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

    And, When?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This deal will almost
    certainly top $7 million per year, considering five NFL coaches already make at
    least that much (Those and four others make more than Coughlin, according
    to a recently published list in Forbes
    ). It probably will approach $8
    million annually, which would make Coughlin the highest paid coach in the

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

    Strahan’s ring advice? Go ‘Big’ and ‘Bad’

    Justin Tuck started discussing the Super
    Bowl XLVI ring design
    with some of his teammates, he already had decided he
    wanted one bigger and shinier than the “10-table ring” that Michael Strahan
    helped design after Super Bowl XLII. And Strahan told him that’s exactly what he
    should do.

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

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

    “But they couldn’t
    do that.”

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

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

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

    Want your own Super Bowl ring?

    You can’t really
    get a Super Bowl ring of your own, but sadly, you can buy the one Lawrence
    Taylor earned in Super Bowl XXV. The day after the current Giants got their
    rings, LT’s
    ring was put up for auction

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

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

    The auction
    ends on Saturday.

    McKenzie not ready to go out on top

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rolle gets a ring he can never take off

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


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

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

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

    Endorsement from the JPP of defensive

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

    So what did the
    real JPP think of that?

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

    Gadson remains loyal to the Giants

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

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

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

    “I’m here with the Giants,” Gadson said. “Mike’s
    one of my best friends and I’m certainly going to continue to talk with him.
    Whether I’m giving speeches to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or not, that’s probably
    not going to happen.”


    "Lawrence Taylor has
    no problem with his Super Bowl XXV ring being auctioned off to the highest
    bidder. But it wasn't his idea to do it.

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

    "Lawrence was in fact unaware of it," Taylor's agent, Mark Lepselter, said in
    the statement to Fox. "But said he gave it to T.J. and it's his right to do what
    he wants with it. He's fine with whatever T.J. decided."



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

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

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

    It looks as if T.J. will get some serious cash for his famous father’s Super
    Bowl ring, which was estimated to be valued at between $75,000 and $100,000. The
    bidding, which closes Saturday night, has reached $89,568."



    "Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring, being auctioned by,
    was apparently put up for sale not by the Hall of Fame linebacker, but by his
    son, TJ.

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

    In a statement released to Glazer via his Twitter account, Lepselter said:
    "[Taylor] gave it to TJ and it's his right to do what he wants with it. He's
    fine with whatever TJ decided."




    GIANTS 101


    "Why in the world would former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence
    sell his Super Bowl XXV ring? That's been the question for the
    last 24 hours, but as it turns out, LT isn't the one auctioning off the valuable
    piece of jewelry … his son TJ is.

    "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," Taylor's long-time
    agent Mark Lepselter said

    When Lepselter first called Taylor about the auction, #56 replied: "What the
    f**k are you talking about?"

    Taylor had "no clue" the ring was even up for auction prior to the many media
    reports. But that begs the question: why does the listing say it comes with a notarized Letter of
    Authenticity (LOA) signed by Taylor?

    Whatever the case may be, Taylor gifted the ring to his son and if he chooses
    to sell it, however disrespectful some people feel that may be, it's well within
    his rights. That said, many Big Blue fans would love to see the team purchase
    the ring and have it put on display at MetLife Stadium … or even placed in the
    NFL Hall of

    The ring is currently up to $89,568 on its 21st bid and has surpassed the
    pre-set reserve."


    "Back in late March, New York Giants co-owner John Mara
    said the team expected to have Tom
    's contract extension worked out within 4-6 weeks. Now, more than seven weeks later,
    the head coach remains a lame duck. However, Mara reiterated on Wednesday night
    during Big Blue's Super Bowl XLVI ring ceremony that a new deal is, in fact,

    "We're working on it," Mara said. "It will be done sooner rather than

    Following a 2010 season in which the Giants went 10-6 and missed the playoffs
    for the second consecutive year, Coughlin was given a one-year extension through
    2012 to avoid being a lame duck coach. Despite two mediocre seasons and a rough
    start to 2011, which saw fans beginning to call for his termination, Giants
    brass remained loyal to Coughlin. They never wavered in their support and Mara
    said during the Super Bowl XLVI postgame that he looked forward to answering the
    many letters questioning why they chose to keep Coughlin around.

    In his eight years with the Giants, Coughlin has experience only one losing
    season – his first (6-10 in 2004). Since then, he has compiled a 68-44 regular
    season record, a 8-3 playoff record and, of course, has brought the Lombardi
    Trophy home twice.

    In early April, Giants 101 contested that Coughlin deserved an open-ended contract. And while he's not
    likely to receive such a luxury, a long-term deal should be expected."



    "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Friday, and seriously, where did the
    week just go? The Giants received their Super Bowl rings on Wednesday night, but
    otherwise it was a relatively quiet news week. But that doesn't mean it's all
    quiet, so let's have a look at what's bouncing around the Web....." Read more...



    "It’s time for another special edition of ‘The Friday Five’ with Big Blue
    View’s Ed Valentine. Below are Ed’s answers to my questions. You can see my
    answers to his questions at Big Blue

    1. I found what Perry Fewell had to say about the linebackers to be
    interesting. If you were drawing up the starting lineup for the base defense,
    who would be your choices and why?

    Geez, Pat. Couldn’t you have started off with an easy question?

    I think we can all guarantee that Michael Boley will start. Beyond that, who
    knows what the Giants will do? Now, what would I do? Well, Boley and Keith
    Rivers start — Rivers is a good player, if healthy. After that it gets tricky.
    Is Mathias Kiwanuka a linebacker or defensive end? Can Mark Herzlich or Greg
    Jones beat out Chase Blackburn? Does Rivers go to the middle with Jacquain
    Williams on one side and Boley on the other? Is the Giants base a 4-3, or is it
    actually a 4-2-5 now — in which case you would get a lot of Terrell Thomas in
    the Deon Grant role. I think I start with Boley, Rivers and Blackburn (until
    somebody proves they can take that job away from him) and go from there.

    By the way, I have a headache now. Thanks a lot, Pat. (LOL!)

    2. Justin Tuck mentioned the “D” word – dynasty. We know how
    difficult it can be for a club to repeat as champions, but let me ask you if you
    think the Giants have the pieces in place to make it happen?

    Well, they have Eli Manning still in his prime. They have the head coach who
    took them to two titles. They have an excellent general manager. Their roster is
    not old by any means. So, yes, they have the pieces. But, you could have said
    the same thing after 2008.And you have to remember the Giants were 9-7 last
    season and barely got into the playoffs. So many things have to go right I don’t
    see a ‘dynasty’ here. I do see a team that has a chance to make a run every
    season, and I wouldn’t be shocked if there is at least one more title before Eli
    hits the twilight of his career.

    3. As the spring rolls along, what competitions are you most looking
    forward to seeing unfold (besides, of course, the linebacker spot)?

    Surprisingly for a team that just won a Super Bowl there are actually quite a
    few. Who emerges as the third running back, and can Joe Martinek knock DJ Ware,
    Da’Rel Scott or Andre Brown off the roster? Who emerges as the third wide
    receiver, and does Ramses Barden hold his roster spot? How do the Giants
    ultimately structure their offensive line? Who emerges as the third safety
    behind Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips? Even the battle for the last couple of
    cornerback spots on the roster could be interesting — there are a lot of good

    4. Regarding Osi Umenyiora, who has stayed away from the team all
    spring, do you conceivably see this ending on a happy note for both

    No. I realize I need to expand on that answer, but no. At least not if by
    ‘happy’ you mean with Umenyiora staying in New York long term. Osi sees his
    value one way, the Giants see it another and if either side was really willing
    to budge they would have done it by now. I think Osi will be the next Brandon
    Jacobs. He will fulfill his contract playing a more limited role than he likes,
    and will then walk to the highest bidder.

    5. Eli Manning has often spoken about the need for the team to get
    better this year. Besides obviously improving the won-loss record, what areas do
    you think are high atop the priority list for them to improve and how do you see
    them approaching making those improvements?

    Offensively, the running game needs to get better. I think that is obvious
    since — championship notwithstanding — the Giants’ running game was the worst
    ever for a Tom Coughlin coached team a year ago. For that to get better it’s not
    really about David Wilson. It’s about the Giants improving the biggest area of
    weakness they had last season — what really was a bad offensive line. A healthy
    Beatty will help. If Petrus can win the job at left guard I think his brute
    strength and athleticism helps the run game. If Snee is healthier that has to
    help, though I wonder if he will ever be the player he used to be. And, for me,
    the jury is still out on David Baas at center. Martellus Bennett, and maybe
    Adrien Robinson, will also help the run game. No knock on Jake Ballard or Kevin
    Boss before him, but Bennett is the best run-blocking tight end the Giants have
    had in a long time."


    "The Giants will receive their Super Bowl championship rings this evening in a
    private ceremony at Tiffany’s in New York City. And the design of the ring,
    which was unveiled today, features all the little special things that truly make
    it a ring worthy of a Big Blue champion.

    The design of the 14K white gold ring consisted of input from players,
    coaches and the front office. It features 1.36 carats in diamonds making up the
    bezel (face) of the ring.

    The base stones consist of four large diamonds that represent the franchise’s
    four Lombardi trophies. There are also several smaller diamonds that surround
    the four bigger ones in the trophies.

    “We wanted it to represent the four trophies and have that feeling that you
    made the best ring that you could have made,” said defensive end Justin
    , one of the players who provided input into the ring. “I think we
    captured that.”

    The pavé features several smaller diamonds that surround the Lombardi
    trophies and make up the team’s “NY” logo set against a blue jeweler’s enamel
    backdrop. The bezel also includes a ring of smaller sapphires totaling 1.11
    carats in weight placed just above the bezel spellout, “New York Giants 2011
    World Champions.”

    “The blue makes it a little different,” said quarterback Eli
    . “We wanted some blue – the Giants are Big Blue. We definitely
    wanted to get a little blue to spark it up a little bit.”

    “I think all of us wanted to have some blue in the ring, from the ownership
    down,” added Tuck. “We wanted to make the ring different from the ring we had
    earlier. The ’08 ring had no color in it – it was just white diamonds. We wanted
    those to sparkle a little bit more and stand out a little bit more. We talked to
    guys on the team and the consensus was a lot of guys wanted to see more color in
    the ring.”

    On shank is the old “Giants” logo, the one worn on the helmets of the
    franchise’s 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl teams, placed above the Lombardi trophy,
    and the final score of Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17, followed by the NFL shield.

    The other shank features the recipient’s last name, the team’s circular logo
    surrounding the player’s jersey number, and “EST 1925,” the year the franchise
    was founded.

    The palm side of the ring features is a list of the four years that the club
    won the Super Bowl: 1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011.

    Etched inside of the ring are the slogans “Finish” and “All in,” the team’s
    two battle cries from last season.

    “We definitely wanted ‘Finish,’ we definitely wanted ‘All In,’” Tuck said.
    “Those were two things we prided ourselves on, not only during the season, but
    especially through the playoff run. And we won games that way. So we definitely
    wanted those in there.”

    “We took in a lot of opinions. We all came to a decision to make this ring
    our ring, because everyone loved it,” said Tuck. “When Tiffany brought it in the
    last day, there was silence because everyone was thinking, ‘Wow.’ It really
    captured everything we wanted to capture in the ring. Coach Coughlin was adamant
    about having ‘World Champions’ on it. Plus they did a great job designing the
    ring to fit around our fingers and really look good on your hand – not just
    having a big, ostentatious ring on your hand. They worked on the balance of the
    ring when it’s on your hand. I think Tiffany did a great job.”

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    "It’s funny to go back to just two seasons ago and see how Rex Ryan was the
    toast of the town to the New York media and Tom Coughlin was old news and needed
    to be taken behind the barn and shot.

    Today? Well, Ryan is on the hot seat and Coughlin is rumored to be getting an
    extension after his second Super Bowl title in four years.

    At the Giants Super Bowl ring ceremony yesterday, team owner John Mara told
    local media that”We’re working on it. It will be done sooner rather than later”
    in regards to a new deal for Tom Coughlin. At 65 and entering the final year of
    his current deal, this is a move that was expected even before the improbable
    run to the title last season.

    The truth is that things aredifferentin New York. I look at teams with
    coaches who underachieve constantly, yet get to keep their job and aren’t
    lambasted by the media. In New York, it’s win or get out. It doesn’t matter what
    sport, what team or what you’ve done in the past. It’s all about what you’ve
    done lately. And two titles in four years makes Coughlin safe for awhile.

    Eli Manning is already going to be given a pass for the rest of his career.
    Joe Namath won one title and little else the rest of his career, yet he is still
    treated as the king of New York today. But for a coach, what you’ve done lately
    never rings more true than in the Big Apple.

    After winning the title in 2007 and winning 12 games the following year,
    things were quiet. But after an 8-8 season in 2009 and a late season collapse in
    2010, the majority of the fan base wanted Coughlin to go. He’d “lost his fire”
    after winning the Super Bowl, many were saying.

    With the team sitting at 6-6 this season with just four games left to play,
    the sentiment began to grow louder. But that’s when the team did what Coughlin
    led teams seem to do; they coalesced around their coach and took their game to a
    whole new level. Squeezing into the playoffs on the final game of the season
    with a convincing victory over Dallas, they did what the past few Super Bowl
    champs have done and entered the playoffs on a hot streak en route to another
    improbable Super Bowl run.

    If Coughlin had these results in any other city, he’d probably of been
    offered a Don Shula type situation by now and allowed to stay as long as he
    wanted. And deservedly so.

    All conversations of the “great head coaches” in the modern NFL seem to start
    and stop with Bill Belichick. But who comes after him? Even before last season,
    I would have argued and stumped for Coughlin. He just finds a way to get his
    team to rally around him and is, for lack of a better term, a leader of men.
    He’s won 58% of his regular season games since becoming the Giants head coach in
    2004 and has a sizzling .727 winning percentage in the postseason.

    In short, Coughlin sticking around in New York for the foreseeable future
    should have Giants fan extremely content. Even if the teamfinishes.500 next
    season. Because you know they’ll be back with him leading the way.





    "New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford was
    a member of the New York Jets when Mark Sanchez was first
    drafted by the team. He had a front-row seat for Sanchez's first two

    Weatherford likes Sanchez. He wants him to succeed, despite playing for the
    Jets' cross-stadium rivals. He just hasn't seen the development he'd have liked
    to by now.

    "I like Mark, I think he's a very talented quarterback, but from my
    standpoint, I
    haven't seen a lot of maturation
    from the position," Weatherford said on's "Cover Two" podcast Thursday. "When you're a quarterback and you come
    in, and you're expected to be the face of the franchise, and you're expected to
    lead the team, that's a lot to take on as a rookie, but as the years go on, I
    think you're expected to mature, skill-wise, and also mature as a leader, and to
    be honest with you, as much as I like the guy, I just haven't seen that."

    Weatherford is just saying what most Jets fans -- and probably some folks
    inside the Jets building -- are thinking. Why bring in Tim Tebow otherwise?

    Sanchez was promising as a rookie quarterback, but he hasn't developed much


    "While their former teammates with the New York Giants were receiving
    their Super Bowl XLVI rings, current San Francisco 49ers running
    back Brandon Jacobs and wide
    receiver Mario Manningham were on a practice field in Santa Clara, California, 3,000
    miles away from the festivities.

    "I think winning a championship is important, not many people have one and
    not many people have had a chance to play in a Super Bowl," said Jacobs, who was
    represented at the ceremony by his wife, Kim. "I respect that, but right now,
    I'm working towards the same goal with a new team."

    Jacobs won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, but clashed with management
    over his contract and bristled after losing the starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw. After
    refusing to accept a pay cut, Jacobs was released and agreed to a one-year
    contract with the 49ers on March 29, one week after Manningham signed a
    two-year, $7.5 million contract to switch coasts.

    "I talk to Mario every day," Jacobs said. "We love being here. The work is
    something special. I'm glad I'm here with Mario and vice-versa. It's a special
    thing. This football team, this coaching staff and this whole organization is
    great. I'm happy to be a part of it and just ready to go."

    Jacobs and Manningham will face their former teammates on October 14 at
    Candlestick Park."



    It's been a busy week for New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck. On
    Thursday, he picked up the second Super Bowl ring of his career -- and the night
    before, he was in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, for a
    screening of the movie, "Battleship," to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The
    WWP is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower
    wounded warriors, and Tuck was there in conjunction with SUBWAY restaurants. The
    movie, directed by Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights"), stars Col. Greg Gadson, a
    member of the WWP who lost both his legs in Iraq in 2007, and who has been an
    inspirational force for the Giants ever since. We had the opportunity to speak
    with Tuck about the premiere, the Giants, a couple of Super Bowl wins, and his
    NFL future.

    Shutdown Corner: First, could you talk about the
    "Battleship" screening?

    Justin Tuck: Colonel Gadson is in the movie, and he's meant
    so much to myself and to the New York Giants, it's just a good way to support
    the people who are overseas, fighting for our freedoms.

    SC: ColonelGadson is the man who came to your facility
    during the 2007 season and proved to be such an inspiration for you,

    JT: Right. I first met him in 2007, just before that Super
    Bowl, and coach Coughlin brought him in to do a motivational speech. One of our
    coaches at the time knew Colonel Gadson pretty well, and he just wanted an
    opportunity to tell his story to us. After that, he had such an impact, he
    became like a member of our team. He would go on the road with us, three or four
    games a year -- as many as he could make it to -- and he really had an impact on
    our team. So, he's been around since 2007, I've known him since then, and we've
    had the opportunity to watch him battle with the struggles he's had from serving
    over there. You marvel at the fact that he never complains -- he's always
    upbeat, and he's always lifting us up. That's amazing from a guy who doesn't
    have any legs.

    SC: It kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't

    JT: Oh, no question. You really can't allow yourself to
    complain about anything, when you see a guy who could have easily given up on
    life, but he's making the best of it.

    SC: Obviously, we're not talking about the same level of
    risk in football, but there has been a lot of talk about player safety lately.
    Where do you stand on the issue, and how well do you think the NFL is handling

    JT: It's a serious issue, The game we play is a physical
    sport, and we put our bodies on the line every time we go out on that that
    field. But it's something ... we know the dangers that come with it, but the
    dangers are a real issue, and I hope we'll find ways to minimize them. That goes
    with a combination of the equipment we're using, to the rules changes by
    Commissioner Goodell and his bunch. Just being more aware of player safety from
    the players' standpoint, also.

    SC: Right. People say, "Well, you guys knew what you
    signed up for when you decided to play this game," but that doesn't mean that
    more shouldn't be done. Specifically, do you think there should be more of an
    outreach for players after they're done with the game?

    JT: I think so, because there's one thing about players --
    most players won't ask for help until it's too late. That's something that's
    ingrained in us, and it's unfortunate. Hopefully, we can get the word out to
    former players and current players that if you need help, there is help. Like
    with [Junior Seau], you think that could have been prevented, but unfortunately,
    it wasn't. Hopefully, it's a sign to guys who might be going through the same
    thing, where they say, "I want to live -- I want to enjoy my life" and you get
    the help that is provided to you.

    SC: On the positive side of that equation, your old
    buddy Michael Strahan has made quite the successful transition in his
    post-football career. How much of a mentor was he to you, and do you still talk
    a lot?

    JT: Oh, we definitely talk a lot. He's back and forth to New
    York every month, and we talk in person and on the phone. He's definitely meant
    a lot to me in my career. Coming in as a rookie, he was well-established at the
    time as the best defensive end in the league. It was fun to get to work with him
    every day, and mirror how he went about his business-- on the field, and off. I
    give him a lot of credit for putting me in the right positions and introducing
    me to the right people. And inspiring me to the work ethic I have today. Because
    I just tried to follow in his footsteps.

    SC: I was in the locker room after Super Bowl XLVI, and
    he was there talking to you guys, and he almost looked happier than the current
    players did about the result.

    JT: Yeah -- we were texting and talking back and forth
    through the whole playoff run. He just continued to congratulate us and tell us
    how to get prepared for these games. He's definitely a true Giant, and he'll
    always be one. When you see him on Sunday mornings [on Fox's pregame show], and
    he's picking the teams, he's always going to bleed Giant blue. He can't help

    SC: Watching both of the Super Bowl games the Giants won
    in the last five years, I had you pegged as the MVP in both cases, until Eli
    Manning corked off two of the most amazing throws in Super Bowl history in what
    turned out to be the game-winning drives each time. Obviously, you'd rather have
    the ring than the MVP award, but do you ever wonder what might have

    JT: You know, I'd rather have 10 Super Bowl trophies and no
    MVPs. The whole thing about having the MVP -- I don't care. I could care less,
    because the way I look at it, I can't play the game by myself. If I got one, I'd
    probably cut it into 10 other pieces and give it to my defensive teammates.

    SC: It must be a great point of pride, though, to play
    at your very best when it matters the most.

    JT: We're all brought up to believe that the best players
    show up in the biggest games, and what bigger game than the Super Bowl? I've
    just been blessed and very lucky to have two of my best games on that stage. I'm
    very humbled to have that opportunity, and if I get another opportunity, I'm
    just going to go out there like I did last time and give 100 percent.

    SC: One of the most remarkable things about your play --
    and you seemed to be kind of a trend-setter in this regard -- is that you will
    be seen playing well all across the formation. That's become more common in the
    last few years, but how did that develop for you? Was that something you did at
    Notre Dame, or did it start when you got to the NFL?

    JT: It started in New York, because when I came in, you had
    Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora on two different sides. So, it was a way for
    me to get on the field at first - you put your best pass-rushers on the field. I
    didn't like the thought of it at first, and I wasn't really good at it a first,
    but I got an opportunity to learn more about it, and learn more about how to
    rush from inside. it's just something that gradually became part of my game.

    SC: When you look at the Super Bowl XLII team, and the
    XLVI team, which one was better?

    JT: I think this one has more talent -- younger guys, but
    guys who had been there before and knew how to win those types of games -- but
    it's hard to compare to the 2007 team. That '07 team had tremendous heart. Both
    teams had tremendous heart, but if I was to pick one of the two, I would say
    this last year's team, because it seems that we have more of a talent

    SC: You've clearly done a lot in your career -- what is
    left for you to accomplish?

    JT: I just want to continue to play great football -- that's
    all that matters. I don't really care about the accolades or any of that.
    Everything to me is about team football, and if we keep winning Super Bowl
    trophies, I'll be fine."





    "Eli Manning went onto
    CNN the other day. Naturally, the Giants quarterback and two-time
    Super Bowl winner was asked a question about ... Tim Tebow? Of course he
    was, because that's the kind of respect he and the Giants command in the town
    they play football. Which might be less respect than they command in the NFC
    East, where you're unlikely to see many pundits pick them to win the division.

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

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

    This wasn't the first time
    Manning's had to say that. He repeated the mantra on another
    national news show
    around NFL Draft time. Knowing that people would rather
    talk Tebow and Sanchez than Manning and his rings, and knowing that the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins all had "big"
    offseasons, should it be any surprise that people aren't picking the Giants to
    win the NFC East ... again?

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

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

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

    And Justin Tuck, as he told me
    during a recent podcast, is taking steps this offseason to be completely healthy
    next year. I also pointed out to Tuck that, in Vegas, the Eagles are currently
    favored to win the NFC East.

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

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

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

    Mario Manningham took
    the money and ran, but his production was overvalued based on a big catch at the
    right moment; Rueben
    was a steal in the second round and along with Ramses
    Barden can fill that void. Brandon Jacobs joined
    Mario by the bay, but the addition of David Wilson to the
    running game is an upgrade as well. To say that the offensive line
    isn't a strength is stating the obvious; the Giants have done just fine for a
    while with plug-n-play linemen though.

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

    The one
    concern for the Giants -- at least at the moment -- is the schedule next year.
    They currently have the hardest strength of schedule in the NFL for 2012, but
    the Eagles are tops in terms of quality opponents (teams with at least nine wins
    in 2011) they have to play, with eight. The difference is the Eagles appear to
    have a softer spot at the back end of 2012; you might be able to
    find a soft spot
    for the Giants early in the year. Maybe.

    Here's the
    thing though. People believe the Giants limped into the playoffs because of
    their 9-7 record. The reality is that Tom Coughlin's squad was 6-2 after beating
    the Patriots in Week 9.
    Then they embarked on a portion of the schedule that saw them play the Packers,
    49ers, Saints, Eagles, Cowboys (twice)
    and Jets down the stretch.

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

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

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





    "Steve Weatherford is no longer a Jet but he still gets asked
    about his old team quite a bit.

    While appearing on’s “Cover Two”
    podcast with Jason Smith and Steve Wyche, the
    New York Giants punter was asked about Tim Tebow and
    specifically the development of Mark Sanchez.

    Weatherford, who played for the Jets in 2009 and 2010, said he likes his
    former teammate but admits he hasn’t seen the “maturation” he would like to see
    from Sanchez so far.

    “I like Mark,” Weatherford said. “I think he is a
    very talented quarterback. But from my standpoint, I haven’t seen a lot of
    maturation from the position. When you are a quarterback and you come in and you
    are expected to be the face of the franchise and expected to lead the team, that
    is a lot to take on as a rookie.”

    “But as the years go on, I think you
    are expected to mature skill-wise and also mature as a leader,” Weatherford
    continued. “But to be honest with you, as much as I like the guy, I haven’t seen

    Weatherford said he, like some, scratched his head when the Jets
    acquired Tebow to back up Sanchez.

    “Mark Sanchez is obviously the future
    of that franchise and they gave him a three-year extension and I think that is
    great, that gave him a little bit of confidence,” he said. “And then, I don’t
    know, two weeks later they go and get a controversial quarterback that people
    say doesn’t have a lot of skills but people love him and people rally behind

    “I’m thinking that maybe they got that guy to maybe fix the locker
    room, fix the morale in the locker room,” Weatherford added. “I don’t know. I’m
    still kind of scratching my head.”






    “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: FRDIAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

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


    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRDIAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

      [quote user="G-Men Surg."]Thanks RF ![/quote]

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


      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRDIAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

        Thanks once again. I hope u continue to post everyday there is anything Giants related. I enjoy reading them and actually look forward to reading the articles.


        • #5
          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRDIAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

          [quote user="midnite_nj"]Thanks once again. I hope u continue to post everyday there is anything Giants related. I enjoy reading them and actually look forward to reading the articles.[/quote]

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


          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

            The JT interview was outstanding. Thanks RF.


            • #7
              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

              [quote user="nygsb42champs"]The JT interview was outstanding. Thanks RF.[/quote]

              Always great to hear from them directly
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


              • #8
                Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

                thanks Roanoke!

                the superbowl ring ceremony and TCs contract extension are soothing stories! lol



                • #9
                  Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012 - 12:35 P.M.

                  [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

                  thanks Roanoke!

                  the superbowl ring ceremony and TCs contract extension are soothing stories! lol


                  It's good to see the " ALL-IN mentality" carrying over from the Super Bowl run to this season.
                  “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1