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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012 - 5:59 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    NEWS
    ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
    UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
    ALSO INCLUDED.




    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK HEEDED MICHAEL STRAHAN'S ADVICE TO "GO FOR IT" IN DESIGNING BOLD SUPER BOWL RING

    "In early April, Antrel
    Rolle got a tattoo on his left pectoral muscle
    that included the Giants’
    Super Bowl XLVI ring, the Manhattan skyline, an image of him sorting stacks of
    cash and the words “All In.”


    Sounds close to one of Justin Tuck’s proposals for what the team’s rings
    would look like.


    Video: Giants get Super Bowl ring at ceremony at
    Tiffanys
    New York Giants players and coaches
    arrived at Tiffany & Co in Manhattan to get their Super Bowl XLVI ring which
    was officially unveiled on Wednesday. So the blue carpet was unrolled and the
    Giants arrived at about 6pm to go get their rings. (Video by William Perlman/The
    Star-Ledger)
    Watch video






    “We’re the New York Giants but we also play in New Jersey so I wanted to
    capture the New York-New Jersey feel,” Tuck, one of the designers of the rings,
    said before the players, coaches and members of the front office got
    the final versions on Wednesday night at Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store

    on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. “The first design, I wanted it to be more like the
    skyline with (the Turnpike) going to Jersey off the bridge and ending at the
    Timex facility. Something like that, with the Hudson River running right through
    the ring, but they couldn’t do that.”




    Tuck said he also proposed a “four-finger ring” to represent the four Super
    Bowls the Giants’ franchise has won.




    “Mr. (Steve) Tisch liked that idea but we didn’t get enough votes,” he said.
    “What else? I thought about a facial mural for each guy, so for instance, my
    ring would have my face on it, Antrel would have his.




    “Some of the ideas got knocked down. Hopefully, ring three, I can get a
    little more push behind some of the ideas.”




    Tuck thought big. After all, that’s what Michael Strahan told him.




    Tuck’s former teammate, who pushed for a “10-table
    ring”
    after the Super Bowl XLII victory, suggested Tuck be creative in his
    designs.




    “He told me go for it,” Tuck said. “When we were in the designing process, he
    told me, ‘Get the biggest and baddest one you can get.’ So that’s why I came up
    with some ostentatious designs I knew would get knocked down. But I’m pretty
    proud of what we did create.”




    When the players who have been on both of the past Super Bowl teams showed
    the rings side-by-side, the newer ones were much brighter and glistened more in
    the lights. It might simply be a matter of the new rings’ being cleaner and
    perhaps the blue stones on top helped the ring look brighter.




    Whatever the case, Tuck believes he, Eli Manning and the rest of the design
    team bested Strahan and his crew.




    “You see the difference,” he said, showing both rings. “That’s a 10-table
    one; this one’s a little bit better.”




    * * * *




    Tuck said he tried throwing the media a curveball on Tuesday by saying
    the leaked pictures of the rings weren't the real design
    because he didn't
    want those who hadn't seen it to have the surprise spoiled.




    Tuck sounded a bit perturbed the pictures got out, though he seemed most
    upset with those who passed them to the players who tweeted the images than the
    players themselves.




    "I didn’t want everybody that didn’t have anything to do with Giants Nation
    to be seeing the ring before we had 95 percent of our players seeing the ring,"
    he said. "I really think that was unfair and I wish I knew who dropped it and
    leaked the ring because I will have some choice words for him, too."




    * * * *




    Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying we in the media often get a
    reputation for looking at the small negative instead of the big positive in a
    situation. For example, in the past, we’ve written stories about which players
    aren’t at offseason workouts (i.e. Jeremy Shockey and Plaxico Burress) instead
    of focusing on the players who were there. Some didn't appreciate such an
    approach.




    On Wednesday night, given the celebratory scene and the fact it wasn't a
    mandatory event for the players by any stretch, I made a conscious effort to
    write about those who attended instead of those who weren't there. However, I
    did receive a few questions via Twitter and email as to whether or not the
    disgruntled Osi Umenyiora attended. He did not.




    Umenyiora tweeted this morning he's in
    Germany
    .




    I don’t know why he's in Germany and didn't attend the ceremony, nor am I
    judging. Just relaying some information to those interested.




    Meanwhile, Umenyiora has apologized for his
    "Happy Mothers' Day" tweet to Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
    . Well, he's not
    apologizing to McCoy, just to any
    women offended
    . Umenyiora said Sarah Spain of ESPN Chicago was correct for
    questioning his tweet in an
    article for ESPNW
    ."




    * * * *




    Giants president John Mara said after the ceremony Tom Coughlin's contract
    extension is coming "sooner rather than later." He also said he doesn't expect
    any hangups.




    * * * *




    I mentioned on Tuesday Brandon Jacobs had tweeted he wouldn’t be at the ring
    ceremony. I wasn’t sure why not, though. Jacobs answered a follower who asked
    that question on Wednesday by tweeting he couldn’t
    miss two days of workouts with his new team
    , the San Franscisco 49ers.
    Jacobs' wife, Kimberly, attended the ceremony in his place.




    Speaking of the Niners, there was no sign of WR Mario Manningham.

    GIANTS ENTERTAIN THOUGHTS OF "DYNASTY" AT SUPER BOWL RING CEREMONY

    "They had barely slipped on the 14-karat white gold ring with the four diamond
    Lombardi Trophies, the circle of 37 blue sapphire stones and the fitting words
    “Finish” and “All In” engraved on the inside when they talked about getting
    their next one.


    For most, it would be their second. For some, it would be their third.




    So while Wednesday night’s Super Bowl ring ceremony at Tiffany & Co. on
    Fifth Ave., the second in four years here, was a nice celebration for the
    Giants' players, it was also a chance to set the goal even higher and drop the
    “D” word.




    “You get that first time and you’re in awe, like, ‘Oh God, this might not
    ever happen again,’” defensive captain Justin Tuck, one of the designers of this
    year’s model, said as he stacked both of his rings on the podium inside the
    fifth floor of this storied building. “You win a second one and you’re like,
    ‘Hey, maybe we can do something here.’




    “Our thing now is we want to make it a dynasty.”




    Downstairs, the giddy players were still hugging and high-fiving, posting
    pictures of the rings on Twitter and in some cases saying goodbye to teammates
    they won’t play alongside this upcoming season.



    But in a quiet moment away from the chaos, Tuck told quarterback Manning of the
    future, “We have to play the games, so we might as well win them.”




    Manning laughed when that exchange was relayed back to him by a reporter.




    “Well, I thought that was a confidential conversation,” Manning said. “Justin
    was talking to Mr. (John) Mara and he was saying no Giants player has three
    championships with the Giants.


    New York
    Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) with his rings Giants Super Bowl ring
    ceremony at Tiffanys in Manhattan

    “So we’re
    setting the stakes high and make sure we stay motivated.”



    Frankly, that’s part of the point of these rings, which feature the years of
    the organization’s four Super Bowl seasons and the 21-17 final score of
    February’s victory over the Patriots — to remember what it took to get to this
    point.




    When Tuck looks at his ring, he’ll think about the emotions he experienced in
    an injury-plagued season. Victor Cruz will ponder his quick ascent and what it
    will take to maintain his stardom.




    In the sparkling stones, Ahmad Bradshaw will forever see himself falling
    backward onto his rear end into the end zone for the most awkward-looking Super
    Bowl-winning touchdown ever.




    Antrel Rolle doesn’t even need the ring because he recently got it tattooed
    on his left pectoral muscle, along with the Manhattan skyline, stacks of cash
    and the words “All In,” a phrase inspired by a Union City teacher’s speech to a
    few players late in the season.




    Tom Coughlin is partial to that other word inside the rings, the one he
    introduced in training camp to a team that had struggled down the stretch in the
    previous few seasons.




    “It means everything to me,” the Giants’ coach said. “The word ‘finish’ in
    there really captures a lot of emotion for me. Â?The fact our players can quote
    to you what this means to them and how they were reinforced by this over and
    over, I think that says a lot.
    “I’ll always look upon that.”




    Manning will remember how the “finish” was the difference. After all, as he
    said, a few plays were the difference between this team (7-7 heading into the
    Christmas Eve matchup with the Jets) getting rings and not making the
    playoffs.




    Manning hopes players understand uttering the “D” word means accepting the
    work needed to make such a difference a few more times.




    “We have great character on this team,” he said. “We have guys who are
    committed to winning and getting better.”




    Said Tuck, “You think about how lucky you are to be in this situation. There
    are a lot of great players who didn’t have an opportunity to win playoff games
    let alone Super Bowl wins, and I have two. I’m definitely thankful for
    that.”




    But apparently still hungry for more.




    He's not alone.




    "You can always have more rings," Rolle said. "Just ask Michael Jordan."

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    OSI APOLOGIZES FOR "MOTHER'S DAY" TWEET

    "Osi Umenyiora has apologized for offending women with his “Happy Mother’s
    Day” Tweet to Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.



    The Giants defensive end
    delivered that apology via
    Twitter
    on Thursday morning, apparently from overseas. It was a response to
    an article on ESPN’s website that was critical of the way he insulted his rival
    by calling him a woman.

    “Replace ‘woman" with race, religion or sexual
    orientation and the reaction would be far different,” wrote
    ESPN’s Sarah Spain
    . “Just imagine the response from media and fans if
    Umenyiora had tweeted McCoy ‘Happy Gay Pride Day.’”

    Said Umenyiora: “@SarahSpain is absolutely correct
    in her article. I wasnt thinking about it from that perspective. I apologize to
    any woman offended. It won't happen again.”

    Umenyiora -- who said on
    Twitter that he is currently in Germany, which is why he missed the Giants'
    Super Bowl ring ceremony
    on Wednesday night -- has insulted McCoy several
    times in the past year by referring to him as a woman. After McCoy used Twitter
    last spring to call Umenyiora “Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team
    honestly,” Umenyiora responded by calling McCoy “Lady Gaga,” a “little girl” and
    “a woman.”

    Then on Sunday, he surprised everyone by Tweeting an
    unprompted message to McCoy that said “Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy
    your special day!!”

    One person on Twitter responded to Umenyiora’s
    apology and told him it was “unfortunate” that people can’t just make a joke
    these days. Umenyiora, to his credit, didn’t use his attempt at humor as an
    excuse.

    “You have to look at things from other people's perspective
    sometimes,” he responded. “A joke to me and you might actually offend
    others.”

    Spain, via
    Twitter
    , told Umenyiora it was “so fantastic of you to actually read the
    piece and really think about the issue.”

    Responded Umenyiora: “I always
    try and look at things from someone else's perspective when it's called to my
    attention. You article is the truth”."

    GIANTS RING IN NEW SEASON WITH TALK OF "DYNASTY"

    "Justin Tuck now has two big diamond rings on his finger. He also has room for
    many, many more.


    That’s the lofty goal the Giants are setting as they
    get ready to defend the fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
    Winning two in five seasons was an incredible accomplishment, but they want
    something bigger.

    They want to be a dynasty, too.

    “I think the
    second ring makes you that much hungrier," Tuck said on Wednesday night when the
    Giants
    got their Super Bowl XLVI championship rings at Tiffany & Co.
    . “You get
    there the first time and you're in awe. You win the second one and you're like,
    'Hey, Maybe we can do something here.'

    “Our thing now is we want to be a
    dynasty. We want to make it a dynasty.”

    That seemed to be on all the
    players’ minds as they got their diamond and sapphire encrusted rings in a
    private ceremony. They admired the four diamond Lombardi trophies – one
    representing each of the franchise’s four Super Bowl championships -- inside a
    ring of blue on the face of their rings.

    Then they tried to figure out
    if there was room for a fifth.

    “Absolutely,” said safety Antrel Rolle.
    “I think the best part of this is I’ve been able to taste the blood. I’ve tasted
    the blood and I want to go back and definitely win another one. I’m never
    complacent. I’m never going to be satisfied with just one.”

    “After
    tonight I’m putting this thing away because I want to get another one,” added
    tackle David Diehl. “I want to get back here. I want this feeling
    again.”

    Most of the current Giants returned to New York for the
    ceremony, though Osi Umenyiora was one of the notables who appeared to be
    absent. Several former Giants were on hand too, including defensive end Dave
    Tollefson (Raiders), tackle Kareem McKenzie (unsigned), receiver Devin Thomas
    (Bears) and linebacker Jonathan Goff (Redskins). Even running back Brandon
    Jacobs (49ers) was represented by his wife, Kim.

    Each of the rings they
    received honored the Giants’ four Super Bowl championships, with the four
    trophies on top, and a list of the Giants’ four Super Bowl seasons – 1986, 1990,
    2007 and 2011 – on the bottom.

    It would be historic if they could soon
    add a fifth and allow some long-time Giants like Tuck and Eli Manning to become
    the franchise’s first three-time Super Bowl champion players.

    “That’s
    obviously setting the stakes high,” Manning said. “It’s making sure we
    stay
    motivated.”

    “I want to win another one,” added receiver Victor Cruz. “I
    think if we won one this early in my career, why not get a couple more?”

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


    NY POST

    TUCK TALKING GIANTS' DYNASTY

    "Justin Tuck slid his two Super Bowl rings off his fingers, placed them down
    on a shiny translucent lectern and said the word that previously he and no one
    else among these Giants has uttered.



    He said the “D” word.




    “You get that the first time you’re in awe,’’ Tuck said last night following
    the Super Bowl ring ceremony at Tiffany and Co. on Fifth Avenue. “You win a
    second one you think ‘Maybe we can do something here.’ Let’s make it a dynasty.
    We want to make it a dynasty.’’




    With two championships in four years, the Tuck-Eli Manning-Tom Coughlin
    Giants are on their way to possibly making that seemingly-impossible dream a
    reality. These Giants as a dynasty?

    “Me and Eli just were talking a minute ago and I said, ‘We got to play the
    games, so why not win it?’ ’’ Tuck said.



    Manning, asked about that conversation, said he thought it was confidential
    until he heard Tuck spilled the beans. Manning recounted a conversation Tuck had
    with co-owner John Mara in which Tuck mentioned no player has ever won three
    Super Bowls while playing for the Giants.




    “Setting the stakes high and obviously make sure we stay motivated,’’ Manning
    said. “The goal is always to win a championship.’’




    These are heady times for the Giants, who assembled en masse to collect their
    rings, for some for the second time in four years. A third title and the dynasty
    talk is more than just talk.




    “I hope so,’’ Manning said of a possible dynasty. “I think we have great
    character on this team, I think we have guys who are committed to winning, to
    getting better. I think guys understand last year was a great success and
    understand we had to fight our tails off just to make the playoffs. A little
    play here, a little play there we don’t make the playoffs.




    “We understand we have improvements to make. We’ve got to get better as a
    team. We have to get better as an offense. We have to make that next jump
    forward. We did that in the playoffs and played at a very high level against the
    best teams. That’s great and it’s good to know we can do that, but we’ve got to
    be consistent throughout the whole season.’’




    The theme of not being satisfied permeated the evening.




    “I’ll cherish it tonight but it’s back to work tomorrow,’’ said David Diehl,
    who now has two Super Bowl rings.




    “This is a great piece of hardware on my hand right now,’’ added Antrel
    Rolle. “But we can always have more rings. Just ask Michael Jordan.’’




    Players were thrilled with the final product they were able to pluck out of
    that famous blue Tiffany box. The big change from this ring to the one following
    the 2007 season is the addition of the color blue, with 37 sapphires ringing the
    top of the ring.




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




    Another difference is the engraved words “Finish’’ and “All In’’ on the
    inside of the ring, reminders of the inspirational phrases the Giants used to
    manufacture their Super Bowl run.




    “The word ‘Finish’ in there really captures a lot of emotion to me,’’ said
    coach Tom Coughlin, who used that word as a rallying cry all season.




    Players walked a blue carpet on Fifth Avenue, many accompanied by their
    wives, on a night that will be one of the final reminders of last season.




    “It means a lot,’’ Jason Pierre-Paul said of his new ring, before quickly
    adding “Try to get another one. We can. It’s all about hard work, you know, what
    the guys put in it. It don’t matter how many guys come in or how many guys
    leave. It’s all about the hard work that everybody can come together as one, as
    teammates, as a team, and make another run.’’

    FORMER GIANTS RETURN FOR RING CELEBRATION

    "No chance Dave Tollefson was going to miss spending a night with his former
    Giants teammates, who last night received their Super Bowl championship rings at
    a private ceremony at Tiffany and Co. on Fifth Avenue.



    “A lot of these guys are great friends of mine,’’ said Tollefson, the
    reliable reserve defensive end who signed with the Raiders in the offseason.
    “It’s really kind of like an old frat party, going back to college and hanging
    out with your boys. It doesn’t feel weird at all. I think my wife, she’s like
    ‘It’s going to be weird for you.’ I’m just excited to see
    everybody."

    That was evident from the great big bear-hug Tollefson put on Justin Tuck as
    they walked the blue carpet upon arrival at the event. This is always a
    potentially uncomfortable situation, players who were cast aside by the Giants
    returning to claim their diamond and sapphire studded prize.



    “You always want to be able to go ahead and enjoy it with all the guys and be
    able to celebrate and, you know, get that coveted ring,’’ said Kareem McKenzie,
    who started every game at right tackle last season but was not pursued in free
    agency by the Giants and remains unsigned. “It’s always something that, you’re
    really anxious at first but when you get down to it, I’m just excited.’’




    McKenzie said he believes he has plenty of football left in him. “I’m not
    retired yet,’’ he said. “I still want to play, but, you know what, we’ll go
    ahead and see what happens, and if no one calls me, oh well, I guess I am
    [retired]. No big deal to me. It’s a great way to go out. I mean, you can’t beat
    it. Go out as Super Bowl champion, win it two times in 11 years, you can’t beat
    it. Not at all.’’




    Brandon Jacobs, now a member of the 49ers, was not on the scene but there are
    no hard feelings, as his wife, Kim, was. Also on hand were Devin Thomas, who is
    now with the Bears, and Jonathan Goff, who signed with the rival Redskins.
    Former Giants Rocky Bernard, Michael Clayton and Derrick Martin were also on
    hand.




    “End this chapter in our life with the people I really care about, played
    with the last five years and you kind of move on, you know?,’’ Tollefson said.
    “This is for me a twice in a lifetime thing. You can’t miss out, because when
    you do something like this and you have a chance to be with the guys you did it
    with that’s what it’s all about.’’

    GIANTS' UMENYIORA APOLOGIZES FOR "SEXIST" MOTHER'S DAY TWEET

    "Osi Umenyiora said an online article that condemned him as sexist for wishing
    Eagles running back LeSean McCoy a Happy Mothers Day was "absolutely correct,"
    as he issued an apology Thursday.



    ESPNChicago anchor Sarah Spain hit out at the Giants defensive end in an
    article on the network's site dedicated to women's sports, ESPNW, saying,
    "Umenyiora still thinks being compared to a woman is the ultimate insult."




    Umenyiora took a shot at McCoy on Sunday, telling him to "enjoy your special
    day," as he reignited a long-standing feud with the Philadelphia star.




    McCoy welcomed the insult, saying, "Lol let the beef begin," while former
    Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, now with the 49ers, chimed in, too, saying,
    "Omg hahaha."




    [img]/r/nypost/2012/05/17/news/web_photos/osi_tweet_2093433--525x100.jpg[/img]






    But Spain said in a commentary piece Wednesday that those laughing at
    Umenyiora's tweet reinforced that "the sports world is still an old boys'
    club."




    She wrote, "To Umenyiora, saying that a man is a 'woman' is equivalent to
    calling him a 'wuss,' a 'weakling' or a 'crybaby.' Well if that's what he means,
    he should use those words. The word 'woman' should not be interchangeable with
    these insults."




    She added, "Assigning characteristics like 'tough' and 'strong' to men and
    'soft' and 'weak' to women is not only lazy, it perpetuates stereotypical gender
    roles and can be harmful to both boys and girls. Those qualities are personality
    traits, not gender traits. There's nothing soft or weak about Serena Williams or
    Lisa Leslie or Billie Jean King."




    [img]/r/nypost/2012/05/17/news/web_photos/osi_tweet_1093312--525x100.jpg[/img]






    Umenyiora responded, "@SarahSpain is absolutely correct in her article. I
    wasnt thinking about it from that perspective. I apologize to any woman
    offended."




    He also fought Spain's corner when one of his followers criticized the
    reporter, saying, "you can't joke about anything in 2012 .. There's a sour
    person about every subject."




    Umenyiora replied, "But you have to look at things from other people's
    perspective sometimes. A joke to me and you might actually offend others."




    Spain was delighted with the NFL star's response, offering him "big props"
    and adding, "So fantastic of you to actually read the piece and really think
    about the issue."




    [img]/r/nypost/2012/05/17/news/web_photos/sarahspain_tweet093938--525x200.jpg[/img]






    Umenyiora, who still is in a contract dispute with the Giants, responded, "I
    always try and look at things from someone else's perspective when it's called
    to my attention. [Your] article is the truth."

    GIANTS' GUARD SNEE WANTS RUNNING GAME TO IMPROVE


    GIANTS GUARD SNEE WANTS RUNNING GAME TO IMPROVE



    "Players come, players go and the offensive line is about to undergo another
    transformation, but the Giants starting right-guard spot continues to belong to
    Chris Snee, who knows nothing lasts forever.



    “My number will be called at some point, and they’ll have to put another
    right guard in there,’’ Snee said last night. “I’m enjoying being the right
    guard and hopefully have a better season than last.’’




    Better season than last? The Giants are coming off a victory in Super Bowl
    XLVI, aren’t they?




    “We finished last in rushing,’’ Snee quickly countered. “A lot of factors go
    into it, but the big guys up front take pride in that. We’ll take all the blame,
    warranted or not. We’ll take the heat. Me being a leader of that front, I’ve got
    to get the guys going, myself included.’’

    Snee never puts himself in the center of attention, but he was in the
    spotlight last night, honored by the United Way of New York along with Jets
    guard Brandon Moore and former Giants linebacker Harry Carson for their service
    to the community.



    Following the season, Snee had surgery on his right elbow to clean up a
    problem that he kept quiet week after week, and he was eager to change the
    subject when asked about his rehab.




    “I’ve been gaining my strength back and doing some work on the field,’’ Snee
    said. “I’ll be back there next week for OTAs. Good to go.’’




    He declined to attribute what he felt was substandard play to the injury.




    “I blame it on nothing,” he said. “I need to play better.’’




    While Snee, 30, stays put entering his ninth pro season, the Giants have to
    replace longtime right tackle Kareem McKenzie, who was not re-signed.




    “There’s only speculation at this point,” Snee said. “The logical thing would
    be to have [David] Diehl move to right tackle, but we’ll see.’’




    If Diehl shifts from left to right tackle, Will Beatty would be re-inserted
    into the starting left-tackle spot. Beatty missed the final six regular-season
    games and the entire playoff run with a detached retina.




    The Giants tried to refortify their stagnant rushing attack by taking David
    Wilson in the first round of the NFL Draft and added receiver Rueben Randle in
    the second round and tight end Adrien Robinson in the fourth. They also selected
    two offensive linemen, Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants.




    “It is exciting, but then again I’ve seen rookies come and go, you can’t
    really count on them until you see what they can do on the field,’’ Snee said.
    “Time will tell, and then we’ll get excited or move on again. They come in and
    they have to prove to us they can play and they know the offense and can catch
    on quickly."


    LT PUTS HIS GIANTS' SUPER BOWL RING UP FOR AUCTION

    "A day after the Giants receiver their championship rings for winning Super
    Bowl XLVI comes word that Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor is selling his
    Super Bowl XXV ring.



    According to SCP Auctions, the ring has received 12 bids with the top bid, as
    of 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, at $37,982. The auction ends on Saturday. The
    estimated value of the ring is $75,000 - $100,000.




    The oft-troubled Taylor is clearly in some financial distress to take the
    drastic step of peddling one of his two Super Bowl rings. Taylor was also on the
    Super Bowl XXI winning team.




    The auction house describes the ring as “arguably the most significant Super
    Bowl player ring ever offered publicly’’ and goes on to state “it features two
    football shaped diamonds on the face surrounded by worn blue enameling framed by
    seventeen smaller diamonds.’’




    The name “TAYLOR” is engraved on the left shank above a Giants helmet and his
    number “56”. Engraved on the interior band in the full name “LAWRENCE TAYLOR”.
    According to the press release, “the ring shows considerable wear, that in some
    eyes, only enhances it aura.’’ Anyone who purchases the ring receives a
    notarized letter of authenticity from Taylor."


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



    GIANTS' JOHN MARA ON TOM COUGHLIN'S NEW DEAL: "WE'RE WORKING ON IT"

    "Back in late March, New York Giants co-owner John Mara
    said the team expected to have Tom
    Coughlin
    's contract extension worked out within 4-6 weeks. Now, more than seven weeks later,
    the head coach remains a lame duck. However, Mara reiterated on Wednesday night
    during Big Blue's Super Bowl XLVI ring ceremony that a new deal is, in fact,
    coming.



    "We're working on it," Mara said. "It will be done sooner rather than
    later."




    Following a 2010 season in which the Giants went 10-6 and missed the playoffs
    for the second consecutive year, Coughlin was given a one-year extension through
    2012 to avoid being a lame duck coach. Despite two mediocre seasons and a rough
    start to 2011, which saw fans beginning to call for his termination, Giants
    brass remained loyal to Coughlin. They never wavered in their support and Mara
    said during the Super Bowl XLVI postgame that he looked forward to answering the
    many letters questioning why they chose to keep Coughlin around.




    In his eight years with the Giants, Coughlin has experience only one losing
    season – his first (6-10 in 2004). Since then, he has compiled a 68-44 regular
    season record, a 8-3 playoff record and, of course, has brought the Lombardi
    Trophy home twice.




    In early April, Giants 101 contested that Coughlin deserved an open-ended contract. And while he's not
    likely to receive such a luxury, a long-term deal should be expected."



    ##

    NEW YORK GIANTS TALK POTENTIAL "DYNASTY" AT SUPER BOWL XLVI RING CEREMONY

    "Dynasty. It was a word most recently associated with the New England
    Patriots, who had won three of four Super Bowl championships from 2002 to 2005.
    Before that, you have to go back to the late 70's and early 80's to find a true
    dynasty in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, having won two of the last four Super
    Bowls, the New York Giants find themselves in a position to be
    thinking about their own potential dynasty … and they're not shy about discussing it.



    “You get that the first time you’re in awe," defensive end Justin
    Tuck
    said last Wednesday night. “You win a second one you think ‘Maybe we
    can do something here.’ Let’s make it a dynasty. We want to make it a
    dynasty."




    Big Blue certainly has the core to compete on a yearly basis, and they're
    built to win now, but the NFL is a diverse league and absolutely nothing is a give
    in. However, as Tuck says, "we got to play the games, so why not win
    [them]?"




    Still, there's a very fine line between winning and losing, and quarterback
    Eli
    Manning
    will be the first to remind everyone of exactly that.





    "I think we have guys who are committed to winning, to getting better. I
    think guys understand last year was a great success and understand we had to
    fight our tails off just to make the playoffs. A little play here, a little play
    there we don’t make the playoffs," Manning said.




    What say you, Giants fans? Could this team possibly do the impossible and
    establish themselves as a dynasty?"

    GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK # 62 ON NFL'S TOP 100 LIST FOR 2012

    "Despite injuries that held him down for the vast majority of the 2011-2012
    season, New York
    Giants
    defensive end Justin
    Tuck
    played well enough and with enough passion to once again be considered
    one of the National Football League's premiere talents, as voted on by his
    peers. The defensive captain was ranked #62 on the NFL's Top 100 List for 2012.
    http://www.giants101.com/



    "That's Justin, you know? He's going to play through pain. He's the captain
    up there," former Giants tackle Barry Cofield said. "I think he feels a
    responsibility to go out there and fight. You can see he's physically not where
    he wants to be; not where you're used to seeing him. He's a guy that still goes
    out there and fights, and when he's on the field he's going to fight hard for 60
    minutes."




    Teammate and fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora calls Tuck a "monster" citing
    his leverage, balance and ability to "get under people."




    Nicknamed "Weeble Wobble", Tuck garnered the most praise for his versatility;
    his ability to play and succeed at any position in the front seven. During Super
    Bowl XLVI, Tuck gathered a sack from both the linebacker and defensive tackle
    position, while forcing a safety from the defensive end position.




    Despite falling two spots from a year ago, Tuck was honored to once again be
    named to the NFL's Top 100
    Players List.





    "I'm just happy to be on it," Tuck said. "Honored to be a part of
    it."




    Congratulations to the two-time Super Bowl champion."



    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: THE RING IS THE THING

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here are your Thursday morning Giants notes.



    Giants
    entertain thoughts of 'dynasty' at Super Bowl ring ceremony | NJ.com

    "You
    get that first time and you’re in awe, like, ‘Oh God, this might not ever happen
    again,’" defensive captain Justin Tuck, one
    of the designers of this year’s model, said as he stacked both of his rings on
    the podium inside the fifth floor of this storied building. "You win a second
    one and you’re like, ‘Hey, maybe we can do something here.’

    "Our thing
    now is we want to make it a dynasty."





    NY
    Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck still upset over Super Bowl XLVI ring
    design leak - NY Daily News

    "I didn’t want everybody that didn’t have
    anything to do with Giants Nation to be seeing the ring before we had 95 percent
    of our players seeing the ring," Tuck said on Wednesday night. "I really think
    that was unfair. And I wish I knew who dropped it and leaked the ring because I
    will have some choice words for him too." 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.”




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    YARDBARKER


    A NEW DEAL FOR TOM COUGHLIN IN THE WORKS

    "It’s funny to go back to just two seasons ago and see how Rex Ryan was the
    toast of the town to the New York media and Tom Coughlin was old news and needed
    to be taken behind the barn and shot.


    Today? Well, Ryan is on the hot seat and Coughlin is rumored to be getting an
    extension after his second Super Bowl title in four years.






    At the Giants Super Bowl ring ceremony yesterday, team owner John Mara told
    local media that”We’re working on it. It will be done sooner rather than later”
    in regards to a new deal for Tom Coughlin. At 65 and entering the final year of
    his current deal, this is a move that was expected even before the improbable
    run to the title last season.




    The truth is that things aredifferentin New York. I look at teams with
    coaches who underachieve constantly, yet get to keep their job and aren’t
    lambasted by the media. In New York, it’s win or get out. It doesn’t matter what
    sport, what team or what you’ve done in the past. It’s all about what you’ve
    done lately. And two titles in four years makes Coughlin safe for awhile.




    Eli Manning is already going to be given a pass for the rest of his career.
    Joe Namath won one title and little else the rest of his career, yet he is still
    treated as the king of New York today. But for a coach, what you’ve done lately
    never rings more true than in the Big Apple.





    After winning the title in 2007 and winning 12 games the following year,
    things were quiet. But after an 8-8 season in 2009 and a late season collapse in
    2010, the majority of the fan base wanted Coughlin to go. He’d “lost his fire”
    after winning the Super Bowl, many were saying.




    With the team sitting at 6-6 this season with just four games left to play,
    the sentiment began to grow louder. But that’s when the team did what Coughlin
    led teams seem to do; they coalesced around their coach and took their game to a
    whole new level. Squeezing into the playoffs on the final game of the season
    with a convincing victory over Dallas, they did what the past few Super Bowl
    champs have done and entered the playoffs on a hot streak en route to another
    improbable Super Bowl run.





    If Coughlin had these results in any other city, he’d probably of been
    offered a Don Shula type situation by now and allowed to stay as long as he
    wanted. And deservedly so.




    All conversations of the “great head coaches” in the modern NFL seem to start
    and stop with Bill Belichick. But who comes after him? Even before last season,
    I would have argued and stumped for Coughlin. He just finds a way to get his
    team to rally around him and is, for lack of a better term, a leader of men.
    He’s won 58% of his regular season games since becoming the Giants head coach in
    2004 and has a sizzling .727 winning percentage in the postseason.





    In short, Coughlin sticking around in New York for the foreseeable future
    should have Giants fan extremely content. Even if the teamfinishes.500 next
    season. Because you know they’ll be back with him leading the way.

    ##

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    MARIO MANNINGHAM, BRANDON JACOBS PASS ON RING CEREMONY

    "While their former teammates with the New York Giants were receiving
    their Super Bowl XLVI rings, current San Francisco 49ers running
    back Brandon Jacobs and wide
    receiver Mario Manningham were on a practice field in Santa Clara, California, 3,000
    miles away from the festivities.



    "I think winning a championship is important, not many people have one and
    not many people have had a chance to play in a Super Bowl," said Jacobs, who was
    represented at the ceremony by his wife, Kim. "I respect that, but right now,
    I'm working towards the same goal with a new team."




    Jacobs won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, but clashed with management
    over his contract and bristled after losing the starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw. After
    refusing to accept a pay cut, Jacobs was released and agreed to a one-year
    contract with the 49ers on March 29, one week after Manningham signed a
    two-year, $7.5 million contract to switch coasts.




    "I talk to Mario every day," Jacobs said. "We love being here. The work is
    something special. I'm glad I'm here with Mario and vice-versa. It's a special
    thing. This football team, this coaching staff and this whole organization is
    great. I'm happy to be a part of it and just ready to go."




    Jacobs and Manningham will face their former teammates on October 14 at
    Candlestick Park."


    ##

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    YAHOOSPORTS

    THE SHUTDOWN CORNER INTERVIEW: GIANTS' DL JUSTIN TUCK

    "
    It's been a busy week for New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck. On
    Thursday, he picked up the second Super Bowl ring of his career -- and the night
    before, he was in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, for a
    screening of the movie, "Battleship," to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The
    WWP is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower
    wounded warriors, and Tuck was there in conjunction with SUBWAY restaurants. The
    movie, directed by Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights"), stars Col. Greg Gadson, a
    member of the WWP who lost both his legs in Iraq in 2007, and who has been an
    inspirational force for the Giants ever since. We had the opportunity to speak
    with Tuck about the premiere, the Giants, a couple of Super Bowl wins, and his
    NFL future.


    Shutdown Corner: First, could you talk about the
    "Battleship" screening?




    Justin Tuck: Colonel Gadson is in the movie, and he's meant
    so much to myself and to the New York Giants, it's just a good way to support
    the people who are overseas, fighting for our freedoms.




    SC: ColonelGadson is the man who came to your facility
    during the 2007 season and proved to be such an inspiration for you,
    right?




    JT: Right. I first met him in 2007, just before that Super
    Bowl, and coach Coughlin brought him in to do a motivational speech. One of our
    coaches at the time knew Colonel Gadson pretty well, and he just wanted an
    opportunity to tell his story to us. After that, he had such an impact, he
    became like a member of our team. He would go on the road with us, three or four
    games a year -- as many as he could make it to -- and he really had an impact on
    our team. So, he's been around since 2007, I've known him since then, and we've
    had the opportunity to watch him battle with the struggles he's had from serving
    over there. You marvel at the fact that he never complains -- he's always
    upbeat, and he's always lifting us up. That's amazing from a guy who doesn't
    have any legs.




    SC: It kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't
    it?




    JT: Oh, no question. You really can't allow yourself to
    complain about anything, when you see a guy who could have easily given up on
    life, but he's making the best of it.




    SC: Obviously, we're not talking about the same level of
    risk in football, but there has been a lot of talk about player safety lately.
    Where do you stand on the issue, and how well do you think the NFL is handling
    it?




    JT: It's a serious issue, The game we play is a physical
    sport, and we put our bodies on the line every time we go out on that that
    field. But it's something ... we know the dangers that come with it, but the
    dangers are a real issue, and I hope we'll find ways to minimize them. That goes
    with a combination of the equipment we're using, to the rules changes by
    Commissioner Goodell and his bunch. Just being more aware of player safety from
    the players' standpoint, also.




    SC: Right. People say, "Well, you guys knew what you
    signed up for when you decided to play this game," but that doesn't mean that
    more shouldn't be done. Specifically, do you think there should be more of an
    outreach for players after they're done with the game?




    JT: I think so, because there's one thing about players --
    most players won't ask for help until it's too late. That's something that's
    ingrained in us, and it's unfortunate. Ho
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