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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.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

    GIANTS' SUPER BOWL TOUR ENDS ON FRIDAY WITH CEREMONY ON SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE

    "They’ve paraded down the Canyon of Heroes, celebrated in their hometowns,
    partied at Tiffany and been cheered everywhere they’ve gone. On Friday
    afternoon, though, the Giants’ victory tour makes its final and most significant
    stop.


    For the second time in five years, the Giants will be honored by the
    President in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. It’s a traditional
    championship perk that Tom Coughlin called “a
    great honor,” and was one of the highlights of his last championship offseason
    in 2008.




    “We are excited,” Coughlin said. “It’s always something that we look forward
    to.




    “It’s a great honor to go to the White House, to be invited by the President
    of the United States, to have our Super Bowl XLVI and world championship team go
    and be in the presence of the President and the historic White House.”




    Coughlin’s not overselling its importance either — at least not for him. A
    fiercely patriotic man who recently received the Outstanding Civilian Service
    Award from the U.S. Army — the third-highest public service honor the Army can
    give to a civilian — Coughlin seemed overwhelmed when he and the team met
    President Bush at the White House in 2008. He called it “a true privilege” and
    beamed from the start of the ceremony until long after its end.




    This time, according to the White House, President Obama will not only
    celebrate the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI. He'll “highlight the Giants’
    ongoing support to the men and women who serve in the military and their
    families.”




    Before the ceremony, the Giants will meet with a group of Wounded Warriors at
    the White House.




    When the Giants visited the White House after Super Bowl XLII, they first
    stopped at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit some of the troops, but they
    won’t be able to do that on this trip since that building is now closed.




    The trip will be a short one for the Giants. They will take the train down on
    Friday morning and return to New York on Friday night. Once they arrive in
    Washington, they’ll get a private tour of the White House and the West Wing,
    meet with the Wounded Warriors and then be escorted out to the ceremony on the
    South Lawn.




    During the ceremony they’ll present the President with Ahmad Bradshaw’s No.
    44 Giants jersey, befitting the 44th President of the United States.




    Most of the defending champions are expected to attend, including the
    recently re-signed Osi Umenyiora. Even former Giants, such as Mario Manningham,
    Brandon Jacobs and Aaron Ross have been invited, although Coughlin wasn’t sure
    their schedules would allow them to make the trip.




    It’ll be a thrill of a lifetime, though, for any players that do.




    “I’m sure that all of our players and all of our organization will be very
    excited about going,” Coughlin said. “We will take great memories from our
    opportunity to visit with the President.”




    POST TIME FOR TOM
    Coughlin will be in attendance at the
    144th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, where he will call “riders up”
    before the jockeys mount their horses. . . . The Giants will hold a three-day,
    full-team, mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday-Thursday."

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


    NY POST

    NICKS LAUDS TOM'S DEAL

    "Hakeem Nicks said Thursday he believes the defending Super Bowl champs did
    the right thing by extending coach Tom Coughlin’s contract.



    “We’re heading in the right direction,” the Giants receiver told The Post at
    a signing event at Lord and Taylor in midtown. “[Coach Coughlin] has taught me
    how to be a pro, how to be valuable to the team. He demonstrates great
    character, which rubs off on the players.”




    The Giants gave Coughlin a three-year, $20 million extension on Wednesday,
    making him the third-highest paid coach in the NFL.




    “I definitely [consider him a top coach in the NFL],” Nicks said. “A good
    team needs to have a head coach who knows what he’s doing.”

    Nicks, who was wearing a walking boot after suffering a fractured fifth
    metatarsal during an OTA practice last month, was optimistic about his recovery
    schedule.



    “[The rehab] is going real good,” he said. “It’s only been two weeks, so I’ve
    been taking it slow, icing it, keeping the swelling down. I feel like everything
    has been going the way we planned, the way we would like things to be
    going.”




    The Giants originally put a 12-week timetable for the star receiver’s return,
    but Nicks has been keeping his head up during the rehab process.




    “I don’t look at [the injury] in a negative light,” Nicks said. “I look
    forward to it as a positive and that I’ll be able to go back out there and do
    the things that I do.”




    Nicks’ injury will not keep him from the Giants’ Super Bowl celebration at
    the White House this afternoon.




    “I’m excited about it; it’s the experience of a lifetime. Hopefully we’ll get
    a chance to do it again,” Nicks said."

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

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    PRESIDENT TO HOST NEW YORK GIANTS TODAY

    "President Barack Obama will host a dignitary and the Super Bowl champions Friday
    at the White House.



    Obama will first welcome Philippines President Benigno Aquino for a
    bilateral meeting. The Philippines is a long-standing ally of the United States
    and the president will discuss with Aquino the strategic and economic ties
    between the two countries.




    Later in the day, Obama will host the defending Super Bowl champion New York
    Giants at the White House, honoring their victory over New England in Super Bowl
    46.




    Obama will attend a campaign event Friday evening in Washington."

    HAIL TO THE CHAMPS: GIANTS VISITING WHITE HOUSE

    "President Obama has filled out March Madness college basketball brackets.



    The lifelong Chicago Bears fan keeps up with his passion for hoops by not
    only playing pick-up games, but by purchasing and watching NBA League Pass on
    his iPad.




    But an intriguing non-election question remains for the man dubbed America's
    First Sports Fan when the Giants visit the White House this afternoon for a
    ceremony honoring their Super Bowl XLVI victory over the Patriots:




    Will POTUS bust a move out of respect for the "Silk City Salsa" made famous
    by Paterson native Victor Cruz?




    The dance steps of the Giants' record-setting wide receiver have been
    mimicked by Madonna at the Super Bowl and done by Cruz himself on the stage of
    The Grammy's, so the South Lawn of the White House certainly seems like the next
    logical place for it to happen.




    Cruz helped host a bowling campaign fundraiser for the president in March
    where he appeared with first lady Michelle Obama at Manhattan's Chelsea Piers,
    so there is that connection as well.




    When the Giants won Super Bowl XLII, they visited President George W. Bush
    and Amani Toomer presented him a white No. 43 team jersey. They also gave him an
    official Super Bowl ball signed by the entire team.




    They will present the president with a blue No. 44 jersey complete with his
    last name on the back.




    The team is also expected to meet with a select group of Wounded Warriors in
    Washington.




    "We are excited [and] it is always something that we look forward to," coach
    Tom Coughlin said.




    "It is a great honor to go to the White House – to be invited by the
    president of the United States – to have our Super Bowl 46 and world
    championship team go and be in the presence of the president and the historic
    White House. And I'm sure that all of our players and all of our organization
    will be very excited about going."




    Coughlin said the invitation to attend includes players from last season's
    team no longer with the Giants, whether it be free agent Kareem McKenzie or
    players such as Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs, both now with the
    49ers.




    Cornerback Terrell Thomas previously visited President George W. Bush at the
    White House when he was at USC and this time he is bringing a camera.




    "This has nothing to do with politics," Thomas said.




    "We're being honored as the best team in the National Football League, so
    it's special. … I'm going to try my hardest to get a picture with the president,
    frame it and show all my friends. It's just another big moment for this
    team."

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/


    FORMER GIANTS, LAWRENCE TAYLOR & OTIS ANDERSON, TO HOST FANTASY FOOTBALL FESTIVAL IN ATLANTIC CITY

    "There are more than 32 million people in North America who play some variety
    of fantasy sports annually. Predominantly, fantasy football
    leads the $1 billion market, and for the true hardcore players who are also fans
    of the New York
    Giants
    , you may want to find your way to Atlantic City in mid-August.

    On August 18th and 19th, former Big Blue legends Lawrence
    Taylor
    and Ottis
    Anderson
    will be co-hosting "Fantasy Football Festival 2012" in Atlantic City, New
    Jersey.




    From the Press Release:





    New York
    Giants
    Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence
    Taylor
    and Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis "O.J." Anderson have teamed up with
    ReedPOP to help launch the inaugural Fantasy Football Festival in Atlantic City, which expects to
    bring over 25,000 fans in approximately 300,000 square feet of total experience
    space in two days, August 18th-19th. The stars will host autograph signings in
    the Steiner Sports Autographing Area and take part in panel discussions that
    includes a Q&A session for fans.




    While the Fantasy Football Fest focuses on fantasy football
    including space for leagues to conduct drafts and fantasy experts providing tips
    and insights to help players’ teams perform at their best, the festival is much
    more than just fantasy. It promises to be about every aspect of football
    except strapping on the pads and getting hit. The show features will offer
    something for every member of the family in addition to an amazing weekend for
    the hardcore fantasy player.




    Activities and special events include a draft day party, athlete and
    celebrity appearances, sports video game tournaments and free-play, interactive
    athletic competitions, sports memorabilia, a tailgate party and beer
    tasting.




    In addition to Taylor and Anderson, Philadelphia
    Eagles
    stars Michael Vick
    and LeSean McCoy,
    former Washington
    Redskins
    quarterback Joe Theismann, NFL Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Chris Doleman and ESPN
    Fantasy Expert Matthew Berry have been confirmed to attend the show as well.




    Tickets for the two day extravaganza can now be purchased at www.FantasyFootballFest.com. For up-to-the-minute info on new
    announcements and Fantasy Football Fest programming and celebrity athletes follow
    Fantasy Football
    Fest on Twitter
    @FanFootballFest
    or like Fantasy Football Fest on Facebook www.facebook.com/FantasyFootballFest.




    AboutReedPOP:




    ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively
    devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering
    with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing
    celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary
    events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers
    and fans.




    The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic &
    Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars
    Celebration and UFC® Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of
    professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely
    qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is
    focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North
    America, South America, Asia and Europe."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: WHITE HOUSE FRIDAY EDITION

    Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It isn't every day a sports team has the
    chance to visit the White House, but our Super Bowl champion New
    York Giants
    will do just that today, and it's expected that President Obama
    will highlight the team's ongoing support of our military and their families. I
    know that Tom Coughlin must be thrilled to be doing this for the second time in
    five years, as he takes national pride very seriously. Meanwhile, there were
    more OTAs this week, and next week mini-camp starts. So let's see what's going
    on.....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


    ELI MANNING IS, INDEED, ELITE

    "Many people believe that Eli Manning can be contributed into the conversations
    of the Tom Brady’s, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning’s. Is there a reason for
    people not to believe that this statement is not true?

    Well in case you
    did not know, Eli has proven to the league, fans, his team, and himself, that he
    is elite. After the Super Bowl victory over “Pretty Boy Tom”, his confidence
    level has increased dramatically because, Eli was finally comfortable with
    having an elite quarterback title under his belt, along with two Super Bowl
    rings.

    Throwing 29 touchdown passes during the 2011 season with nine of
    those snagged by salsa dancing Victor Cruz. Eli also packed on 4,933 passing
    yards making him just one long 67 yard pass to Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz from
    reaching that 5,000-yard passer club.

    In this pass happy league today,
    you have to be able to come up big when it matters the most. The most meaning
    the fourth quarter of those hard-nosed and hard-fought football games on
    Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays. The G-Men has had it good these past couple of
    season in crunch time, but still seems to come up short when asked to win 10+
    plus games during the regular season.

    Defense wins games and when the
    defense cannot create that crucial turnover needed, the quarterback will have to
    take over. This is where Eli stands out. Since the younger Manning brother
    entered the league in 2004, he has produced 21 fourth quarter comebacks during
    the regular season months.

    In 2006, Eli Manning had a game, which he
    threw for 371 yards, three touchdowns, and completed 31-43 pass attempts against
    the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, you could tell that Eli would be special
    in years to come in the NFL. With the recognition of being elite in this league,
    Manning earned the honor of being named the 31stbest player in this
    year’s Top 100 players of 2012.

    Some think he deserves to be ranked
    higher, but this year’s list is accurate so far, due to all of the up and coming
    stars in the league. After this year’s draft, the G-Men sent a message out to
    the fans that they would be making a run for the Lombardi Trophy once again
    after adding key additions, David Wilson to help the run game and Rueben Randle
    to replace the role of Mario Manningham. So I’ll ask, why not Eli Manning?"

    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

    GIANTS' BURGEONING STAR JASON PIERRE-PAUL PROVING TO BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME

    "To New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's teammates and coaches, his
    utter lack of self-consciousness is an endearing quality.


    To opponents, it's endangering.






    As Pierre-Paul prepares for his third season, hoping to follow up on his
    breakout, 16 ½-sack campaign that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, the
    natural tendency is to attribute his success to his freakish athletic ability.




    While he is his physical gifts are unquestionable – as evidenced by his legendary back
    flips
    – that ignores another important quality:




    Pierre-Paul is not afraid to ask questions, even questions others might be
    embarrassed to ask. He's also not afraid to make mistakes. Full-on, high-speed
    mistakes. While the instinct of many is to avoid reaching out for help,
    Pierre-Paul knows what he doesn't know and is trying to learn quickly.




    "I think I said something to him about his hand placement and there he was by
    the end of practice, fixing it," defensive lineman Justin Tuck said. "I think we
    said something to him about his stance a month ago and he fixed it.




    "He's not just trying to get by on his athletic ability. He's trying to go
    way beyond that."



    That fact led Tuck to a somewhat staggering evaluation of just how far
    Pierre-Paul may progress this season.




    "I don't see anybody in this league at that position who has that kind of
    athleticism," Tuck said of Pierre-Paul. "And yes, I'm talking about [Chicago
    defensive end Julius] Peppers, I'm talking about [Dallas linebacker] DeMarcus
    [Ware] and [Buffalo defensive end] Mario (Williams), all those guys.




    "I really don't see anybody who has that ability to adjust his body in
    positions that he can do. A man that big should not be allowed to do that. He's
    truly a freak. The sky is the limit for him and I know we use that cliché a lot,
    but it's really true with him because of his work ethic."




    Pierre-Paul may have the mix of talent and personality that creates the truly
    rare athlete – a talented overachiever. It's the combination of force that
    creates the likes of Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning and Emmitt Smith.

    During Pierre-Paul's first two seasons, which have produced 21 ½ sacks,
    Pierre-Paul has gotten by mostly on raw ability. In the background is a player
    who is extraordinarily interested in learning a game he only started playing as
    a senior in high school.


    "My parents always told me to ask [questions]," Pierre-Paul said. "They would
    never make any of us feel bad for asking a question. That's just how I was
    raised."




    That attitude has shown up time and again in the ego-heavy confines of the
    team meeting rooms or on the practice field.






    "You get a lot of guys, especially young guys, who are afraid to ask," Giants
    linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said. "They sit in the back and you
    look at them and say, 'Do you understand?' They look up and say, 'Yeah, I got
    it' and you know they don't, but they're too embarrassed to ask.




    "With Jason, he doesn't care. He's smart enough to know what he doesn't know
    and he'll keep asking and asking and asking. If he has to ask something five
    times, he will until he gets the answer that he understands. He's not just a
    great athlete trying to get by on talent. He wants to learn."

    That's critical for Pierre-Paul because there is much he still doesn't know.
    It's well-documented that Pierre-Paul didn't
    pick up the game
    until his senior year at Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School
    when one of the coaches basically forced him to come out for the team. He then
    bounced through two junior colleges and one year at the University of South
    Florida before ending up the No. 15 overall pick by New York in 2010.


    When he started playing, X's and O's looked like something from a
    trigonometry class – which makes his early NFL success all the more impressive.




    In the human chess match that is football, the game is not supposed to be
    that easy. Getting 16 ½ sacks is usually for guys who have both natural ability
    and a deep understanding of how to actually play. Down, distance, hand placement
    and the ability to read blocking schemes are just a few of the factors that
    should be diagnosed with each play, even by a great pass rusher.




    With Pierre-Paul, so much of that is being gathered as he goes along.
    Sometimes the learning process is downright comical to his teammates. There was
    the game last season at Dallas when, right before halftime, Pierre-Paul got to
    the line of scrimmage not knowing exactly what to do.




    He got down on one knee, looked at the sideline for instruction, got the "go"
    signal and ended up with a sack. It wasn't really the right call, but it worked
    out fine because Pierre-Paul knows enough not to let what he doesn't know get in
    the way.



    "If he makes a mistake, he goes full speed and doesn't hesitate," Kiwanuka
    said. "As a teammate, I can deal with that because I can adjust. I know that if
    JPP rushes or covers a [running] back when he's not supposed to, he's not going
    to hesitate. He's going to just do it and I can cover for him. It's the guys who
    hesitate who make it tough because then you don't know what to do."




    While the essence of football – blocking and tackling – is pretty simple,
    it's a sport where missteps can send an entire defense into chaos. That's why
    Pierre-Paul continues to work on understanding the game.




    "Jason doesn't care about what other people might think of him asking a
    question, he just wants to know," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "It's
    refreshing when you have somebody who doesn't worry about appearance and just
    wants to know."




    It's the kind of sincere, innocent approach that can create greatness. On
    game day, he usually spends up to half an hour going over the game plan one last
    time with defensive line coach Robert Nunn.





    "He may ask five times, but he's going to have you explain it until he
    understands it," Kiwanuka said. "He may have to hear it a different way, but
    he's going to get it. He's at the point where I have no problem asking him if I
    missed something. He may not use the same terms, but he knows it in a way he
    understands it and can explain it."

    And that's critical as this season starts. After his breakout performance a
    year ago, Pierre-Paul is going to be a marked man for opposing offenses to
    control.


    "He's going to see more double teams and different protections and he's going
    to have to figure them out," Nunn said. "There comes a point where the athletic
    ability can take you so far. With Jason, that's a long way. But even then, you
    can take it farther with knowing the game."




    Such as the idea of hand placement as a way to fight off a guard or not
    tipping off what you're doing by the way you line up in your stance.




    "When he learns something, he has it down pat," Tuck said. "He takes
    everything to heart … it's almost as impressive as his physical skills."

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl


    FOX SPORTS


    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

    UMENYIORA AGREES TO RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT - VIDEO


    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

    JETS' WIDE RECEIVER SANTONIO HOMES NOT HAPPY ABOUT TOO MANY PRACTICE REPS

    SAINTS TO MAKE NEW OFFER TO BREES

    THE JETS HAVE CALIFORNIA ON THEIR MINDS

    HEAD INJURY LAWSUITS AGAINST NFL CONSOLIDATED

    REX RYAN SAYS JETS ARE "OTA CHAMPS"

    NFL IS LOOKNIG AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS' FILM IN WAKE OF DUSTUP
    “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: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.

    Thanks Roanoke!

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      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.

      As always thanks RF.

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        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.

        [quote user="Captain Chaos"]Thanks Roanoke![/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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          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.

          [quote user="nygsb42champs"]As always thanks RF.[/quote]

          [Y]
          “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: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.



            many thanks Roanoke!




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              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.

              [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

              many thanks Roanoke!




              [/quote]

              [Y]
              “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: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.

                thanks rf

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                  Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012 - 11:35 A.M.

                  Gr***ie rf gr***ie

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