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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 4:13 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    NEWS
    ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
    UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
    ALSO INCLUDED.



    Cobravision

    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    ELI MANNING EAGER TO SHOW THET HE'S THE FUNNIEST MANNING, NOT BIG BRO PEYTON, ON SNL

    "Eli Manning is finally
    ready for primetime.



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




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

    SEE
    IT: ELI'S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PROMOS




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




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




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




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




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




    That was exactly the advice that Peyton gave Eli before rehearsals began. In
    an exclusive interview with the Daily News last week, Peyton said he told Eli
    You
    have to let them just kind of let them have at it with you
    ” and not
    be afraid to make fun of yourself.




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




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




    In fact that was one reason he turned SNL down four years ago.




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




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




    Said Michaels: “Eli was good enough to win another Super Bowl, which helped
    us a lot."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant

    NY POST

    GIANTS' LEGEND CARSON "NOT SURPRISED" BY SEAU'S DEATH

    "The more tragic stories such as Junior Seau’s apparent suicide Wednesday
    unfold, the less Harry Carson is surprised. Maybe Seau had personal demons no
    one knew existed. Or maybe he paid the ultimate price for all of those years
    when concussions were considered a fact of the machismo NFL life.



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




    Carson, early in his career back in the early 1980s, said he contemplated
    suicide while driving over the Tappan Zee Bridge. Then he thought about leaving
    his infant daughter without a father.

    “I knew years ago that there would come a point in time where, whether it was
    transitioning to the game, or there would be guys having these neurological
    issues, that players were going to be committing suicide,” Carson said. “I said
    that years ago.



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




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




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




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




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




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




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




    “Fans all turn around and blame the players and say they’re trying to make
    gains off of the NFL,” he said. [Fans say], ‘They squandered their money and now
    they’re trying to get rich off the NFL.’ I’m going to speak up about it. I don’t
    want anythng from the NFL. For all the players who are a part of it, I can
    understand.”

    GIANTS' QB MANNING GETTING "SNL" PLAYBOOK (WITH VIDEO)

    "The Giants and their fans have studied every move Eli Manning has made the
    past eight years, but no one will ever have seen him the way he’ll present
    himself this weekend, when he is the host of “Saturday Night Live.’’



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




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




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




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




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




    Manning, hearing Michaels’ complementary words, said, “I’m blushing Lorne,
    thank you.’’

    GIANTS' QB BACKS NFL SUSPENSIONS OF SAINTS



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




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




    Jonathan Vilma, the Saints Pro Bowl linebacker, was
    suspended for the entire 2012 season
    . Former Saints defensive end Anthony
    Hargrove, now with the Packers, received an eight-game ban and Saints defensive
    end Will Smith will be forced to sit out four games.




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




    “I think what Roger Goodell has done, he’s been harsh on this whole bounty
    thing, on the Saints and the coaches and the players,’’ Manning said on
    Wednesday on a conference call promoting his hosting appearance on “Saturday
    Night Live’’ this weekend. “I think he’s doing the right thing to make sure this
    doesn’t happen ever again. There’s no room for any sort of bounty system in the
    NFL, it’s a physical sport and you got to respect the game. I think he’s been
    harsh to try to prove and make a statement there is no place for this in the
    game of football.’’

    http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants


    COULD INJURY TO RAVENS' TERRELL SUGGS REKINDLE THEIR INTEREST IN GIANTS/ OSI UMENYIORA?

    "The Baltimore
    Ravens received some terrible news on Thursday morning, learning that Pro Bowl
    linebacker Terrell
    Suggs
    had suffered a partial tear of his Achilles; an injury that could
    sideline him for the 2012 season. As a result, the team may immediately look to
    free agency or the trade market for reinforcements, and right at the top of
    their list could very well be New York Giants defensive end Osi
    Umenyiora
    .


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




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





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




    A year ago the Giants dropped their asking price for Umenyiora from a
    first-round pick to a second-round pick, while the Ravens offered only a
    third-round pick. Talks went back-and-forth but the trade failed to materialize.
    However, given the current situation with both teams, it would make sense that
    they at least opened up the phone lines once again."

    NEW YORK GIANTS' HAKEEM NICKS # 90 ON NFL'S TOP 100 LIST FOR 2012

    "While the country anxiously awaits the placement of New York
    Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the NFL's Top 100 List for 2012, wide receiver Hakeem
    Nicks
    snuck on without much to-do. In the second segment, which
    aired on Wednesday night and focused on players 81-90, Nicks was ranked #90.
    It's a position many feel is far too low for him, but the recognition itself is
    nothing to shake a stick at.



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




    As Wilson noted, Nicks is rapidly establishing himself as one of the best
    wide receivers in the game. His talent is often overlooked due to the
    well-deserved superstardom of Victor
    Cruz
    , but any true Giants fan would tell you he's still the best wideout on
    his team.




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




    Quiet and courteous, #88 is far from the norm at wide receiver in the NFL and may fail
    to get the National recognition he deserves because of it. He's no diva, but
    he'll run with the best the league has to offer."

    ELI "ANXIOUS" ABOUT SNL GIG

    "New York Giants
    quarterback Eli Manning
    participated Wednesday in a press conference to promote his appearance this
    weekend as host of 'Saturday Night Live.' Eli's brother Peyton hosted the show
    several years ago and drew raves for his performance.


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




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




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




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




    Eli has already filmed several trailers for the show. Here is a look"

    GIANTS' ELI MANNING, TRAVIS BECKUM REACT TO BOUNTYGATE SUSPENSIONS

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


    While taking part in a conference call to help promote his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live, New York
    Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked to give his thoughts on the Bountygate
    suspensions. As you might expect, Manning was in full support of the NFL
    Commissioner.





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




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





    "The Giants are a class organization. We play by the rules and are taught to
    play as men! It's not a coincidence we are Super Bowl champs," he tweeted.




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





    "Funded malicious intent and violation of the sanctity of the brotherhood of
    players is core to egregiousness of Saints bounty program," Barber tweeted. "Pay for performance is ok … pay to end a
    game/season/career is not – but if it happens in the natural course of the
    brutality, it's okay."




    Although most seem to agree that some sort of punishment needed to be handed
    down, a season-long suspension was commonly referred to as "over the top." Some,
    like Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden, went as far as to say "It's going to be
    a long time before Roger Goodell makes it back on anybody's Christmas list."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    FOUR NY GIANTS IN PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS TOP 50

    "You probably know by now that NFL Network is winding its way through its Top 100 players
    heading into the 2012 NFL season, as voted on by NFL players. We will talk
    enough about that list. Let's talk about another list -- the Pro Football Focus Top
    101 of 2011
    .



    PFF says the list was based entirely on 2011 performance. Here are the New
    York Giants
    on the list:




    Hakeem Nicks
    (No. 50)




    Victor Cruz
    (No. 37)




    Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    (No. 17)




    Eli Manning (No.
    8) -- PFF's bullet points on Manning are listed below. Here is the full article on Eli, and yes it is a free read.


      [*]His O-line allowed 15 more total pressures than any other in the NFL[*]Led NFL with 69.4% accuracy percentage on snaps under pressure[*]Led NFL in percentage of total pressure that turns into sacks with just
      11.5%[*]Best-graded game was the Super Bowl (+8.2)[*]Led NFL in deep attempts (109), completions (43), yards (1,490) on passes
      that traveled 20+ yards in the air[/list]


      By the way, New England
      Patriots
      quarterback Tom Brady was 13th
      on the PFF list.Aaron Rodgers
      of the Green Bay Packers
      is No. 1 on PFF's list."


    ##

    BBV TV - REEL 8: NY GIANTS; JAKE BALLARD INTERVIEW

    "In this week's episode of BBV TV we catch up with New York Giants
    tight end, Jake Ballard
    at CitiField. We discuss his injury, the offseason acquisitions/departures,
    Super Bowl XLVI and more. There have been lots of developments with Jake
    throughout the 2011-2012 season. Join us on BBV TV as we touch on each one.






    TheBigBlueView: Reel 8 - New York Giants Jake Ballard Interview (via sbnbigblueview)"

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: OSI UMENYIORA, HAKEEM NICKS AND MORE

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans. Here are some stories of interest for you today.


    Ernie
    Palladino: Osi Umenyiora Saga Getting Old " CBS New York

    It’s all getting
    so old, and so stupidly personal. Umenyiora is heading into the final year of
    his contract, which means he’ll be $3.975 million richer when he’s eligible to
    hit the free agent market. The worst thing that’s going to happen to him is that
    Reese slaps the franchise tag on him, tying him to the Giants for one more year
    at the average of the top five salaries among all defensive ends.

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

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

    Most probably the Giants.





    WR
    Nicks ranked #90 on NFL Top 100

    "His catch radius I think is probably up
    there top two or three," Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler and fellow North
    Carolina native, said. "Being able to catch every ball in his area…he put
    himself right up there with the top five receivers in this league in just being
    able to do the things that he did after the catch. "He’s not a little guy so to
    be able to take your shot on him, you have to make sure you wrap him up and make
    sure you have to hit him in the right area." [Here
    is the NFL.com video
    ]" Read more...


    http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news

    INSIDE FOOTBALL

    http://www.insidefootball.com/

    THE RED ZONE

    http://www.theredzone.org/


    GIANTS GAB


    http://www.giantsgab.com/

    GMEN HQ

    http://gmenhq.com/

    YARDBARKER

    THE NEW YORK GIANTS SHOULD EXTEND OSI UMENYIORA'S CONTRACT

    "New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has been making
    the headlines lately with his open criticism of General Manager Jerry Reese and his contract
    situation. The same thing happened last offseason as well, where Osi threatened
    to hold out if he wasn’t given a new contract. Ultimately, Osi got on the field
    and played football and the Giants won a Super Bowl. Now, Osi is back at it,
    opening his mouth to everyone that walks by him about how Reese lied to him and
    that he was promised a new contract. Osi became angry when the Giants gave Mathias Kiwanuka a three-year contract
    extension
    and has come out and said the Giants are making him out to look
    like a “greedy pig.”


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




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




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




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




    The New York Giants are a better football team with Osi Umenyiora. The
    Giants are at their best when they get unrelenting pressure on the quarterback
    and they have some of the best in the game at being able to do that. With
    Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Osi able to
    line up in various packages on the defensive front few teams are able to stop
    them. You can’t double team everyone. Last season, despite injuries hampering
    Osi and Tuck, the Giants placed third in the NFL with 48 sacks behind the
    Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia
    Eagles
    who both had 50. Had Tuck and Osi not been dealing with
    nagging injuries, the Giants probably would have led the NFL in that category.
    That is how good this defensive front is. The Giants don’t need to rely on
    schemes and blitzes because their front four at any given moment can bust
    through the offensive line and make your quarterback regret being born. That is
    an effective weapon to have but the Giants must make sure they have all of the
    bullets for their weapon and Osi is a part of that ammunition.




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

    http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/teams/new_york_giants/56

    SPORTING NEWS

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stories

    NYG REPORTER


    http://nygreporter.com/


    NFL.COM

    UMENYIORA REPLACING SUGGS UNLIKELY

    "It's not hard to connect the dots following TerrellSuggs' torn Achilles'
    tendon injury
    .


    The BaltimoreRavens need a pass
    rusher
    , and New York Giants general manager
    Jerry Reese sounded like he was open to the possibility of trading Osi Umenyiora in comments
    made after the draft. To make it even juicier, The Baltimore Sun and the New
    York Daily News reported last year that the Ravens showed interest in Umenyiora
    for a possible trade.






    Sounds like a match made in speculation heaven, right? Not exactly.




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




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




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




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



    ##



    http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG


    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl

    FOX SPORTS

    ELI MANNING LIKES HOW ROGER GOODELL HAS HANDLED THE BOUNTY SCANDAL

    "As New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning prepares to host NBC’s Saturday Night
    Live, he took some time to address the player suspensionsthat NFL
    commissioner Roger Goodell handed down on Wednesday.


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




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




    Manning is one of the few players that understands that Goodell is not trying
    to take the physicality out of football, but he’s rather trying to make the game
    safer by making it clear that intentionally trying to injure an opposing player
    won’t be tolerated."

    HAKEEM NICKS: WHY HIS PEERS JUST MADE HIM BETTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056

    NBCSPORTS

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3032875/ns/sports-nfl

    CBSSPORTS

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/p...ew-york-giants

    SI.COM



    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/foo...ts/?eref=sinav



    ESPN.COM

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants

    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS


    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/

    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    http://stats.profootballweekly.com/team/giants/

    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    NFL ANNOUNCES CAMP, OTA SCHEDULES

    "The NFL has released the dates of the rookie and veteran minicamps for all 32
    NFL teams, as well as the organized team activity (OTA) dates.
















































































































































    TEAM




    OTA DATES


    MINICAMP DATES (All camps include rookies and
    veterans unless otherwise noted)


    ARIZONA


    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    ATLANTA




    May 29-31, June 5-7, June 12-15




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21




    BALTIMORE




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    BUFFALO




    May 29, May 31-June 1, June 5, June 7-8, June 11-12, June 14-15




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21




    CAROLINA




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    CHICAGO




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    CINCINNATI




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    CLEVELAND




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 12-15




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7




    DALLAS




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    DENVER




    May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    DETROIT


    May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June
    7-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    GREEN BAY




    May 21-23, May 30-June 1, June 5-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    HOUSTON




    May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    June 12-14




    INDIANAPOLIS




    May 15-17, May 22-24, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    JACKSONVILLE




    May 15-17, May 22-24, May 29-June 1




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    KANSAS CITY




    May 21-22, May 24, May 29, May 31-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    MIAMI




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 11-14




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21




    MINNESOTA




    May 29-31, June 5-7, June 11-14




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21




    NEW ENGLAND


    May 21-22, May 24, May 29-31, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 10-12 (rookies), June 12-14




    NEW ORLEANS


    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 11-14




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7




    NEW YORK GIANTS


    May 23-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    NEW YORK JETS




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4, June 6-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    OAKLAND




    May 14-15, May 17, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    PHILADELPHIA




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14




    PITTSBURGH


    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14




    ST. LOUIS


    May 15-16, May 18, May 22-23, May 25,


    June 5-8




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    SAN DIEGO




    May 29-31, June 5-7, June 11-14




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21




    SAN FRANCISCO




    May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    SEATTLE




    May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7




    May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14




    TAMPA BAY




    May 15, May 17-18, May 21-22, May 24, June 4-5, June 7-8




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14






















    TENNESSEE


    May 30-June 1, June 5-7, June 11-12, June 14-15




    May 11-12 (rookies), June 19-21




    WASHINGTON




    May 21, May 23-24, May 29-31, June 4-7




    May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14


    ##

    JUNIOR SEAU SAID GAME HAD TO CHANGE



    "On a day to
    remember Junior Seau
    , here are a few suggested links:



    A good place to start: Jim
    Trotter’s column at SI.com
    . Seau was the first player Trotter ran into on
    his first regular pro beat in 1995, with the Chargers. Seau told him, “So,
    you’re the new guy?” Well, if you need anything call me. Here, take my number.”
    Seventeen years later:






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





    More from around the Web:
    Michael
    Silver, Yahoo Sports:
    “Gregarious, ebullient, hilarious and immensely
    popular, Seau provoked smiles in San Diego, Miami, Foxborough and throughout the
    NFL universe for more than two decades.”





    Nick
    Canepa, U-T San Diego:
    “Junior Seau is a San Diego treasure. He has joined
    Ted Williams, Lance Alworth, LaDainian Tomlinson, Dan Fouts, John Jefferson,
    Randy Jones, Tony Gwynn, Caminiti, Don Coryell, Steve Fisher, Bill Walton,
    Trevor Hoffman and a few others in our pantheon of beloved sports icons. I can’t
    say San Diego County has developed a greater all-around athlete, an athlete not
    only loved, but one who cared about those not as fortunate, who made something
    of himself, something for which his family and community could be proud.”




    Michael
    David Smith, ProFootballTalk.com:
    “Lorenzo Neal said in an interview on NBC
    Sports Talk that Seau wanted badly to please everyone, and he could always do
    that by playing football well, which came naturally to him. But it was harder
    for Seau to continue to make a difference when football was over.”





    A great anecdote from Saints guard Eric Olsen on his Twitter account, via
    ESPN New York:






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




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




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




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



    KURT WARNER DOES NOT WANT HIS SONS TO PLAY FOOTBALL

    SOURCE: SAINTS, BREES NOT CLOSE ON CONTRACT

    JUNIOR SEAU'S APPARENT SUICIDE STUNS AN ENTIRE CITY

    NFL STATEMENT ON BOUNTY PUNISHMENTS FOR 4 PLAYERS

    VILMA'S STRONG STATEMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CONVINCING IN EARLY MARCH

    BUCS SIGN FORMER RUTGERS' DT ERIC LEGRAND IN STORY THAT STILL INSPIRES


    FORMER JETS' LB VILMA SUSPENDED FOR SEASON IN SAINTS' BOUNTY SCANDAL

    NO SURPRISE THAT ROGER GOODELL PUNISHED PLAYERS SEVERELY
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 12:50 P.M.

    Thanks RF. I can not wait to see SNL.

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    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 12:50 P.M.

      [quote user="nygsb42champs"]Thanks RF. I can not wait to see SNL.[/quote]

      I've never watched but I will this week [:P]
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 4:13 P.M.

        thanks

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        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 4:13 P.M.

          [quote user="derekunion28"]thanks[/quote]

          [B]
          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 4:13 P.M.

            Thanks RF !
            " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.

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            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 4:13 P.M.

              The last SNL Eli promo was great when Eli pegs the guy with the ball. Hilarious!

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              • #8
                Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012 - 4:13 P.M.

                [quote user="fourth&forever"]The last SNL Eli promo was great when Eli pegs the guy with the ball. Hilarious![/quote]

                Looking forward to watching him in action tomorrow night
                “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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