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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012 - 1:21 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

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    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' SUPER BOWL XLVI RING OFFICIALLY UNVEILED

    "Clint Sintim said
    it was
    . Then said it
    wasn't
    .


    Justin Tuck said it
    wasn't
    . And then said again it
    wasn't
    .




    Well, it is.




    The Giants have unveiled their Super
    Bowl XLVI ring and, much as some of the players denied the leaked pictures
    weren't the real deal, the fact is they were.




    “After a few meetings, Tiffany came up with several different options that
    they showed us and you kind of picked from there,” quarterback Eli Manning said
    in the press release the team sent out this morning. “We wanted it to be little
    different than the last ring.”




    That ring was a
    “10-table” monstrosity
    that had no colored stones. This year's ring is also
    white gold but more rounded and has blue sapphires on the top around the “NY”
    logo and four Lombardi Trohies to represent the four the franchise has won.




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




    The lower palm of the shanks includes the years of the four Super Bowl
    seasons: 1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011.

    “We wanted it to represent the four
    trophies and have that feeling that you made the best ring that you could have
    made,” Tuck said. “I think we captured that.”




    A feature of the ring that hadn't been revealed until today is the engraving
    of “Finish” and “All In” on the inside of the ring. Those were key phrases the
    team repeatedly uttered last season - the first a mantra Coughlin introduced in
    training camp and the second the words of Union City's Gian-Paul Gonzalez, who
    brought the poker phrase to the players late in the season
    to inspire
    them.




    “We wanted to get a few things that were significant to this season –
    (including) ‘Finish’ on the inside,” Manning said. “Things like that make the
    ring special.”




    Four years ago, the Giants put the words “Eleven straight on the road” on the
    side of their rings as a nod to their road winning streak that season. This
    year, they wanted to commemorate the way they closed the season with wins
    against the Jets and Dallas Cowboys, followed by postseason victories over the
    Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and New England
    Patriots.




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




    The rings will be presented to the players this evening during a private
    ceremony at Tiffany & Co.'s flagship store on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan.




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




    Said special teams captain Zak DeOssie, “I couldn’t be happier with
    everything about the ring. It’s absolutely beautiful.”




    LT. COL GREG GADSEN VOWS TO REMAIN INSPIRATION FOR GIANTS, DESPITE MIKE SULLIVAN'S DEPARTURE




    "Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, a double amputee who lost his legs in Iraq, was
    introduced to the Giants in 2007
    by his friend and former Army football
    teammate Mike Sullivan. For the four seasons since he gave a few speeches to the
    Super Bowl XLII champs, he's been an inspiration for the Giants' players and coaches.





    Which leads us to an interesting point for Gadson: Sullivan
    is now the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    , meaning
    Gadson's allegiances will seemingly be split for this upcoming season,
    particularly on Sept. 16 when the Bucs come to MetLife Stadium.





    Apparently, that's not the case and it's an easy decision for Gadson. While
    he'll be pulling for Sullivan to find success in Tampa, he'll remain a supporter
    of the Giants.





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





    Gadson spoke to reporters in the USS Intrepid Museum before a screening of
    the movie Battleship, in which he makes his acting debut. Gadson had
    never even thought about acting before director Peter Berg called him about two
    years ago. Gadson said Berg "is a New Yorker and was obviously tangentially
    aware of my story," and also read about Gadson in a January 2010 National
    Geographic article about advancements in prosthetics.





    Three months later, Berg told Gadson he wanted him in his upcoming movie.





    "Now obviously, when I said that, I was kind of going, 'Okay, well let’s see
    how far this goes,'" Gadson said. "Eventually they’re going to find out I’ve
    never acted and I can’t act and they’ll say, 'Thanks but no thanks,' and go in
    another direction. Obviously, it didn’t quite turn out that way and I’m
    here."





    Gadson was reluctant to speak about his role in the movie, as it seems he
    didn't want to give away too many plot points. In other words, his role sounds
    like it's a significant one.





    "It’s not like a cameo shot," he said. "I’m kind of intertwined in the
    story."





    Justin Tuck, appearing at the screening to represent SUBWAY, was
    impressed.





    "I saw his SWAG card," Tuck said, borrowing one of Antrel Rolle's go-to
    words. "I call it SWAG. I know it’s spelled SAG (Screen Actors Guild), but I
    call it SWAG because anybody that has a…"





    Tuck trailed off at this point because he had a whole sarcastic shtick going
    through his whole session with reporters and was out of gas by this point.





    "Yeah, you get it," he said. "You’re smart enough to follow that."





    More than seven years around us and he still overestimates our
    intelligence...





    * * * *





    Some leftovers from Tuck and also from the United Way Gala, at which Giants
    guard Chris Snee was honored:





    Tuck on being a
    nutso Rangers fan
    and neglecting the Devils who, you know, play in the state
    in which he works and lives:
    "I tell you this – and I get this a lot on
    Twitter. Everybody’s like, ‘Remember where you play, where you live …’ It’s a
    simple thing for me. When I became an East Coaster, the first hockey game I went
    to was a Ranger game. It had nothing to do with my dislike for the Devils. I’m
    not one of these hockey fans that love just one team and can’t root for the
    Devils. If the Devils so happen to beat the Rangers in this series I’ll root for
    the Devils to win it. I’m not a Devils fan, but I’ll root for them to win it.
    It’s kind of like the Knicks and the Nets. I’m a Nets fan, but I love the
    Knicks."





    Snee on the honor: "I like to do off the field work and not
    really get noticed for it, it’s just the way I’ve always been. If someone asks
    me if I want a camera there I say no. It’s an honor, a lot of guys who do a lot
    of great work have been honored with this same award."





    Snee on his elbow: "I had elbow surgery, I feel good, I’ve
    been gaining my strength back and doing some work on the field. I’ll be back
    there next week for OTAs. Good to go."





    WR Hakeem Nicks on WR Rueben Randle, the team's second-round
    pick:
    "I got to see him a little bit today. We ran some routes. He
    seemed like a pretty humble kid. It seems like he’s ready to come to work and
    play football."





    Nicks on Randle fitting in with a humble, soft-spoken group of
    receivers:
    "Right. That’s not our game. We play on the field, less
    talk. I think he can bring that as well."





    OL Kevin Boothe on
    the Super Bowl ring
    that may
    or may not be real
    :
    "I’m a fan of it. It doesn’t take much to
    please me when it comes to Super Bowl rings. The more the merrier, let’s go
    ahead and get another one."





    * * * *





    And finally, I'm not sure why but former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs tweeted on
    Tuesday night he won't be
    attending tonight's ring ceremony at Tiffany & Co.
    "


    GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK SAYS THERE ARE NO "FLAMES" AROUND OSI UMENYIORA'S CONTRACT SITUATION YET

    "Justin Tuck was about to walk into a theater inside the USS Intrepid Museum,
    where he’d see explosions, fireballs, launched missiles and all kinds of action
    in a screening of the movie “Battleship.”


    So as he discussed the brewing standoff between fellow defensive end Osi
    Umenyiora and the Giants’ front office, he expressed hope a more peaceful
    scenario would play out for a group of players learning to deal with what’s
    become an annual situation.




    “It ain’t that we don’t care. We just understand it’s a part of the game, and
    why make it bigger than what it is?” said the defensive captain, appearing at
    the screening for Subway, a sponsor of the movie starring the Giants’
    inspirational figure Lt. Col. Greg Gadson. “You can add fuel to a fire and make
    it huge. Right now, it’s just smoke, you don’t even see the flames yet. So we’d
    like to keep it that way.”




    Of course, Umenyiora’s situation remains a threat to ignite at any
    moment.




    Unhappy with his contract for about four years now, Umenyiora has been
    skipping the Giants’ offseason workouts. In fact, a few of his teammates believe
    he’s the only one who hasn’t made an appearance at the team’s facility this
    spring.




    Umenyiora and general manager Jerry Reese have traded public claims about
    contract offers – Reese says Umenyiora has been offered one each of the past few
    years, while the two-time Pro Bowl selection claimed the latest proposal
    included half of the guaranteed money Mathias Kiwanuka recently received – and
    Umenyiora recently opened a Twitter account on which he’s made a few vague
    references to his contract status.




    At this point, it’s unclear if Umenyiora will show for the team’s mandatory
    minicamp next month or if he’ll take part in tonight’s ceremony at Tiffany &
    Co. in Manhattan, during which the players and coaches will receive their
    rings.




    “If he tweets me a picture of his son doing something,” Tuck said when asked
    if he believes he’ll see Umenyiora soon. “Or he thinks he has better abs than me
    and stuff like that.




    “You know, Osi’s weird. He’ll send a man a picture and all types of
    stuff.”




    Say what now?




    “He tweeted some pictures of his son doing my ‘Tuck bow,’” Tuck said,
    referring to the celebration he does after each sack. “And I told him, ‘Hey,
    your son is smarter than you. He recognizes a real football player when he sees
    one.’”




    But would he recognize a real ring?




    What we mean is Tuesday punter Steve Weatherford became the third Giants
    player to tweet
    a picture of the Giants’ supposed ring
    . In March, Clint Sintim and Andre
    Brown posted pictures of the same ring, which has four Lombardi Trophies and a
    Giants logo surrounded by blue sapphire stones on top.




    After Sintim’s tweet, which the linebacker quickly deleted, Tuck tweeted the
    design hadn’t been finalized.




    “I’ve seen that before. It doesn’t look like that, actually,” he said when
    shown Weatherford’s tweet. “You want to know why? Because y’all got the wrong
    picture. I told y’all it was the wrong picture (in March), and I thought I lied
    when I said that. That’s not our ring.”




    Was he telling the truth? Like the mystery of whether Umenyiora will make an
    appearance on the “blue carpet” on Fifth Ave., Tuck replied, “You’ll find
    out.”

    MARK BAVARO: GIANTS K MATT BAHR DIDN'T KNOW WHERE HE WAS DURING GAME-WINNING KICK VS. 49ERS IN 1991

    "Mark Bavaro doesn't see a way the game can be made less physical unless they
    return to the days without helmets and face masks, where players would be
    completely discouraged from leading with their heads.


    But amid a continued push to decrease the long-term effects of head injuries,
    he sees a safer version of football, at least. Something far different than what
    he knew 20 years ago.




    During a brief session with reporters at the Yankees' Pinstripe Bowl charity
    golf outing in Monroe Township Tuesday, he shared a cautionary story from the
    1990-91 NFC Championship game.




    Kicker Matt Bahr sustained a concussion earlier during a tackle on a kickoff.
    By the time he trotted out for the game-winning kick, he needed assistance and
    was not entirely sure of his location.




    "Matt Bahr, when he kicked the winning field goal against San Francisco in
    1990, I don't think he knew where he was," Bavaro said. "He'd tackled somebody
    on a kickoff return earlier in the game and he was kind of out of it.




    "Steve DeOssie had to kind of, actually, guide him on the field and line it
    up. But you know, that was regular stuff back then. Matt was a great guy, a
    tough guy, and we certainly appreciated him coming out and doing that for us.
    But I don't think that stuff happens today."




    Bavaro said he's just a fan now and allows his son, a linebacker, to play
    football even though he doesn't see anything changing.




    "I don't know that you can make it less physical, it's football. I think
    you'd have to do away with the sport. I don't think that's going to happen," he
    said. "I certainly wouldn't want to see it happen."




    Here's a video of Bahr's game-winning kick."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    SUPER BOWL CHAMPS WILL HAVE A FAMILIAR RING

    "Ten tables wasn’t big enough for Justin Tuck. He wanted his second Super Bowl
    ring to be bigger than that.



    “(Michael Strahan) talked about the
    ’10-table ring,’” Tuck said. “He wanted a ring you could see from 10 tables
    away.

    “I talked about the ‘Restaurant Ring.’ I wanted one that was big
    enough to see throughout whatever restaurant you go in and see it from each
    corner.”

    The result is the Super Bowl XLVI championship rings that Tuck
    and the Giants will be presented Wednesday night at a private ceremony inside
    Tiffany & Co. in Manhattan. The design, which features diamond replicas of
    the franchise’s four Super Bowl trophies inside a ring blue sapphires, was
    officially revealed on Wednesday morning.

    Tuck and the other two Giants
    captains who were in on the design – Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie – sounded
    thrilled.

    “When Tiffany brought (the design) in the last day, there was
    silence because everyone was thinking, ‘Wow,’” Tuck said in a statement released
    by the team. “It really captured everything we wanted to capture in the
    ring.”

    “I couldn’t be
    happier with everything about the ring,” DeOssie added. “It’s absolutely
    beautiful.”

    The design of the white gold ring is exactly
    what was leaked in late March and again on Tuesday
    by several Giants players
    – the design Tuck said Tuesday night was “not our ring” and that the team
    continually insisted was only preliminary. The big difference between this one
    and the one the Giants got for their Super Bowl XLII championship is the use of
    the color blue.

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

    There are 37 blue sapphires
    ringing the face of the ring. There is also blue enamel outline of the Giants’
    “ny” logo in the center, just in front of the four Lombardi trophies – each one
    set with a marquis diamond in the shape of a football. The words “2011 World
    Champions New York Giants” are printed on the ring around the face – apparently
    at the insistence of Tom Coughlin.

    “Coach Coughlin was adamant about
    having ‘World Champions’ on it,” Tuck said.

    The players were adamant
    about making it personal for the 2011 Giants, too. Inside each ring are engraved
    the words “Finish” and “All In.”

    “We wanted to get a few things that
    were significant to this season – (including) ‘Finish’ on the inside,” Manning
    said. “Things like that make the ring special.”

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

    The rest of the ring includes the words Super Bowl XLVI and the
    final score of the game “NYG 21 NE17” on one side, and each players’ name on the
    other. The bottom of the ring lists the Giants’ four Super Bowl seasons – 1986,
    1990, 2007 and 2011.

    Also, as much as Tuck wanted
    a “Restaurant Ring,” he indicated that the design of this one might make it a
    little more wearable than the one he got four years ago.

    “They did a
    great job designing the ring to fit around our fingers and really look good on
    your hand – not just having a big, ostentatious ring on your hand,” Tuck said.
    “They worked on the balance of the ring when it’s on your hand. I think Tiffany did a great
    job.”



    TUCK WON'T FAN THE FLAMES OF OSI'S CONTRACT FEUD



    "Justin Tuck has seen and heard all this before, so no, he’s not at all worried
    about Osi Umenyiora’s contract problems. He hasn’t seen Umenyiora around the
    Giants’ facility lately and he doesn’t expect to see him anytime soon, but he
    doesn't see any problem.

    All Tuck knows for sure is that whatever
    happens between Umenyiora and the Giants, it won’t be a distraction to the
    defending champs.

    “It ain’t that we don’t care,” Tuck said on Tuesday
    night from aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid in Manhattan, where he was attending a
    Subway-sponsored screening of the movie Battleship. “We just understand
    it’s a part of the game. And why make it bigger than what it is? You can add
    fuel to a fire and make it huge. Right now it’s just smoke. You don’t even see
    the flames yet. So we’d like to keep it that way.”

    Umenyiora has done a
    decent job of not fanning those flames the last few weeks, ever since the
    weekend of the NFL draft when he accused Giants GM Jerry Reese of trying to make
    him look like “a greedy pig” by saying Umenyiora had twice turned down contract
    extensions. The defensive end promised after that, in an email to the Daily
    News, that he no longer planned to discuss the subject. And other than a few
    vague references on his newly opened Twitter account, he’s done what he said
    he’d do.

    He’s been using his Twitter account for other purposes, though,
    like wishing Eagles running back LeSean McCoy a “Happy
    Mother’s Day
    .”

    Said Tuck: “I think it was just his ploy to get more
    followers.”

    It apparently worked.




    ***
    Rings are spectacular, but maybe not
    real


    Remember that picture
    of the Super Bowl XLVI rings that Steve Weatherford Tweeted
    earlier? The
    same pictures, pretty much, Tweeted in late March by Andre Brown and Clint
    Sintim?

    Fake, says Tuck

    “I’ve seen that before,” Tuck said when
    he was shown the Weatherford picture. “(The real ring) doesn’t look like that,
    actually. You want to know why? Because y’all got the wrong picture. I told
    y’all it was the wrong picture (in late March), and you thought I lied when I
    said that.




    "That’s not our ring.”

    Really? Well, there were three of us there
    listening to Tuck talk and it was impossible to tell if he was serious or not.
    At one point he even claimed not to know the Giants were getting their rings on
    Wednesday night because he was busy making plans to go to the Rangers game
    instead.

    So were the pictures real? Is Tuck lying? Does he even know for
    sure?

    “You’ll find out,” Tuck said.




    ***
    Tuck enjoying the Rangers’ run

    Tuck has been
    going to Rangers games since 2005, but nobody noticed until last week when Brad
    Richards scored to tie Game 5 against the Capitals with 6.6 seconds remaining
    and the Giants’ defensive end … went a little nuts.

    “Yeah,” Tuck said.
    “I lost my mind.”

    Tuck, seated just behind the Rangers bench,
    was caught on camera jumping up, raising his arm, and running up the aisle as
    Madison Square Garden erupted around him. He’s been seen at several games during
    the Rangers playoff run, celebrating wildly and even banging on the
    glass.

    “It’s funny because I’ve been to a lot of Ranger
    games,” Tuck said Tuesday night while aboard the USS Intrepid for a screening of
    the movie Battleship. “And until I banged on the (glass behind the) home bench,
    no one ever noticed me. Now I’m like the greatest Ranger fan
    ever.

    “No I’m not, but I definitely root for the Rangers and
    am definitely going to try my best to get to as many of those playoff games as I
    can.”

    Tuck’s loyalty to his adopted hometown team has caused
    him a few problems – particularly from fans on Twitter who like to remind him
    that he plays and lives in New Jersey, home of the
    Devils.

    “It’s a simple thing for me,” said Tuck, an Alabama
    native. “When I became an East Coaster, the first hockey game I went to was a
    Ranger game. It had nothing to do with my dislike for the Devils. I’m not one of
    these hockey fans that love just one team and can’t root for the
    Devils.

    “If the Devils so happen to beat the Rangers in this
    series I’ll root for the Devils to win it. I’m not a Devils fan, but I’ll root
    for them to win it.”




    ***
    Lt. Col. Gadson: From sidelines to the silver
    screen


    Tuck wasn’t the real
    star attraction on board the Intrepid on Tuesday night. The star was Lt. Col.
    Greg Gadson, the inspirational speaker and presence on the Giants’ sidelines
    since their Super Bowl XLII. The Iraq War vet – and double amputee – has a
    significant role in the movie Battleship, which also stars Brooklyn Decker, Liam
    Neeson and Rihanna.

    The screening, sponsored by Subway, was being held
    for alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project, which directs programs that help
    injured members of the military.

    The movie Battleship, directed
    by Peter Berg, officially opens on Friday."

    THE SUPER BOWL RING IS THE THING FOR THE GIANTS

    "The Jets can have their three-ring circus. All the Giants need is the
    ring.


    Those championship rings, which will feature all four of the
    franchise’s Super Bowl trophies inside a ring of blue, will be given to the
    Super Bowl XLVI champions at a private ceremony at Tiffanys in Manhattan on
    Wednesday night. But
    punter Steve Weatherford provided his Twitter followers a sneak peek at the
    jewelry on Tuesday
    .

    The ring, according to the picture provided to
    players, is made of 14-karat white gold and is covered with diamonds – and
    diamond footballs – surrounded by a sapphire band. In all there are 1.36 carats
    in diamonds and 1.11 carats in sapphires. The words “New York Giants 2011 World
    Champions” surround the face of the ring.

    The design – which appears
    identical to the preliminary version Tweeted by Giants linebacker Clint Sintim
    and running back Andre Brown in late March – also features the Giants’ “ny” logo
    outlined in blue with the four Super Bowl trophies hovering behind it. The blue
    sapphires represent a big change from the rings the Giants earned by winning
    Super Bowl XLII after the 2007 season. Those rings had no color at
    all.

    On one side of each of the Super Bowl XLVI rings will be each
    player’s name and number. The other side will feature “GIANTS” in block letters
    above the Super Bowl XLVI logo and the final score of the game
    (21-17).

    And as Weatherford said in his Tweet: “She sure is
    pretty.”

    The ring ceremony won’t be the last time the Giants celebrate
    their championship season together. The team has also been invited for the
    traditional champions’ visit to the White House as guests of President Barack
    Obama. A date for that has not been set, though it’s expected to take place next
    month."

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


    NY POST

    GIANTS TO RECEIVE SUPER BOWL RINGS TONIGHT

    "Giants ownership, front office and the three team captains all had input on
    the design of their Super Bowl XLVI championship rings. Tom Coughlin, the very
    proud head coach, offered only one suggestion that he really wanted to see
    inscribed.



    “I’ve been in all the meetings,’’ Coughlin said last night at the 19th annual
    Gridiron Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria, where Giants guard Chris Snee was among
    the honorees. “I think the players and the others had their statements based on
    the last one and what we thought would improve from the last time. They asked
    me, [and] I said I would like one thing on there: ‘World Champions.’
    ’’

    Coughlin got his wish, and, along with the entire organization, he gets to
    bask in the afterglow tonight when the Giants at long last get their
    championship rings at a ceremony at Tiffany’s flagship store on Fifth
    Avenue.



    “It will be exciting for everybody, no doubt,’’ Coughlin said. “That’s the
    symbol, you know? In your heart it’s already been established. I look forward to
    it, I think it’s going to be very festive. Let’s face it, now it’s twice in a
    lifetime. It’s a wonderful thing to do it again.’’




    A sneak preview of the ring was posted last month on Twitter by linebacker
    Clint Sintim and another yesterday by punter Steve Weatherford. The prize
    hardware is a 14k white gold 30 MM ring with surrounding diamonds, sapphire band
    (to represent Giants’ blue) and diamond footballs.




    “Big and obnoxious, that’s always the goal,’’ joked guard Kevin Boothe.




    “Yes, I’ve seen it and I’m excited to put it next to my other one,’’ said
    Snee, who received the Hometown Hero award from the United Way of New York.
    “This one is just as special, just got a little more color in it, that’s
    all.’’




    Coughlin will be pleased to see that the wording “New York Giants 2011 World
    Champions’’ surrounds the entire ring.




    The total carat weight is 1.36 in diamonds and 1.11 in sapphires. The top of
    the ring features the four Lombardi Trophies the Giants have won in their
    franchise history and also the famous “NY” team logo. On one side of the ring is
    the player’s name and uniform number, and on the other side is the word
    “Giants’’ along with the 21-17 score of Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants’ second
    defeat of the Patriots in four years.




    The ring was designed with input from co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch,
    general manager Jerry Reese, Coughlin and team captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck
    and Zak DeOssie as well as representatives from Tiffany’s.




    “I haven’t asked Eli, and I think he was one of the ones who got it put
    together,’’ wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said. “I didn’t even ask him. I wanted to
    be surprised. It’s going to mean a lot. It’s something I’ll always cherish and
    keep. I’ll be able to tell my kids’ kids about it.’’




    Coughlin is hoping some of the players who were part of the championship team
    who are no longer on the roster will find their way to the ring ceremony.




    “I wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron Ross came back,’’ Coughlin said. “Be nice
    to see Aaron. I hope Kareem [McKenzie] does, absolutely. Who knows? [Brandon]
    Jacobs might show.’’




    This year’s ring is smaller in terms of carats in diamond than the 2007
    version, which former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan described as a
    “10-table stunner’’ because it could be seen from 10 tables away. That ring
    featured 1.5 carats in diamonds. Four years ago, the Giants’ ring was valued at
    $25,000, though the team said the rings cost about $5,500 apiece."

    FORMER GIANTS' PLAYER BAVARO TALKS ABOUT CONCUSSIONS

    "Mark Bavaro was considered to be one of the NFL’s toughest players during his
    career. But after playing through an era when concussions were not nearly as
    scrutinized or paid attention to, Bavaro thinks today’s players are safer.



    “To me, a concussion was when you’re knocked down on the field and we have to
    wait for you to wake up,” Bavaro said at the Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf
    Tournament at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J. “In those days,
    when guys did get those, as soon as you woke up and could count the fingers in
    front of you, you were back in the action. That doesn’t happen
    today."

    Bavaro, who said he was never diagnosed with a concussion during his career,
    thinks concussions and head injuries are taken much more seriously in today’s
    NFL. He recounted a story from one of the most famous victories in Giants
    history — their 15-13 win over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game following
    the 1990 season — to prove it.



    “I don’t want to talk out of school, but Matt Bahr, when he kicked the
    winning field goal against San Francisco in the championship game, I don’t think
    he knew where he was,” Bavaro said. “He had tackled somebody on a kickoff return
    earlier in the game and he was kind of out of it. I think [long snapper] Steve
    DeOssie had to kind of actually guide him out on the field and line him up.




    “That was regular stuff back then. Matt was a great guy, tough guy, and we
    certainly appreciated him coming out there and doing that for us, but I don’t
    think that stuff happens today.




    “If there’s the slightest indication there’s a problem, guys don’t go back
    in. ... They take their helmets away from them.”




    But as player safety becomes a bigger issue, Bavaro said he thinks there are
    limits on what can be done to make the game safer.




    “I don’t know how you can make it less physical,” Bavaro said. “It’s
    football. I think you’d have to do away with the sport, but I don’t think that’s
    going to happen. I certainly don’t want that to happen.




    “My son’s a football player, and he’s a linebacker and a big hitter and I
    don’t have a problem with that. That’s what he wants to do, and all these guys
    playing in the NFL, that’s their dream come true.”

    ROSTER LIMIT FORCES GIANTS TO CUT CHAD JONES

    "Despite some remarkable progress following a horrific car accident that
    nearly cost him his life and then the use of his left leg, safety Chad Jones is
    not close to being able to compete at an NFL level. The Giants had to
    acknowledge that reality yesterday when they waived him as injured after he
    failed his physical.



    Jones, a 2010 third-round draft pick, was expected to develop into a sturdy
    and athletic safety coming out of LSU, but his career was derailed after he was
    behind the wheel in a one-car crash in New Orleans two months after he was
    selected. He reported last month to the Giants’ offseason conditioning program
    to continue his rehabilitation, but was not cleared to participate in football
    activities.

    “We consider Chad to be part of the Giants family, and we’ll continue to work
    with him in his rehab,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “As we’ve said since
    his accident, we’re thankful he is alive and able to lead a normal life.”



    Jones spent two seasons on the reserve/non-football injury list with the
    Giants. This year, offseason rosters are expanded to 90 players but it is a hard
    count, with no room to stash anyone on any sort of reserve list. Jones suffered
    multiple fractures and nerve damage to his lower left leg in the June 25, 2010
    accident and nearly died because of a loss of blood. He also was in danger of
    having his left leg amputated. After more than 20 surgeries, his left leg is
    held together with a metal rod and multiple screws.




    “Chad had a severe injury to his left leg, involving a complex tibial
    fracture with associated injury to muscle, nerves, and vascular structures,”
    said Dr. Scott Rodeo, a Giants associate team physician. “This type of injury is
    often limb-threatening, and can sometimes require amputation. He has made a
    remarkable recovery to date, with successful salvage of the leg.




    “However, at this time he has residual sensory loss, muscle weakness, and
    tenuous soft tissue coverage in the involved lower leg. The resultant functional
    impairment precludes his ability to perform physically at the level required for
    professional football.”




    Giants players said they were inspired to see Jones running on the field last
    month. His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, said the Giants waiving Jones is “a minor
    setback’’ and predicted his client will one day play for the Giants.




    “Their genuine support and caring has far exceeded their obligations and he
    and his family will be eternally grateful,’’ Arceneaux said of the Giants. “Chad
    is experiencing a minor setback and we expect a full recovery within a few
    months. He thanks everyone for their continued support and prayers. He will see
    his teammates on the field soon.”




    * The Giants reached the 90-player limit by signing three undrafted free
    agents: Safety Will Hill (Florida), wide receiver Brandon Collins (Southeast
    Louisiana) and linebacker Jake Muasau (Georgia State). All three attended last
    weekend’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.




    Hill has local ties, as he’s a native of East Orange, N.J., who starred at
    St. Peter’s Prep. But he has had off-field problems: He served a two-game
    suspension at Florida and while in Gainesville was arrested for driving with a
    suspended license.




    Hill has said he believes he was not drafted after leaving Florida one year
    early because word of his marijuana use in college became common
    knowledge.

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



    YOU TOO CAN WEAR THE NEW YORK GIANTS' SUPER BOWL RING

    "Have you ever wanted to wear a New York Giants Super Bowl ring? We at Giants 101
    certainly have, and thanks to former wide receiver Stephen Baker, we had the
    opportunity to don the 1990 version. But what about their Super
    Bowl XLVI
    ring that was officially revealed on Wednesday morning? Well, the
    team has developed an app that allows you to experience the thrill of
    wearing it without physically wearing it.


    The application, called "Goldrun", can be purchased through most mobile app
    stores and allows user to pose wearing the virtual Super
    Bowl XLVI
    ring, as well as holding the Lombardi Trophy.





    “We’re really trying each day and each week to figure out how to use social
    media as it grows and evolves to let us communicate and touch fans in a more
    meaningful way than they ever have before,” Giants CMO Mike Stevens told Mashable in an interview.




    Best part? The app is free! So download the app and then upload your
    photos on Facebook and Twitter for all to see. There's a chance the Giants may
    even retweet you.




    Enjoy!"


    GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK DOESN'T BELIEVE OSI UMENYIORA SITUATION WILL BE A DISTRACTION

    "While appearing at a private screening for the upcoming motion picture
    Battleship on Tuesday night aboard the USS Intrepid in Manhattan, New York
    Giants
    defensive end Justin
    Tuck
    was hammered with questions about friend and teammate Osi
    Umenyiora
    . And while Tuck acknowledges that Umenyiora showing up for
    mini-camp and Organized Team Activities (OTA's) is unlikely, he doesn't feel the
    ongoing contract dispute will be a distraction to the team.





    “It ain’t that we don’t care,” Tuck said. “We just understand it’s a part of
    the game. And why make it bigger than what it is? You can add fuel to a fire and
    make it huge. Right now it’s just smoke. You don’t even see the flames yet. So
    we’d like to keep it that way.”




    There had been some flames between Umenyiora and General Manager Jerry Reese
    shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft when the Chief accused Reese of making him look
    like a "greedy pig", but they've since been smoldered and all is
    currently quiet. Which is not to say Osi has been quiet -because his Twitter
    account is lively and hilarious- just that he hasn't mentioned his
    contract publicly since then, as promised."




    OFFICIAL NEW YORK GIANTS' SUPER BOWL XLVI RING REVEALED

    "Back in late March, a photo of the rumored New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring was
    released
    . At the time, many players, including defensive end Justin Tuck,
    denied any knowledge of that being the ring, claiming there were several
    different design left to choose from. An employee of Tiffany's later informed
    Giants 101 that the released photo was, in fact, the official ring, and on
    Tuesday is was confirmed when punter Steve Weatherford tweeted a photo of the
    release that was sent to players.



    "She sure is pretty," Weatherford tweeted.




    The release reads:





    New York
    Giants Championship Ring




    14K white gold 30MM ring with surrounding diamonds, sapphire band and diamond
    footaballs. "New York
    Giants 2011 World Champions" wording surrounds the ring. Total carat weight 1.36
    in diamonds and 1.11 in sapphires.




    Big Blue will receive their rings on Wednesday during a special ceremony at
    Tiffany's, but it will not be their final stop on the celebration tour. They'll
    make one last pitstop at the White House as guests of President Barack
    Obama.




    A date for their White House visit has not yet been set."


    http://www.giants101.com/


    BIG BLUE VIEW

    GIANTS' SUPER BOWL RING XLVI RING UNVEILED

    "





    Super
    Bowl ring three-quarter view






    The 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants get
    their rings Wednesday evening at Tiffany's in Manhattan. Wednesday morning the
    Giants unveiled what the ring looks like.




    The Giants and Tiffany's came up with the ring design together.




    "After a few meetings, Tiffany came up with several different options that
    they showed us and you kind of picked from there," Eli Manning
    said. "We wanted it to be little different than the last ring." [Eli visits CNN, talks Super Bowl ring etiquette]

    "We
    wanted it to represent the four trophies and have that feeling that you made the
    best ring that you could have made," Justin Tuck
    said. "I think we captured that.




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




    By the way, you can't go to the ring ceremony Wednesday. The Giants are,
    however, offering you a chance to try on a virtual Super Bowl
    ring
    .




    More photos after the jump.





















    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SIXTEEN WEEKS AND COUNTING

    Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, and I have already spoiled
    things by telling you in my headline that there are just 16 weeks to go until
    the start of the NFL regular season. I know that time flies, but I feel like I'm
    writing this Hump Day notebook every other day. I guess that's good, because the
    off-season is cruising along briskly. But yeah, less than four months to go,
    fellas! Meanwhile, let's see what's going on with the Giants this
    morning...." Read more...

    http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



    INSIDE FOOTBALL


    A NICE "RING" TO CAP A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

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


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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




    Click on the photos below to zoom in.







    http://www.insidefootball.com/



    THE RED ZONE

    http://www.theredzone.org/

    GIANTS GAB




    http://www.giantsgab.com/



    GMEN HQ



    http://gmenhq.com/



    YARDBARKER


    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

    ELI MANNING, GIANTS TO GET RINGS

    "Giants' quarterback Eli Manning says he's looking forward to
    getting his latest Super Bowl ring Wednesday.


    The Super Bowl champs are being presented with the ring Wednesday evening in
    Manhattan at Tiffany & Co.




    Manning, who won his first Super Bowl in 2008, says he doesn't wear that ring
    much.




    "I kind of wear it on special occasions up to the start of the season, then I
    put it away," Manning told CNN on Wednesday. "It's a big ring. It's almost hard
    to wear."




    Manning also said his brother Peyton is "doing great" with his new team, the
    Denver
    Broncos
    . He says he's "loving it out there, working hard."


    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


    IN N.Y., TWO SIDES TO NFL CONCUSSIONS



    "Scenes from an opulent ballroom, an NFL gathering of pride and pain:


    In walks Joe Namath, nattily
    “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: WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012 - 1:21 P.M.



    thanks Roanoke!




    that ring is beautiful isnt it??







    Go Giants!


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012 - 1:21 P.M.

    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    that ring is beautiful isnt it??







    Go Giants!

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    It is indeed.
    “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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