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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012 - 1:30 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    NEWS
    ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
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    http://www.nj.com/giants/

    NY DAILY NEWS

    FORMER GIANTS' GREAT AND HALL OF FAMER'S CRUSADE TO HELP NFL RETIREES REINFORCED BY RAY EASTERLING'S SUICIDE

    Excerpt: "Harry Carson, the
    Giants Hall of Fame linebacker, had never met former Falcons safety Ray
    Easterling, but received a disturbing e-mail from him on March 18, 2011. Just
    over one year later, Easterling committed suicide, shooting himself in the
    head.



    Carson was the captain of the Giants, but really a captain for all players,
    past and present, teammates and those from other teams. He commands so much
    respect and players confide in him and count on him for guidance.




    Easterling sent the e-mail to Carson months before Easterling became the lead
    plaintiff in the first class action concussion-related lawsuit filed against the
    NFL. He had been moved by a letter Carson wrote about former Bears safety Dave
    Duerson (he played on the Giants’ 1990 Super Bowl team after Carson retired),
    who had committed suicide and was later found to have Chronic Traumatic
    Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease of the brain caused by head
    trauma.




    “He wrote that he didn’t know how much longer he could hold on,” Carson told
    the Daily News.




    Carson posted excerpts of Easterling’s letter on his blog at harrycarson.com.
    He did not include the part about Easterling worrying about holding on — he felt
    it was too sensitive and personal to post at the time of his death. In the
    e-mail, Easterling introduced himself, told Carson he played for the Falcons
    from 1972-80, was always regarded as a “hitter,” that he was experiencing
    accelerating loss of nerve function in his hands, had recently had tests
    indicating early onset of Alzheimer’s, “wondered if my business acumen has been
    askew for several years, due to the number of concussions I played with in
    games.”




    He said he had two hip replacements, five knee operations, an elbow
    operation, shoulder reconstruction, neck pain and bone spurs. He also told
    Carson about serious financial problems.




    Carson wrote back to Easterling and told him he shared his e-mail with his
    former teammate George Martin, who was the head of the NFL Alumni Association
    until he resigned last month, and others that could help him. Easterling had
    asked Carson to be an advocate for him due to his involvement with the Gridiron
    Greats, which helps retired players in need, but Carson was not heavily involved
    with that group. That was the last contact he had with Easterling. “I wished him
    the best of luck,” he said.




    When he heard Easterling had taken his life in April, Carson searched his
    e-mail. “Is that the same guy I got an e-mail from?” he thought. “I found it. Oh
    s---.”




    Carson had a sadness in his voice as he related the story Friday. “It was at
    that point I recognized he was really, really pleading for some kind of
    assistance, he was looking for a lifeline. In some ways, we all failed him,” he
    said. “He took the action he felt he needed to take.”




    Carson has not added his name to the list of over 2,000 former players suing
    the NFL for its handling of concussions. Last week, more than 80 lawsuits were
    consolidated into one, accusing the NFL of failing to warn players of the risk
    of head injuries and/or impose safety regulations.




    He said he had 12-18 concussions playing football, most of them in the NFL
    and many coming in practice. Carson suffers from post-concussion syndrome with
    occasional headaches, migraines, his problem solving process has slowed down, he
    has days with blurred vision, but he has learned to manage them and live a
    normal life.




    His son Donald, who graduated from Virginia Tech medical school last week,
    played football at Savannah State. But if Carson had a young son now, he said he
    would not let him play football “because there is so much more that I know now
    than I knew back then.”




    In his Hall of Fame induction speech in Canton in 2006, Carson implored the
    NFL to take care of retired players, which helped bring the issue national
    attention. “If we made the league what it is, you have to take better care of
    your own,” he said.




    He has encouraged former players who have asked for his advice that they
    should join one of the lawsuits, and he left open the possibility he will join
    in the future. For now, he feels he is best served trying to educate players on
    not living for today, but worrying about their future and the impact playing
    football could have after they retire.




    “I feel like I am a messenger,” he said. “If I join a lawsuit, then people
    will say, ‘You see Harry Carson joined the lawsuit, so whatever he says carries
    no weight, he’s going in it for the money.’ I feel I don’t want my message to be
    tainted.”




    Does he hold the NFL responsible for not protecting the players?




    “I hold the game of football responsible,” he said. “It’s a sports-wide
    problem.” Read more...

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




    GIANTS AS CHARITABLE OFF THE FIELD AS THEY ARE DOMINANT ON IT

    "Just about everyone with some football knowledge knows what the New York Giants do during the NFL season on
    the field. What is not as well-known is that almost as much is done by the team
    off the field – out of uniform blues.


    The Giants have always been a proud franchise and always will be. What many
    don’t know is that the make it mandatory for their players to donate part of
    their off time to giving back to the community. Many players have that “giving
    back” become such a part of them, that they continue to give back even after
    their Big Blue departure.




    The Giants have several areas and people of the community that they address
    and focus on. Youth, the less fortunate/ in-need, the ill and our nation’s
    military (owner Wellington Mara served in the Navy during World War II) are just
    a few that receive visits and share time as well as donations from the G-Men.
    Organizations such as: The United Way, Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics, and NFL’s Play 60
    are only a handful of causes that are annually aided. Players as well as coaches
    assist in local food banks, illiteracy programs, health-related
    organizations/hospitals and youth programs in order to help raise money and
    sometimes more importantly, awareness for them.




    Each player and/or coach may even choose to create their own charity of
    special interest to focus upon. Head Coach Tom
    Coughlin
    has his Jay Fund. Justin
    Tuck
    battles illiteracy with his R.U.S.H campaign. Kevin
    Gilbride
    donates time to raising awareness and monies for Polycystic Kidney
    Disease/Research. Chris
    Canty
    continues his focus on youth in need. David
    Tyree
    works to assist poverty-stricken youth. The list can go on for
    days.




    The Giants’ players maintain a special role in the surrounding New York
    communities and service them through continued events and fundraisers. Donations
    are collected through golf and bowling outings as well as appearances at smaller
    outings. Mostly through spreading awareness, they help to raise money and bring
    attention for the public to do the same. Collection drives (for food, clothes
    and toys) are prepared throughout the season and fans are encouraged to
    participate before certain games.




    The franchise itself also has The Giants Foundation – a non-profit
    organization founded by the New York Football Giants to assist charitable and youth-related
    causes throughout the greater New York and New Jersey area. Many different events (like
    the golf outings) are utilized to help show the foundation’s support and
    increase fundraising efforts. They have two areas of focus besides local causes:
    GameOn! – which supports the game of football at a proletarian level by providing financial
    assistance to local youth and high school football teams and My Sister's Place "Giants Courage
    House" – which is a domestic violence shelter for women and their children that
    includes providing financial assistance and bringing awareness about domestic
    violence and date-abuse.




    Whether it’s donning aprons and handing out food at soup kitchens, being
    present at blood drives or organ donation rallies, visiting sick children at
    local hospitals or paying homage to and empowering the country's injured service
    members, the Big Blue teammates are always proving to be Giants -with Giant
    hearts- on and off the field."

    FORMER GIANTS' KICKER JAY FEELY: IF I COULD HAVE ONE KICK BACK, IT'D BE AGAINST SEAHAWKS IN 2005

    "There are several games in the long history of the New York
    Giants that still pain many fans. Among them is a 24-21 loss to the Seattle
    Seahawks
    in week 12 of the 2005 season in which kicker Jay Feely missed three consecutive game-winning
    field goal attempts.


    The week leading up to the game also made National news as several Seahawks
    bloggers and fans on their official message board poked fun at the city of New York
    and the events of 9-11. That sort of hatred continued, albeit on a smaller
    scale, following the overtime loss.




    Asked on Saturday if he could have any kick in his career back, Feely
    promptly replied "Giants/Seattle 2005".









    Despite the support of his teammates, Feely had very little to say following
    the game … save for an apology.





    "I said, 'I'm sorry I let you down,'" Feely said. "People are going to say
    it's a team game and they're going to say the right things. But the fact of the
    matter is that you've got to come through when you have one opportunity — much
    less two good opportunities."




    As Feely lined up for the third field goal, running back Tiki Barber was co
    confident that he wouldn't miss three in a row that he told those around him
    he'd give them his house if Feely missed again. Needless to say, Barber didn't
    give up his house, but he didn't make many bets after that.




    The loss prevented them from earning a bye in the first round of the
    playoffs, and they went on to be dismantled by the Carolina Panthers 23-0."

    WILL NY GIANTS' ELI MANNING HOLD HIS OWN CAMP AGAIN IN 2012

    "While the rest of the world is planning vacations and enjoying the beginning
    of summer, the New York
    Giants are back into the swing of work things in Organized Team Activities and
    soon, min-camp. After that, they have a short month free to do as they please
    before making the move up to SUNY at Albany for Training Camp.


    A little over a year ago, due to the infamous NFL Lockout, quarterback Eli
    Manning
    decided to hold his own OTAs near his home in Hoboken. He set up a
    passing camp for him and his receivers (read: anyone that would catch a pass
    from him). They ran, did agility drills and carried out the obvious: Eli threw
    the rock around while his receiving corps did their thing. Some asked why and
    was it even worth it … Hakeem
    Nicks
    answered part of that.





    "We're getting our timing back down the first week, making up a little bit,"
    Nicks said after a 90-minute workout. "I think guys are trying to get back in
    that groove and get that connection back."




    That connection proved to be fire for Manning and his top receivers, Cruz and
    Nicks especially … so, yeah, it was worth it. It sure didn’t hurt.




    Now, granted, it isn’t a lockout year and there are scheduled OTAs, Mini Camp
    and a full Training Camp to go through. Eli
    Manning
    is always thinking of way to get better. He’s also a proven leader
    on his team. He also has wideouts that listen to him. Can’t hurt to do it
    again…




    Those wide receivers: Hakeem
    Nicks
    , Victor Cruz, Domenik
    Hixon
    , Rueben Randle, Ramses
    Barden
    , Jerrel Jernigan -and to a lesser extent- Dan DePalma, Isaiah
    Stanback, Brandon Collins, Julian Talley and David Douglas are now looked at as
    the guys that Easy E will depend on.




    The current running backs are: Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, D.J. Ware,
    Da’Rel Scott, Andre Brown, Henry Hynoski, and Joe Martinek. Throw in (no pun
    intended) the tight ends: Martellus Bennett, Travis Beckum (more than likely on
    PUP to begin the season/post-ACL), a very questionable Jake Ballard (ACL
    repair), Adrien Robinson, Bear Pascoe, Christian Hopkins, Larry Donnell, and
    Ryan Purvis.




    The 2012 receiving corps looks a bit different, eh? Of course, not all of
    these players will make the 53-man or start, but for those that do … how many
    are “in that groove” with their quarterback? There are six players here that
    caught enough passes (>10 receptions) from Manning for them to be considered
    real targets at some point in 2011. The rest need to catch on quickly in this
    complex offensive system. Few extra “stay-after” sessions can improve an already
    prolific offense that’s changed a few weeks after they won the Super Bowl. An
    actual organized tutelage would behoove all involved – especially with Nicks,
    Beckum and Ballard out for major time periods.




    #10 doesn’t necessarily have to arrange to take over a high school football
    field or two for a few weeks, but instead – he could have some core guys and
    those that want to be more involved in the system spend more time getting to
    know him, each other’s tendencies, body language and how to get respective
    timing down. Should be another area to watch unfold either way -receivers and
    their captain becoming more compatible- until Training Camp makes or breaks that
    possibility.




    If the New York Football
    Giants are truly going to strive for Lombardi number five this upcoming season,
    nothing in the way of gaining improvement can hurt."

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SUNDAY READING MATERIAL

    "Just a couple of New York
    Giants
    -related notes for you on this Sunday morning. Here goes:




    Giants
    Tweet, Instagram White House visit - Sports Pictures, Images, Fan Videos,
    Galleries - Visuals Blog - ESPN Playbook - ESPN

    As Super Bowl winners do,
    the New York Giants visited the White House on Friday. And sports-savvy
    President Obama had some words to say about the NFL champions -- as in, don't
    not call Eli Manning
    elite.

    But much happened behind the scenes as well, revealed by the
    Giants and their players on Twitter and Instagram.




    Former
    NY Giants great and Hall of Famer's crusade to help NFL retirees reinforced by
    Ray Easterling's suicide - NY Daily News




    Harry Carson, the Giants Hall of Fame linebacker, had never met former Falcons safety Ray
    Easterling, but received a disturbing e-mail from him on March 18, 2011. Just
    over one year later, Easterling committed suicide, shooting himself in the
    head.




    5
    NFL Coordinators Who Will Eventually Be Head Coaches | Football Nation




    Perry Fewell, Defensive Coordinator, New York Giants Fewell's defense
    was a key factor in the Giants' late season run and Super Bowl win last season,
    making it possible he could become the latest Giants' defensive coordinator
    (Bill Belichick, John Fox, Steve Spagnuolo) to get an opportunity as a head
    coach. Fewell did serve as interim head coach of the Buffalo Bills late in
    the 2009 season after being promoted from defensive coordinator, but a better
    and more permanent opportunity would surely come soon if the Giants defense has
    a lot of success in 2012. He could be groomed as the successor to Giants' head
    coach Tom Coughlin, who will turn 66 just prior to the season but did just sign
    a two-year contract extension. If Fewell is willing to wait, he could be the
    Giants' head coach in say, 2014, but he may not want to wait that long for his
    second opportunity as an NFL head coach."

    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


    JUSTIN TUCK SAYS HIS NICKNAME FOR COACH COUGHLN IS "CHEESE"

    "Tom Coughlin recently got
    a two-year extension
    with the New York Giants, and now it appears he will
    get a new nickname on top of that.
    According
    to
    defensive end Justin Tuck, he will star calling the 65-year-old "Cheese."


    “I asked him if I can get a loan. That’s one of the reasons he was
    giddy all week. I told him I’m going to start calling him ‘Cheese’ now, first of
    all, because he has a lot of it and second because he keeps
    smiling.”


    Tuck also believes that Coughlin is well-deserving of his
    new extension.

    “He deserves to be the number-one paid head coach in this
    league,” Tuck said. “I’ve had an opportunity to play for only him in my NFL
    career and hopefully that stays the same.”


    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


    OBAMA APPLUADS GIANTS, COUGHLIN MAKES CRACK ABOUT RE-ELECTION QUEST

    "President Barack Obama and New
    York Giants
    coach Tom Coughlin share the same goal -- getting back to the
    White House next year.


    Obama honored the Super Bowl champions on Friday, noting the similarities
    between the Giants' 2008 championship and its most recent triumph.




    "They ended up winning with a circus catch in the fourth quarter, MVP
    performance by Eli
    Manning
    ... a come-from-behind win over the Patriots. So this is all
    starting to sound kind of like deja vu all over again," Obama said.




    In his speech, Coughlin injected some political references for a president in
    the heart of a re-election campaign, telling his team and guests on the South
    Lawn that he hoped coming back to the White House "was not a twice-in-a-lifetime
    experience."

    "We both have a goal to get back here next year. We have a lot of work to
    do," Coughlin said to cheers and a pat on the back from Obama.


    Coughlin noted that his team overcame a 7-7 start to win their final two
    regular-season games and win the NFC East. The Giants won four postseason games,
    capped by a 21-17 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.




    "Offense, defense and special teams doing their job. Each group having
    different objectives and motives but playing in harmony for each other, for the
    good of everyone. Wouldn't it be nice if Congress operated the same way?"
    Coughlin said, drawing a smile from Obama, who has frequently clashed with House
    Republicans.




    Obama also got into the act, reminding the team that it watched a highlight
    reel the night before the Super Bowl set to defensive end Justin Tuck's good-luck
    music: Phil Collins' 1980s song, In the Air Tonight.




    "I don't know about a little Phil Collins before a big game," Obama said. "I
    may try that before a big meeting with Congress."




    The team presented Obama with a blue No. 44 jersey and a football signed by
    the players."



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



    SI.COM




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





    ESPN.COM

    TIMETABLE FOR NICK'S RETURN - VIDEO


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



    FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS




    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/


    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

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


    PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS


    http://www.profootballfocus.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS

    PATRIOTS GIVE GRONKOSKI 6 YEARS, $54M

    REPORT: NFL DOESN'T HAVE "SAFE RIDE" PROGRAM ANY MORE

    NEW CBA MAKES SKIPPING MANDATORY MINI-CAMP MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012 - 1:30 P.M.

    thanks Roanoke!!!

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012 - 1:30 P.M.

    [quote user="Captain Chaos"]thanks Roanoke!!![/quote]

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