shinier than the “10-table ring” that Michael Strahan
helped design after Super Bowl XLII. And Strahan told him that’s exactly what he
should do.

“He told me go for it,” Tuck said. “When we were in the
designing process, he told me, ‘Get the biggest and baddest one you can get.’ So
that’s why I came up with some ostentatious designs I knew would get knocked
down. But I’m pretty proud of what we did create.”

Tuck didn’t get
everything he wanted on the ring. He said at one point he proposed some sort of
“mural” on the ring featuring images of New York and New Jersey. “The first
design, I wanted it to be more like the skyline with highway 95 going to Jersey
off the bridge and ending at the Timex facility,” he said. “Something like that,
with the Hudson River running right through the ring.

“But they couldn’t
do that.”

Tuck said he also proposed a “four-finger ring” to celebrate
the franchise’s four Super Bowl championships. And when that was shot down (Even
though “Mr. Tisch liked that idea,” Tuck said), he proposed that each ring would
have a mural of each players’ face.

Despite having all those suggestions
shot down, Tuck seemed pleased with the end result. And he definitely thinks his
“Restaurant Ring” – one he said can be seen from all over a restaurant, not just
from “10 tables” away – has the Super Bowl XLII ring beat.

“You see the
difference,” Tuck said as he flashed both rings on his fingers. “That’s a
10-table one. This one’s a little bit better.”

Want your own Super Bowl ring?

You can’t really
get a Super Bowl ring of your own, but sadly, you can buy the one Lawrence
Taylor earned in Super Bowl XXV. The day after the current Giants got their
rings, <a href="http://catalog.scpauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?lotid=20039&amp;searchby=4&amp;searchvalue= 981&amp;page=0&amp;sortby=0&amp;displayby=2&amp;lotsperpage=100&amp;ca tegory=1&amp;seo=LAWRENCE-TAYLOR#BiddingTag">LT’s
ring was put up for auction</a>.

The ring, which SPC auctions calls
“arguably the most significant Super Bowl player ring ever offered publicly,”
isn’t in mint condition. In fact, according to the description, it “shows
considerable wear, that in some eyes, only enhances it aura.”

The ring and its aura have an estimated value of between $75-100,000. As I type
this on Thursday night, the high bid is $89,568.

The auction (http://catalog.scpauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?lotid=20039&amp;searchby=4&amp;searchvalue= 981&amp;page=0&amp;sortby=0&amp;displayby=2&amp;lotsperpage=100&amp;ca tegory=1&amp;seo=LAWRENCE-TAYLOR#BiddingTag)
ends on Saturday.

McKenzie not ready to go out on top

McKenzie, the still unsigned starting right tackle on the Super Bowl XLVI
champions, was one of several former Giants in attendance last night and he said
he always planned to come get his second Super Bowl ring.

And if that’s
the last thing he does in his NFL career? Well, he said “It’s a great way to go

“I mean, you can’t beat it,” McKenzie said. “Go out as Super Bowl
Champion, win it two times in 11 years, you can’t beat it. Not

McKenzie, who turns 33 later this month, insisted that he
still wants to play football and that “I’m not retired yet.

“We’ll go
ahead and see what happens and if no one calls me, oh well, I guess I am
(retired),” he said. “So, you know, no big deal to me.”

McKenzie was
joined by several other former Giants, including DE Dave Tollefson (Raiders), WR
Devin Thomas (Bears), LB Jonathan Goff (Redskins), S Deon Grant (unsigned), DT
Rocky Bernard (unsigned) and S Derrick Martin (unsigned). RB Brandon Jacobs
(49ers) was represented at the event by his wife, Kim.

Rolle gets a ring he can never take off

Rolle was happy to get his Super Bowl championship ring, but he kind of already
had one. A few weeks ago he had the image of the ring tattooed on the left side
of his chest.


“Yeah, it's the actual ring,” he said. “I
had already seen the design. You know, it’s set in stone – it’s set in ink, I
should say, but there it is.”</p>

Why go through that painful process just to get a picture of a ring he likely
won’t actually wear?

“This championship definitely meant a lot to me,”
he said. “It meant a lot for us to go out here and win it as a team. Especially
with everything we'd gone through this year with injuries an having an up and
down season. For us to go out there and win everything, I think it definitely
set in stone.”

Endorsement from the JPP of defensive

Jason Pierre-Paul hasn’t had a chance to welcome rookie
tight end Adrien Robinson to the Giants, but he’s certainly already heard of the
team’s fourth-round pick. That’s because Giants GM Jerry Reese referred to the
raw-but-talented Robinson as “the JPP of tight ends.”

So what did the
real JPP think of that?

“There’s not going to be another JPP, man,” he
said. “There’s only one of me.”

Gadson remains loyal to the Giants

Lt. Col.
Greg Gadson has been an inspirational figure around the Giants since 2007, when
he was first brought in to speak to the players by his good friend and former
Army teammate Mike Sullivan, who was then the Giants’ receivers

Now Sullivan is in Tampa where he’s the offensive coordinator of
the Buccaneers.

But Gadson – who attended the Giants’ ring ceremony on
Wednesday night -- isn’t about to head south with his friend. On Tuesday night,
at a screening of his first movie Battleship, he made it clear his
heart is still blue.

“I’m here with the Giants,” Gadson said. “Mike’s
one of my best friends and I’m certainly going to continue to talk with him.
Whether I’m giving speeches to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or not, that’s probably
not going to happen.”
</p>LAWRENCE TAYLOR REPORTEDLY UNAWARE HIS SUPER BOWL RING WAS BEING AUCTIONED (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/lawrence-taylor-reportedly-unaware-super-bowl-ring-auctioned-giants-great-nfl-hall-famer-gave-ring-son-article-1.1080585)

"Lawrence Taylor (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lawrence+Taylor) has
no problem with his Super Bowl XXV ring being auctioned off to the highest
bidder. But it wasn't his idea to do it.<div>

The Giants legend and Hall of Fame linebacker was reportedly unaware that the
championship ring was being sold by SCP Auctions because he had long ago given
it to his son, T.J., according to Fox Sports. Taylor's long-time agent contacted
the apparently surprised former Giants linebacker, the report said, and he
indicated T.J.'s decision to sell the ring was "fine".</p>

"Lawrence was in fact unaware of it," Taylor's agent, Mark Lepselter, said in
the statement to Fox. "But said he gave it to T.J. and it's his right to do what
he wants with it. He's fine with whatever T.J. decided."</p>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><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
LT NOT AUCTIONING OFF HIS SUPER BOWL RING BUT HIS SON IS (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/son_not_auctioning_off_his_super_Zr1aOLgDYH6rb78ZX 2xlGK)

"As it turns out, Lawrence Taylor is not selling his Super Bowl XXV ring. But
his son is.<div>

The ring Taylor earned after the 1990 season is being auctioned off by
SCPAuctions.com but the oft-troubled Hall of Fame linebacker is not the one
seeking to cash in on the ring. Taylor had previously given the ring to his son,
T.J. and it was T.J. who put the ring up for auction, according to Jay Glazer of
FOXSports, who reported that Taylor was not even aware that the ring was in

Glazer on his Twitter account wrote that based on a conversation he had with
Taylor’s agent, Mark Lepselter, “LT wasn't aware at all that his son had put it
up for auction. However, he had no problem with it he feels they are
now his son’s property.”</p>

It looks as if T.J. will get some serious cash for his famous father’s Super
Bowl ring, which was estimated to be valued at between $75,000 and $100,000. The
bidding, which closes Saturday night, has reached $89,568."
<div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u>[b]<font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

REPORT: LT'S SUPER BOWL RING BEING SOLD BY HIS SON (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Report_LTs_Super_Bowl_ring_being_sold_by_his_son.h tml)

"Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring, being auctioned by SCPAuctions.com,
was apparently put up for sale not by the Hall of Fame linebacker, but by his
son, TJ.<div id="storybody">

According to a report by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the former Giants star was
unaware of the auction until he was approached by his longtime agent Mark

In a statement released to Glazer via his Twitter account, Lepselter said:
"[Taylor] gave it to TJ and it's his right to do what he wants with it. He's
fine with whatever TJ decided."</p></div>http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

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



<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

NEW YORK GIANTS ARE NOT FINISHED BEING "ALL-IN" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/19/new-york-giants-are-not-finished-being-all-in/)

"The New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
Giants are World Champions. Doesn’t get old hearing that, eh?

Recent events -mainly the front office, team, coaches and ancillary staff
getting their Super Bowl rings from Tiffany- have suggested that there’s not
only a sense of Giants Pride continuing, but what will also be on the horizon.
Pictures floating around the internet explain how proud the G-Men are of their
February accomplishment.</p>

What shows their mindset for the future more are the statements being made,
primarily by two of the team captains:</p>

"Our thing now is we want a dynasty. We want to make it a dynasty … I think
the second ring makes you that much more hungrier. The first time you are in
awe, and then you win the second one and you’re like ‘Hey, maybe we can do
something here’…” said defensive team captain, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a> Wednesday evening.</p></blockquote>

Giants quarterback and two-time MVP took the reminiscent route, discussing
his gratefulness to Head Coach <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/" rel="tag nofollow">Tom

“I know how important Coach Coughlin has been to me. From my rookie year he
made me stay late every night and draw up every blitz and how we were protected.
I came prepared even though I wasn’t playing….he made me grind it out. I have
great respect for him and his work ethic. Hopefully we can continue to have a
number of good seasons ahead of us…”</p></blockquote>

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a> even went on to mention that #91 mentioned dynasty thoughts to
Owner, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with John Mara" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/john-mara/" rel="tag nofollow">John

“…and he was saying no Giants player has three championships with the

Manning added:</p>

“So we’re setting the stakes high and make sure we stay

Is anyone else getting excited for Giants Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) in 2012?!</p>

Most feel that “All In” and “Finish” (both of which are engraved inside the
Super Bowl rings) were just a part of 2011’s season-ending rally to get the team
together to close the season on as high a note as capable. Apparently not,
doubters. This Giants team has, before our eyes, become one – a team full of

The feeling emanating from Big Blue is that they aren’t finished. Yeah, they
finished a chapter, but this great book isn’t near being complete. Records are
still being broken and with most of the core players and coaches intact, many
games are still to be won.</p>

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Antrel Rolle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/antrel-rolle/" rel="tag nofollow">Antrel
Rolle</a> said last year of “All In”:</p>

“It’s our minds that, you know, are powerful … what’s gonna give you that
extra inch, what’s gonna give you that extra push.”</p></blockquote>

The Giants-Coughlin football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) attitude is definitely not rare around the men
who go out and perform. For them, Mini Camp is June 12-14, 2012. Training Camp
is approximately sixty-nine days away. The first Preseason game is an estimated
eighty-three days away. The first <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> Regular Season game of 2012 is one-hundred-nine days away. Are you


OSI UMENYIORA, BRANDON JACOBS PLEDGE TO WIN &amp; RETURN SUPER BOWL RING AT6 1m TWITTER FOLLOWERS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/19/osi-umenyiora-brandon-jacobs-pledge-to-win-return-lts-super-bowl-ring-at-1m-twitter-followers/)

"<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> 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> was shocked when he learned Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring was up for auction (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/17/former-new-york-giants-lb-lawrence-taylor-auctioning-off-his-super-bowl-xxv-ring/). He
couldn't fathom the legend and NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Hall of Famer losing his jewelry forever, so the
Chief devised a contest: get him to 1,000,000 Twitter followers to save the
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">http://g101.sportsmedia101.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/LT-SBXXV-Ring.jpeg (http://catalog.scpauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?lotid=20039&amp;searchby=4&amp;searchvalue= 981&amp;page=0&amp;sortby=0&amp;displayby=2&amp;lotsperpage=100&amp;ca tegory=1&amp;seo=LAWRENCE-TAYLOR)</p>

Umenyiora pledges that at 1,000,000 Twitter followers, he will see to it that
he wins the auction for Taylor's Super Bowl ring and then allows a fan (chosen
at random) to personally delivery the ring back to LT.</p>

"Attn: All L.T., <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">NEW YORK
GIANTS</a>, NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) FANS! If I
get 1 million followers, I will buy LT's ring back and give it to him. I'm not
joking," Umenyiora tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora/status/203818176683839489). "L.T is a football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) LEGEND! If 1,000,000 people support him getting
his ring back, then it's worth it to me to buy it and give it back to

Former Big Blue running back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Brandon Jacobs" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/brandon-jacobs/" rel="tag nofollow">Brandon
Jacobs</a> immediately jumped aboard this bandwagon, and joined Umenyiora in his
quest. Like Osi, Jacobs will buy the ring at 1,000,000 Twitter followers and
allow a fan (chosen at random) to personally deliver it to the legend.</p>

"I am in with you on this," Jacobs tweeted to Osi (https://twitter.com/#%21/gatorboy45/status/203819838324473856). "I will follow the same

As of now, Umenyiora has 22,353 followers, which is up over 3,350 followers
since his initial tweet about the ring, Jacobs, meanwhile, has 2,214 followers,
which is up over 210 since he joined this campaign.</p>

Umenyiora can be followed @OsiUmenyiora (https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora) and Jacobs can be followed @gatorboy45 (https://twitter.com/#%21/gatorboy45).</p>

With less than 13 hours remaining for Taylor's <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Super Bowl XXV" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/super-bowl-xxv/" rel="tag nofollow">Super
Bowl XXV</a> ring, time is running out. The bid is currently $98,525 (http://catalog.scpauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?lotid=20039&amp;searchby=4&amp;searchvalue= 981&amp;page=0&amp;sortby=0&amp;displayby=2&amp;lotsperpage=100&amp;ca tegory=1&amp;seo=LAWRENCE-TAYLOR)."</p>GIANTS' JASON PIERRE-PAUL CONSIDERED ONE OF NFL'S MOST DOMINANT NON-QUARTERBACKS (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/19/new-york-giants-jason-pierre-paul-considered-one-of-nfls-most-dominant-non-quarterbacks/)

"When drafted 15th overall by the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants in 2010, defensive end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jason Pierre-Paul" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-pierre-paul/" rel="tag nofollow">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a> was considered a project with tremendous upside. He had very
little football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
experience, didn't fully grasp the game, but his athletic ability was off the
charts. Now, two years later, JPP has begun to put the pieces together and is
becoming recognized as one of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)'s premiere players.

Although he still has a ways to go, Pierre-Paul has transformed into a film
rat who soaks up as much knowledge and information as he possibly can. As a
result, he's becoming an intelligent player with freakish athletic ability.
Accordingly, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).com has deemed him <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8292eebc/article/calvin-johnson-headlines-seven-most-dominant-players-today?module=HP11_hot_topics" target="_blank">one of the seven most dominant non-quarterbacks in the

"Pierre-Paul is the defensive version of Calvin Johnson. His physical size
and athletic ability are so off the charts that it is tough to come up with a
defensive comparison from the present or the past. His length and ability to
corner the edge is similar to Jevon Kearse, but he's much thicker and stronger.
In 2011, JPP was a dominant force with 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He creates
major matchup problems no matter where he aligns. From the outside, his power is
a major issue for offensive tackles, while his quickness gives interior
offensive lineman fits. One highly respected NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) defensive line coach believes he's the best pass
rusher to enter the league in the past 10 years," Jeremiah

In 2011, only his second full season at the professional level, JPP collected
86 tackles, 16.5 sacks, eight stuffs and batted down seven passes. He also
excelled on Special Teams, recording a huge blocked field goal that helped
propel Big Blue into the playoffs. He displayed an incredible motor that saw him
downfield making plays on running backs and wide receivers. He also showcased
lateral movement unique to former players like Lawrence Taylor and the
aforementioned Jevon Kearse.</p>

And he's not even close to his ceiling yet…</p>

How good JPP becomes remains to be seen, but the tools are in place for him
to not only join the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)'s elite, but to possibly change the game in ways that
LT had. He's a defensive player that has to be game planned for, but no matter
how much attention he receives, he still cannot be stopped … or even slowed

<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>

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: DAVID WILSON LOOKING TO MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/19/3029457/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-david-wilson-rookie-premiere-video)

"The NFLPA held its Rookie Premiere event on Friday, and SB Nation was
fortunate to have both writers and video people in attendance at the event. Joel
Thorman of SBNation.com (http://sbnation.com) and Arrowhead Pride (http://arrowheadpride.com) passed along
some quotes from New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
rookies David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson),
the first-round pick, from Virginia Tech.

Wilson told Thorman that the Giants are looking for immediate help from the
rookie running back.</p>

"They took me with their first pick and they want me to contribute right
away. I'm putting my foot in the door," Wilson said. "Last year, they were low
in the rushing game and they brought in a running back. They expect you to
contribute. With Bradshaw, he's a great running back but not the biggest guy so
we'll complement each other. Although we're both not the biggest guys, we run
hard. That's all you can ask for a running back."</p>

After the jump, a somewhat bizarre video from the folks at SB Nation YouTube
who were in attendance at the event.</p>
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Youth Football Initiative</p>

The Giants are one of six NFL teams who will participate in the NFL's
newly-launched youth football safety and helmet replacement partnership. The
initiative will remove helmets that are 10 years old or older and replace them
with new helmets at no cost to the beneficiary leagues and will provide coaches
with the latest educational information to help keep their young athletes safer
and healthier."</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

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<a href="http:///">http://nygreporter.com/

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<font size="4"><u>FOX SPORTS</u></font>

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GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012 (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19084446/giants-quietly-remain-favorites-to-win-the-nfc-east-in-2012)

"Eli Manning (/nfl/players/playerpage/493004/eli-manning) went onto
CNN the other day. Naturally, the Giants (/nfl/teams/page/NYG/new-york-giants) quarterback and two-time
Super Bowl winner was asked a question about ... Tim Tebow (/nfl/players/playerpage/1114680/tim-tebow)? Of course he
was, because that's the kind of respect he and the Giants command in the town
they play football. Which might be less respect than they command in the NFC
East, where you're unlikely to see many pundits pick them to win the division.

It's beyond foolish (not to mention disrespectful). But Eli and Co. are
OK by that.

"It's one of those deals, in New York you win a Super Bowl
but I'm the third most talked about quarterback between Mark [Sanchez] and Tim,"
Manning said. "But that's the way I like it."

This wasn't the first time
Manning's had to say that. He repeated the mantra on <a href="http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-sports/2012/04/eli_manning_im_the_third_most.html">another
national news show</a> around NFL Draft time. Knowing that people would rather
talk Tebow and Sanchez than Manning and his rings, and knowing that the Eagles (/nfl/teams/page/PHI/philadelphia-eagles), Cowboys (/nfl/teams/page/DAL/dallas-cowboys) and Redskins (/nfl/teams/page/WAS/washington-redskins) all had "big"
offseasons, should it be any surprise that people aren't picking the Giants to
win the NFC East ... again?

Of course not. But in the land of offseason
champs, the Giants are still king, because they have a proven formula for
winning, continuity across the board and an easier schedule this season.

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It's nearly
impossible to predict a hampionship-winning hot streak in the NFL, although
they're happening more and more in recent years. But there are two things you
need to generate one: an elite quarterback who thrives late in games and a pass
rush capable of taking over on the defensive end and generating turnovers. (Look
at the Steelers (/nfl/teams/page/PIT/pittsburgh-steelers) of 2008,
the Packers (/nfl/teams/page/GB/green-bay-packers) of 2010 and, of
course, the Giants of 2007 and 2011.)

The Giants return both of
those things in 2012 and, honestly, there's no reason to think the G-men won't
get better in each area next season. Eli took a monster step forward in
2011 after we all scoffed at his "elite" comments and should be poised to
continue that success in 2012. Jason Pierre-Paul (/nfl/players/playerpage/1692882/jason-pierrepaul) is
still scratching the surface on his terrifying potential. Osi Umenyiora (/nfl/players/playerpage/396106/osi-umenyiora) is playing
for a contract (finally!).

And Justin Tuck (/nfl/players/playerpage/422573/justin-tuck), as he told me
during a recent podcast, is taking steps this offseason to be completely healthy
next year. I also pointed out to Tuck that, in Vegas, the Eagles are currently
favored to win the NFC East.

"I should go bet something in Vegas," Tuck
said about the Giants odds to win the division. "If I was a betting man I'd
probably go put some money in Vegas."

One more thing on Tuck: he talked
about building a dynasty at the Giants recent ring ceremony. Whether or not you
classify dynasties by division titles (the Giants have three in the past 10
years) or Super Bowl rings (two in the last five) is beside the point. To build
a dynasty in any sport one thing is paramount: continuity.

The Giants
have that in spades, especially as they transition from last year's title team
to 2012's hopeful repeat defenders. Are there losses? Sure. Aaron Ross (/nfl/players/playerpage/437049/aaron-ross) is gone to Jacksonville (/nfl/teams/page/JAC/jacksonville-jaguars), but Terrell
Thomas is an upgrade if he's healthy. The secondary's overall statistics don't
look great from last season, but they were dominant down the stretch. If they
perform at that same level in 2012, watch out.

Mario Manningham (/nfl/players/playerpage/565222/mario-manningham) took
the money and ran, but his production was overvalued based on a big catch at the
right moment; <a href="/nfl/players/playerpage/1679976/rueben-randle">Rueben
Randle</a> was a steal in the second round and along with Rams (/nfl/teams/page/STL/st-louis-rams)es
Barden can fill that void. Brandon Jacobs (/nfl/players/playerpage/551405/brandon-jacobs) joined
Mario by the bay, but the addition of David Wilson (/nfl/players/playerpage/1664188/david-wilson) to the
running game is an upgrade as well. To say that the offensive line
isn't a strength is stating the obvious; the Giants have done just fine for a
while with plug-n-play linemen though.

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All of this
is happening while the rest of the division is in flux -- the Cowboys are
rebooting their defensive scheme and the Redskins are trying to slam the manhole
on the Rex Grossman (/nfl/players/playerpage/396159/rex-grossman)/John Beck (/nfl/players/playerpage/406245/john-beck) Era. The Eagles
are just trying to live up to the hype (again), only this time they're keeping
all their flashy offseason signings in-house. Good for them.

The one
concern for the Giants -- at least at the moment -- is the schedule next year.
They currently have the hardest strength of schedule in the NFL for 2012, but
the Eagles are tops in terms of quality opponents (teams with at least nine wins
in 2011) they have to play, with eight. The difference is the Eagles appear to
have a softer spot at the back end of 2012; you might <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/NYG/new-york-giants">be able to
find a soft spot</a> for the Giants early in the year. Maybe.

Here's the
thing though. People believe the Giants limped into the playoffs because of
their 9-7 record. The reality is that Tom Coughlin's squad was 6-2 after beating
the Patriots (/nfl/teams/page/NE/new-england-patriots) in Week 9.
Then they embarked on a portion of the schedule that saw them play the Packers,
49ers (/nfl/teams/page/SF/san-francisco-49ers), Saints (/nfl/teams/page/NO/new-orleans-saints), Eagles, Cowboys (twice)
and Jets (/nfl/teams/page/NYJ/new-york-jets) down the stretch.

They weren't in the middle of any kind of "swoon," despite what fans
thought and despite what the local press pushed as a narrative. They were
grinding through an impossible late-season schedule that ultimately prepared
them for a hot run in the playoffs.

In other words, they were tested.
And they'll be tested again next year; if they don't suffer the ridiculous slew
of early season injuries they dealt with in 2011, expect them to improve on last
season's results. The running game will be better, the secondary is improved and
-- gulp -- the pass rush might be even better.

It's a formula that
worked last year and it's a formula that will work again in 2012. That everyone
else is busy lauding the rest of the division for their offseason "wins" is all
the better."


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SAINTS PATIENT WITH DREW BREES (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/152131975_Saints_patient_with_QB_Brees.html)

"</font></font>New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis said he isn't taking any of Drew Brees'
recent complaints about the slow pace of contract negotiations personally.

"I feel for him. I feel with him. He wants to be here right now. I want him
to be here right now and we'll work hard to get that accomplished," Loomis said
Friday while attending an event at the Saints Hall of Fame.</p>

"It's important to Drew, but it's important to our team. The magnitude of
this contract is going to impact our team for a long period of time, so we've
got to get it right. It's got to be right for Drew, but it's got to be right for
our team as well."</p>

Loomis, as he typically does when talking about contracts, declined to go
into specifics about the sticking points holding up the deal or even to offer a
range of financial figures being discussed.</p>

Team owner Tom Benson said Brees would be in uniform for the Saints this
season, but added that the record-setting quarterback and Loomis have to work
out some details first.</p>

"There's money involved, you know, and two people have some difference of
opinion, but it's going to be worked out," Benson said. "I assure you that Drew
Brees will be playing here, OK?"</p>

Brees said earlier this week that he is frustrated by the lack of
communication and lack of urgency to get a deal done.</p>

The Saints have placed an exclusive franchise tag on Brees, virtually locking
him into New Orleans for this season. However, Brees has said he wants a
long-term deal with more security and so far has decided to stay away from team
headquarters for voluntary off-season workouts.</p>

</p><h5>Jets add SS Bell </h5>

The Jets signed free agent strong safety Yeremiah Bell, formerly of Miami, to
a one-year, $1.4 million deal, according to an NFL source.</p>

Bell (6-0, 205), who was a sixth-round choice of the Dolphins in 2003, had
spent his entire career with Miami. He totaled 562 tackles, 44 pass breakups, 11
1/2 sacks and six interceptions in nine seasons with the Dolphins.</p>

Bell gives the Jets some depth and insurance at safety behind projected
starters Eric Smith and LaRon Landry. Landry, signed as a free agent in March,
is recovering from an Achilles' injury and it's unclear when he will be

The Jets also signed undrafted free agent G Terrence Campbell.</p>

They also announced that Jeff Bauer, a scout for the team for 11 years, was
promoted to director of college scouting, replacing Joey Clinkscales.</p>

Clinkscales recently left to join Oakland (/oakland)'s personnel

Former Indianapolis scout Kevin Kelly also was hired by the Jets as a

</p><h5>Bengals sign top pick </h5>

The Bengals signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, their top pick in
the draft. It's the fastest they've gotten a top pick under contract since

Kirkpatrick was the first of Cincinnati's two picks in the opening round,
going 17th overall.</p>

</p><h5>Briefs </h5>

The Colts claimed guard Zane Taylor off waivers from the Eagles. He is the
third former Eagles lineman brought in by GM Ryan Grigson, who worked in
Philadelphia's front office before taking the Colts job in January. Indy also
traded for Winston Justice and signed free agent Mike McGlynn. … The Bills
signed offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, their second-round pick."</p><font size="4"><font size="3">TEBOW LAWYERS THREATENING TO SUE T-SHIRT MAKERS (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/Tebow_lawyers_threatening_to_sue_T-shirt_makers.html)

"</font></font>Lawyers representing Tim Tebow have sent a cease and desist letter to a T-shirt
manufacturer they say is illegally using the name of the New York Jets
quarterback to sell products.

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CubbyTees.com created a green shirt that says "My Jesus" in a design that
resembles the Jets' logo. Tebow's attorneys threatened to pursue legal action
against the company for "using the name of Mr. Tebow" on its site "to promote,
advertise and sell numerous T-shirts."</p>

The cease and desist letter was first reported by TMZ.com.</p>

In an email to The Associated Press, Kevin Doolan of CubbyTees.com said his
company was surprised by the legal threats, and it informed Tebow's attorneys
that it would not comply with their demands. Doolan also said they gave Tebow's
lawyers the chance to retract their allegations against the company, but they
did not.</p>

In a statement issued Wednesday, CubbyTees.com said the design is "positive
and innocuous" and the graphic "legally sound" since it doesn't mention or
depict Tebow.</p>

A message was left Friday seeking comment from Tebow's attorneys.</p>

Doolan also said his company had no reason to believe Tebow was personally
involved in the legal threats, had any awareness of the shirt or any objection
to the design — although the quarterback was copied in on the cease and desist
letter. Doolan added that he and his company are fans of Tebow.</p>

As of Friday night, no legal action had been taken by either side.</p>

"We are artists and have no desire to trespass on anyone's legitimate
intellectual property rights, but we also will not roll over and sacrifice
ours," CubbyTees.com said in its statement.</p>

It's not the first time Tebow has been the subject of a merchandising spat.
Last month, Reebok reached a settlement with Nike in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan to remove thousands of jerseys and T-shirts it stamped with the
quarterback's name from stores after he was traded from the Denver Broncos to
the Jets in March.</p>

Nike Inc. had sued Reebok International Ltd., saying the rival apparel maker
was trying to squeeze the most out of the end of its 10-year NFL apparel
licensing deal by using Tebow's name on products — even though Nike was about to
begin a five-year NFL contract of its own."</p></div><font size="4"><u>

05-19-2012, 12:57 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>

i hope LT gets his ring back and puts it in safe keeping!</P>

05-19-2012, 01:01 PM
thanks Roanoke!</p>

i hope LT gets his ring back and puts it in safe keeping!</p>