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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012 - 6:04 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' MARKUS KUHN CONTINUES TO ASSIMILATE INTO A FOREIGN GAME

    "As he and his North Carolina State teammates ran out of the tunnel to play
    Central Florida to open the 2007 season, Markus Kuhn looked around Carter-Finley
    Stadium and was overwhelmed. For the 21-year-old freshman, it was more than his
    collegiate debut; it was the first college football game he ever attended.


    “I was completely shocked,” Kuhn said of playing in front of 60,000 people.
    “I was pretty much amazed by everything.”




    Five years later, the German-born Kuhn was the Giants’ seventh-round
    selection in last month’s NFL Draft after a senior season in which he tallied
    five sacks at defensive tackle. The 6-4, 302-pounder became just the second
    German-trained player — after Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer in
    2009 — to become an NFL Draft pick.




    Kuhn is 26, ancient by NFL rookie standards, but he’s raw and known as a “gym
    rat,” as general manager Jerry Reese noted.




    He had experience playing for a club team in Germany before coming to the
    United States, but he arrived in Raleigh, N.C., without complete understanding
    of the basics that become second nature for most American players by the time
    they play in college.

    “When he first got here, he wasn’t great,” said college teammate and best
    friend Audie Cole, a Minnesota Vikings seventh-round pick. “He didn’t know much
    about the game.”


    Kuhn’s unlikely road to the NFL began when he first visited the United States
    for a family vacation to Florida when he was 14. During the brief stay, he
    watched football on television, marveling at the intensity and popularity of the
    sport.




    Kuhn had tried other sports in Germany, but he desired the physicality he
    eventually found in football. When he turned 15, he joined the Weinheim
    Longhorns’ junior team and played quarterback and linebacker. He joined the
    club’s senior team four years later, settling in at linebacker and leading the
    second-division team to a championship and a spot in the country’s first
    division in his final season.




    “When I first met him, he reminded me of what Arnold Schwarzenegger would
    look like before hitting the weights,” said Shawn McBrayer, an American who was
    the Longhorns’ quarterback and offensive coordinator at the time. “He just got
    better and better with time. He became a force.”




    Before long, NFL Europe invited Kuhn to camps across the country. When he was
    invited to the league’s two-week player development camp in Tampa, Fla., he was
    convinced that he had a future in the sport. But if he attended the camp, he
    would forgo his college eligibility. Instead, Kuhn took the college route.




    Kuhn prepared himself academically by taking the appropriate standardized
    tests. He and his father mapped out their recruiting stops. The two landed in
    Washington, with highlight DVDs in hand, and Kuhn began selling himself to
    colleges on the East Coast unannounced — he had sent e-mail messages to various
    schools before visiting, but none responded.




    “They probably saw it was some German e-mail and thought it was spam or
    someone trying to sell them something so they didn’t really make it anywhere,”
    he quipped.




    The trip began at Liberty; Richmond was next. Kuhn visited a few more
    Football Championship Subdivision programs and, realizing how impressed coaches
    were, he set his sights on Football Bowl Subdivision schools.




    Eventually, they stopped by North Carolina State.




    “My dad’s name is Wolfgang and I remember when he said, ‘Oh, Markus, it would
    be neat if you played for the Wolfpack,’?” Kuhn recalled. “And we walked in and
    they were really friendly right away.”




    During the next five years — he redshirted in 2009 due a shoulder injury —
    Kuhn steadily improved. He began his career at defensive end, but after his
    sophomore season he made the transition inside to tackle and became a starter
    his senior year.




    Off the field, his heavy German accent faded and he became entrenched in
    American culture, taking up hobbies like hunting, which Cole introduced him to
    and is rare in Germany because of strict firearms laws.




    While his assimilation to America continues, another transition begins to a
    new level of American football. He’ll do it under the microscope back home. A
    German reporter was on hand during last Saturday’s rookie minicamp sessions even
    though Kuhn was held out with a leg injury. And though American football pales
    in comparison to soccer and other sports in Germany, Kuhn said if there’s one
    team Germans recognize it’s the Giants.




    His professional career is off to a delayed start due to the leg injury, a
    laceration that required stitches, but Kuhn is confident he’ll able to help a
    loaded Giants defensive line soon enough.




    And just like in college, he hopes the first NFL game he attends will be with
    him on the field.




    “If I’m at one, I’d rather play in one than just watch,” Kuhn said. “That’s
    for sure.”

    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."

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


    NY POST
    THE BERGEN RECORD

    GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA ENTERS LT RING SAGA WITH TWITTER TWIST

    "Osi Umenyiora added another twist to the Lawrence Taylor Super Bowl ring saga
    Saturday when he offered to buy the championship hardware up for auction and
    return it to the Giants’ Hall of Fame linebacker, but not without a catch.



    Umenyiora took to his Twitter account Saturday morning and pledged to
    purchase Taylor’s ring – which was placed in auction on SCPAuctions.com by
    Taylor’s son T.J. – if the support was there. A sign of that support, Umenyiora
    suggested, would be helping him hit 1,000,000 Twitter followers by the auction’s
    end.




    “I’ve met LT once in my whole life. So, if 1 million people care enough to
    get him his ring, then I care enough to pay for it,” Umenyiora tweeted Saturday
    morning.




    Umenyiora eventually dropped his target number, lowering it to 500,000 in the
    afternoon. In a four-hour span, Umenyiora’s follower count jumped from roughly
    18,000 to 35,827 just before his renegotiation and later topped 50,000.




    The auction closed at 10 p.m. Saturday and the highest bid from a total of 27
    was for $144,252. At that point, the extended bidding period began and only
    those who placed bids could continue in the auction through today until a winner
    is declared. The ring’s estimated value is $75,000-$100,000."

    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


    GIANTS ONE OF THREE TEAMS INTERESTED IN VETERAN SAFETY DEON GRANT

    "Could veteran safety Deon
    Grant
    make a late offseason return to the New York
    Giants
    for the second consecutive year? It's certainly a possibility says
    Grant, who revealed during an interview with SiriusXM on Sunday that the Giants,
    Detroit
    Lions and Dallas
    Cowboys have all expressed interest in him.


    Grant added that he's in no rush to sign, and is just waiting for the right
    opportunity.




    The 11-year veteran has spent the last two seasons with the Giants, returning
    a year ago in mid-August following a string of injuries to their secondary. He
    went on to play all 16 games for the Giants, who often employed a three-safety
    look, recording 64 tackles, one sack and one interception.




    Given the current health and depth at cornerback for the Giants, it's
    unlikely that they'll showcase a similar three-safety look this season. However,
    having recently waived Chad Jones and with questionable depth behind Kenny
    Phillips, Antrel Rolle and Tyler Sash, signing Grant for training camp
    competition and leadership wouldn't be such a bad decision.




    Should Grant end up re-signing with the Giants, it would likely be a one-year
    deal for the veteran minimum."

    LAWRENCE TAYLOR'S SUPER BOWL RING SELLS FOR $230,401.00

    "Bidding is now closed for Lawrence
    Taylor
    's Super
    Bowl XXV
    ring, and the hammer price came in at $230,401 (which includes
    buyers premium). Unfortunately, New York Giants defensive end Osi
    Umenyiora
    was unable to reach 500,000 Twitter followers by midnight on
    Saturday and did not cast the final of 30 bids.



    "Good Morning people! Well i guess we didnt make it to 500k for LT. But i
    appreciate the people who tried. #respect you can now unfollow me," Umenyiora tweeted.




    Umenyiora managed to amass only 54,879 followers -an increase of over 35,000-
    in support of Taylor's ring. Meanwhile, former Big Blue running back Brandon
    Jacobs
    saw his Twitter followers climb to only 2,659, an increase of less
    than 600.




    Each player had pledged to purchase the ring and have it returned to LT if
    they were able to eclipse 1,000,000 Twitter followers. They later dropped the
    number down to 500,000.




    SCP Auctions did offer an addendum as they entered into extended bidding on
    Sunday morning:





    "This ring will be accompanied by two letters of provenance, one signed by Lawrence
    Taylor
    acknowledging he gave the ring as a gift to his son Lawrence
    Taylor
    , Jr. and a second signed by Lawrence
    Taylor
    , Jr. stating that the ring is in fact the authentic 1991 New York
    Giants Super
    Bowl XXV
    ring he received from his father. The ring does not come with a
    notarized letter as printed in the catalog."




    The name and location of the winning bidder is private."

    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?"


    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SUNDAY READING MATERIAL

    "Good morning, New York Giants
    fans! Here is a little bit of Sunday morning reading material for you.




    Giants'
    Osi Umenyiora fails in Twitter campaign for L.T.'s ring - NFL.com

    New
    York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora
    fell short of the half-million Twitter followers he said he needed in order to
    buy the Super Bowl ring of Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.




    Valentine's View: I thought this was a pretty disingenuous 'offer' by
    Umenyiora, anyway. If he really wanted to get the ring and return it to Taylor
    he would simply have done so. Instead, he grandstanded for attention and Twitter
    followers.





    Marvin
    Austin among breakout candidates - NFC East Blog - ESPN

    The 2012 draft is
    so last month, and the 2013 draft is too far away to comprehend, so our draft
    expert Mel Kiper Jr. is thinking back to the 2011 draft.





    Giants'
    Markus Kuhn continues to assimilate into a foreign game | NJ.com

    While
    his assimilation to America continues, another transition begins to a new level
    of American football."

    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


    GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FAILS IN TWITTER CAMPAIGN FOR LT'S RING

    "New York Giants defensive end Osi
    Umenyiora
    fell short of the half-million
    Twitter followers
    he said he needed in order to buy the Super Bowl ring of
    Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.



    The ring is being auctioned off by Taylor's son,
    and Umenyiora said he would buy it and give it back if he got 1 million
    followers on Twitter by the end of the auction (10 p.m. ET) Saturday. Umenyiora
    later revised that figure down to 500,000.




    Although the defender came up well short -- he had short of 55,000 followers by the deadline -- it did net
    him some 35,000 new followers, according to the New York Daily News.




    Umenyiora has been silent on the micro-blogging site since around 5:30 p.m.
    Saturday.




    The ring eventually sold for $230,401 after 30 bids."

    http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG




    YAHOOSPORTS

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl


    FOX SPORTS


    TOM COUGHLIN DESERVES EXTENSION; JUST NOT ALL THE CREDIT

    "Tom Coughlin will soon be getting a contract
    extension from the New York Giants. The extension will be well
    deserved. Anytime you win two championships in four years you deserve a contract
    extension and probably a raise.



    Has everything been peachy and hunky dory
    throughout Coughlin’s tenure? Of course not.
    From Coughlin time to spats with guys like Michael Strahan and Tiki Barber to late season collapses and
    playoff failures. With another super bowl title in the next couple of years, he
    and Eli Manning can join a rare pantheon of coach
    quarterback combos with three or more super bowl wins. With every great head
    coach, comes great help in putting it all together. Coughlin has only had one
    sub .500 record which was his first year. Coughlin has certainly benefited from
    that.




    Having Steve Spagnuolo and now Perry Fewell at defensive coordinator has
    certainly made an impact. The year in between them with Bill Sheridan was an absolute disaster, where
    they finished 8-8 and were 30th in
    points allowed including a whopping 85 in the final two. Kevin Gilbride has been the offensive
    coordinator the entire time. As much as the way he calls plays can get
    frustrating at times, all in all he’s done a pretty good job with the offense
    especially in the development of Eli Manning. Jerry Reese and Ernie Acorsi did a great job in putting
    together the team throughout this run. Finding diamonds in the rough is the key
    to success in the league and finding guys like Ahmad Bradshaw in the 7th round and Victor Cruz as and undrafted free agent is the
    key to building teams.




    Coughlin has done a great job with this
    club. Clearly the system works and its the right way to go for this particular
    group of players. Coughlin has softened up as he has gotten older and it’s lead
    to success for him and his club. Things he’s instituted like the leadership
    council has provided more stability and a better way to communicate with the
    players. Coughlin deserves credit for this run, but in order to make it its also
    about the organization."

    LT'S SUPER BOWL RING SELLS FOR $230K

    "Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring sold for more than $230,000 at auction
    as Osi Umenyiora admitted defeat
    in his unlikely attempt to claim the prize for the New York Giants great.


    The flurry of six-figure offers for the ring saw bidding for the lot extended
    past its deadline late Saturday before the 30th bid of $192,001 was declared the
    winner by SCP Auctions.




    The price rose to $230,401.20 with the addition of the buyer's premium.




    Current Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who had promised to buy the ring
    if his follower list on Twitter passed 500,000, accepted Sunday morning that he
    would not be reuniting the memento with Taylor.




    With his list of followers climbing from the low 20,000s to little over
    55,000, Umenyiora tweeted, "Well i guess we didnt make it to 500k for LT. But i
    appreciate the people who tried. #respect# you can now unfollow me."




    Upon hearing the eventual sale price, though, he said, "Yikes! I guess the
    450,000 let me off the hook!"




    The British-born NFL star, who originally demanded one million followers to
    enter the bidding, had pledged to choose one of his Twitter followers at random
    to present Taylor with the ring if he had won the auction.







    A longtime representative of Taylor told FOX Sports' Jay Glazer on Friday
    that the former 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."

    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

    OSI UMENYIORA FALLS SHORT OF TWITTER TARGET TO BUY LT'S RING

    "New York
    Giants
    defensive end Osi Umenyiora offered to buy and return Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring to the
    Pro Football Hall of Famer, but only if Umenyiora attained 500,000 Twitter
    followers by 10 p.m. Saturday.


    Umenyiora, relatively new to the social media site, had roughly 54,600
    followers as of 10 p.m. Saturday, falling quite short of the threshold needed to
    fulfill his promise to purchase the ring being auctioned off by Taylor's son,
    Lawrence Taylor, Jr., and SCP Auctions.




    As of approximately 10:15 p.m. Saturday, there were 29 bids on the ring and
    the current bid was $174,546.



    The auction began Thursday and was scheduled to end Saturday night. A new
    release estimated the ring to be be worth between $75,0000 and $100,000.




    Taylor's agent, Mark Lepselter, previously told FoxSports.com that the
    linebacker was unaware his son was auctioning off the ring, but was fine with
    his son's choice. Taylor gave the ring to his son as a gift, according to the
    addendum on the bidding site.




    "L.T is a football LEGEND! If 1,000,000 people support him getting his ring
    back, then its worth it to me to buy it and give it back to him," Umenyiora
    wrote earlier Saturday before amending the request to 500,000 followers.




    Umenyiora, who wrote that he has only met Taylor once, also tweeted he would
    let a random follower present the ring to Taylor.




    When asked by one follower why he couldn't just buy the ring straight up for
    Taylor, Umenyiora wrote: "Honestly, because i dont know him. If im going to
    spend that kind of money, it will be because people love him and show it."




    The ring has two football-shaped diamonds and 17 smaller diamonds. "Taylor"
    is written above a Giants helmet and "56," Taylor's number, appears below the
    helmet. It also has "Giants World Champions" written on it.




    The ring is accompanied with two letters of provenance, one from Taylor and
    one from his son, to verify that it is indeed the Super Bowl ring."


    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

    2011'S BEST PERFORMANCES: SAFETIES

    Excerpt: "5t. Kenny Phillips, New York Giants:
    Week 1 at Washington
    (+4.5)



    You sometimes forget about Kenny Phillips, the former first-round pick for
    the Giants, yet he’s turned himself into one of the most consistent safeties in
    a league short in that area. In Week 1, he picked-up a couple of pressures, a
    pass deflection, and three tackles for less than 2-yard gains. Throw in forcing
    another incompletion with a big hit on Anthony Armstrong and you have our joint
    fifth-best performance from 2011 of all safeties." Read more...

    ##

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012 - 12:12 P.M.



    thanks Roanoke!




    i love the players attitude....doubling down on this dynasty/repeat thing!







    Go Giants!


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012 - 12:12 P.M.

    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    i love the players attitude....doubling down on this dynasty/repeat thing!







    Go Giants!

    [/quote]

    It's a great way to head into OTA's and training camp.
    “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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