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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012 - 8:08 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

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    GIANTS' UMENYIPRA OFFERS TO BUY BACK LT'S SUPER BOWL RING

    "Osi Umenyiora promised Saturday to buy back Giants great Lawrence Taylor his
    Super Bowl XXV ring.



    The catch -- the Giants defensive end will only bid to win the auction if he
    lands one million followers on Twitter.




    Umenyiora put himself forward as an unlikely entrant early Saturday.




    "All L.T, NYG, NFL FANS! If i get 1million followers, i will buy L.T's ring
    back and give it to him," he tweeted. "The 1,000,000th will give it to him. In person.
    I'm not joking."




    Umenyiora will need to pay a six-figure sum to land the 1991 ring, with the
    top offer after 24 bids standing at $108,378 with less than 12 hours to go
    before the auction ends Saturday night.

    But his money looked safe with the Umenyiora approximately 970,000 followers
    off the one million mark at the same stage.



    Umenyiora later clarified it would be a random follower that would return the
    ring to Taylor, after it was pointed out that those helping him get to seven
    figures on Twitter would be doing so without a shot at the main reward.




    Taylor, meanwhile, was still coming to terms with the fact that his Super
    Bowl ring, which he won at the end of the 1990-91 season when the Giants
    defeated the Buffalo Bills in the title game, was even up for auction.




    A longtime representative of Taylor told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer on Friday
    that the former NFL linebacker had given the championship ring to his son TJ who
    could do whatever he wanted with it.




    "Lawrence was in fact unaware of it but said he gave it to TJ and it's his
    right to do what he wants with it. He's fine with whatever TJ decided," Mark
    Lepselter told Glazer."

    RINGER SON SELLS OUT LT

    "As it turns out, Lawrence Taylor is not selling his Super Bowl XXV ring. But
    his son is.



    The ring Taylor earned after the 1990 season is being auctioned off by
    SCPAuctions.com, but the oft-troubled Hall of Fame linebacker is not the one
    seeking to cash in on the ring.




    Taylor had given the ring to his son, T.J. and it was T.J. who put it up for
    auction, according to Jay Glazer, who is with Fox Sports and reported that
    Taylor was not even aware that the ring was being auctioned.




    On his Twitter account, Glazer wrote that, based on a conversation he had
    with Taylor’s agent, Mark Lepselter, “LT wasn’t aware at all that his son had
    put it up for auction. However, he had no problem with it, [because] he feels
    they are now his son’s property.”

    It looks as if T.J. will get some serious cash for his famous father’s Super
    Bowl ring, which was estimated to be valued at between $75,000 and $100,000. The
    bidding, which closes tonight, has reached $89,568."






    COUGHLIN CONTRACT STILL COMING "SOON"

    "At some point this offseason Tom Coughlin is going to get a lucrative
    contract extension from the Giants. The only questions are: How much? How
    long?



    And, When?

    Giants co-owner John Mara answered the last
    question on Wednesday night by saying “We’re working on it” and that “It’ll be
    done sooner rather than later.” That was a little more vague than his response
    in late March when he reportedly said the deal would be done in 4-6
    weeks.

    That was a little more than seven weeks ago, but Mara insisted
    there were no holdups in the negotiations with the 65-year-old coach. It’s also
    entirely possible the negotiations are finished. Remember, when the Giants
    announced their one-year contract extension with Coughlin last July, the deal
    had already been done for months.

    Regardless, it’s going to happen.
    Coughlin has won two Super Bowls in the last five seasons and both Mara and
    Giants co-owner Steve Tisch have constantly credited Coughlin – along with GM
    Jerry Reese -- for the turnaround of the franchise.

    “I just want you to
    know how much this means to my family,” Mara told the players at the ring
    ceremony on Wednesday night. “We have been here with this team since the
    beginning in 1925, through great seasons and a number of not-so-great seasons.
    This is not just a business to us, this is personal. Much of my childhood and
    early adult years were spent suffering with some pretty poor teams. There were
    years when the team was ridiculed and scorned by the media and by our
    fans.

    “So to get to this point today, where we’re the world champions
    again, and to have an organization that is universally respected and, to my
    thinking, is second to none, is very special indeed. So thank you Jerry Reese,
    Tom Coughlin and all the players, coaches and staff for making this dream of
    ours a reality.”

    So what about the other two questions – How long and
    how much? The length of the deal will likely be up to Coughlin, who has never
    said publicly how much longer he wants to coach. As for the amount, Coughlin’s
    contract extension after the Super Bowl XLII championship was for four years and
    $21 million – about $5.25 million per year.

    This deal will almost
    certainly top $7 million per year, considering five NFL coaches already make at
    least that much (Those and four others make more than Coughlin, according
    to a recently published list in Forbes
    ). It probably will approach $8
    million annually, which would make Coughlin the highest paid coach in the
    league.

    That’s a title currently held by New England coach Bill
    Belichick ($7.5 million), who has lost the Super Bowl to Coughlin twice in the
    last five years.




    ***
    Strahan’s ring advice? Go ‘Big’ and ‘Bad’

    When
    Justin Tuck started discussing the Super
    Bowl XLVI ring design
    with some of his teammates, he already had decided he
    wanted one bigger and shinier than the “10-table ring” that Michael Strahan
    helped design after Super Bowl XLII. And Strahan told him that’s exactly what he
    should do.

    “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.”

    Tuck didn’t get
    everything he wanted on the ring. He said at one point he proposed some sort of
    “mural” on the ring featuring images of New York and New Jersey. “The first
    design, I wanted it to be more like the skyline with highway 95 going to Jersey
    off the bridge and ending at the Timex facility,” he said. “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 celebrate
    the franchise’s four Super Bowl championships. And when that was shot down (Even
    though “Mr. Tisch liked that idea,” Tuck said), he proposed that each ring would
    have a mural of each players’ face.

    Despite having all those suggestions
    shot down, Tuck seemed pleased with the end result. And he definitely thinks his
    “Restaurant Ring” – one he said can be seen from all over a restaurant, not just
    from “10 tables” away – has the Super Bowl XLII ring beat.

    “You see the
    difference,” Tuck said as he flashed both rings on his fingers. “That’s a
    10-table one. This one’s a little bit better.”




    ***
    Want your own Super Bowl ring?

    You can’t really
    get a Super Bowl ring of your own, but sadly, you can buy the one Lawrence
    Taylor earned in Super Bowl XXV. The day after the current Giants got their
    rings, LT’s
    ring was put up for auction
    .

    The ring, which SPC auctions calls
    “arguably the most significant Super Bowl player ring ever offered publicly,”
    isn’t in mint condition. In fact, according to the description, it “shows
    considerable wear, that in some eyes, only enhances it aura.”

    Whatever.
    The ring and its aura have an estimated value of between $75-100,000. As I type
    this on Thursday night, the high bid is $89,568.

    The auction
    ends on Saturday.




    ***
    McKenzie not ready to go out on top

    Kareem
    McKenzie, the still unsigned starting right tackle on the Super Bowl XLVI
    champions, was one of several former Giants in attendance last night and he said
    he always planned to come get his second Super Bowl ring.

    And if that’s
    the last thing he does in his NFL career? Well, he said “It’s a great way to go
    out.”

    “I mean, you can’t beat it,” McKenzie said. “Go out as Super Bowl
    Champion, win it two times in 11 years, you can’t beat it. Not
    at
    all.”

    McKenzie, who turns 33 later this month, insisted that he
    still wants to play football and that “I’m not retired yet.

    “We’ll go
    ahead and see what happens and if no one calls me, oh well, I guess I am
    (retired),” he said. “So, you know, no big deal to me.”

    McKenzie was
    joined by several other former Giants, including DE Dave Tollefson (Raiders), WR
    Devin Thomas (Bears), LB Jonathan Goff (Redskins), S Deon Grant (unsigned), DT
    Rocky Bernard (unsigned) and S Derrick Martin (unsigned). RB Brandon Jacobs
    (49ers) was represented at the event by his wife, Kim.




    ***
    Rolle gets a ring he can never take off

    Antrel
    Rolle was happy to get his Super Bowl championship ring, but he kind of already
    had one. A few weeks ago he had the image of the ring tattooed on the left side
    of his chest.

    Really.

    “Yeah, it's the actual ring,” he said. “I
    had already seen the design. You know, it’s set in stone – it’s set in ink, I
    should say, but there it is.”




    Why go through that painful process just to get a picture of a ring he likely
    won’t actually wear?

    “This championship definitely meant a lot to me,”
    he said. “It meant a lot for us to go out here and win it as a team. Especially
    with everything we'd gone through this year with injuries an having an up and
    down season. For us to go out there and win everything, I think it definitely
    set in stone.”




    ***
    Endorsement from the JPP of defensive
    ends


    Jason Pierre-Paul hasn’t had a chance to welcome rookie
    tight end Adrien Robinson to the Giants, but he’s certainly already heard of the
    team’s fourth-round pick. That’s because Giants GM Jerry Reese referred to the
    raw-but-talented Robinson as “the JPP of tight ends.”

    So what did the
    real JPP think of that?

    “There’s not going to be another JPP, man,” he
    said. “There’s only one of me.”




    ***
    Gadson remains loyal to the Giants

    Lt. Col.
    Greg Gadson has been an inspirational figure around the Giants since 2007, when
    he was first brought in to speak to the players by his good friend and former
    Army teammate Mike Sullivan, who was then the Giants’ receivers
    coach.

    Now Sullivan is in Tampa where he’s the offensive coordinator of
    the Buccaneers.

    But Gadson – who attended the Giants’ ring ceremony on
    Wednesday night -- isn’t about to head south with his friend. On Tuesday night,
    at a screening of his first movie Battleship, he made it clear his
    heart is still blue.

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

    LAWRENCE TAYLOR REPORTEDLY UNAWARE HIS SUPER BOWL RING WAS BEING AUCTIONED

    "Lawrence Taylor has
    no problem with his Super Bowl XXV ring being auctioned off to the highest
    bidder. But it wasn't his idea to do it.



    The Giants legend and Hall of Fame linebacker was reportedly unaware that the
    championship ring was being sold by SCP Auctions because he had long ago given
    it to his son, T.J., according to Fox Sports. Taylor's long-time agent contacted
    the apparently surprised former Giants linebacker, the report said, and he
    indicated T.J.'s decision to sell the ring was "fine".




    "Lawrence was in fact unaware of it," Taylor's agent, Mark Lepselter, said in
    the statement to Fox. "But said he gave it to T.J. and it's his right to do what
    he wants with it. He's fine with whatever T.J. decided."

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


    NY POST

    LT NOT AUCTIONING OFF HIS SUPER BOWL RING BUT HIS SON IS

    "As it turns out, Lawrence Taylor is not selling his Super Bowl XXV ring. But
    his son is.



    The ring Taylor earned after the 1990 season is being auctioned off by
    SCPAuctions.com but the oft-troubled Hall of Fame linebacker is not the one
    seeking to cash in on the ring. Taylor had previously given the ring to his son,
    T.J. and it was T.J. who put the ring up for auction, according to Jay Glazer of
    FOXSports, who reported that Taylor was not even aware that the ring was in
    auction.




    Glazer on his Twitter account wrote that based on a conversation he had with
    Taylor’s agent, Mark Lepselter, “LT wasn't aware at all that his son had put it
    up for auction. However, he had no problem with it [because] he feels they are
    now his son’s property.”




    It looks as if T.J. will get some serious cash for his famous father’s Super
    Bowl ring, which was estimated to be valued at between $75,000 and $100,000. The
    bidding, which closes Saturday night, has reached $89,568."

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

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    REPORT: LT'S SUPER BOWL RING BEING SOLD BY HIS SON

    "Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring, being auctioned by SCPAuctions.com,
    was apparently put up for sale not by the Hall of Fame linebacker, but by his
    son, TJ.



    According to a report by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the former Giants star was
    unaware of the auction until he was approached by his longtime agent Mark
    Lepselter.




    In a statement released to Glazer via his Twitter account, Lepselter said:
    "[Taylor] gave it to TJ and it's his right to do what he wants with it. He's
    fine with whatever TJ decided."

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

    WALL STREET JOURNAL

    ZILCH

    http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

    THE NEW YORK TIMES

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

    GIANTS 101


    NEW YORK GIANTS ARE NOT FINISHED BEING "ALL-IN"

    "The New York Football
    Giants are World Champions. Doesn’t get old hearing that, eh?


    Recent events -mainly the front office, team, coaches and ancillary staff
    getting their Super Bowl rings from Tiffany- have suggested that there’s not
    only a sense of Giants Pride continuing, but what will also be on the horizon.
    Pictures floating around the internet explain how proud the G-Men are of their
    February accomplishment.




    What shows their mindset for the future more are the statements being made,
    primarily by two of the team captains:





    "Our thing now is we want a dynasty. We want to make it a dynasty … I think
    the second ring makes you that much more hungrier. The first time you are in
    awe, and then you win the second one and you’re like ‘Hey, maybe we can do
    something here’…” said defensive team captain, Justin
    Tuck
    Wednesday evening.




    Giants quarterback and two-time MVP took the reminiscent route, discussing
    his gratefulness to Head Coach Tom
    Coughlin
    :





    “I know how important Coach Coughlin has been to me. From my rookie year he
    made me stay late every night and draw up every blitz and how we were protected.
    I came prepared even though I wasn’t playing….he made me grind it out. I have
    great respect for him and his work ethic. Hopefully we can continue to have a
    number of good seasons ahead of us…”




    Eli
    Manning
    even went on to mention that #91 mentioned dynasty thoughts to
    Owner, John
    Mara
    :





    “…and he was saying no Giants player has three championships with the
    Giants.”




    Manning added:





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




    Is anyone else getting excited for Giants Football in 2012?!




    Most feel that “All In” and “Finish” (both of which are engraved inside the
    Super Bowl rings) were just a part of 2011’s season-ending rally to get the team
    together to close the season on as high a note as capable. Apparently not,
    doubters. This Giants team has, before our eyes, become one – a team full of
    believers.




    The feeling emanating from Big Blue is that they aren’t finished. Yeah, they
    finished a chapter, but this great book isn’t near being complete. Records are
    still being broken and with most of the core players and coaches intact, many
    games are still to be won.




    Antrel
    Rolle
    said last year of “All In”:





    “It’s our minds that, you know, are powerful … what’s gonna give you that
    extra inch, what’s gonna give you that extra push.”




    The Giants-Coughlin football attitude is definitely not rare around the men
    who go out and perform. For them, Mini Camp is June 12-14, 2012. Training Camp
    is approximately sixty-nine days away. The first Preseason game is an estimated
    eighty-three days away. The first New York
    Giants
    Regular Season game of 2012 is one-hundred-nine days away. Are you
    ready?"



    ##

    OSI UMENYIORA, BRANDON JACOBS PLEDGE TO WIN & RETURN SUPER BOWL RING AT6 1m TWITTER FOLLOWERS

    "New York
    Giants
    defensive end Osi
    Umenyiora
    was shocked when he learned Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring was up for auction. He
    couldn't fathom the legend and NFL Hall of Famer losing his jewelry forever, so the
    Chief devised a contest: get him to 1,000,000 Twitter followers to save the
    ring.




    Umenyiora pledges that at 1,000,000 Twitter followers, he will see to it that
    he wins the auction for Taylor's Super Bowl ring and then allows a fan (chosen
    at random) to personally delivery the ring back to LT.





    "Attn: All L.T., NEW YORK
    GIANTS
    , NFL FANS! If I
    get 1 million followers, I will buy LT's ring back and give it to him. I'm not
    joking," Umenyiora tweeted. "L.T is a football LEGEND! If 1,000,000 people support him getting
    his ring back, then it's worth it to me to buy it and give it back to
    him."




    Former Big Blue running back Brandon
    Jacobs
    immediately jumped aboard this bandwagon, and joined Umenyiora in his
    quest. Like Osi, Jacobs will buy the ring at 1,000,000 Twitter followers and
    allow a fan (chosen at random) to personally deliver it to the legend.





    "I am in with you on this," Jacobs tweeted to Osi. "I will follow the same
    guidelines."




    As of now, Umenyiora has 22,353 followers, which is up over 3,350 followers
    since his initial tweet about the ring, Jacobs, meanwhile, has 2,214 followers,
    which is up over 210 since he joined this campaign.




    Umenyiora can be followed @OsiUmenyiora and Jacobs can be followed @gatorboy45.




    With less than 13 hours remaining for Taylor's Super
    Bowl XXV
    ring, time is running out. The bid is currently $98,525."

    GIANTS' JASON PIERRE-PAUL CONSIDERED ONE OF NFL'S MOST DOMINANT NON-QUARTERBACKS

    "When drafted 15th overall by the New York Giants in 2010, defensive end Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    was considered a project with tremendous upside. He had very
    little football
    experience, didn't fully grasp the game, but his athletic ability was off the
    charts. Now, two years later, JPP has begun to put the pieces together and is
    becoming recognized as one of the NFL's premiere players.


    Although he still has a ways to go, Pierre-Paul has transformed into a film
    rat who soaks up as much knowledge and information as he possibly can. As a
    result, he's becoming an intelligent player with freakish athletic ability.
    Accordingly, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has deemed him one of the seven most dominant non-quarterbacks in the
    league
    .





    "Pierre-Paul is the defensive version of Calvin Johnson. His physical size
    and athletic ability are so off the charts that it is tough to come up with a
    defensive comparison from the present or the past. His length and ability to
    corner the edge is similar to Jevon Kearse, but he's much thicker and stronger.
    In 2011, JPP was a dominant force with 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He creates
    major matchup problems no matter where he aligns. From the outside, his power is
    a major issue for offensive tackles, while his quickness gives interior
    offensive lineman fits. One highly respected NFL defensive line coach believes he's the best pass
    rusher to enter the league in the past 10 years," Jeremiah
    wrote.




    In 2011, only his second full season at the professional level, JPP collected
    86 tackles, 16.5 sacks, eight stuffs and batted down seven passes. He also
    excelled on Special Teams, recording a huge blocked field goal that helped
    propel Big Blue into the playoffs. He displayed an incredible motor that saw him
    downfield making plays on running backs and wide receivers. He also showcased
    lateral movement unique to former players like Lawrence Taylor and the
    aforementioned Jevon Kearse.




    And he's not even close to his ceiling yet…




    How good JPP becomes remains to be seen, but the tools are in place for him
    to not only join the NFL's elite, but to possibly change the game in ways that
    LT had. He's a defensive player that has to be game planned for, but no matter
    how much attention he receives, he still cannot be stopped … or even slowed
    down."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: DAVID WILSON LOOKING TO MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT

    "The NFLPA held its Rookie Premiere event on Friday, and SB Nation was
    fortunate to have both writers and video people in attendance at the event. Joel
    Thorman of SBNation.com and Arrowhead Pride passed along
    some quotes from New York Giants
    rookies David Wilson,
    the first-round pick, from Virginia Tech.


    Wilson told Thorman that the Giants are looking for immediate help from the
    rookie running back.




    "They took me with their first pick and they want me to contribute right
    away. I'm putting my foot in the door," Wilson said. "Last year, they were low
    in the rushing game and they brought in a running back. They expect you to
    contribute. With Bradshaw, he's a great running back but not the biggest guy so
    we'll complement each other. Although we're both not the biggest guys, we run
    hard. That's all you can ask for a running back."




    After the jump, a somewhat bizarre video from the folks at SB Nation YouTube
    who were in attendance at the event.




    Youth Football Initiative




    The Giants are one of six NFL teams who will participate in the NFL's
    newly-launched youth football safety and helmet replacement partnership. The
    initiative will remove helmets that are 10 years old or older and replace them
    with new helmets at no cost to the beneficiary leagues and will provide coaches
    with the latest educational information to help keep their young athletes safer
    and healthier."

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



    INSIDE FOOTBALL


    http://www.insidefootball.com/



    THE RED ZONE

    http://www.theredzone.org/

    GIANTS GAB




    http://www.giantsgab.com/



    GMEN HQ



    http://gmenhq.com/



    YARDBARKER


    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


    GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012

    "Eli Manning went onto
    CNN the other day. Naturally, the Giants quarterback and two-time
    Super Bowl winner was asked a question about ... Tim Tebow? Of course he
    was, because that's the kind of respect he and the Giants command in the town
    they play football. Which might be less respect than they command in the NFC
    East, where you're unlikely to see many pundits pick them to win the division.


    It's beyond foolish (not to mention disrespectful). But Eli and Co. are
    OK by that.

    "It's one of those deals, in New York you win a Super Bowl
    but I'm the third most talked about quarterback between Mark [Sanchez] and Tim,"
    Manning said. "But that's the way I like it."

    This wasn't the first time
    Manning's had to say that. He repeated the mantra on another
    national news show
    around NFL Draft time. Knowing that people would rather
    talk Tebow and Sanchez than Manning and his rings, and knowing that the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins all had "big"
    offseasons, should it be any surprise that people aren't picking the Giants to
    win the NFC East ... again?

    Of course not. But in the land of offseason
    champs, the Giants are still king, because they have a proven formula for
    winning, continuity across the board and an easier schedule this season.









    It's nearly
    impossible to predict a hampionship-winning hot streak in the NFL, although
    they're happening more and more in recent years. But there are two things you
    need to generate one: an elite quarterback who thrives late in games and a pass
    rush capable of taking over on the defensive end and generating turnovers. (Look
    at the Steelers of 2008,
    the Packers of 2010 and, of
    course, the Giants of 2007 and 2011.)

    The Giants return both of
    those things in 2012 and, honestly, there's no reason to think the G-men won't
    get better in each area next season. Eli took a monster step forward in
    2011 after we all scoffed at his "elite" comments and should be poised to
    continue that success in 2012. Jason Pierre-Paul is
    still scratching the surface on his terrifying potential. Osi Umenyiora is playing
    for a contract (finally!).

    And Justin Tuck, as he told me
    during a recent podcast, is taking steps this offseason to be completely healthy
    next year. I also pointed out to Tuck that, in Vegas, the Eagles are currently
    favored to win the NFC East.

    "I should go bet something in Vegas," Tuck
    said about the Giants odds to win the division. "If I was a betting man I'd
    probably go put some money in Vegas."

    One more thing on Tuck: he talked
    about building a dynasty at the Giants recent ring ceremony. Whether or not you
    classify dynasties by division titles (the Giants have three in the past 10
    years) or Super Bowl rings (two in the last five) is beside the point. To build
    a dynasty in any sport one thing is paramount: continuity.

    The Giants
    have that in spades, especially as they transition from last year's title team
    to 2012's hopeful repeat defenders. Are there losses? Sure. Aaron Ross is gone to Jacksonville, but Terrell
    Thomas is an upgrade if he's healthy. The secondary's overall statistics don't
    look great from last season, but they were dominant down the stretch. If they
    perform at that same level in 2012, watch out.

    Mario Manningham took
    the money and ran, but his production was overvalued based on a big catch at the
    right moment; Rueben
    Randle
    was a steal in the second round and along with Ramses
    Barden can fill that void. Brandon Jacobs joined
    Mario by the bay, but the addition of David Wilson to the
    running game is an upgrade as well. To say that the offensive line
    isn't a strength is stating the obvious; the Giants have done just fine for a
    while with plug-n-play linemen though.









    All of this
    is happening while the rest of the division is in flux -- the Cowboys are
    rebooting their defensive scheme and the Redskins are trying to slam the manhole
    on the Rex Grossman/John Beck Era. The Eagles
    are just trying to live up to the hype (again), only this time they're keeping
    all their flashy offseason signings in-house. Good for them.

    The one
    concern for the Giants -- at least at the moment -- is the schedule next year.
    They currently have the hardest strength of schedule in the NFL for 2012, but
    the Eagles are tops in terms of quality opponents (teams with at least nine wins
    in 2011) they have to play, with eight. The difference is the Eagles appear to
    have a softer spot at the back end of 2012; you might be able to
    find a soft spot
    for the Giants early in the year. Maybe.

    Here's the
    thing though. People believe the Giants limped into the playoffs because of
    their 9-7 record. The reality is that Tom Coughlin's squad was 6-2 after beating
    the Patriots in Week 9.
    Then they embarked on a portion of the schedule that saw them play the Packers,
    49ers, Saints, Eagles, Cowboys (twice)
    and Jets down the stretch.


    They weren't in the middle of any kind of "swoon," despite what fans
    thought and despite what the local press pushed as a narrative. They were
    grinding through an impossible late-season schedule that ultimately prepared
    them for a hot run in the playoffs.

    In other words, they were tested.
    And they'll be tested again next year; if they don't suffer the ridiculous slew
    of early season injuries they dealt with in 2011, expect them to improve on last
    season's results. The running game will be better, the secondary is improved and
    -- gulp -- the pass rush might be even better.

    It's a formula that
    worked last year and it's a formula that will work again in 2012. That everyone
    else is busy lauding the rest of the division for their offseason "wins" is all
    the better."



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    MISCELLANEOUS

    SAINTS PATIENT WITH DREW BREES

    "
    New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis said he isn't taking any of Drew Brees'
    recent complaints about the slow pace of contract negotiations personally.


    "I feel for him. I feel with him. He wants to be here right now. I want him
    to be here right now and we'll work hard to get that accomplished," Loomis said
    Friday while attending an event at the Saints Hall of Fame.




    "It's important to Drew, but it's important to our team. The magnitude of
    this contract is going to impact our team for a long period of time, so we've
    got to get it right. It's got to be right for Drew, but it's got to be right for
    our team as well."




    Loomis, as he typically does when talking about contracts, declined to go
    into specifics about the sticking points holding up the deal or even to offer a
    range of financial figures being discussed.




    Team owner Tom Benson said Brees would be in uniform for the Saints this
    season, but added that the record-setting quarterback and Loomis have to work
    out some details first.




    "There's money involved, you know, and two people have some difference of
    opinion, but it's going to be worked out," Benson said. "I assure you that Drew
    Brees will be playing here, OK?"




    Brees said earlier this week that he is frustrated by the lack of
    communication and lack of urgency to get a deal done.




    The Saints have placed an exclusive franchise tag on Brees, virtually locking
    him into New Orleans for this season. However, Brees has said he wants a
    long-term deal with more security and so far has decided to stay away from team
    headquarters for voluntary off-season workouts.





    Jets add SS Bell




    The Jets signed free agent strong safety Yeremiah Bell, formerly of Miami, to
    a one-year, $1.4 million deal, according to an NFL source.




    Bell (6-0, 205), who was a sixth-round choice of the Dolphins in 2003, had
    spent his entire career with Miami. He totaled 562 tackles, 44 pass breakups, 11
    1/2 sacks and six interceptions in nine seasons with the Dolphins.




    Bell gives the Jets some depth and insurance at safety behind projected
    starters Eric Smith and LaRon Landry. Landry, signed as a free agent in March,
    is recovering from an Achilles' injury and it's unclear when he will be
    healthy.




    The Jets also signed undrafted free agent G Terrence Campbell.




    They also announced that Jeff Bauer, a scout for the team for 11 years, was
    promoted to director of college scouting, replacing Joey Clinkscales.




    Clinkscales recently left to join Oakland's personnel
    department.




    Former Indianapolis scout Kevin Kelly also was hired by the Jets as a
    scout.





    Bengals sign top pick




    The Bengals signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, their top pick in
    the draft. It's the fastest they've gotten a top pick under contract since
    2003.




    Kirkpatrick was the first of Cincinnati's two picks in the opening round,
    going 17th overall.





    Briefs




    The Colts claimed guard Zane Taylor off waivers from the Eagles. He is the
    third former Eagles lineman brought in by GM Ryan Grigson, who worked in
    Philadelphia's front office before taking the Colts job in January. Indy also
    traded for Winston Justice and signed free agent Mike McGlynn. … The Bills
    signed offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, their second-round pick."

    TEBOW LAWYERS THREATENING TO SUE T-SHIRT MAKERS

    "
    Lawyers representing Tim Tebow have sent a cease and desist letter to a T-shirt
    manufacturer they say is illegally using the name of the New York Jets
    quarterback to sell products.



    CubbyTees.com created a green shirt that says "My Jesus" in a design that
    resembles the Jets' logo. Tebow's attorneys threatened to pursue legal action
    against the company for "using the name of Mr. Tebow" on its site "to promote,
    advertise and sell numerous T-shirts."




    The cease and desist letter was first reported by TMZ.com.




    In an email to The Associated Press, Kevin Doolan of CubbyTees.com said his
    company was surprised by the legal threats, and it informed Tebow's attorneys
    that it would not comply with their demands. Doolan also said they gave Tebow's
    lawyers the chance to retract their allegations against the company, but they
    did not.




    In a statement issued Wednesday, CubbyTees.com said the design is "positive
    and innocuous" and the graphic "legally sound" since it doesn't mention or
    depict Tebow.




    A message was left Friday seeking comment from Tebow's attorneys.




    Doolan also said his company had no reason to believe Tebow was personally
    involved in the legal threats, had any awareness of the shirt or any objection
    to the design — although the quarterback was copied in on the cease and desist
    letter. Doolan added that he and his company are fans of Tebow.




    As of Friday night, no legal action had been taken by either side.




    "We are artists and have no desire to trespass on anyone's legitimate
    intellectual property rights, but we also will not roll over and sacrifice
    ours," CubbyTees.com said in its statement.




    It's not the first time Tebow has been the subject of a merchandising spat.
    Last month, Reebok reached a settlement with Nike in U.S. District Court in
    Manhattan to remove thousands of jerseys and T-shirts it stamped with the
    quarterback's name from stores after he was traded from the Denver Broncos to
    the Jets in March.




    Nike Inc. had sued Reebok International Ltd., saying the rival apparel maker
    was trying to squeeze the most out of the end of its 10-year NFL apparel
    licensing deal by using Tebow's name on products — even though Nike was about to
    begin a five-year NFL contract of its own."


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    thanks Roanoke!




    i hope LT gets his ring back and puts it in safe keeping!


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    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    i hope LT gets his ring back and puts it in safe keeping!

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