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  • NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 3:31 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    THE DATA WILL UPDATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND SHOW THE UPDATE TIME IN THE HEADER.

    NFC EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
    NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

    PLAYOFFS 3 - 0: ON TO INDIANAPOLIS!


    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS AND PATRIOTS DON'T PRACTICE, BUT RELEASE INJURY REPORTS

    "The Giants and Patriots enjoyed a rare Wednesday off today, but the teams
    still released projected injury reports for those interested.


    In the case of the Giants, if they were to have practiced today WR Hakeem
    Nicks (shoulder), S Tyler Sash (concussion) and Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) would have
    been held out. DE Osi Umenyiora would have been limited.




    Nicks was driven onto his right shoulder on a tackle against the 49ers, but
    was back on the field a few plays later. Sash didn't return after suffering his
    concussion Sunday, but Tom Coughlin told reporters on Monday that he was feeling
    better on the flight back to Newark after the game. Bradshaw has only practiced
    once a week since returning from a fractured foot injury in the first week of
    December.




    Umenyiora has been limited in practice since returning at the end of the
    regular season.




    For the Patriots, only one player -- and a prominent one -- would've been
    held out if they were to have practiced today: TE Rob Gronkowski. The
    second-year tight end, who has 20 touchdowns this season including the
    postseason, suffered an ankle injury against Baltimore on Sunday and his status
    for the Super Bowl is up in the air.




    A whopping 12 Patriots would have been limited today.




    They are:




    WR Wes Welker (knee)
    WR Deion Branch (knee)
    S Patrick Chung
    (knee)
    LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
    G Logan Mankins (knee)
    LB Brandon Spikes
    (knee)
    T Marcus Cannon (ankle)
    LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
    S James
    Ihedigbo (shoulder)
    DL Kyle Love (ankle)
    T Sebastian Vollmer
    (back/foot)
    LB Tracy White (abdomen)




    Both teams will practice tomorrow."



    ##

    GIANTS-PATRIOTS HOT TOPIC: HOW TO STOP ROB GRONKOWSKI

    "The Giants have had trouble defending opposing teams' tight ends this season,
    including last week against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Vernon Davis
    had three catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants, despite
    their best efforts to jam him at the line of scrimmage. Now, Big Blue faces arguably
    the best tight end in football, Rob Gronkowski.



    Gronkowski caught 90 passes for a tight-end-record 1,327 yards and 17
    touchdowns in the regular season, and he hasn't slowed down in the playoffs. In
    the Pats' two wins, he has a combined 15 catches for 232 yards and three
    TDs.




    NJ.com users have had countless discussions about defending tight ends this
    season, and containing Gronkowski -- and even the Pats' other tight end, Aaron
    Hernandez -- will be a big defensive focal point. In the Giants'
    Week 9 win over the Patriots
    , Gronkowski had eight catches for 101 yards and
    a touchdown. Hernandez also caught a touchdown, one of his four receptions for
    35 yards.

    POLITI: GIANTS' PUNTER, STEVE WEATHERFORD, DOESN'T KEEP CALM EVEN I N MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS

    "So how did the holder approach his kicker before the field goal that sent the
    Giants to the Super Bowl?


    Did he keep his distance, like a catcher does when his pitcher is throwing a
    no-hitter? Did he offer a few pointers and then back away, like a caddie does
    when his golfer is lining up the winning putt?




    Not exactly. Steve Weatherford walked up to Lawrence Tynes at the biggest
    moment of this season and pointed to the spot on the muddy Candlestick Park
    field where he was about to place the football.




    “LAWRENCE,” he yelled, “THIS IS A $&#@!* SUPER BOWL SPOT RIGHT
    HERE!!”




    He then ran to the sidelines and told head coach Tom Coughlin the same thing.
    Then he returned to Tynes and, in a voice that suggests he misread the label on
    those five-hour energy drinks and thought he had to gulp five an hour, announced
    his intentions.




    “LET’S $&#@!* MAKE THIS KICK,” he yelled. “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER
    BOWL!!!”




    That’s Weatherford, the hyperkinetic, muscle-bound, tattoo-covered punter for
    the Giants. On the field-goal team, he is the yin to Tynes’ yang, an odd couple
    that works for the Giants.




    Weatherford likes stylish clothes. Tynes looks like he walked out of a Eddie
    Bauer catalog. Weatherford couldn’t sit still in school. Tynes, always studious,
    wants to be a NFL general manager some day.




    As Weatherford explains it: “A lot of kickers and punters hurt themselves
    because they think too much. Well, I don’t think at all, so …”




    You would think, when one kick could fulfill or dash the dreams of 53
    teammates and a few million fans, that the last person Tynes would want looking
    up from one knee would be this one-man mosh pit of a punter.




    But something about the crazy guy actually calms him down. Tynes still can’t
    believe the Giants had a chance to sign Weatherford this offseason and that Jets
    special-teams coach Mike Westhoff told the world he was “disappointed in some of
    the poor performances” from his punter in 2011.




    Tynes, the future GM, was not impressed.




    “That was the worst statement of the year, by any coach in the league, this
    year,” he said. “How could you say that? He just broke an NFL record for your
    team (for 42 downed punts inside the 20-yard line) and you threw him under the
    bus?”




    He’s glad Weatherford’s here. Weatherford hasn’t just solved the Giants’
    punting issues — he drilled a 50-yarder with two minutes left in the fourth
    quarter that was one of the important, if not overlooked, plays in Sunday’s win
    — but he’s become a reliable teammate for Tynes, too.




    The holder and kicker might be the most co-dependent jobs on a football team,
    acting like moving parts on the same person. If one fails, both fail.




    Weatherford and Tynes were walking off the field before the game in San
    Francisco when Billy Cundiff, the Pro Bowl kicker for the Ravens, was lining up
    a 32-yard kick that would have sent their AFC Championship Game against the
    Patriots into overtime. They stopped and watched, curious, like the rest of the
    world, to see Cundiff jerk it left.




    “Listen, I know to play this position, anything can happen,” Tynes said when
    asked about his counterpart in the kicking fraternity. “You try to focus the
    positives out of it. But sure, your heart goes out to guys.”




    Then he referenced the most famous field-goal miss in NFL history, the one
    that delivered the Giants their second Super Bowl championship.




    “Scott Norwood, nobody realizes, it was 47 yards on grass and he had never
    kicked one on grass that far in his career,” Tynes said. “That’s a long kick.
    When you play this position, we’re the only guys who know what it feels
    like.”




    But that’s the thing: Tynes doesn’t know what it feels like, at least not in
    a game of that magnitude. He is 2-for-2 in overtime in NFC Championship games,
    something that sets him alone in league history.




    Cundiff missed from 32 yards. Tynes, after a delay-of-game penalty, had a
    31-yard attempt. The snap from Zak DeOssie was low, but Weatherford — his black
    wedding band visible to 58 million people — quickly moved it into position.
    Tynes made it look easy, when anyone who follows football knows it is anything
    but.




    What happened next made Weatherford a self-described You Tube sensation. He
    took off running toward the CBS cameras, and you didn’t have to be a very good
    lip reader to see what he was yelling.




    Weatherford called his mother in the locker room moments later, and before
    she even offered her congratulations, she asked her son what, exactly, he had
    said with the world watching.



    “That we’re going to Super Bowl F-f-f-f-forty-six!” he lied.




    He’ll be there in Indianapolis, just 40 minutes from his hometown of Terra
    Haute, Ind. If the game comes down to a final kick, he won’t have to deal with
    any tricky conditions inside the domed Lucas Oil Stadium.




    The only thing the holder and the kicker will have to deal with is the noise.
    But then again, after a season listening to Weatherford, at least Tynes thrives
    in the company of loud voices."

    GIANTS - PATRIOTS: SUPER BOWL FROM A TO Z

    Excerpt: "Well, the Giants are back in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise
    history, completing an improbable turnaround from just a month ago, when the
    team was 7-7 and appeared headed for another tumultuous offseason. There is
    still more than a week to go before kickoff for the big game, so it’s a good
    time for a Big Blue breakdown. Here’s everything you need to know about the
    Giants from A (Amukamara) to Z (Zeke Mowatt)


    A is for Ann Mara, the matriarch of the Giants
    family. And you’d
    better not pick against her team, because Wellington Mara’s widow will let you
    have it
    . (Just ask Terry Bradshaw.)




    B is for Bill Belichick, the head coach of the
    Patriots and mastermind extraordinaire of the NFL. The former defensive
    coordinator for Bill Parcells’ Giants dynasty is the owner of five Super Bowl
    rings.




    C is for Common Opponents, of which the Giants and
    Pats had six this year, thanks to the NFL’s matchup calendar. Both teams played
    the Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins. New England went 8-1,
    the Giants 6-3 against those teams.




    D is for Deerfield Beach, Fla., hometown of
    defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ breakout star this season. The
    former South Florida Bull had 16½ sacks in the regular season and a half-sack in
    the playoffs.




    E is for Ewing’s sarcoma, the rare form of bone
    cancer Giants rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with in May of 2009,
    before his senior year at Boston College. Four months later, he was
    cancer-free.




    F is for Florham Park, currently the NFL capital of
    crow eating, as Jets head coach Rex Ryan will have to watch the two teams he
    loves to chide play for a title.



    G is for Gronkowski, someone the Giants will be paying
    close attention to. Rob Gronkowski redefined the tight end position, becoming
    one of QB Tom Brady’s favorite targets. He caught 90 balls for 1,327 yards and
    17 TDs this season.




    H is for Hot Seat. You know, that thing Tom
    Coughlin was supposed to be on about a month ago.




    I is for Indianapolis, site of Super Bowl XLVI and
    backyard of Peyton Manning, who will have to watch his younger bro go up against
    his longtime nemesis on his home field. Ouch.




    J is for Jerry Reese, general manager of the Giants
    and the man most responsible for constructing this team. Consider that 11
    starters or backups on the two-deep roster have less than three years’
    experience.




    K is for Kraft, specifically Robert Kraft. The
    Patriots owner has watched this season with a heavy heart after losing his wife,
    Myra, to cancer this past summer.

    L is for Lawrence Tynes, who had to beat out Josh
    Huston in training camp in 2007 for the kicker’s job. He has now kicked the
    Giants into two Super Bowls — both coming in overtime.



    M is for Manning, as in Eli Manning, who is one
    victory away from cementing his place on the Giants’ Mount Rushmore with a
    second Super Bowl title.




    N is for New England Patriots, who face the Giants
    in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. Lots of Patriots are still smarting from having
    the only blemish of an 18-1 season come in the title game.




    O is for Offensive Line, a unit that will be a
    primary focus in the big game. In the three postseason games, the Giants have
    allowed eight sacks and 24 hits on Eli Manning.




    P is for Pat Hanlon, Senior VP of Communications
    for the Giants, whose Twitter feed (@giantspathanlon) is a
    must-follow. He’s not afraid to mix it up via social media ... just ask Rex Ryan
    and the Jets.




    Q is for QBs drafted No. 1 overall with multiple Super
    Bowl titles
    . It’s a select club with only four members: Terry Bradshaw, Jim
    Plunkett, John Elway and Troy Aikman. Eli Manning has a chance to make it
    five.




    R is for Red Zone Scoring. New England is just
    about automatic inside the 20, averaging three scores a game this season — best
    in the league. The Giants were eighth, with 1.9 scores per game.



    S is for Sacks, which you’ll hear a lot about because
    it’s how the Giants beat Brady four years ago. The Giants were tied for third in
    that category this season with 48.




    T is for Tyree, as in Montclair native David
    Tyree. And no, we still have no idea how he made that catch in the desert in
    Super Bowl XLII.




    U is for Underdogs, and it’s a position the Giants
    are familiar with in Super Bowls. Big Blue has been the underdog four times
    (1990, 2000, 2007, 2011). Twice it didn’t matter because they won.




    V is for Victor Cruz, the pride of Paterson who has
    exploded on the scene this season. Amazing to think that the former Paterson
    Catholic standout went undrafted back in 2010. So far this year? He has 99
    receptions for 1,780 yards and nine TDs.




    W is for Winged Foot. Yes, the famed golf club is a
    Mara family haven. According to the GHIN handicap register, the best golfer of
    the clan is VP of Community Relations Frank Mara, who plays to a 1.2.




    X is for X-Rays, a dreaded word around East
    Rutherford this season. The Giants have 10 players on injured reserve.




    Y is for Youth, something the Giants have a bit of
    this year. Among the players on the 53-man roster, only 11 are older than 30.
    (Lawrence Tynes, 33, is oldest.) New England has 13 over 30, with 35-year-old RB
    Kevin Faulk the oldest.



    Z is for Zak DeOssie, Giants long snapper and son of
    former Giant Steve DeOssie, who won a title in Super Bowl XXV. Steve finished
    his career in New England and now occasionally is a local TV analyst for
    Patriots games."



    GIANTS SEE UPSIDE IN REMATCHES



    "There’s a running theme to the
    Giants
    ’ postseason lately, and it’s worked out to their advantage. It goes a
    little something like this:




    The last time we played (team), we didn’t have (player) and (player) and a
    fully healthy (player), yet we played them pretty well. So we feel good about
    playing (team) again with (players) in the lineup.




    Such was the mantra leading up to the victories over the Packers and 49ers,
    both of whom had beaten a banged-up group of Giants in closely contested
    regular-season games.




    Now, heading into Super Bowl XLVI in 11 days, they feel the same way about
    how they played the Patriots in Week 9 without Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw,
    David Baas and Henry Hynoski.




    And, oh yeah, they actually won that game on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Eli
    Manning to Jake Ballard with 15 seconds to play.




    “The biggest thing for us is it’s been a confidence boost knowing how we
    played against teams when we weren’t at full strength,” defensive end Justin
    Tuck said yesterday. “But we’re probably as healthy as we’ve been all year, so
    we feel very confident we can play with anybody.




    “I know the Patriots won 10 straight and are back in the Super Bowl again and
    that’s a very good football team. They’re kind of like us, they know how to win
    in these playoffs. But our confidence level is high and we feel good about where
    we are as a team.”




    The Giants’ meeting with the Patriots will be the 13th Super Bowl played
    between teams that met in the regular season. The regular-season winners in the
    previous 12 such matchups are 5-7 in the rematch and the teams that won the
    first meeting on the road (as the Giants did) are only 2-4.




    That’s the bad news for the Giants. The good news is postseason rematches
    have been very good for them under Tom Coughlin.




    In the first seven playoff games against teams they faced in the regular
    season under Coughlin, they’re 5-2, including three straight victories four
    seasons ago and two this year.




    The two losses were against the Eagles, whom they face twice a season every
    year. The five victories were against opponents they don’t see as regularly,
    including Super Bowl XLII, which they slowed down masterfully after losing a
    track meet against the Pats in Week 17.




    So perhaps this coaching staff and core of players do a good job of getting
    themselves ready for a rematch against somewhat unfamiliar opponents.




    “Obviously both (teams) have that same opportunity,” Manning said. “We’ll
    look hard at the first game, but knowing Coach (Bill) Belichick and their staff
    they’ll have a new game plan, they’ll have some new wrinkles in there.”




    That’s all well and good, but the question is whether the Giants under
    Coughlin have taken advantage of that opportunity more than their opponents.




    From a game-plan standpoint, it’s looked that way, as they controlled much of
    the games against the Cowboys, Packers and Patriots in ’08 and the Packers and
    49ers this year. In those five games, they’ve scored on their opening drive
    three times and have led for 116:26 while trailing for only 88:07. The only game
    in which they trailed for an extended period of time was Super Bowl XLII, but
    the fact they stayed within 4 points of the Pats for two scoreless quarters was
    a huge advantage for them.




    Part of such game planning is relying on what worked in the first meeting;
    the other half is figuring out in advance how the opponents will attempt to fix
    such issues.




    “I think you have to. You have to anticipate what they might do,” Manning
    said. “That’s the good thing about having six practice days to get ready (for
    the Super Bowl). You can practice a whole lot of different looks and be prepared
    for anything.”




    The other quarterback in this matchup will certainly be prepared.




    Tuck said every time the Giants face Tom Brady they have to “go back to the
    drawing board,” and that by the end of the first quarter Brady has a sense for
    what the defense is trying to do to him. Tuck recommended the Giants come up
    with “a few game plans” and throw something new at Brady each quarter.




    With a dash of something old in there, for sure.




    “We’ve done a good job of seeing how teams have hurt us in the first games or
    seeing how we had success and kind of duplicating that,” Tuck said. “Obviously
    we hope next week we can do the same. But it’s going to be a totally different
    game than what it was when we played up there. Both teams are playing
    better.




    “I think it’s going to be one of those epic Super Bowls and it might come
    down to the team that has the ball last.”




    TWICE IS A CHALLENGE




    In 12 previous Super Bowls that have were rematches from the regular
    season, the teams winning the first matchup are 5-7. Plus, the teams who beat
    the opponent on the road in the regular season are 2-4 in the Super Bowl. A
    possibly good omen for the Giants is they’re 3-0 against teams they had already
    played in their Super Bowl years. The complete list of Super rematches:




    SUPER BOWL, WINNING TEAM, SCORE, LOSING TEAM, REG. SEASON
    WINNER

    XII: Cowboys, 27-10, Broncos, @Cowboys
    14-6
    XV: Raiders, 27-10, Eagles, @Eagles 10-7
    XVI:
    49ers, 26-21, Bengals, 49ers 21-3
    XVIII: Raiders, 38-9, Redskins,
    @Redskins 37-35
    XX: Bears, 46-10, Patriots, @Bears
    20-7
    XXI: GIANTS, 39-20, Broncos, @Giants 19-16
    XXV:
    GIANTS, 20-19, Bills, Bills 17-13
    XXVIII: Cowboys, 30-13, Bills,
    Bills 13-10
    XXIX: 49ers, 49-26, Chargers, 49ers
    38-15
    XXXIV: Rams, 23-16, Titans, @Titans 24-21
    XXXVI:
    Patriots, 20-17, Rams, Rams 24-17
    XLII: GIANTS, 17-14, Patriots,
    Patriots 38-35
    — Mike Garafolo"



    PATRIOTS' COACH BILL BELICHICK FULL OF PRAISE FOR COUGHLIN AND GIANTS



    "Bill Belichick, like his quarterback and team owner, had little interest in
    revisiting Super Bowl XLII — specifically, the moment when David Tyree made his
    spectacular catch to spur the Giants
    comeback over the Patriots.




    “I think we’ve talked about all that a long time ago,” the Patriots coach
    said on a media conference call Tuesday. “Had a lot of comments on the record
    after the game and everything else. Go back and look at all of the things that
    happened then, or some other year.”




    But with less than two weeks until the teams meet again in Super Bowl XLVI,
    Belichick spoke more fondly of other ties with the Giants: the 12 years he spent
    there as an assistant coach, his friendship with coach Tom Coughlin and the
    familiarity and respect between the two franchises.




    Belichick pointed out that this will be the third time the two teams face
    each other this season, including the preseason matchup.




    “This is a team that we have some background with relative to most of the
    other NFC teams we’ve played through the years. We know how good they are,”
    Belichick said, praising the Giants’ coaches, ownership and front office.




    He added: “They’ve performed well under pressure in critical games. They’ve
    played some of their best football when they’ve had to and when it’s counted the
    most. That’s what you’ve got to do this time of year. ... We know this is the
    best team we’ve played. It’s going to take our best game. The way it should
    be.”




    Belichick won two Super Bowls with the Giants during his run with the team
    from 1979 to 1990, serving as special teams coach, a defensive assistant and
    eventually defensive coordinator. Coughlin was the Giants’ receivers coach from
    1988-90, and Belichick said of all the fellow coaches he has worked with, their
    relationship was “as good as any.”




    “I have a lot of respect for Tom,” Belichick said. “He’s definitely stood the
    test of time in a couple organizations. ... He’s tough, he’s very disciplined,
    got a lot of experience, an intense coach, and I think that’s reflected in the
    way his teams play.”




    Belichick said he and Coughlin share a mutual respect, speaking about common
    problems and sharing things with each other — particularly since their teams are
    in different conferences.




    While Belichick will be looking to dash the Giants’ title hopes in
    Indianapolis, he will always hold respect and fondness for the organization.




    “Those were 12 great years of my life,” he said. “I loved every one of them
    with the Giants. The people I worked with, where I lived, our community. Two of
    my kids were born there. So, there’s a lot of fond memories
    there.”

    Gronkowski’s status
    : Belichick said only “we’ll
    see how it goes” with TE Rob Gronkowski’s ankle injury when he returns to
    practice tomorrow. Gronkowski, who was injured during the AFC Championship Game
    but returned, wore a walking boot Monday. The Boston Herald reported that he has
    some ligament damage and may not be 100 percent for the Super Bowl.




    Pollard’s poke: After falling to New England in the AFC
    Championship Game, Ravens S Bernard Pollard said he hopes the Giants “put a
    thrashing on” the Patriots. Pollard, in an interview with KILT radio station in
    Houston, also said he does not believe New England’s “dinking and dunking”
    offense will be able to beat the Giants defense.




    Eye on Ihedigbo: Belichick praised safety James Ihedigbo,
    the ex-Jet who signed with the Patriots in free agency this year, as smart,
    diligent and a leader."

    GIANTS MADE SURE KYLE WILLIAMS WAS RATTLED IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, TARGETED OR NOT

    "It was obvious from the outset that 49ers wide receiver and returner Kyle
    Williams, for one reason or another, was rattled Sunday in the NFC Championship
    Game.


    There was the mishandled pitch from running back Kendall Hunter on a wide
    receiver end-around in the first quarter that he was able to recover. Then there
    was the awkward diving catch of a punt that could’ve been disastrous. And, of
    course, there were the major gaffes that ultimately cost the 49ers a trip to the
    Super Bowl: the muffed punt that glanced off his knee and his fumble on a punt
    return.




    The turnovers led to the Giants
    final 10 points and have solicited unwanted negative attention, including death
    threats on Twitter.




    Maybe it was the rainy and windy conditions at Candlestick Park. Perhaps it
    was his discomfort as a returner, called on to replace starter Ted Ginn Jr., who
    was out due to a knee injury.




    Or maybe it was something else entirely. After their win, a couple of Giants
    said they had a strategy to get Williams out of his game: Hit him hard enough to
    literally get him out of the game.




    “He’s had a lot of concussions. We were just like, ‘We gotta put a hit on
    that guy,’?” said Devin Thomas, who recovered both Williams’ muffed punt and
    fumble. “(Tyler) Sash did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of
    dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it
    up.”




    “We knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take
    him outta the game,“ said Jacquian Williams, who forced the fumble in overtime.




    Tuesday, defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker Michael Boley both said
    Williams’ concussion history was not discussed during the week and denied the
    team targeted him because of it.




    “It’s not like we wasn’t trying to hit him,” Tuck said. “We was definitely
    trying to get a lot of hats on him because he might not have been as comfortable
    back there as a Ted Ginn, who’s been back there all year. As far as trying to
    knock him out of a football game, no.”




    At a time when the public perception of the brutal sport has shifted —
    leading to the NFL penalizing players for helmet-to-helmet hits in an effort to
    limit such injuries, and overhauling its concussion test protocol for when they
    do occur — the postgame comments are certainly not what the league wanted to
    hear.




    But the NFL didn’t see anything wrong on Sunday to warrant any
    discipline.




    “Players are held accountable for their actions on the field,” NFL spokesman
    Greg Aiello told The Star-Ledger in an e-mail. “There were no illegal hits to
    the head or neck area against Kyle Williams on Sunday. There was no conduct by
    the Giants of any kind that would suggest an effort to injure Kyle Williams in
    any way.”




    And knowing how serious such injuries can be, the Giants — or at least Boley
    and Tuck — maintained that they weren’t going after Williams with the intent to
    concuss him.




    “In our meeting we didn’t talk about it,” Boley said. “Concussions is a big
    deal. That’s something that you don’t teach, we don’t talk about it. Obviously,
    we don’t want to hurt anybody. We’re a fraternity of brothers all across the
    league, so we don’t want to see anybody get hurt.”

    GIANTS' ELI MANNING, IN RESPONSE TO QUESTION ABOUT BEING "ELITE", FIRES BACK AT MEDIA FOR "MAKING UP STORIES."

    "Eli Manning showed up today for the first time since 2007.


    Well, what I mean is the Giants' quarterback broke from his formula of giving
    vanilla answers to finally take a shot back at us in the media who took
    his saying he was elite like Tom Brady
    this summer and blowing it up into a
    huge story.




    Just like he did four seasons ago when he fired
    back at Tiki Barber for saying his attempts at leadership were “comical,”

    Manning stunned reporters with his jab today when asked if he regretted the
    comment.




    “No I don’t have any regrets. I thought I gave an honest answer,” Manning
    said. “I didn’t regret it at the time or think anything of it at the time.
    Obviously, it’s been made into a big deal but I can’t always control that. I’m
    worried about getting ready to play, play this game, go out there play my best
    football and get the team to play our best football.




    “That’s my job. My job is to play the game. It’s your job to talk and make up
    stories.”




    Boom!




    To be fair, many of us were dragged into this storyline against our will. And
    again, to be fair to Manning, he was backed into a corner with the original
    question.




    But again, to be fair to a great quote from a guy who sprinkles them
    sparingly: Boom!




    * * * *




    One other great moment from his presser was when he was asked about Ann
    Mara’s giving Terry Bradshaw the business
    because he never picks the
    Giants.




    “I heard about it and kind if saw it on the news and read about it a little
    bit. You had to laugh,” Manning said. “Mrs. Mara, you see her and you think,
    ‘Sweet Mrs. Mara,’ but she obviously is very passionate about Giants football
    and passionate about this team, is involved and knows the players.




    “I like her attitude. I like the way she spoke her mind about something she
    cared deeply about.”




    * * * *




    Hang in there for more football-oriented stuff. Coming at you in droves
    today."

    PATRIOTS' BILL BELICHICK POINTS OUT GREAT FAMILIARITY, TIES WITH GIANTS

    "Bill Belichick, like
    his quarterback and team owner
    , had little interest in revisiting Super Bowl
    XLII -- specifically his memories of the moment when David
    Tyree made his spectacular catch to spur the Giants' comeback
    over the
    Patriots.



    "I think we’ve talked about all that a long time ago," the Patriots coach
    said on a media conference call today. "Had a lot of comments on the record
    after the game and everything else. Go back and look at all of the things that
    happened then, or some other year."




    But Belichick spoke more fondly of other ties with the Giants: the 12 years
    he spent there as an assistant coach, his "good friendship" with coach Tom
    Coughlin and the familiarity and respect between the two franchises.




    Belichick pointed out that this will be the third time the two teams face
    each other this season, including the preseason matchup.




    "This is a team that we have some background with relative to most of the
    other NFC teams we've played through the years. We know how good they are,"
    Belichick said, praising their coaches, ownership and front office.




    He added: "They’ve performed well under pressure in critical games. They’ve
    played some of their best football when they’ve had to and when it's counted the
    most. That’s what you’ve got to do this time of year. ... We know this is the
    best team we’ve played. It’s going to take our best game. The way it should
    be."




    Belichick won two Super Bowls with the Giants during his run with the team
    from 1979-1990, serving as special teams coach, a defensive assistant and
    eventually defensive coordinator. Coughlin was the Giants' receivers coach from
    1988-90, and Belichick said of all the fellow coaches he has worked with, their
    relationship was "as good as any."




    "I have a lot of respect for Tom," Belichick said. "He’s definitely stood the
    test of time in a couple organizations. ... He's tough, he's very disciplined,
    got a lot of experience, an intense coach, and I think that’s reflected in the
    way his teams play."




    Belichick said he and Coughlin share a mutual respect, speaking about common
    problems and sharing things with each other -- particularly since their teams
    are in different conferences.




    While Belichick will be looking to dash the Giants' title hopes in two weeks,
    he will always hold respect and fondness for the organization.




    "Those were 12 great years of my life," he said. "I loved every one of them
    with the Giants. The people I worked with, where I lived, our community, my kids
    were born there. There's a lot of fond memories there."




    * * *




    Belichick did not give much of an update on TE Rob Gronkowski, who injured
    his left ankle in the AFC Championship Game. Gronkowski was wearing a walking
    boot Monday.




    Belichick said "we'll see how it goes," noting that the team has not yet
    practiced since the game. He added, "it's hard to gauge injuries" based on how
    they look in the game.




    * * *




    Belichick praised safety James Ihedigbo, the ex-Jet who signed with the
    Patriots in free agency this year. Mainly a special teams and situational player
    with the Jets, Ihedigbo has stepped into a starting role in New England.
    Belichick called him a leader who has quick recognition in the secondary.




    "He's a hard worker, a really diligent guy," Belichick continued. "He's had a
    lot of value in a number of different areas for us."

    GIANTS' HOT TOPIC: IS GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN A HALL OF FAME COACH?

    "The Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo wrote a story today about Tom
    Coughlin enjoying the game more than ever
    as the Giants head to the Super
    Bowl.



    This is Coughlin's 16th season as a coach - eight with the Giants, eight with
    the Jacksonville Jaguars - and the accolades are piling up. So many, in fact,
    that the 65-year-old coach is entering Hall-of-Fame discussion.




    Consider this:




    • 142-114 regular-season record (.555 winning percentage)
    • 11-7 playoff
    record
    • 7 division titles
    • 2 NFC Championship titles
    • 1 Super Bowl
    title
    • Guided Jacksonville to AFC Championship Game in franchise's second
    year
    • Only coach to twice win all three playoff levels
    (wild-card, divisional and conference championship) and reach Super Bowl




    So is Coughlin a Hall-of-Famer? Does he have to win Super Bowl XLVI to be
    one? There are 21
    coaches currently in the Hall-of-Fame
    , with Bill Parcells a 2012 finalist.




    Drop down to the comments
    section
    to join the discussion on whether Coughlin is a Hall-of-Famer. And,
    don't worry, Giants fans, we're saving that "Best coach in Giants history"
    question for after the Super Bowl."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    LUPICA: BIG BLUE SHOULDN'T BE SUPER DOGS

    "The New England Patriots got on a roll when they came into MetLife Stadium
    halfway through the season, when they were 5-3 and had just lost to the Giants
    and Steelers. The Jets were supposed to get them, too, in that big Sunday night
    game, take control of the AFC East. Didn’t happen. And you know what has
    happened since? The Patriots haven’t lost a game, that’s what.



    The Patriots have won 10 in a row and nobody cares that they didn’t beat a
    team that ended the season with a winning record until they beat the Baltimore
    Ravens last Sunday (the Denver Tebows ended up 9-9, playoffs included). Tom
    Brady
    is looking to win his fourth Super Bowl, be called the best
    quarterback of all time. Bill Belichick is
    looking to win his fourth Super Bowl as a head coach, maybe be called the best
    coach of all time.




    The Patriots are a tremendous organization, even with Spygate on their rap
    sheet. They have a tremendous owner in Mr. Robert Kraft, have
    been to four Super Bowls in this century and won three of them. Underestimating
    them in a big game, even after what the Giants did to them four years ago in
    Glendale, Ariz., is nuts.




    Put all that down. But then ask yourself a question, off what you have seen
    from the Giants lately:




    How are the Giants underdogs in this game?




    Oh, they were big underdogs four years ago, you know it, when the Patriots
    were 18-0, big underdogs even though the Giants had played that life-and-death
    game with them a month earlier in Jersey. And you still remember all the
    storylines from that one: The Giants couldn’t stop Brady, couldn’t stop Randy
    Moss
    , couldn’t give Belichick two weeks to prepare, because, well, because
    he was Belichick. Three Super Bowls as a head coach, two with the Giants as
    Parcells’ defensive coordinator, Darth Vader of
    defense.




    Then you saw what happened in the Super Bowl, everybody did, the Giants ran
    through the Patriots offensive line, banged Brady around the whole day, only
    gave him two touchdowns, beat him in the end, won one of the unforgettable
    championship games ever played in the NFL.




    Now the Giants are back, with the same kind of defense, the same kind of
    pressure they got four years ago, just with Jason Pierre-Paul
    doing his best to play the part of Michael Strahan.
    They have a better Eli Manning than they
    had four years ago, have enough players who remember how to get on a roll in
    January and win it all in February. And are on this roll.




    If they weren’t afraid of the Patriots last time, they sure won’t be afraid
    this time.



    Here was Justin Tuck, who played
    the game of his life against the Patriots in that Super Bowl in Arizona,
    standing on the field at Candlestick Park late Sunday night, saying, “To be the
    best you have to beat the best.”




    That means the Patriots, again. Only the Patriots aren’t as good as they were
    four years ago, either side of the ball, even with the amazing numbers Brady had
    this year, especially to those tight ends of his. The Giants — the Giants of
    now, not the Giants who lost five of six in the second half of the season — look
    better. They do.




    The Giants have beaten the defending Super Bowl champions, the 15-1 defending
    Super Bowl champions, at Lambeau Field. Then they took all those body shots from
    the 49ers Sunday night, Eli especially, still beat the 49ers in overtime.




    Their best right now looks better than the Patriots’ best. Doesn’t mean they
    win the game, doesn’t mean they do to the Patriots in the Super Bowl what they
    did to them in Foxborough during the regular season.




    It is just that right now, to me, the Giants’ five-game winning streak looks
    a lot more meaningful than the Patriots’ 10-game winning streak. Maybe by next
    week, when the money starts to come in on this game, the point spread will flip,
    the Giants will end up being favored. Just not right now.




    And by the way? Sometimes the point spread matters not at all in the Super
    Bowl, and not just because of what happened the last time it was the Giants
    against the Patriots. It didn’t with Joe Namath, all the way
    back. It didn’t the day Brady first became Brady, taking his team down the field
    in New Orleans when the Patriots were big underdogs to Kurt Warner and the
    Rams, setting up Adam Vinatieri’s
    first-game winning field goal in a Super Bowl.




    The Panthers weren’t supposed to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, nearly
    did, before Vinatieri kicked another one. The Cardinals weren’t supposed to beat
    the Steelers, and then Ben Roethisberger
    had to throw that ball to Santonio Holmes at
    Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.




    You know all the upset history, know that the betting line is just that, a
    line that tries to hook people and get them to bet. There is no disrespect meant
    to the Patriots, now or ever. Are you kidding? Nobody will be surprised if they
    get big revenge on the Giants in Indy. Brady and Belichick and Bob Kraft and
    three Lombardi Trophies already and all those winning seasons, and those 10 wins
    in a row right now.




    The Patriots still ought to be the dogs in this one. Maybe they’d like it
    better that way. Or maybe the Giants, those dogs, are the ones who like things
    exactly the way they are, the underdog thing working as well for them right now
    as it did four years ago."

    GIANTS' PUNTER HAS NO LOVE FOR JETS SPECIAL TEAMS COACH WESTHOFF, SAYS HE'S GLAD SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE IS IN BLUE

    "One of the lasting images from the Giants’ overtime victory Sunday in the NFC
    Championship Game, as captured by Fox’s cameras, will be punter Steve
    Weatherford
    ’s profanity-laden celebration after getting down the hold on Lawrence Tynes
    game-winning field goal against the 49ers.



    But you didn’t have to be a lip reader to interpret Weatherford’s remarks
    Tuesday about longtime Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff as he
    began preparing for the first Super Bowl trip of his career.




    “I’m glad it’s with this franchise and I’m glad it’s now,” said Weatherford,
    whose season ended in the AFC Championship Game the previous two seasons with
    the Jets. “This is definitely my best season, for sure. I think I’m playing well
    at the right time. I think I’ve had a strong season. ... A lot of it has to do
    with playing for (special teams coach) Tom Quinn and being
    comfortable and confident and strong.




    “Playing for the Jets, and playing for that positional coach, was draining,
    it was difficult and it was physically taxing.”




    Weatherford posted an average of 45.7 yards per punt this season — the
    highest average of his six-year career. He represented an unmistakable upgrade
    over Big Blue’s erratic punter from one year ago, Matt Dodge.




    Soon after Weatherford signed a one-year deal with the Giants after the
    lockout ended, however, Westhoff was quoted as saying he’d been “very
    disappointed” in the punter’s performance last season with the Jets. They ranked
    23rd in the league with an average punt of 42.6 yards in 2010, but Weatherford
    tied an NFL record for most punts inside the 20 with 42.




    “Wherever we are, I’m trying to get better, so that’s why we made the move,”
    Westhoff said in September about the decision to replace Weatherford with T.J.
    Conley
    . “Our guy did a great job snapping, I think we had the best
    protection in the NFL, but there were times when (Weatherford) just didn’t do
    the job.”




    Weatherford, who hopes to return to the Giants next season, hasn’t spoken to
    Westhoff since leaving the Jets.




    “I feel terrible what they’re going through right now,” Weatherford said.
    “Coach (Rex) Ryan was great to me. Mike Tannenbaum was
    great to me. Woody (Johnson) was great to me. But I’m a Giant now, and believe
    me, I’m very thankful for that.”




    Tynes praised and defended his holder on Tuesday, calling Westhoff’s comments
    “the worst statement of the year by any coach.”




    Tynes added that Weatherford was “fired up” even before Sunday’s game-winning
    kick, saying the holder wasn’t the least bit fazed by the delay-of-game penalty
    called against the Giants on the previous play.




    “He just kept saying, ‘This is the (bleeping) Super Bowl spot, right here.
    We’re making this thing!’ ” Tynes said. “And his reaction (afterward) was
    priceless.”




    Weatherford, whose hometown of Terre Haute, Ind., is about 40 minutes from
    Super Bowl site in Indianapolis, later tried to convince his mother that the
    F-word he clearly was caught mouthing immediately after the win wasn’t what
    viewers thought it was.




    “I said, ‘Mom, all I said was we’re going to the fffffffffffforty-sixth Super
    Bowl.’ ” Weatherford joked. “I don’t know if she really believed me.”




    According to Weatherford, he and Tynes were on the field warming up Sunday
    when Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff
    yanked his potential game-tying field goal wide left to send the Patriots to the
    Super Bowl.




    “I felt terrible for him. It was obviously the opposite of what happened to
    us,” Weatherford said.




    “I’ve never thought about it (happening to me), but we’ve all seen it and it
    can happen to any of us,” Tynes said. “I’m ready to deal with it either way. But
    your heart goes out to guys like (Cundiff). When you play this position, we’re
    the only ones who know what that feels like.”





    One of the lasting images from the Giants’ overtime victory Sunday in the NFC
    Championship Game, as captured by Fox’s cameras, will be punter Steve
    Weatherford
    ’s profanity-laden celebration after getting down the hold on Lawrence Tynes
    game-winning field goal against the 49ers.




    But you didn’t have to be a lip reader to interpret Weatherford’s remarks
    Tuesday about longtime Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff as he
    began preparing for the first Super Bowl trip of his career.




    “I’m glad it’s with this franchise and I’m glad it’s now,” said Weatherford,
    whose season ended in the AFC Championship Game the previous two seasons with
    the Jets. “This is definitely my best season, for sure. I think I’m playing well
    at the right time. I think I’ve had a strong season. ... A lot of it has to do
    with playing for (special teams coach) Tom Quinn and being
    comfortable and confident and strong.




    “Playing for the Jets, and playing for that positional coach, was draining,
    it was difficult and it was physically taxing.”




    Weatherford posted an average of 45.7 yards per punt this season — the
    highest average of his six-year career. He represented an unmistakable upgrade
    over Big Blue’s erratic punter from one year ago, Matt Dodge.




    Soon after Weatherford signed a one-year deal with the Giants after the
    lockout ended, however, Westhoff was quoted as saying he’d been “very
    disappointed” in the punter’s performance last season with the Jets. They ranked
    23rd in the league with an average punt of 42.6 yards in 2010, but Weatherford
    tied an NFL record for most punts inside the 20 with 42.




    “Wherever we are, I’m trying to get better, so that’s why we made the move,”
    Westhoff said in September about the decision to replace Weatherford with T.J.
    Conley
    . “Our guy did a great job snapping, I think we had the best
    protection in the NFL, but there were times when (Weatherford) just didn’t do
    the job.”




    Weatherford, who hopes to return to the Giants next season, hasn’t spoken to
    Westhoff since leaving the Jets.




    “I feel terrible what they’re going through right now,” Weatherford said.
    “Coach (Rex) Ryan was great to me. Mike Tannenbaum was
    great to me. Woody (Johnson) was great to me. But I’m a Giant now, and believe
    me, I’m very thankful for that.”




    Tynes praised and defended his holder on Tuesday, calling Westhoff’s comments
    “the worst statement of the year by any coach.”




    Tynes added that Weatherford was “fired up” even before Sunday’s game-winning
    kick, saying the holder wasn’t the least bit fazed by the delay-of-game penalty
    called against the Giants on the previous play.




    “He just kept saying, ‘This is the (bleeping) Super Bowl spot, right here.
    We’re making this thing!’ ” Tynes said. “And his reaction (afterward) was
    priceless.”




    Weatherford, whose hometown of Terre Haute, Ind., is about 40 minutes from
    Super Bowl site in Indianapolis, later tried to convince his mother that the
    F-word he clearly was caught mouthing immediately after the win wasn’t what
    viewers thought it was.




    “I said, ‘Mom, all I said was we’re going to the fffffffffffforty-sixth Super
    Bowl.’ ” Weatherford joked. “I don’t know if she really believed me.”




    According to Weatherford, he and Tynes were on the field warming up Sunday
    when Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff
    yanked his potential game-tying field goal wide left to send the Patriots to the
    Super Bowl.




    “I felt terrible for him. It was obviously the opposite of what happened to
    us,” Weatherford said.




    “I’ve never thought about it (happening to me), but we’ve all seen it and it
    can happen to any of us,” Tynes said. “I’m ready to deal with it either way. But
    your heart goes out to guys like (Cundiff). When you play this position, we’re
    the only ones who know what that feels like.”

    GIANTS DENY TRYING TO HURT 49ERS KYLE WILLIAMS

    "The Giants knew that 49ers receiver Kyle Williams had a
    history of concussions and they wanted to make him uncomfortable and nervous on
    Sunday night. But that doesn’t mean they were trying to hurt him or knock him
    out of the game.



    That’s what several players said on Tuesday, two days after the Giants beat
    the 49ers, 20-17, in the NFC Championship Game, largely because of Williams’ two
    mistakes on punt returns. After the game, Giants receiver Devin
    Thomas
    , who recovered both punts, was quoted as saying, “He’s had a lot of
    concussions. We were just like ‘We’ve got to put a hit on that guy.’”




    Even more damning, Giants linebacker Jacquian
    Williams
    , who caused the overtime fumble, was quoted as saying, “We knew he
    had four concussions, so our biggest thing was to take him out of the game.”




    Neither Thomas nor Williams was available to the media on Tuesday, but their
    teammates insisted they weren’t trying to get Williams hurt.




    “I don’t think we’ve ever talked about knocking anybody out with concussions
    or anything like that,” said Justin Tuck. “But it’s
    not like we weren’t trying to hit him. We were definitely trying to get a lot of
    hats on him because he might not have been as comfortable back there as say a Ted
    Ginn
    who had been there all year. But as far as trying to knock him out of
    the football game? No.”




    “We didn’t talk about it,” added linebacker Michael
    Boley
    . “Concussions are a big deal. Obviously we don’t want to hurt anybody.
    We’re a fraternity of brothers all across the league. We don’t want to see
    anybody get hurt.”




    MRS. MARA ON A ROLLE
    Ann Mara is Antrel Rolle’s kind of
    lady.




    Rolle, like many of his teammates, got a good laugh at the video of the widow
    of Wellington Mara
    jabbing her finger at Fox’s Terry Bradshaw
    during the postgame celebration on Sunday night and scolding him for always
    picking against the Giants.




    “Hey, that’s what it’s about, man,” Rolle said. “When I say ‘All on deck’ I
    don’t mean just the men in the locker room.”




    Added Eli Manning: “You see
    her and you think ‘Sweet, Mrs. Mara.’ But she obviously is very passionate about
    Giants football and very passionate about this Giants team. I like her attitude
    and I like the way she spoke her mind about something she cares deeply
    about.”

    CARDINAL SIN
    Rolle was with the Cardinals in
    Super Bowl XLIII when they lost on a final-minute touchdown to the Pittsburgh
    Steelers and he said “I can tell you right now there are not too many more
    things that can feel worse than that.”




    That’s not an experience he’ll be sharing with his teammates this week,
    though.




    “No, I won’t,” he said. “I never speak of any type of losing
    situations.”

    SUPER SAD
    Lawrence Tynes is
    thrilled to be headed to his second Super Bowl, but he’s again sad that his
    brother, Mark, isn’t free to join him. Mark is still in a federal prison in
    Arkansas serving a 27-year sentence for drug trafficking.




    “I miss my brother. I really do,” Tynes said. “I wish I could share all this
    with him. He’s not here, but he’ll be able to watch. He’ll see the game. I think
    about him when I play, especially when I hit a game-winner, and to share it with
    my wife (Amanda) on the field, that was cool. He’s going to get out, but I’ll
    probably be a GM by then.”



    ELI MANNING TELLS GIANTS' TEAMMATES THAT IT'S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AGAINST PATRIOTS IN SUPER BOWL XLVI

    "When Eli Manning talks, the
    Giants listen because he doesn’t usually say a lot. So they were all listening
    closely earlier on Tuesday when the quiet quarterback addressed the team and
    delivered this message:



    It’s time to take care of business.




    “That’s basically what the message was about: Were’ going out there to take
    care of business,” said safety Antrel Rolle.
    “Everything else is for the spectators. Everything else is for your family and
    for your friends. We’re going out there to handle business.




    “It was a broad message that needed to be said. And it was a message that was
    heard loud and clear by everyone. Basically this is about business. Let’s go
    take care of it. Let’s go get it done, at whatever it costs.”




    That’s what the Giants began doing on Tuesday when the NFC champions arrived
    at the Meadowlands for team meetings and film study. They will be off on
    Wednesday before returning for three days of practice on Thursday, Friday and
    Saturday. On Monday they depart for Indianapolis, site of Super Bowl XLVI.




    Manning’s point to them was that Super Bowl week can be a zoo, as he and a
    few of his current teammates learned four years ago. That makes this a huge week
    for the Giants. It’s where they’ll get in most of their study and preparation in
    for the New England Patriots. Then they’ll be ready to go as soon as their
    charter flight touches down.




    “I was just telling them just a little bit how to prepare for this,” Manning
    said. “Just handling all your business with tickets, getting that stuff done.
    Just a few things on just the mindset of this week. We’ve got to have great
    preparation. Prepare this week like you’re playing the game this week, because
    once you get out to Indianapolis, you’ve got to take a bus ride to practice and
    the whole schedule gets thrown off.




    “We’ve got to have everything that we normally have to do during a normal
    work week, we’re going to try to get it done this week.”




    Manning said he expects the Giants will input about “95 percent” of the game
    plan this week before they leave for Indianapolis. “There might be a few
    additions (next) week,” he said. “The more film you look at you might change a
    few things. But really, from the standpoint of the coaches and players, our
    preparation will be done this week.




    “That’s a big help,” he added. “That’s the way you want to do it. Just so
    everybody knows the game plan and everybody has two weeks to look at it,
    understand it. Once you get out there everybody will feel good about what we’re
    doing.”

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

    NY POST

  • #2
    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.



    thanks Ro....




    Weatherford is a trip.....




    this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!




    Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks tot he fansto theteam and the owners...




    All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!




    another day closer!!!!!!

    "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
    You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch

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    • #3
      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.



      thanks Ro....




      Weatherford is a trip.....




      this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!




      Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks to the fansto theteam and the owners...




      All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!




      another day closer!!!!!!

      "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
      You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch

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      • #4
        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.



        thanks much Roanoke. much appreciated. [B]




        ALL IN!

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          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

          Thank you kind sir. ALL IN!!!!

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          • #6
            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

            [quote user="GameTime"]


            thanks Ro....




            Weatherford is a trip.....




            this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!




            Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks to the fansto theteam and the owners...




            All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!




            another day closer!!!!!!




            [/quote]




            +1. Weatherford is hilarious. Isn't he the one earlier this season on the way to the game in Philly who tweated, "This place is a dump. Lets get a win and get outta here"?

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              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

              [quote user="GameTime"]

              thanks Ro....




              Weatherford is a trip.....




              this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!




              Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks tot he fansto theteam and the owners...




              All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!




              another day closer!!!!!!

              [/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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              • #8
                Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

                [quote user="ashleymarie"]Thank you kind sir. ALL IN!!!![/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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                • #9
                  Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

                  [quote user="JJC7301"][quote user="GameTime"]


                  thanks Ro....




                  Weatherford is a trip.....




                  this whole team....actually this whole oganization is ALL IN!!!!!!!!




                  Like Rolle said yesterday...From the custodians to the cooks to the fansto theteam and the owners...




                  All Hands on Deck mean EVERYONE !!!!!! LOVE IT !!!!!




                  another day closer!!!!!!




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                  +1. Weatherford is hilarious. Isn't he the one earlier this season on the way to the game in Philly who tweated, "This place is a dump. Lets get a win and get outta here"?

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                  I think you're right lol And so was he []
                  “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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                  • #10
                    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

                    Been reading your posts for a while now. Great stuff

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                    • #11
                      Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

                      Thanks for all the news RF.

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                      • #12
                        Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

                        [quote user="nygsb42champs"]Thanks for all the news 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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                        • #13
                          Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

                          [quote user="redzone88"]Been reading your posts for a while now. Great stuff[/quote]

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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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                          • #14
                            Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

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

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                            • #15
                              Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 - 10:18 A.M.

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

                              You are very welcome []
                              “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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