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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 - 11:30 A.M.

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    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    POLITI: ELI MANNING WILL TRY TO PROVE HE'S A PRIMETIME PLAYER IN "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" DEBUT

    "The opening scene could unfold like this: Eli Manning is standing behind a
    podium at a press conference with the Lombardi Trophy, but all the questions are
    about another New York quarterback. You know which one.


    “Eli, don’t you think it’s just a matter of time before Tim Tebow wins a
    Super Bowl?!” one reporter asks.




    “Well, you know, I actually DID just win a Super Bowl.”




    Next question. The reporter asks if he’ll “Tebow” for the cameras, and Eli
    refuses. Next question. The reporter wants to know if he’s a virgin like
    you-know-who. Each time, Eli gets a little more frustrated.




    “Isn’t Tim Tebow just dreamy?” another asks.




    Finally, Eli blows a gasket. “Doesn’t anybody have a question about ME?!” he
    yells, and when nobody does, he looks at the camera and shrugs. “Then I guess
    there’s just one thing left to say ...




    “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”




    Could it work? Well, we went to an expert this week for advice. Alan Zweibel,
    a Short Hills resident, knows a little bit about writing comedy skits for
    athletes. He was one of “SNL’s” original writers, back when Bill Russell, O.J.
    Simpson and another former Giants
    quarterback were hosts.




    When Fran Tarkenton was the first professional athlete to host the show in
    1977, Zweibel had him arm-wrestling Jackie Kennedy (played by Gilda Radner, of
    course) in a skit on a Lite Beer commercial. “I can’t remember who won,” Zweibel
    said, but of course, it didn’t really matter.




    The goal is to put athletes in situations that show another side of them. It
    can be ridiculous — think Derek Jeter in a dress, for example — or closer to
    home. Whatever it is, Zweibel thinks Eli will be a natural in his debut as guest
    host, just like his brother was in 2007.




    “First of all, they’re great athletes, but they’re both very verbal and
    self-effacing in a way,” Zweibel said. “They don’t take themselves too
    seriously. For lack of a better phrase, they get it.”




    Zweibel didn’t want to speculate on what the current “SNL” writers might do
    with Manning,
    who spent the week in rehearsals leading up to tonight’s show
    . But if
    they’re taking suggestions ... ?




    Monologue: NBC confirmed last week that Eli’s brother, Peyton, would not make
    a cameo. But the network didn’t rule out another special appearance.




    So to set the scene, Eli has his shoulders slouched and is stammering through
    the opening lines when a familiar face steps onto the stage. “This is
    unacceptable!” Tom Coughlin yells. “These people paid good money to see you at
    your best. Is this the kind of effort you’re going to give on the big stage?
    You’re better than this, son!”




    And, after Tom’s rousing performance, a confident Eli delivers the perfect
    one-liner to get things started.




    Scene: Eli is standing in his kitchen as his wife — played by the correctly
    named Abby Elliott — gives him instructions on how to behave for their
    soon-to-arrive dinner guest.




    “Remember, honey, your brother is still sensitive that you won a second Super
    Bowl before him.”




    “I swear,” the Giants quarterback responds, “I won’t even mention it.”




    But then Peyton sits down at the dinner table — Bill Hader with the role,
    perhaps? — and Eli can’t help himself. Peyton tries to put gravy on his meal and
    finds something on the ladle. “Oh, did I leave my second Super Bowl championship
    ring in the gravy?” Eli exclaims. “How thoughtless!”




    The evening goes on like that. Madonna — “Hey, wasn’t she the halftime act
    when I won my second Super Bowl?” Eli asks — is playing on the stereo. A
    neighbor rings the doorbell to return his commemorative DVD. The cake is even
    shaped like the Lombardi Trophy. Peyton eventually storms out of the room.




    Scene: Maybe the best athlete “SNL” skit of all time was Peyton Manning’s
    fake United Way commercial, the one where he rips the kids for dropping his
    passes and teaches them how to break into cars. Well, in a spinoff, Eli is
    brought to a school to give a pep talk to a group of kids — without the pep.




    “Look, I guess you should stay in school and all that, but it’s not like
    there are a lot of jobs out there,” he tells them. “I’m rich because I’m an NFL
    quarterback, but half of you look like you can’t even tie your shoes.”




    Scene: Players are returning from practice. Eli is waiting in the locker
    room. One of his teammates — who else but the lovable Kenan Thompson? — puts on
    his shoe to discover it’s filled with shaving cream. The camera zooms in on Eli,
    a renowned practical joker in real life.




    “Gotcha!” he says.




    Another player discovers Eli has changed the language settings on his cell
    phone to Chinese. “Gotcha!” he says. But the jokes get more and more over the
    top. One teammate runs into the room yelling that his car is on fire. “Gotcha!”
    Eli says. Another walks into the room with a somber face. “That was the doctor.
    Turns out I have gonorrhea.”




    “Gotcha!”




    On and on it goes. Of course, like playing quarterback in the NFL, this might
    be something best left to the professionals. “I’ll be interested to see what the
    writers come up with,” Zweibel said.




    Same here. But they should really make sure Eli gets to wear a dress."

    DAVID DIEHL KNOWS HE'LL BE PLAYING SOMEWHERE ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE BUT HE DOESN'T KNOW WHERE

    "Like a bunch of Giants offensive
    linemen right now, David Diehl doesn’t know where he’s going to be playing come
    Week 1 – guard or tackle, left or right.


    All Diehl knows is he will be playing, period.




    Despite Will Beatty returning from a detached retina to again compete at left
    tackle, James Brewer coming in as a candidate at right tackle, veteran Kevin
    Boothe making a case for a full-time role at guard and draft picks Brandon
    Mosley and Matt McCants entering the picture as prospects.




    “That’s great to bring in young guys and have depth and create competition,”
    Diehl said this afternoon by phone in an interview in part to promote an
    appearance at ***’s Sporting Goods in Union this Sunday. “I’ve already been
    told, ‘You’re getting old.’ I laugh when people tell me I’m old when I’m 31 and
    have only missed four games. People are asking, ‘Are you worried about your job
    security?’ This isn’t the first time they’ve drafted somebody at my position and
    it definitely won’t be the last time.”




    Diehl was solid at left tackle last season, especially when taking into
    account he played the final month of the regular season and the playoffs with a
    broken hand. Beatty was out with a detached retina but will return this season
    and will probably get his job back on the left side.




    Diehl figures to be a replacement for right tackle Kareem McKenzie, who
    remains unsigned. In the meantime, he’s already reviewed all of his games from
    last season, both at left guard and left tackle, to analyze and correct his
    technique.




    “Competition only makes me better and makes me have a stronger mindset,”
    Diehl said. “Do you think I’m going to let somebody come in and take my job from
    me, take away my chance to provide for my daughter? Over my dead body will I let
    that happen.”




    Diehl understands the addition of Mosley and McCants, as well as top picks
    David Wilson and Rueben Randle, will help a team looking to add depth in
    position where players, such as McKenzie, Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham,
    have been lost.




    “We feel like we’ve got the guys, we feel like we’ve got the foundation, the
    draft picks we brought in are at positions we need players to step in and play,”
    he said. “You bring in young talent with that same work ethic and that
    blue-collar attitude, they’re going to work. It doesn’t matter if these guys are
    rookies; they’re going to have to step up and contribute.”




    * * * *




    Diehl’s appearance at ***’s, which opened today in the Route 22 Retail
    Center in Union, will be from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday. The store, which opens at 9
    a.m., will also be giving away unmarked gift cards ranging from $5 to $500, to
    the first 100 people in line.




    * * * *




    Diehl knew the late
    Junior Seau
    rather well. In fact, he recalls running into him on multiple
    vacations in the Bahamas and elsewhere.




    “When we played (the Patriots) in Super Bowl XLII, he obviously wasn’t like
    he was when he was in San Diego. He wasn’t that same player,” Diehl recalled.
    “But his whole thing was his intelligence and his instincts and they were just
    as sharp.




    “There were times, when he was in Miami and in New England, where he’d call
    out plays and you’re in your stance and want to yell out, ‘Nope, no, no it
    isn’t!’ But he would call them out based on formations and his knowledge, like
    he was the quarterback of the defense.




    “I think about players like Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis and Junior Seau. These
    are guys who changed the game and legends of the sport. So it’s just really sad
    to have something like this happen.”

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

    NY DAILY NEWS



    GIANTS, RAVENS AND UMENYIORA: IS THERE A DEAL THERE?

    "Terrell Suggs of the Ravens may be out
    for the season
    with an injury. Osi Umenyiora of the Giants also has an
    injury, a bruised ego; he’s
    unhappy
    with his contract again. Clark
    Judge of CBSSports.com puts on the old thinking cap:




    If I were general manager Ozzie Newsome I’d be on speed dial with the New
    York Giants’ Jerry Reese, making him an offer he couldn’t refuse for disgruntled
    defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora is in the last year of his contract, and
    he doesn’t appear to have a future with the Giants beyond this season.




    If you’re Giants General Manager Jerry Reese, would you accept a first-round
    pick for Umenyiora? If you’re the Ravens’ Newsome, would you offer it?




    Programming note Eli Manning is hosting “Saturday Night
    Live” tonight. The promos suggest that he’ll do fine, although he probably won’t
    match his brother’s heights
    . Will
    there be a Tim Tebow sighting?
    If it doesn’t work out for Manning, he can go
    the Jerry Lewis route: he’ll
    always have Paris."

    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html

    GIANTS 101


    OSI UMENYIORA: "I DON'T ALWAYS PLAY DE, BUT WHEN I DO, I PREFER TO PLAY FOR THE NEW YORK GIANTS"

    "Can you imagine New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora with a soap box? Well, imagine no
    more. The two-time All-Pro has decided to create his very own Twitter account,
    and is slowly amassing a legion of followers.


    The account, which was created on May 3rd, has already been verified by
    Twitter and filled with some pretty interesting tweets from the "African
    Prince."





    "And fyi, i dont always play defensive end. But when i do, i prefer to play
    it for the NYG. Stay thirsty my friends," he tweeted early Saturday morning.




    Umenyiora also had an interesting exchange with teammate William Beatty, whom
    he told to "Enjoy the camp *** whippings u will be receiving." Of course,
    that immediately prompted questions from fans about a holdout -or lack thereof-
    to which Osi simply replied "i cant even tell u what that means. Hahaha."




    Perhaps the most telling tweet of all was one of Osi's first, in which he
    wrote "Im probably the wrong guy to have a twitter acct by the way."




    Hold onto your hats, folks. Things are about to get wild and crazy."

    http://www.giants101.com/


    BIG BLUE VIEW


    HEAD COACH POWER RANKINGS - TOM COUGHLIN NO. 2

    "Amazing what a couple of Super Bowl titles can do. The National Football Post
    has put together NFL
    Head Coach Power Rankings
    , and NFP has Tom Coughlin of the New
    York Giants
    listed at No. 2.



    With two championships, Coughlin's job status should never again be
    questioned. We know, though, that prior to now he has -- at least in some minds
    -- been perennially on the hot seat.




    I have not fully thought through how I would rank NFL head coaches, but I can
    tell you Coughlin would end up in the top five no matter how I ranked everybody
    else.




    I find these NFP rankings a little weird, to be honest. Jim Schwartz of
    Detroit No. 1? How does that compute? Rex Ryan two spots ahead of Andy Reid?
    Marvin Lewis, with no playoff wins in nine seasons, ahead of Ryan, Reid and
    Lovie Smith?




    I don't get it. But, really, it's just something to chat about on an
    offseason Saturday. Doesn't mean much of anything, other than it is nice to see
    Coughlin being acknowledged."

    OVER OR UNDER? THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR DAVID WILSON IS 571

    "Over at Giants.com
    some of the writers there are debating the potential 2012 production of New
    York Giants
    draft choices, including first-rounder David Wilson,
    a running back.


    In reference to Wilson, the over/under number being discussed by Giants.com
    is 800 yards rushing. Let's discuss Wilson's potential production for 2012, but
    let's use a different number. Rather than 800, let's use the 571 yards Brandon
    Jacobs
    ran for in 2011 as the over/under.




    What are you taking Giants fans, the over or the under?





    As I begin this, I'm not sure. Here is what I know. As we sit here today
    Wilson would be listed as No. 4 on the Giants' running back depth chart. Don't
    believe me? Think about who the head coach is, what is asked of running backs in
    the Giants offense, the things Wilson must learn, and the fact that Tom Coughlin
    does not put players on the field until they have earned his trust.




    Right now, Ahmad
    Bradshaw
    is the No. 1 running back. Until his feet and ankles give out,
    which can happen any time as we know, he remains No. 1.




    Danny Ware, love him or hate him, is No. 2. There probably isn't much
    big-play potential with Ware. He has, however, been around long enough and
    Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride have worked with him long enough that they trust
    him. He can run a little, catch a little, pass-block and protect the
    football.




    When camp opens Da'Rel Scott
    will be No. 3, based simply on the fact that he has had a year in the Giants'
    offense and will be ahead of Wilson in terms of what he knows.




    I admittedly root for Scott as a fellow University of Maryland grad, and I
    know the speed he possesses is intriguing to the Giants, in the end he is not
    taking carries away from Wilson, a first-round pick who will get his opportunity
    once the Giants are comfortable with him protecting both Eli Manning and
    the football. Scott's best chance will be to force the coaching staff to look to
    him rather than Ware, which might not be all that easy.




    Anyway, back to the over/under question with Wilson. In the end, I will take
    the over, but not by a lot. I believe it is going to take time for Wilson to
    work his way into the lineup and into a full regular workload, especially if
    Bradshaw remains reasonably healthy.




    Your thoughts?"

    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



    JAYRON HOSLEY WAS A GOOD PICK FOR THE GIANTS



    "The pick of Jayron
    Hosley
    may prove to be an important pick for the New York Giants in 2012.
    Corners are much needed in today’s NFL and you can never have enough of them.
    Hosley will fill a need as the Giants move forward in this season.




    Aaron
    Ross
    went and signed with the Jacksonville
    Jaguars
    . The Giants needed to pick up another corner to help them.
    Terrell Thomas
    re-signed and he will start opposite
    Corey Webster
    .
    Prince Amukamara
    in really his first full season will end up playing the
    nickel. Hosley at this point is the team’s fourth best corner. He’s one play
    away from being on the field a lot for the Giants. If Hosley was two inches
    taller he probably would’ve been a first round pick.





    Hosley plays a physical brand of corner and may also help in the kick and
    punt return games. Just because the Giants picked Hosley doesn’t mean they think
    less of what a guy like Amukamara can do. The way teams run wide open offenses
    around the NFL, you need as many good corners as you can to cover the wide
    receivers and maybe even some tight ends. Little injuries come around here and
    there throughout the NFL season, and having depth at every position is
    important.





    Hosley did fail a drug test at the combine which might have caused his stock
    to drop a little bit, and guys who end up failing drug tests will have questions
    about them especially in their first year and being in New York. With all that
    said, I think this was a solid, smart draft pick by Jerry Reese and may prove
    great dividends right away in 2012."


    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



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



    CBSSPORTS



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



    SI.COM





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





    ESPN.COM



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



    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS




    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY


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


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 - 11:30 A.M.

    Looking forward to Eli Manning on SNL tonight at 11:30 PM EST on NBC...

    Keep up the good work RoanokeFan and thank you.

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012 - 11:30 A.M.

    [quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]Looking forward to Eli Manning on SNL tonight at 11:30 PM EST on NBC...

    Keep up the good work RoanokeFan and thank you.[/quote]

    Not a lot of news this morning but things will pick up. [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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