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</font></u></font></font></font></font><font size="4"><u>NEWARK STAR LEDGER</u></font>
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GIANTS' MARKUS KUHN CONTINUES TO ASSIMILATE INTO A FOREIGN GAME (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_markus_kuhn_continues_t.html)

"As he and his North Carolina State teammates ran out of the tunnel to play
Central Florida to open the 2007 season, Markus Kuhn looked around Carter-Finley
Stadium and was overwhelmed. For the 21-year-old freshman, it was more than his
collegiate debut; it was the first college football game he ever attended.

“I was completely shocked,” Kuhn said of playing in front of 60,000 people.
“I was pretty much amazed by everything.”</p>

Five years later, the German-born Kuhn was the Giants’ seventh-round
selection in last month’s NFL Draft after a senior season in which he tallied
five sacks at defensive tackle. The 6-4, 302-pounder became just the second
German-trained player — after Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer in
2009 — to become an NFL Draft pick. </p>

Kuhn is 26, ancient by NFL rookie standards, but he’s raw and known as a “gym
rat,” as general manager Jerry Reese noted.</p>

He had experience playing for a club team in Germany before coming to the
United States, but he arrived in Raleigh, N.C., without complete understanding
of the basics that become second nature for most American players by the time
they play in college.
</p>“When he first got here, he wasn’t great,” said college teammate and best
friend Audie Cole, a Minnesota Vikings seventh-round pick. “He didn’t know much
about the game.”

Kuhn’s unlikely road to the NFL began when he first visited the United States
for a family vacation to Florida when he was 14. During the brief stay, he
watched football on television, marveling at the intensity and popularity of the
sport. </p>

Kuhn had tried other sports in Germany, but he desired the physicality he
eventually found in football. When he turned 15, he joined the Weinheim
Longhorns’ junior team and played quarterback and linebacker. He joined the
club’s senior team four years later, settling in at linebacker and leading the
second-division team to a championship and a spot in the country’s first
division in his final season. </p>

“When I first met him, he reminded me of what Arnold Schwarzenegger would
look like before hitting the weights,” said Shawn McBrayer, an American who was
the Longhorns’ quarterback and offensive coordinator at the time. “He just got
better and better with time. He became a force.”</p>

Before long, NFL Europe invited Kuhn to camps across the country. When he was
invited to the league’s two-week player development camp in Tampa, Fla., he was
convinced that he had a future in the sport. But if he attended the camp, he
would forgo his college eligibility. Instead, Kuhn took the college route.</p>

Kuhn prepared himself academically by taking the appropriate standardized
tests. He and his father mapped out their recruiting stops. The two landed in
Washington, with highlight DVDs in hand, and Kuhn began selling himself to
colleges on the East Coast unannounced — he had sent e-mail messages to various
schools before visiting, but none responded. </p>

“They probably saw it was some German e-mail and thought it was spam or
someone trying to sell them something so they didn’t really make it anywhere,”
he quipped. </p>

The trip began at Liberty; Richmond was next. Kuhn visited a few more
Football Championship Subdivision programs and, realizing how impressed coaches
were, he set his sights on Football Bowl Subdivision schools. </p>

Eventually, they stopped by North Carolina State.</p>

“My dad’s name is Wolfgang and I remember when he said, ‘Oh, Markus, it would
be neat if you played for the Wolfpack,’?” Kuhn recalled. “And we walked in and
they were really friendly right away.”</p>

During the next five years — he redshirted in 2009 due a shoulder injury —
Kuhn steadily improved. He began his career at defensive end, but after his
sophomore season he made the transition inside to tackle and became a starter
his senior year.</p>

Off the field, his heavy German accent faded and he became entrenched in
American culture, taking up hobbies like hunting, which Cole introduced him to
and is rare in Germany because of strict firearms laws. </p>

While his assimilation to America continues, another transition begins to a
new level of American football. He’ll do it under the microscope back home. A
German reporter was on hand during last Saturday’s rookie minicamp sessions even
though Kuhn was held out with a leg injury. And though American football pales
in comparison to soccer and other sports in Germany, Kuhn said if there’s one
team Germans recognize it’s the Giants. </p>

His professional career is off to a delayed start due to the leg injury, a
laceration that required stitches, but Kuhn is confident he’ll able to help a
loaded Giants defensive line soon enough. </p>

And just like in college, he hopes the first NFL game he attends will be with
him on the field.</p>

“If I’m at one, I’d rather play in one than just watch,” Kuhn said. “That’s
for sure.”</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>

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>

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>

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>[/url]http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/ringer_son_sells_out_lt_aRvE0sq1r6bHT7p8cuehAN)</div>
<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>

</div></div></div></div></div></div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA ENTERS LT RING SAGA WITH TWITTER TWIST (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/son_not_auctioning_off_his_super_Zr1aOLgDYH6rb78ZX 2xlGK)

"Osi Umenyiora added another twist to the Lawrence Taylor Super Bowl ring saga
Saturday when he offered to buy the championship hardware up for auction and
return it to the Giants’ Hall of Fame linebacker, but not without a catch.

<div id="storybody">

Umenyiora took to his Twitter account Saturday morning and pledged to
purchase Taylor’s ring – which was placed in auction on SCPAuctions.com by
Taylor’s son T.J. – if the support was there. A sign of that support, Umenyiora
suggested, would be helping him hit 1,000,000 Twitter followers by the auction’s

“I’ve met LT once in my whole life. So, if 1 million people care enough to
get him his ring, then I care enough to pay for it,” Umenyiora tweeted Saturday

Umenyiora eventually dropped his target number, lowering it to 500,000 in the
afternoon. In a four-hour span, Umenyiora’s follower count jumped from roughly
18,000 to 35,827 just before his renegotiation and later topped 50,000.</p>

The auction closed at 10 p.m. Saturday and the highest bid from a total of 27
was for $144,252. At that point, the extended bidding period began and only
those who placed bids could continue in the auction through today until a winner
is declared. The ring’s estimated value is $75,000-$100,000."</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">[url]http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

GIANTS ONE OF THREE TEAMS INTERESTED IN VETERAN SAFETY DEON GRANT (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/20/new-york-giants-one-of-three-teams-interested-in-veteran-safety-deon-grant/)

"Could veteran safety <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Deon Grant" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/deon-grant/" rel="tag nofollow">Deon
Grant</a> make a late offseason return to the <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> for the second consecutive year? It's certainly a possibility says
Grant, who revealed during an interview with SiriusXM on Sunday that the Giants,
Detroit (http://www.giants101.com/tag/detroit/)
Lions and Dallas (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dallas/)
Cowboys have all expressed interest in him.

Grant added that he's in no rush to sign, and is just waiting for the right

The 11-year veteran has spent the last two seasons with the Giants, returning
a year ago in mid-August following a string of injuries to their secondary. He
went on to play all 16 games for the Giants, who often employed a three-safety
look, recording 64 tackles, one sack and one interception.</p>

Given the current health and depth at cornerback for the Giants, it's
unlikely that they'll showcase a similar three-safety look this season. However,
having recently waived Chad Jones (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/14/new-york-giants-waive-chad-jones-sign-safety-will-hill/) and with questionable depth behind Kenny
Phillips, Antrel Rolle and Tyler Sash, signing Grant for training camp
competition and leadership wouldn't be such a bad decision.</p>

Should Grant end up re-signing with the Giants, it would likely be a one-year
deal for the veteran minimum."</p>LAWRENCE TAYLOR'S SUPER BOWL RING SELLS FOR $230,401.00 (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/20/lawrence-taylors-super-bowl-xxv-ring-sells-for-230401/)

"Bidding is now closed for <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Lawrence Taylor" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/lawrence-taylor/" rel="tag nofollow">Lawrence
Taylor</a>'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, and the hammer price came in at $230,401 (which includes
buyers premium). Unfortunately, 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> was unable to reach 500,000 Twitter followers by midnight on
Saturday and did not cast the final of 30 bids.

"Good Morning people! Well i guess we didnt make it to 500k for LT. But i
appreciate the people who tried. #respect you can now unfollow me," Umenyiora tweeted (https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora/status/204161782217060352).</p></blockquote>

Umenyiora managed to amass only 54,879 followers -an increase of over 35,000-
in support of Taylor's ring. Meanwhile, 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> saw his Twitter followers climb to only 2,659, an increase of less
than 600.</p>

Each player had pledged to purchase the ring (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/19/osi-umenyiora-brandon-jacobs-pledge-to-win-return-lts-super-bowl-ring-at-1m-twitter-followers/) and have it returned to LT if
they were able to eclipse 1,000,000 Twitter followers. They later dropped the
number down to 500,000.</p>

SCP Auctions did offer an addendum (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) as they entered into extended bidding on
Sunday morning:</p>

"This ring will be accompanied by two letters of provenance, one signed by <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Lawrence Taylor" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/lawrence-taylor/" rel="tag nofollow">Lawrence
Taylor</a> acknowledging he gave the ring as a gift to his son <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Lawrence Taylor" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/lawrence-taylor/" rel="tag nofollow">Lawrence
Taylor</a>, Jr. and a second signed by <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Lawrence Taylor" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/lawrence-taylor/" rel="tag nofollow">Lawrence
Taylor</a>, Jr. stating that the ring is in fact the authentic 1991 New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants <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 he received from his father. The ring does not come with a
notarized letter as printed in the catalog."</p></blockquote>

The name and location of the winning bidder is private."</p>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

<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: SUNDAY READING MATERIAL (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/20/3032089/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-sunday-reading-material)

"Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans! Here is a little bit of Sunday morning reading material for you.<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82936e1e/article/giants-osi-umenyiora-fails-in-twitter-campaign-for-lts-ring">Giants'
Osi Umenyiora fails in Twitter campaign for L.T.'s ring - NFL.com</a>
York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2262/osi-umenyiora)
fell short of the half-million Twitter followers he said he needed in order to
buy the Super Bowl ring of Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.</p>

Valentine's View: I thought this was a pretty disingenuous 'offer' by
Umenyiora, anyway. If he really wanted to get the ring and return it to Taylor
he would simply have done so. Instead, he grandstanded for attention and Twitter
followers. </p>

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/39269/hankerson-among-kiper-breakout-candidates">Marvin
Austin among breakout candidates - NFC East Blog - ESPN</a>
The 2012 draft is
so last month, and the 2013 draft is too far away to comprehend, so our draft
expert Mel Kiper Jr. is thinking back to the 2011 draft.</p>

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_markus_kuhn_continues_t.html">Giants'
Markus Kuhn continues to assimilate into a foreign game | NJ.com</a>
his assimilation to America continues, another transition begins to a new level
of American football."

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

GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FAILS IN TWITTER CAMPAIGN FOR LT'S RING (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82936e1e/article/giants-osi-umenyiora-fails-in-twitter-campaign-for-lts-ring)

"New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) defensive end <a id="yui_3_4_1_2_1337529590125_964" class="player-flyout" href="/players/osiumenyiora/profile?id=UME444955">Osi
Umenyiora</a> fell short of the <a id="yui_3_4_1_2_1337529590125_965" href="http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d82934878" target="_top">half-million
Twitter followers</a> he said he needed in order to buy the Super Bowl ring of
Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.

<div id="yui_3_4_1_2_1337529590125_730" class="articleText">

The ring is being auctioned off by Taylor's son (http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d8292ece9),
and Umenyiora said he would buy it and give it back if he got 1 million
followers on Twitter by the end of the auction (10 p.m. ET) Saturday. Umenyiora
later revised that figure down to 500,000.</p>

Although the defender came up well short -- he had short of 55,000 followers by the deadline (https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora) -- it did net
him some 35,000 new followers, according to the New York Daily News (https://twitter.com/#%21/TheBlueScreen/status/204030522157043713).</p>

Umenyiora has been silent on the micro-blogging site since around 5:30 p.m.

The ring eventually sold for $230,401 after 30 bids."

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

TOM COUGHLIN DESERVES EXTENSION; JUST NOT ALL THE CREDIT (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/tom_coughlin_deserves_extension_just_not_all_the_c redit/10830572)

"Tom Coughlin (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=tom+coughlin&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports. com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) will soon be getting a contract
extension from the New York Giants. (http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/) The extension will be well
deserved. Anytime you win two championships in four years you deserve a contract
extension and probably a raise.

Has everything been peachy and hunky dory
throughout Coughlin’s tenure? Of <span style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; COLOR: darkgreen; FONT-SIZE: inherit; FONT-WEIGHT: inherit" id="itxthook0w0" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan">course</span> (#) not.
From Coughlin time to spats with guys like Michael Strahan (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=michael+strahan&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantspor ts.com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) and Tiki Barber (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=tiki+barber&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports.c om%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) to late season collapses and
playoff failures. With another super bowl title in the next couple of years, he
and Eli Manning (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=eli+manning&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports.c om%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) can join a rare pantheon of coach
quarterback combos with three or more super bowl wins. With every great head
coach, comes great help in putting it all together. Coughlin has only had one
sub .500 record which was his first year. Coughlin has certainly benefited from

Having Steve Spagnuolo (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=steve+spagnolo&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsport s.com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) and now Perry Fewell (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=perry+fewell&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports. com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) at defensive coordinator has
certainly made an impact. The year in between them with Bill Sheridan (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=bill+sheridan&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports .com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) was an absolute disaster, where
they finished 8-8 and were 30<sup>th</sup> in
points allowed including a whopping 85 in the final two. Kevin Gilbride (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=kevin+gilbride&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsport s.com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) has been the offensive
coordinator the entire time. As much as the way he calls plays can get
frustrating at times, all in all he’s done a pretty good job with the offense
especially in the development of Eli Manning. Jerry Reese (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=jerry+reese&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports.c om%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) and Ernie Acorsi (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=ernie+acrosi&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports. com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) did a great job in putting
together the team throughout this run. Finding diamonds in the rough is the key
to success in the league and finding guys like Ahmad Bradshaw (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=ahmad+bradshaw&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsport s.com%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) in the 7<sup>th</sup> round and Victor Cruz (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=victor+cruz&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports.c om%2Fnew-york-giants%2F&amp;ref=www.rantsports.com%2Fnfl%2Fteams%2F) as and undrafted free agent is the
key to building teams.

Coughlin has done a great job with this
club. Clearly the system works and its the right way to go for this particular
group of players. Coughlin has softened up as he has gotten older and it’s lead
to success for him and his club. Things he’s instituted like the leadership
council has provided more stability and a better way to communicate with the
players. Coughlin deserves credit for this run, but in order to make it its also
about the organization."</p>LT'S SUPER BOWL RING SELLS FOR $230K (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/osi-umenyiora-admits-defeat-as-lawrence-taylor-super-bowl-ring-sells-for-230k-052012)

"Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring sold for more than $230,000 at auction
as Osi Umenyiora (/nfl/player/osi-umenyiora/140319) admitted defeat
in his unlikely attempt to claim the prize for the New York Giants (/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056) great.

The flurry of six-figure offers for the ring saw bidding for the lot extended
past its deadline late Saturday before the 30th bid of $192,001 was declared the
winner by SCP Auctions.</p>

The price rose to $230,401.20 with the addition of the buyer's premium.</p>

Current Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who had promised to buy the ring
if his follower list on Twitter passed 500,000, accepted Sunday morning that he
would not be reuniting the memento with Taylor.</p>

With his list of followers climbing from the low 20,000s to little over
55,000, Umenyiora tweeted, "Well i guess we didnt make it to 500k for LT. But i
appreciate the people who tried. #respect# you can now unfollow me."</p>

Upon hearing the eventual sale price, though, he said, "Yikes! I guess the
450,000 let me off the hook!"</p>

The British-born NFL star, who originally demanded one million followers to
enter the bidding, had pledged to choose one of his Twitter followers at random
to present Taylor with the ring if he had won the auction.</p>

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A longtime representative of Taylor told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer on Friday
that the former 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></div></div><a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056">http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056

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


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

OSI UMENYIORA FALLS SHORT OF TWITTER TARGET TO BUY LT'S RING (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7949546/new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-offers-buy-lawrence-taylor-ring-comes-short-twitter-goal)

"<a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants">New York
Giants</a> defensive end Osi Umenyiora (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4514/osi-umenyiora) offered to buy and return Lawrence Taylor (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/6705/lawrence-taylor)'s Super Bowl XXV ring to the
Pro Football Hall of Famer, but only if Umenyiora attained 500,000 Twitter
followers by 10 p.m. Saturday.

Umenyiora, relatively new to the social media site, had roughly 54,600
followers as of 10 p.m. Saturday, falling quite short of the threshold needed to
fulfill his promise to purchase the ring being auctioned off by Taylor's son,
Lawrence Taylor, Jr., and SCP Auctions.</p>

As of approximately 10:15 p.m. Saturday, there were 29 bids on the ring and
the current bid was $174,546.</p>

The auction began Thursday and was scheduled to end Saturday night. A new
release estimated the ring to be be worth between $75,0000 and $100,000.</p>

Taylor's agent, Mark Lepselter, previously told FoxSports.com that the
linebacker was unaware his son was auctioning off the ring, but was fine with
his son's choice. Taylor gave the ring to his son as a gift, according to the
addendum on the bidding site.</p>

"L.T is a football LEGEND! If 1,000,000 people support him getting his ring
back, then its worth it to me to buy it and give it back to him," Umenyiora
wrote earlier Saturday before amending the request to 500,000 followers.</p>

Umenyiora, who wrote that he has only met Taylor once, also tweeted he would
let a random follower present the ring to Taylor.</p>

When asked by one follower why he couldn't just buy the ring straight up for
Taylor, Umenyiora wrote: "Honestly, because i dont know him. If im going to
spend that kind of money, it will be because people love him and show it."</p>

The ring has two football-shaped diamonds and 17 smaller diamonds. "Taylor"
is written above a Giants helmet and "56," Taylor's number, appears below the
helmet. It also has "Giants World Champions" written on it.</p>

The ring is accompanied with two letters of provenance, one from Taylor and
one from his son, to verify that it is indeed the Super Bowl ring."
http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/nam (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)e/nyg/new-york-giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)

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2011'S BEST PERFORMANCES: SAFETIES (http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/05/19/2011s-best-performances-safeties/)

Excerpt: "<span style="FONT-SIZE: medium">5t. Kenny Phillips, New York Giants:
<span style="COLOR: #008000">Week 1 at Washington

You sometimes forget about Kenny Phillips, the former first-round pick for
the Giants, yet he’s turned himself into one of the most consistent safeties in
a league short in that area. In Week 1, he picked-up a couple of pressures, a
pass deflection, and three tackles for less than 2-yard gains. Throw in forcing
another incompletion with a big hit on Anthony Armstrong and you have our joint
fifth-best performance from 2011 of all safeties."

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05-20-2012, 07:02 PM
thanks Roanoke!</P>

i love the players attitude....doubling down on this dynasty/repeat thing!</P>


<FONT color=#0000ff size=4>Go Giants!</FONT></P>

05-20-2012, 07:07 PM
thanks Roanoke!</p>

i love the players attitude....doubling down on this dynasty/repeat thing!</p>


<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Go Giants!</font></p>

It's a great way to head into OTA's and training camp.