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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012 - 7:42 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.




    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    http://www.nj.com/giants/

    NY DAILY NEWS

    SUPER BOWL CHAMPION GIANTS SET TO VISIT PRESIDENT OBAMA AT WHITE HOUSE JUNE 8

    "The Giants have a date with President Obama.



    The Super Bowl champs will visit the White House on Friday, June 8, coach
    Tom Coughlin
    said after the team's organized training activities on
    Wednesday.




    It's an appointment that the team has been planning since February. The
    Giants received their official invitation to visit the president in Washington,
    D.C., on the Tuesday morning before their Super Bowl victory parade. Coughlin
    and the president spoke on the phone, during which the president congratulated
    the coach on his Super Bowl victory in a five-minute chat.




    President Obama told Coughlin he watched the game and Coughlin told the crowd
    at MetLife Stadium that the president praised the team for being “courageous,
    mentally tough, resilient people who believed in each other."




    WITHERSPOON INJURED
    The Giants haven't even started training camp,
    and they may have already lost a corner. Cornerback Brian Witherspoon, who tore
    his ACL last August, was injured during Wednesday's OTA session. He was carted
    off the field, and could once again be done for the year.




    "I'm afraid it was an ACL," Coughlin said after the workout.




    That could mean a premature end to Witherspoon's season for a second straight
    year.




    Witherspoon was not the only Giant injured on Wednesday, either. Fellow
    corner Antwuan Molden, signed away from the rival Patriots this offseason, was
    carted off the field with a hamstring injury.




    NEAR-PERFECT ATTENDANCE
    The Giants had near full attendance in
    their first OTA. Only four players were not present: DT Chris Canty, TE Jake
    Ballard (who is rehabbing a torn ACL sustained in Super Bowl XLVI), rookie TE
    Adrien Robinson (who is wrapping classes up at the University of Cincinnati),
    and DE Osi Umenyiora, who had not been expected to attend.




    OTAs are voluntary and players do not need to attend."

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


    NY POST

    GIANTS' NICKS UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY ON RIGHT FOOT

    "Hakeem Nicks yesterday underwent successful surgery on his right foot, as a
    screw was inserted to hasten the healing process in the fifth metatarsal bone he
    fractured while running a route on Thursday during an OTA drill.



    The surgery was performed in Charlotte, N.C, by foot and ankle specialist Dr.
    Robert Anderson.




    The Giants have set a 12-week timetable for Nicks’ return. Adam Schefter of
    ESPN tweeted “One person familiar with the Nicks fractured foot said it was more
    like a ‘4 to 6 week’ injury.’’ Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, told The Post, “we
    will know more next week,’’ regarding the earliest Nicks can be expected to
    return.




    The Giants open up their regular season Sept. 5 against the Cowboys and
    Nicks, unless he experiences a setback, could be available for that game. He
    likely will sit out the entire training camp, set for July 26 to August 16 at
    the University at Albany.




    As the team’s top receiver, Nicks last season caught 76 passes for a
    career-high 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. He added 28 catches for 444 yards
    along with four touchdowns in four post-season games."


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

    THE BERGEN RECORD


    CONTRACT DISPUTE ASIDE, GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA REMAINS "ALL-IN"

    "For the New York
    Giants, all is currently quiet on the #72 front. Just kidding; it’s peaceful as
    far as the c-word goes (C-ontract, folks).


    Organized Team Activities have begun and the focus is back on the team – at
    least for the team. OTA’s, first off, are voluntary. Many players “skip” these
    practices for various reasons. No one should be taken aback that Osi
    Umenyiora
    is not in attendance.




    As the team is getting back onto the field (well, the one at Timex
    Performance Center) and getting that football feeling back, some players continue to rehab and
    others won’t actually show up until Training Camp which should open late
    July.




    While there isn’t talk of a hold-out and such a possibility isn’t unheard of
    for the New York
    Giants (who have most certainly dealt with their share of malcontent players in
    the past), will it be likely? If last year can be used as any type of blueprint,
    then more than likely, no. Unfortunately, there are many fans as well as pundits
    that are quick on the draw to cut off all ties to the right defensive end.




    Osi
    Umenyiora
    will be 32 later this year, but shows no signs of slowing down.
    Why let him free to possibly play against Big Blue? General Manager Jerry
    Reese
    is a very smart man and he knows what Osi brings to the defense. In
    nine regular-season games last season, #72 recorded: 25 tackles, 9 sacks, 2
    forced fumbles and a pass batted down. Career-wise, the RDE (going into his
    tenth year) boasts: 333 tackles, 69 sacks, 3 defensive touchdowns, 30 forced
    fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and 12 passes defended in 113 regular season games
    played.




    Used more as a pass-rushing end, Umenyiora does struggle against the run and
    in coverage when asked to cover tight-ends and pass-catching running backs.
    However, when his skills are called upon to focus on getting to the quarterback
    – mostly on first and third downs and longer yardage downs – that’s when the
    stats are in his (and the Giants’) favor. Some view this as “just another
    situational player”; Perry
    Fewell
    would say it is all part of the defensive rotational strength. So,
    again – why try to take this type of asset out of the locker room and out of
    blue?




    When activated and playing on game day, Osi is All In. He’s not tearing the
    team concept apart as some have indirectly attempted to do in the past. Head
    Coach Tom
    Coughlin
    and Defensive Coordinator Perry
    Fewell
    are still respected and their weekly game plans are carried out
    without question. He also adds a fire and spark to the defensive line as well as
    to coach Fewell – you ever see footage of the DC during a game when the guys
    come off the field after a huge stop? It’s contagious and something that can
    only help not hurt or hinder.




    Ernie
    Accorsi
    ’s famous draft mantra: “You can never have too many pass rushers”
    remains in Reese’s head as well as in the minds of die-hard fans. So when was
    the last time the New York Football Giants traded one?"


    ##

    GIANTS' INJURIES: WILL THEY PILE UP AGAIN?

    "Anyone have a gigantic fly swatter and perhaps a good arm? Better yet, is
    anyone willing to go on the down low to try to catch this mysterious injury bug
    that apparently continues to plague this New York
    Giants
    franchise? It’s getting beyond ludicrous now.


    Organized Team Activities have just begun -it’s not even Mini Camp yet- and
    more than several players are bitten. It makes one less excited for SUNY at
    Albany’s Training Camp and makes one begin to ponder ways to keep these valuable
    players “safe” until September 5th (regular season kickoff versus division
    rivals, the Dallas Cowboys) a la some lame Final Destination strategies.




    Granted, it’s not time to jump off that proverbial ledge and claim all hope
    lost, but the yearly repetition of losing players for any amount of time to
    injury does start to take its toll and make many question: Why?




    Various whys and wherefores can be discussed: previous injury, playing
    surface, physical shape, strength and conditioning, coming down wrong, other
    players – basic physics and how about number of playing years? Injuries are a
    part of football.
    It’s a physical game. Here’s why depth at any given skill position is important
    and one player is not greater than the team.




    It’s still really frustrating as a Giants fan, though. Right? So many fans
    imagine the “what ifs” as far as the damage suffered via the Injured Reserve
    every year. Suppose contributors such as Jeremy
    Shockey
    , Plaxico
    Burress
    , Terrell
    Thomas
    , etc. didn't get injured and miss substantial portions of their
    seasons? Honestly, to re-write what has happened over the last handful of years
    is almost more ridiculous than the amount of injuries suffered over this
    period.




    Hearing that your favorite New York Giant is hurt and needs time to heal isn’t
    something that any die-hard is (or should be) satisfactory with. The unknown and
    the fear of not having the same thing replace what is being carted off the field
    is more than likely one of the uglier aspects of football for the fans – second only to losing. Guess it
    is a bit like losing, huh?




    So what is the culpability for this annual injury problem? There have been a
    few fractured bones that are at fault. Again, it’s football
    those can be expected from time to time. There have been some medical or genetic
    issues that can’t be seen on every physical exam. A larger amount of this
    conundrum appears to be with ligaments. Knees and shoulders only have a certain
    amount of range of motion – not to say that it’s not wide; it’s limited.
    Ligaments stretch or lengthen with motion and return to their baseline size when
    the tension is no longer there. So what happens when there’s too much tension or
    said tension isn’t gradual? Imagine a small, over-used rubber band being pulled
    just a bit too much over and over … now increase the tension on that rubber band
    from a different angle. It’s bound to tear – even if it’s properly “prepared”
    before game time.




    The point here is that the human body can only bear so much repeated impact
    before something may give. Most of the built-in defense mechanisms are tested on
    and off the field. Points weaken as the game speeds up and strength is in high
    demand. There’s only so much protective equipment that can be worn by athletes
    that would still enable them to go out and play as natural as they have for
    years. Those years are what are adding to the mileage on their career bodies as
    well as their career – going back to number of playing years.




    As frustrated as we get as a fan base, player injury is clearly something out
    of our control. That disappointment felt inside is only a fraction of what the
    organization is dealing with, and nothing compared to what the actual player is
    on the cusp of bearing through.




    One never knows what is about to appear on the heels of “disaster.” The New York Football
    Giants have already proven repeated resiliency. Let the injuries remind you of
    that."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTGES: LT'S RING, COUGHLIN NO.1

    "Even on a holiday weekend we are here for you with news about the New
    York Giants
    . So, here are your morning notes.



    Sheen
    denies buying LT's Super Bowl ring - Yahoo! Sports

    "As much as I would be
    honored to own such an important artifact ... I had nothing to do with the
    acquisition," Sheen said through rep Larry Solters, according to the New York
    Daily News.




    Tom
    Coughlin No. 1 in coaches power rankings - NFL.com

    Giants coach Tom
    Coughlin beat Patriots coach
    Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl so it's only fair that he stands alone at the
    top of the Sporting News' coach rankings.




    A
    solution to the Hard Knocks dilemma - Yahoo! Sports

    From Yahoo! Sports:
    HBO’s popular series should take a different approach to the 2012 season.




    NFL,
    New Jersey could soon be at odds over gambling | ProFootballTalk

    Three
    years ago, Delaware planned to introduce sports betting, including gambling on
    individual NFL games. The proposal prompted a lawsuit from the NFL and other
    sports leagues. Now, New Jersey wants to give it a try.




    CB
    Bing, QB Perrilloux lean on experience
    "


    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


    VICTOR CRUZ IS NOW THE NUMBER ONE RECEIVER

    "Victor Cruz may now be the
    New York Giants
    number one receiver. I don’t think the Giants thought that
    would happen this fast, however with the injury to Hakeem Nicks, the process has begun. Now the
    pressure is on Cruz to prove he isn’t a one year wonder.



    I don’t believe that Cruz will be a one
    year wonder, flash in the plan kind of player. I do believe however, that he
    will need to make adjustments on his game going forward. With Nicks status for
    the start of the year in doubt, Cruz becomes the number one target. Defenses are
    going to start rolling coverages his way more often then they had been doing.
    He’s gonna see the corner get help from the safety to
    double team him. Nicks will be back, maybe even sooner than previously thought,
    as some reports have him back as early as 4-6 weeks. You have to believe though,
    that a broken bone in the foot will hamper him, maybe throughout the season.
    Nicks does get injured quite a bit and you have to hope that his injuries don’t
    become a trend that continues.




    In order for Cruz’s production to not
    suffer, other players need to step up. The running game needs to be better than
    it was last year. Whether it was the offensive line or the running backs not
    reading the blocks correctly, the running game didn’t take off until late in the
    season when the team took off. Other receivers like rookie Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan will need to produce as
    well.




    Even if the injury to Nicks is only for a
    month it still might be something that could hamper him as the season goes on.
    Anytime and injury happens to your foot especially as a receiver, it could stay
    with you a little bit as the season goes, especially with the injury history
    Nicks already has. Cruz is now number one. The question is what will happen
    going forward."

    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


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




    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl


    FOX SPORTS


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


    NBCSPORTS


    GIANTS' CONFIDENCE IN RANDLE GROWING AT OTA'S

    "The Giants may need more early-season impact out of rookie receiver Rueben Randle than they initially
    anticipated, after top wideout Hakeem Nicks broke his right foot.


    According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Giants love what they’ve seen from
    Randle so far at OTAs.




    “They thought he was the most NFL-ready receiver in the draft,” Mort reported
    onESPN 32. “What they’ve seen so far has justified that.”




    With Nicks sidelined deep into August, Randle figures to open Giants training
    camp as a starter and receive first-team practice reps all the way through. The
    Giants need to be preparing Randle to begin the season as a starter, in the
    event of a Nicks setback.




    At the very least, Randle is expected to be New York’s third receiver during
    the NFL opener against Dallas."


    ##


    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

    TIMETABLE FOR NICKS' RETURN - VIDEO

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



    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS




    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    REPORT: HAKEEM NICKS HAS SUCCESSFUL SURGERY

    "
    Giants WR Hakeem Nicks had successful surgery Friday, with a screw inserted
    in his foot to speed the healing of a fractured bone, the New York Post
    reported.



    Hicks broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot Thursday while
    running a pass route during organized team activities. Foot and ankle specialist
    Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery in Charlotte, N.C.




    The Giants have said that Nicks should be able to return to action in about
    12 weeks, which would mean that Hicks would miss all of training camp but should
    be back in time for the regular-season opener Sept. 5 against the Cowboys if his
    recovery goes according to schedule.




    The way we see it




    There is a rumor that Nicks might be able to return much sooner than the
    team’s 12-week estimate. Nevertheless, Nicks was the Giants’ second-leading
    receiver last season behind Victor Cruz, and the offseason departure of No. 3 WR
    Mario Manningham, combined with Hicks’ injury, potentially puts more pressure on
    rookie second-round pick Rueben Randle to contribute
    immediately."




    ##

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


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    UNION DENIES LINK BETWEEN CAP PENALTIES, DE SMITH CONTRACT





    “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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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012 - 10:33 A.M.

    Lt. Col. Greg Gasden was on Leno last night (after Colin Powell) plugging his appearance in Battleship, he was representing with his XLVI ring on and they actually talked a fair amount about the Giants.
    8-Time NFL Champions - 1927 1934 1938 1956 1986 1990 2007 2011

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      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012 - 10:33 A.M.

      [quote user="SweetZombieJesus"]Lt. Col. Greg Gasden was on Leno last night (after Colin Powell) plugging his appearance in Battleship, he was representing with his XLVI ring on and they actually talked a fair amount about the Giants.
      [/quote]

      As well they should []
      “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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        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012 - 10:33 A.M.



        thanks Roanoke! [B]




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          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012 - 10:33 A.M.

          [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

          thanks Roanoke! [B]




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          “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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