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GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: LINEBACKER GREG JONES (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_li.html)

"When we last saw Greg Jones, he was on a knee, <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_greg_jones_proposes_to.html">proposing
to his girlfriend</a> as the confetti was still falling on the field minutes
after the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI victory. It was one of the great wedding
proposals of all time.

Since then, with regard to his football career, Jones has undergone a
position change moving from his usual spot in the middle to an outside
linebacker role. Jones, who was the Giants' starter in Week 1 last season after
Jonathan Goff was lost for the season and remained in that role until <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants_antrel_rolle_says_greg.html">a
shaky outing against the San Francisco 49ers</a> in November, is hoping the move
will help him find a way back on the field.</p>

The 2011 sixth-round pick talks about adjusting to his new role and what
others have said about his proposal in this installment of our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire</a>:</p>

How’s the wedding planning going?</p>

It’s going pretty good. I try to be as involved as I’m allowed to be. Other
than that, it’s going good. It’s very exciting. I can’t wait.</p>

How many women came to you and told you how great the proposal

Yeah, it was more so the guys saying, ‘Thanks. Thanks a lot.’ But the girls,
yeah, they all liked the ring, all her friends and family, my mom and everybody
loved the ring.</p>

Last year, you had no offseason and had to start Week 1. How do you
compare your comfort level now to then?</p>

Oh wow, I feel a lot better. I’m playing a new position, but I’d rather be
doing that with OTAs than with not having OTAs and coming in to learn something
I really never had any time playing. So this gives me an opportunity to learn
the defense from a new position and giving me a better perspective on what I
need to do.</p>

I know <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/08/an_explanation_of_perry_fewell.html">Perry
Fewell switches up his terminology</a>. You’re playing the strong side but it’s
really the weak side?</p>

Yeah, it’s crazy. But for right now, let’s call it the ‘Sam.’ I’m usually
away from the tight end, though.</p>

So when you made the switch, Fewell said it could be beneficial for

Yeah, he said, ‘We want to try it.’ Originally, I thought he said they might
switch it back during camp. I didn’t know if they meant minicamp or training
camp. Obviously, I guess it’ll be training camp when I might go back to ‘Mike.’
But if not, I’m still fine at ‘Sam.’ I intend to build from there.</p>

Is it a matter of pride you have to swallow after playing the middle
for so many years?</p>

Well, it’s not really pride. It’s definitely a comfort level. You get used to
what you do. (Fewell) will say, ‘I’m talking to the Mikes,’ and I’m still
thinking he’s talking to me. But you still listen and I’m getting used to it,
and I’m getting more comfortable at the ‘Sam’ position.</p>

You think it could suit you and help you perform?</p>

I think so. If and when I get thrown in there, I feel ready to go and would
be ready to produce and help the team win."</p>


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

<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
RAY PERKINS, 70, A HEAD COACH AGAIN (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/seems_like_old_times_h72PQ93HfiT4XFQu4mcFhN)

"The first thing Ray Perkins did was apologize for not returning the call in a
more timely fashion, blaming the delay on “still trying to figure out this new
iPhone.’’<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">

Yes, the clash of modern technology and the fingers of a septuagenarian
rarely produce instant gratification but that hasn’t stopped Perkins, who
thought he’d retired, from getting back in the game. </p>

A football coaching lifer who in the early ’80s helped guide the Giants out
of the wilderness and into the playoffs, a task-master who ran the show at
Alabama and also with the Buccaneers in Tampa is merely days away from opening
up the summer program at Jones County Junior College, an outpost in Ellisville,
Miss., only 20 minutes away from Perkins’ home in Hattiesburg and so very far
from the big-time football environs he’d grown accustomed to
</p>Twenty years removed from his most recent head-coaching job (Arkansas State,
1992) isn’t Perkins, age 70, a bit too old for this sort of thing, dealing with
teenagers fresh out of high school enrolled in a two-year school?<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">

“Why would I be?’’ Perkins told The Post yesterday. “I’m healthy, I don’t
take anything prescription-wise, feel great, feel in good shape, so why not? I
think I would be wrong if I didn’t.’’</p>

Giants fans of a certain age recall Perkins’ arrival in 1979, with the
franchise in the dark ages, a perennial non-contender. He went 6-10 and 4-12 in
his first two seasons, but the Giants went 9-7 in 1981 to make the playoffs for
the first time in 18 years. With players such as Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms
and assistants such as Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel, the
building blocks were in place for the winning and glory that followed under
Parcells after Perkins left following the 1982 season to become the head coach
at Alabama, his alma mater.</p>

“He was George Young’s first hire and was very much an unknown at the time,’’
Giants co-owner John Mara told The Post. “Dan Reeves was the hot assistant back
then and most — including me — thought he should get the job. But George had a
conviction about Ray. He said Perkins will make it ‘uncomfortable in the locker
room for the players to lose.’</p>

“He certainly made us a better team. Perkins was instrumental in our decision
to draft Phil Simms — ‘He has a rare talent’ — and should get credit for
bringing a number of good coaches into the league — Parcells, Belichick,
Crennel, among others.’’</p>

Upon hearing Perkins was back in coaching, Mara said, “I am not surprised
because I can’t really see him being a retiree. He has too much energy. Maybe a
little surprised that he is at a small junior college. I just think that
coaching is in his blood.’’</p>

Perkins admits he thought he indeed was retired and spent his time golfing,
engaging in some commercial real-estate ventures, fund-raisers and not much
football. “Fiddling around with a little junior high here, junior high there,
just volunteering a little bit,’’ Perkins said.</p>

Working on a one-year contract that pays him about $100,000, Perkins knows
coaching at a small junior college isn’t the same as operating out of Giants
Stadium or Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, but the game, he figures, is not
much different no matter where you are.</p>

“These two years are probably the most important two years of a young man’s
life after high school,’’ Perkins said. “I get to be a part of that. Hopefully
it’s a positive part. I’ve never lost my enthusiasm or passion for the game of
football. I’m excited to have another opportunity to do that, coach

Perkins is spending this week on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., vacationing
with his wife and two daughters, ages 14 and 8. On Monday, the vacation is over,
as players report for a month-long summer program. Inheriting a team coming off
a 6-3 season, Perkins believes his Bobcats can be big winners for as long as
he’s on the scene.</p>

“Somebody asked me the other day ‘How much longer?’ ’’ Perkins said. “I said,
‘I got another 20 years in me — as long as somebody will have me.’ I’m having
real fun with this thing. We’ve got a great group of kids. I think we got a
chance to do something special.’’</p></div></div>EX-NEW YORK COACH: GIANTS' COUGHLIN HAS A LOT LEFT (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/ray_giants_coughlin_has_lot_left_ncjsRMBRaQDjy64N7 XLDJO)

"Tom Coughlin turns 66 years old on Aug. 31, a day after Ray Perkins, for the
first time in two decades, will walk the sideline as the head coach of a
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Perkins, 70, is about to enter his first season running the show for tiny
Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss.</p>

Perkins, the former coach of the Giants and Buccaneers in the NFL and Alabama
in the Southeast Conference, doesn’t think for a second he’s too old to get back
into the game. He’s a great admirer of Coughlin’s and doesn’t see the two-time
Super Bowl winner going anywhere any time soon, either.</p>

“Tom Coughlin’s got another 15, 20 years in him,’’ Perkins told The Post.</p>

When that remark was met with laughter, Perkins quickly added, “He does. He
works out, he takes care of himself, he feels good. He’s a great coach, and I
mean it. He’s got 15 or 20 more years in him. And he is totally wrong if he
starts thinking of retirement, in my opinion.’’</p>

Coughlin recently signed a new contract through the 2014 season."
</div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>

<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>


<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: FOURTH OF JULY HUMP DAY EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/4/3135868/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-fourth-of-july-hump-day-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans and Happy 4th to you all. It's also Hump Day,
and time to look at our Hump Day calendar--there are just nine weeks until the
Giants and Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) kick off the
2012 NFL season. Really, it's just a little over two months, and on Thursday it
will have been five months since the Giants won the Super Bowl. We're just
putting things in perspective. Meanwhile, here are a few reading
items--otherwise enjoy your holiday and drink responsibly!<div class="entry-body">

<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/03/2880581/derrick-ward-calls-it-a-career.html">Derrick
Ward calls it a career - Football Wires - MiamiHerald.com</a>
New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants), <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/tampa-bay-buccaneers">Tampa Bay
Buccaneers</a> and Houston Texans (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/houston-texans)
running back Derrick Ward (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2265/derrick-ward)
announced his retirement on Tuesday. "To all my fans just wanted to let u know
its been a great ride the last 9yrs but I'm calling it a career. I thank u all
for believing in me,!" Ward said on his Twitter account. The former
seventh-round pick rushed for a career-high 1,025 yards with the Giants in

<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Perkins-back-on-the-sidelines-at-Mississippi-JUCO-3679233.php">Perkins
back on the sidelines at Mississippi JUCO - SFGate</a>
Ray Perkins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3024/ray-perkins)
leans back in his chair, enthusiastically talking football in his Mississippi
office at tiny Jones County Junior College. A pair of palm trees stands in the
heat outside — a dead giveaway that this is a long way from Giants Stadium and
the bright lights of the NFL. But for the 70-year-old Perkins, it's football
paradise. "It fits like a glove," Perkins said. "This is what I'm supposed to be
doing." That may surprise some people.</p>

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/40539/nfc-easts-dynamic-duos">NFC
East's 'dynamic duos' - NFC East Blog - ESPN</a>
Our man Gary Horton
listed his top 10 "dynamic duos" Insider in the NFC last week. It's an Insider
piece, so all I can really tell you is that <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles">Philadelphia
Eagles</a> defensive ends Trent Cole (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1307/trent-cole) and Jason Babin (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2703/jason-babin), who
combined for 29 sacks last year, ranked second on the list and New York Giants
defensive ends Justin Tuck (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2260/justin-tuck) and
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108442/jason-pierre-paul">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a> ranked ninth. My innate knowledge of the inner workings of the
minds of my readers tells me that a percentage of you are already furious about
this disparity and are suggesting that Horton be institutionalized. Me? I think
I'd rank the Giants' ends ahead of the Eagles' ends, but it's extremely close,
and the key thing to remember is that these are four elite pass-rushers and the
only four represented at all on Gary's list. If you had the second pick in a
pass-rushing-duo draft, you'd be pretty fired up to know you were getting one of
these two. </p>

It is close, but it won't be after this year! JPP for NFL MVP?</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>

<a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a45fa7/article/title-game-repeat-odds-stacked-against-xlvi-champion-giants">Title
game repeat? Odds stacked against XLVI champion Giants -
Participating in back-to-back Super Bowls is an impressive
achievement. The <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a> were the last team to accomplish that feat when they won Super
Bowls after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. As you can see by the accompanying chart
(right), participating in consecutive conference championship games is also very
difficult. While the New York Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets)
recently managed back-to-back appearances in the AFC title game, the NFC title
game hasn't had a repeat participant since the Philadelphia Eagles made four
straight in the early aughts.....The New York Giants, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/san-francisco-49ers">San Francisco
49ers</a>, Baltimore Ravens (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/baltimore-ravens)
and Patriots will each field very talented teams in 2012, but the odds are
against most of them returning to their respective conference title

<a href="http://www.ctpostchronicle.com/articles/2012/07/02/sports/doc4ff2282341758322847951.txt">NEW
HAVEN 200: North Haven's Kevin Gilbride started at SCSU, but cemented legacy
with New York Giants - Sports - Post-Chronicle</a>
Kevin Gilbride had
dreams of becoming a major league pitcher while growing up in North Haven, where
he starred at every level right through his time with high school coach Bob
DeMayo. Arm injuries derailed his baseball dreams. They also limited him as a
quarterback at Southern Connecticut State, where he finished his career as a
tight end.</p>

<a href="http://www.newcanaannewsonline.com/news/article/New-York-Giants-to-host-non-contact-youth-camps-3681795.php">New
York Giants to host non-contact youth camps in New Canaan - New Canaan
This summer, the New York Giants will offer 27 non-contact
football camps in 26 communities. The Giants will host their second New Canaan
camp at St. Luke's High School from July 23-27. The five-day camp runs Monday
through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camps are available to kids ages 6-14 years
old. </p>

<a href="http://www.thepostsearchlight.com/2012/07/02/july-4-has-lots-of-happy-memories/">July
4 has lots of happy memories | The Post-Searchlight</a>
While looking
forward to enjoying our July 4 Independence Day holiday today in Bainbridge, my
mind flashed back to a special Independence Day I had with my New Jersey
relatives back in 2008. My cousins, Bill and Maurine Collins, and their son,
Michael, took me to Long Branch Beach on the New Jersey shore for the day. It
was just about five months after the New York Giants beat the
previously-undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. As we sat
around the beach enjoying our Independence Day hot dogs, hamburgers and all the
trimmings, I proudly told my cousins about a Decatur County native, Giants
starting safety James Butler (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2209/james-butler),
who was a major contributor to the Giants’ Super Bowl victory.</p>

I only posted this last one because it mentioned the Giants winning a Super
Bowl, and the 4th of July. Sounds good to me! Now, let me see how many hot dogs
I can eat...."</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

<u><font size="4">INSIDE FOOTBALL</font></u>

SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: PUNTER STEVE WEATHERFORD (PART I) (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4646)

"Giants’ punter Steve Weatherford has quickly endeared
himself to the Giants, faithful with his down-to-earth mannerisms, his zest for
life, and, of course, his spectacular punting. But there’s a lot more to this
fun-loving workout warrior who enjoys all kinds of music from heavy metal to
j***, and who—despite his celebrity status—is as humble as one will find in a
sport that is sometimes a breeding ground for “divas.”

In the first of this two-part article, meet Weatherford, the athlete and
teammate. <span id="more-4646"></span></p>

Steve Weatherford isn’t an average NFL punter.</p>

Forget about the chiseled physique that has landed the 29-year-old in several
health and fitness magazines, and gotten him noticed by the President of the
United States, who was said to have recognized the effervescent Weatherford as
“that ripped punter” during the team’s June 8 visit to the White House.</p>

Forget about the guy who, just moments after teammate Lawrence
Tynes kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl, was seen running across
the field doing his best impersonation of an airplane, the cameras catching him
showing his human side as the realization of what had transpired sunk in.</p>

Forget about the outfit he donned during the team’s ring ceremony
presentation, the blue blazer and red pants (the Giants’ colors), which was such
a hit, he was asked to wear the same outfit again during a local television

There’s a lot more to know about the man whose legion of Twitter followers
revel in “Weatherford Wednesdays,” a day to ‘kick something’ in celebration of
the mid-part of the workweek, or are often surprised when Weatherford himself
responds to a “tweet.”</p>

If you have an appreciation for Weatherford’s zest for life, wait until you
see just how serious he really is about his craft, his teammates, and his

The Athlete
There’s a piece of paper that stands out on
the corkboard inside of Weatherford’s Timex Performance Center locker that
reminds him every day what his goal is.</p>

On that paper are the following words: “Westhoff says Giants’ punter ‘wasn’t
good enough’ to play for Jets.”‘</p>

Those words are a headline from the 2011 season, referring. of course, to
Jets’ special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff’s opinion that Weatherford, during
his time with the Jets, didn’t perform at a good-enough level to warrant another
year in 2011.</p>

Those words are there to remind Weatherford that there are no days off. They
remind him that, if he’s not prepared to put in a hard day’s worth of work, he
will confirm what those who doubt him believe to be true—that he is not “good

“Obviously, that’s somebody telling me I am not good enough, and that’s
something that has always motivated me,” Weatherford said by phone from his San
Diego home, where he was preparing for another of his grueling legendary

“I’ve had people like Mike Westhoff throughout my journey as an athlete and
as a man tell me I wasn’t good enough. You can handle it one of two ways. You
can agree with them, or you can buck the system and prove them wrong.”</p>

Weatherford paused and continued, “I’ve always been a renegade, a guy who
bucks the system. So in that particular case, I used his negativity to achieve
something positive in my life.”</p>

Weatherford, who considers himself to be a “glass half-full” type, noted that
by finding something positive when it was initially “tough to find anything
positive about what he said about me,” he had his best season as a pro,
finishing with career-bests in gross average (45.7) and net average (39.2).</p>

Those numbers, combined with his spectacular directional kicking and his
lightning-fast hands on place kicks, earned him the Giants’ franchise tag this
past off-season, meaning that he was their top free-agent priority.</p>

Weatherford has since signed a five-year contract worth a reported $12.75M.
Unlike some of his punting peers who bounce around from team to team every
season—sometimes more than once a season—Weatherford has a place to call home
for a few years.</p>

For that, he said, he can thank his doubters like Westhoff.</p>

“I used that as fuel for my fire, and obviously, I think I’m very happy with
the way that turned out, and I think everyone associated with the Giants is
happy with the way that turned out because now we’re world champions,” he

While his detractors play a large part in his desire to be the best he can
be, Weatherford admits to having shortcomings as an athlete, which is another
reason he pushes himself the way he does.</p>

“I’ve never been a guy ’who’s been incredibly talented,” he said. “There are
guys in the NFL who hardly train in the off-season and they’re still
unbelievably good. I’m not that type of guy, and I know that the only reason why
I am in the NFL is the work ethic I have and the time that I am willing to
sacrifice and to put into training and kicking. That’s the only reason why I
made it in the NFL and have survived as long as I have.”</p>

In coming in to work every day, Weatherford always has a smile on his face
and an infectious eagerness and energy about him’.</p>

“I think the reason I enjoy (working out) is the results I get from it. I
love being a Giant and coming to work every day because I love my coaches, and
the reason my coaches treat me well is because I play good, and the reason I
play good is because I train harder than anyone.”</p>

The Teammate
When he’s not pinning opponents deep in
their own territory, Weatherford enjoys hanging out with his teammates, some
with whom he might socialize after hours, showing up at local eateries or
sporting events.</p>

One teammate who has benefitted from Weatherford’s company of late is rookie
Markus Kuhn, the Giants’ German-born, seventh-round draft pick
who, like Weatherford, is a gym rat.</p>

“He told me that every year he’s been in the league, there’s a rookie he
usually takes under his wing and takes care of,” he said. “So I guess this year,
I am that rookie, and I’m glad he reached out to me.”</p>

The reason Weatherford isn’t shy about reaching out to younger teammates is
because he remembers what it was like to go through those first years of NFL
life, not knowing what to do or who to turn to. So, he’s taken it upon himself
to be a “big brother” to his younger teammates.</p>

“I didn’t enjoy my rookie season as much as I would have liked, because
you’re always on edge a little bit, you’re kind of looking over your shoulder,
and checking your locker,” Weatherford recalled. “It’s such a huge transition to
go from being a college pro athlete and then on top of that, having to become
familiar with a new environment and going from having no money to all of a
sudden making $20,000 a week.</p>

“It’s a great adjustment when you make it, and so to have an older guy to
help you kind of deal with it makes it a little easier, because you can help a
guy figure out where’s the best place to rent, or what’s a good car to buy,” he

Weatherford said he’s also offered his younger teammates advice about money,
specifically allocating a certain amount per month to cover basic living
expenses such as roam and board, and meals.</p>

“If you don’t have a veteran to help you out, it could become a distraction
during the season. If it becomes a distraction during the season, it affects
your play, and if it affects your play, then it affects the team,” he added.</p>

That’s why, shortly after Kuhn reported to the Giants, Weatherford invited
the 26-year-old to attend the Devils-Rangers playoff hockey game, along with a
few other veteran teammates, a gesture that Kuhn said made him feel like a part
of the team.</p>

“I had a lot of fun,” Kuhn said. “It made me forget the anxiety I felt with
trying to fit in and learn the new culture of my new team.”</p>

In addition to being a one-man welcome wagon, Kuhn praised Weatherford for
the example he sets in the weight room, in the locker room, and on the

“He’s a great player and a hard worker, and I think that’s one of the reasons
why we get along,” he said. “He’s already shown me how to have a professional
mindset about everything and to realize when it’s time to have fun and when it’s
time to be serious.”</p>

Kuhn noted that while Weatherford is fun to be around, his work ethic is
second to none. “When it comes time to work, he is as serious of a person as
anyone I’ve ever met. It’s tough here in the NFL; you have to come here every
day and work hard at your craft, and one thing he told me right away is that if
you’re coming to the facility, you better be ready to put in a hard day of

That’s not the only piece of advice Kuhn received from Weatherford.
Frustrated by not being able to practice because of his visa issues, Weatherford
immediately got into the rookie’s ear and offered him a very valuable piece of

“Steve took me aside and told me that a problem is only as big as you want to
make it and that there is very little you can’t overcome if you set your mind to
it,” Kuhn said. “So I decided, right then and there, to not let my visa issue be
a problem and to do what I was able to do in order to improve and get ready for
training camp.”

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NEW YORK GIANTS' BREAKOUT CANDIDATE: DOMENIK HIXON (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/2012_new_york_giants_breakout_candidate_domenik_hi xon/11153693)

"Is it hard to quantify a 27 year old as a
possible breakout candidate? Maybe. In the case of Domenik Hixon (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=domenik+hixon&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports .com%2F&amp;ref=&amp;ss=5448j4958240j15) though, its not so far-fetched. Hixon has
only played in two games the past two seasons due to torn ACL’s and will be 28
years old this season. He has been prominently used as a kick returner since the
<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/">New York Giants
</a>claimed him on waivers back in 2007, however this season may be the
time to prove himself as a receiving option.

We all know that the Giants are looking
for more options behind the big two at wide receiver. Hixon actually started
seven games back in 2008 catching 43 balls for 596 yards and a couple of
touchdowns. Out of all the other options,<a href="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%2F&amp;ref=&amp;ss=1212j1468944j2"> Eli Manning
</a>probably has the best rapport with Hixon, mainly because he’s been there the
longest. In a lot of ways, that really does count for something. Hixon isn’t
going to make a pro bowl as a receiver, but he’s a good depth player.</p>

If he’s gonna make a pro bowl anywhere, it
may be as a returner. In 2009, he had over 1200 yards on kick returns. The
Giants are looking for a returner, especially on punts where it seems like it’s
been a revolving door of people for the past few years. Aaron Ross (http://www.rantsports.com/search/?cx=partner-pub-1362184578149106%3A0810558991&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=UT F-8&amp;q=aaron+ross&amp;sa=Search&amp;siteurl=www.rantsports.co m%2F&amp;ref=&amp;ss=2049j1042221j10) had been the guy on punt returns, but he
signed with the<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/jacksonville-jaguars/"> Jacksonville

Hixon should be a guy on every Giants
fan’s radar. He may be a pivotal cog in the 2012 team, doing a lot of different


<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote><font size="6">HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! </font> (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/happy_fourth_of_july/11149598)
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<td style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u0rBb2bBjBU/T_NEb693AMI/AAAAAAAABbo/19_0Bay72d4/s400/flag.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u0rBb2bBjBU/T_NEb693AMI/AAAAAAAABbo/19_0Bay72d4/s1600/flag.jpg)</td></tr>
<td style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" class="tr-caption">The American flag is unfolded
during pregame ceremonies prior to the New York Giants playoff game against the
Atlanta Falcons on January 8, 2012. Photo courtesy of Al Bello/Getty

The staff of Big Giants Boom would like
to wish all of our readers and fellow fans a happy and safe Fourth of July. May
the fireworks you witness in the sky only pale in comparison to those we will
see when the confetti rains down on our New York Giants as they celebrate
another championship after this coming season.

Let us also remember on
this holiday the sacrifice and service of all of those veterans that serve and
have served to keep us free to cheer for our Giants. It is not a coincidence
that our colors are the same as the flag of this great country. The Giants and
their fans, like this very country, are tenacious and persistent.

As we
celebrate the birthday of America, let's celebrate the great courage our
forefathers showed in the face of adversity. Celebrate that spirit as we
celebrate our country and our freedom. Enjoy your day!!"

NEW YOUR GIANTS' FIVE MOST EXPLOSIVE MOMENTS OF LAST SEASON (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/new_york_giants_five_most_explosive_moments_of_las t_season/11147120)

"With the Fourth of July comes the inevitable fireworks sessions we all will
enjoy. However, New York Giants fans have had their share of fireworks they
enjoyed last season. With that theme in mind, here is a list of the top five
moments that made last season so memorably explosive.

No. 5) Tynes
is clutch again: On January 22, 2012, the Giants faced the San Francisco
49ers in an overtime thriller for the chance to go to the Super Bowl. It was a
tense NFC Championship showdown. 49ers kick returner Kyle Williams fumbles twice
in the game. The second time set up a chance for Lawrence Tynes to kick a
game-winning field goal to advance the Giants to the Super Bowl. Tynes didn't
miss. The Giants won the game 20-17 as a direct result of that sequence of

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jFrlPDxrSg&amp;feature=related">Watch the
moment here</a></u>

No. 4) J.P.P. blocks a field goal: It
was December 11, 2011 and the Dallas Cowboys were attempting a game-tying field
goal as time expired. The Giants called a time out in an attempt to ice the
Cowboys kicker. The next play, the Giants special teams drove through, crashing
the line and allowing Jason Pierre-Paul to get just enough of an angle to block
the attempt and secure the victory for the Giants. That moment, along with the
win, allowed the Giants to gain the momentum that catapulted them into a playoff

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoEGyrkBDnA">Watch the
moment here</a></u>

No. 3) Cruz goes 99 yards vs Jets: It
was Christmas Eve 2011 and the Giants faced the cross-town rival Jets for city
supremacy. They were down early and needed a spark as the first half was coming
to a close. Victor Cruz provided just the spark they required. On a simple out
route to the sideline, Cruz made multiple Jets defenders miss and exploded his
way down the field for a shocking Giants TD. That change of momentum helped the
Giants win the game and solidify their run toward the playoffs. It also sealed
the fate of the Jets, all but eliminating them from playoff

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwj90GMIeu8">Watch the moment

No. 2) Mario's Super moment: It was Super
Bowl 46. The Giants faced the Patriots for the second time in four years. Also,
for the second time in four years, they were underdogs. Trailing 17-15 with just
3:45 to go in the game, Eli Manning lobbed a perfectly thrown pass down the
sideline. The pass was placed in a spot where only his receiver, Mario
Manningham, could bring it down, and that's exactly what he did. The catch led
to a TD drive and an eventual coronation of the Champion New York

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP0Q5I0vgS4">Watch
the moment here</a></u>

No. 1) Eli's Hail Mary gets
answered: The Giants needed a big play to exercise the ghosts of Lambeau
Field four years ago. They needed it again this past season. That's what they
got. On January 15, 2012, they faced the Green Bay Packers in a Divisional
Playoff showdown for the chance to go to the NFC Championship. They were
underdogs to the Packers having lost to them at home just a few weeks

At the end of the first half, the Giants held a slim 13-10 lead
over the Packers and they had possession one last time before the end of the
half. Eli Manning heaved a pass into the end zone for one lats chance at points.
When doing so, he kept Lawrence Tynes and a field goal attempt on the side
line. Through multiple defenders Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks used his strong
hands and great size to come down with the score and a lead the Giants would

<u><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQIpQkItPUU&amp;feature=related">Watch the
moment here</a></u>

In the end, it was the swing of momentum the
team needed and would use to go on to another improbable playoff run. One that
was as explosive as it was memorable. All of these moments were exceptional by
themselves, but combined, they add to the tapestry of legend that is New York
Giants football."

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<font size="3">NFL'S FREQUENT-FLIER PHENOMENON (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8125450/packing-miles-hurt-team-overpaying-kicker)

"</font></font><span class="dropcap">T</span>ravel. It's easier on a chartered jet and with a
five-star hotel waiting for you upon arrival, but we all know that it still
manages to affect NFL teams. Part of the value package we summate as "home-field
advantage" is that time the home team actually spends on the ground and not in
the air. It's practicing, sleeping, and eventually playing in your own familiar
time zone, especially if you're traveling west to east (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/38404/west-coast-teams-uphill-fight-with-nfl). We know that it
matters. But who does it routinely affect the most? And will that be any
different in 2012?

To answer that question, I built a model to estimate how many miles each team
has traveled to and from its regular-season games over the past 10 seasons,
including both standard-issue road games as well as the neutral-site games in
London and Mexico City. An online distance calculator (http://www.geobytes.com/citydistance.htm) measured the distance between each
pair of NFL cities using the great-circle distance (or "as the crow flies")
methodology.<sup id="reffoot1">1 (#footnote1)</sup>
The method doesn't account for refueling layovers or different possible flight
paths, nor does it adjust for the occasional situation in which a team with
consecutive road games in a faraway part of the country decides to stay in that
area as opposed to returning home. Instead, it assumes that every team flies
home after each road game. There's a notable recent exception to that rule that
will come up shortly.</p>

What really stood out after crunching the numbers, more than anything, is how
dramatic the difference in travel can be between sets of teams. Take 2008, for
example, when the Seahawks had to traverse more than five times as much
ground on their road trips as the Steelers did:</p><aside class="mod-inline content-box border-full full">
<div class="content">
<table class="alt-rows">
<th>Steelers Opponents </th>
<th>Distance (miles, round-trip)</th>
<th>Seahawks Opponents</th>
<th>Distance (miles, round-trip)</th></tr></thead>
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">
<tr class="last">

The Steelers played 15 of their 16 games in the Eastern time zone, with a
lone trip to the Central time zone waiting for them against the Titans in Week
16. Part of that is a lucky out-of-division schedule, but the Steelers also
benefit by playing in a division with three opponents who each reside within 260
miles or so of Pittsburgh. Seattle, meanwhile, plays in a "West" division that
places its teams in three different time zones. Pittsburgh accrues about 1,122
miles in traveling to and from its divisional rivals, while Seattle's
round-trips to their NFC West brethren clock in at a whopping 7,024 miles.</p>

As you might suspect, the NFC West gets royally jobbed by their travel
requirements every year. Of the 10 longest distances traveled by teams in a
given season over the past 10 years, seven belong to either the Seahawks or the
49ers. Last year, our model suggests, the Niners paced the league with 29,212
round-trip miles, but it doesn't know that San Francisco <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/49ers-seeking-cure-for-long-case-of-road-blues-2308744.php" target="_blank">stayed in Ohio between road games against the Bengals and
Eagles</a> as opposed to flying back to San Francisco. Once you account for
that, the Seahawks led the league by accruing just under 27,000 miles. The
Chargers were a nose behind them, which is also no surprise; the three remaining
slots in our top 10 belong to seasons from the Chargers and Raiders.</p>

Likewise, the AFC North is the division for those who don't enjoy traveling.
Nine of the 10 regular-season travel schedules since 2002 with the fewest miles
belong to AFC North teams, with the 2008 Bears sneaking in at the bottom of the

The disparity between teams was even bigger before the league realigned its
divisions in 2002. In 1998, the Niners played nine road games (including the
playoffs) without managing to get even one in their own Pacific time zone. They
traveled to the Eastern Time Zone five times and played four more in the Central
time zone, averaging over 4,332 miles per round-trip. And they still went

With this year's schedule already released, we know that the Niners won't be
the league's most-traveled team during the regular season, even if they don't
decide to stick it out in Ohio during another road trip. Instead, by about 100
miles, the Raiders will likely lead the league in miles flown throughout the
2012 regular season. The model estimates that they'll have to travel 28,700
miles to get to their eight road games, thanks to a schedule that gives them
out-of-division matchups versus the AFC North, NFC South, and the Dolphins.</p>

The league's friendliest travel schedule will also be a team out of the
ordinary. In fact, the league's two freshest faces at quarterback will also
enjoy the league's two quickest sets of trips this season, as the Colts (8,494
miles) and Redskins (8,982 miles) get the league's shortest travel dockets in
2012. The Bengals and Packers are the only other teams who clock in under 10,000
miles this upcoming season, with the average team spending just over 16,000
miles in flight.</p>

Does the spread in travel distances actually matter? It's hard to say. On one
hand, it's easy to point to the successful teams in the AFC North and the mostly
poor teams of the NFC West and suggest that friendly travel schedules have kept
each of them in their respective corners, but there's just not overwhelming
evidence in that direction. The correlation coefficient<sup id="reffoot2">2 (#footnote2)</sup> between miles traveled and wins
is essentially zero, suggesting that one has nothing to do with producing the

On the other hand, though, an interesting trend splits itself out if we
separate the travel distances for each game into three distinct groups. Based
upon games played over the past 15 seasons, teams seem to play better on the
road and win more frequently against nearby opponents than they do against
faraway ones:</p><aside class="mod-inline content-box border-full full">
<div class="content">
<table class="alt-rows">
<th>Travel Distance, One-Way</th>
<th>Winning Percentage, Road Teams</th></tr></thead>
<tr class="last">
<td>2000+ miles</td>
<tr class="last">
<td>1,000-1,999 miles</td>
<tr class="last">
<td>0-999 miles</td>

There's still more research to be done. If you're a fan of the Seahawks or
49ers, though, you have every right to make your complaints regarding the travel
schedule known. Just don't expect the old-timers in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and
Pittsburgh to harbor much sympathy.</p>
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"ESPN’s Ron Jaworski spent a big chunk of the offseason watching every minute
of game tape for each NFL starting quarterback, and has spent the past month
ranking them and then breaking them down for “SportsCenter.”

On Monday, Jaworski revealed his ninth-ranked quarterback entering the 2012
season: Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. And while praising the fifth-year Ravens QB, he
said that Flacco has the strongest arm in the league, Matt Vensel of the <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-insider-joe-flacco-ron-jaworski-quarterback-rankings-20120703,0,5747620.story">Baltimore
Sun</a> reports.</p>

"That's Flacco's No. 1 attribute," said Jaworski, who made 143 career NFL
starts. "I get so tired of hearing how arm strength is overrated. It's far more
important than people think. He has the strongest arm in the NFL."</p>

"The element always overlooked by those who minimize arm strength is the
willingness of quarterbacks like Flacco to pull the trigger,” said Jaworski, who
played for four teams, most notably the Eagles. “Few recognize that because
there is no quantifiable means by which to evaluate throws that are not made by
quarterbacks with lesser arm strength. It's all about dimensions.”</p>

Jaworski said “there are very few quarterbacks in the NFL with the pure
throwing ability of Joe Flacco.” So why isn’t Joe higher on the list? He feels
“his production does not always match his skill set.”</p>


ROGER GOODELL UPHOLDS NFL SUSPENSIONS OF SAINTS IN BOUNTY INVESTIGATION (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/roger_goodell_upholds_nfl_susp.html)

"NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected the appeals of four players
suspended in connection with the league’s bounty investigation of the New
Orleans Saints. <div class="entry-content">

In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, Goodell told Jonathan Vilma, Anthony
Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita that he retains “the inherent authority to
reduce a suspension should facts be brought to my attention warranting the
exercise of that discretion. </p>

“The record confirms that each of you was given multiple chances to meet with
me to present your side of the story,” Goodell said. “You are each still welcome
to do so.” </p>

Vilma is suspended for the entire 2012 season, while Smith will miss four
games. Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended eight games, while Fujita,
now with Cleveland, was suspended three games. </p>

The NFL Players Association issued a statement saying it will continue to
pursue all options.
“The players are disappointed with the League’s conduct
during this process,” the statement said. “We reiterate our concerns about the
lack of fair due process, lack of integrity of the investigation and lack of the
jurisdictional authority to impose discipline under the collective bargaining
agreement. </p>

“Moreover, the Commissioner took actions during this process that rendered it
impossible for him to be an impartial arbitrator.” </p>

Goodell said he did not take his initial decision lightly and also points out
that players did not help their cause by refusing to participate fully in the
appeal process. </p>

Vilma and his attorney, Peter Ginsberg, walked out of the hearing early after
Ginsberg raised his objections to the NFL’s handling of the entire
investigation. The other three players, who were represented by NFL Players
Association attorneys, sat through the hearing to observe the NFL’s presentation
of evidence, but in protest refused to present any evidence or witnesses of
their own, and did not question the NFL investigators who were present at the
hearing. </p>

“Although you claimed to have been ‘wrongfully accused with insufficient
evidence,’ your lawyers elected not to ask a single question of the principal
investigators, both of whom were present at the hearing,” Goodell wrote in his
appeal ruling. </p>

“You elected not to testify or to make any substantive statement, written or
oral, in support of your appeal; you elected not to call a single witness to
support your appeal; and you elected not to introduce a single exhibit
addressing the merits of your appeal. Instead, your lawyers raised a series of
jurisdictional and procedural objections that generally ignore” the collective
bargaining agreement. </p>

The NFL issued a report in March saying that league investigators determined
the Saints ran a bounty program from 2009 to 2011 that offered improper cash
payments for hits that injured targeted opponents. </p>

The league has said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran
the program, and that general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton
failed to put a stop to it despite warnings from the NFL at the end of the 2009
season. </p>

The NFL has suspended Williams indefinitely and Payton for the whole season.
Loomis is suspended the first half of next season, while Saints assistant head
coach Joe Vitt was suspended for the first six games. Goodell also docked the
Saints second-round draft picks this year and next and fined the club $500,000."
</p></div><font size="3">NFL EASES BLACKOUT RULES FOR 2012 - 2013 SEASON</font> (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/03/nfl-eases-tv-blackout-rule-for-2012-2013-season/)

"Under intense pressure from fans, the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) has decided to ease their TV blackout rules for the
2012-2013 season. Now, instead of a team requiring a sellout to be shown in
local markets, they will have the option to televise their games (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19464104/nfl-relaxes-local-television-blackout-rules-for-2012-season) once 85% of their
tickets have been sold.

"It's optional if clubs want to do this and would only affect a few teams,"
NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) spokesman
Brian McCarthy told NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).com in an
email. "Last year only 6 percent of games were blacked out in a local market.
This figure is down significantly from 15 to 20 years ago when 25 to 30 percent
of games were routinely blacked out."</p></blockquote>

Under this rule alteration, teams will provide more revenue to their
opponents if the additional 15% of tickets are sold.</p>

It's important to note that this may not eliminate or even decrease blackouts
across the league as it's completely optional. However, in the event that a team
decides to blackout a local market after failing to sell out their stadium, it
will no longer fall on the shoulders of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) – any and all blame will fall at the feet of the
In addition to easing TV blackout rules, the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) will offer enhanced replay within the stadiums,
allowing all fans in attendance to view the same replays that officials are
viewing during challenges."

G-Men Surg.
07-05-2012, 01:54 AM
Thanks RF !

Captain Chaos
07-05-2012, 06:19 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

You got to love that Weatherford story...He's a keeper!!!!

07-05-2012, 11:18 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

You got to love that Weatherford story...He's a keeper!!!!


07-05-2012, 11:18 AM
Thanks RF !