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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 - 11:51 A.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    THE DATA WILL UPDATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND SHOW THE UPDATE TIME IN THE HEADER.

    NFC EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
    NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
    WORLD CHAMPIONS - SUPER BOWL XLVI

    PLAYOFFS 4 - 0: ON TO THE PARADE!!

    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS' SUPER BOWL AFTERMATH: STAR-LEDGER STORY LINKS

    BRANDON JACOBS WANTS TO STAY WITH THE GIANTS, ALTHOUGH STATUS WITH TEAM IS UNCERTAIN

    "It’s a part of the process for all teams whose season ends, even those who win
    championships. Just a few minutes after the trophy is awarded, some questions
    are raised about which players are coming back.



    Even for those under contract.




    Sunday night, shortly after the Giants
    defeated the Patriots
    , running back Brandon Jacobs was asked by SNY’s Jonas
    Schwartz whether he wants to return for the 2012 season.




    “Oh no question. I wanted to come back before all of this stuff happened,”
    said Jacobs, who completed his seventh season with the Giants. "I just hope
    there are some things that can be worked out. Now’s not the time to focus on
    that.”




    Those things are his roster bonus of $500,000 due next month and his base
    salary of $4.4 million, none of which is guaranteed. The $4.9-million total
    figure is a hefty tag for a No. 2 back, so Jacobs and the Giants both realize
    some money must be shuffled, whether in the form of an extension or a pay cut
    similar to the one he took this past season.




    “I just hope some things get worked out,” said the 29-year-old Jacobs, who
    had 571 yards in the regular season and 164 more in the playoffs. “I want to
    retire a Giant.”




    Among the reasons Jacobs wants to return is the new level of play Eli Manning
    has reached.




    “‘E’ is a beast, man. We believed in ‘E’ the whole time when nobody else
    did,” Jacobs said. “If people are still asking
    questions whether Eli’s elite
    , come on man. Check the
    records.”

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    NOBODY BIGGER THAN BLUE IN NEW YORK

    "It had been one of those nights when we were reminded that even though they
    have won just four Super Bowls in their history and eight NFL championships in
    all, the Giants can still feel like the biggest team we have, and that includes
    the Yankees. The Yankees are there in the playoffs every year, of course, and
    have won an epic number of World Series.



    The Giants win
    better.

    Now, second time in four years, they win better than any New York
    team ever has.




    Say it again: You can put all the other great seasons up against them, Namath
    and Seaver and Willis Reed and
    whatever you think is the best Yankee victory of them all. Nothing beats what
    the Giants have done to the Patriots in these two Super Bowls.

    All that
    talk from Rex Ryan about little
    brother and big brother and we are reminded once again in Indy on Sunday night
    that the Giants, when they are on top, feel like the biggest game in town, and
    you know “town” includes Jersey, too. Other teams win big. The Rangers were
    beyond big in 1994. The Giants win better. Twice now. And will always have a
    romance about them now that maybe only the old Knicks had.

    Maybe half an
    hour after the game Sunday night, here came Tom Coughlin back
    across the field, through the confetti at Lucas Oil Stadium, going from one TV
    interview to the next. His guys were with him as always, Mike Murphy and Vinny
    Byron
    , who always block better for him than the guys on Coughlin’s offensive
    line block for Eli.

    There are just a few of us walking with Coughlin in
    that moment, along with some cameramen acting as if they will get arrested if
    they miss a single step Coughlin is taking, the coach looking so much younger
    than the oldest coach to ever win a Super Bowl.

    As we keep moving I ask
    what it is like for him being back on the field, Giants fans still everywhere at
    Lucas Oil, chanting his name louder than ever.

    “When I took the walk a
    few minutes ago,” Coughlin said, “my grandchildren were on the ground.” He waved
    his arms in a circular motion, smiling. “They were down on the ground, do this
    with their arms, what do you call it when you do that in the snow?”

    “Snow
    angels,” he was told.

    “My grandkids were trying to make snow angels in
    the confetti,” Coughlin said.

    Then he was asked if this one, 21-17 over
    the Patriots in Super Bowl 46, another come-from-behind in the last minute of
    the Super Bowl to beat the Patriots, an 88-yard drive this time, was better than
    the last one four years ago.

    “They’re both special,” Coughlin said,
    moving closer to those chants now, pumping a fist at the fans, making the chants
    even louder. “They’re different memories I'll have for the rest of my life.” He
    smiled again, and said, “Pretty nice memories, though, aren't they?”

    A
    few minutes earlier, this same part of the field, Lawrence Tynes was
    standing next to his father, and somebody was asking Tynes the same question,
    about which one was better for the Giants, Glendale or Indy, Super Bowl 42 or
    Super Bowl 46. This drive by Eli or the last one.

    “This one,” Tynes said
    on the field, the machine shooting the confetti toward the roof of Lucas Oil
    right behind him, just adding more of a roar to the roar of the Giants fans in
    this place. “This one was better. We were 7-7. Are you kidding? We were 7-7. And
    from that moment on, we refused to go home.”

    They refused to go home. Now
    they come home for another parade through the Canyon of Heroes, a parade for
    this generation of Giants fans and the one before that, for all the generations,
    for families whose tickets go back to the Polo Grounds.

    Now only three
    teams in the history of their sport have won more Super Bowls than the New York
    football Giants: Steelers (6), 49ers and Cowboys (5). Giants and Packers now
    have four.

    And Eli Manning will win
    more. He has gone from being mocked for answering a question and putting himself
    with the best quarterbacks in football to ending the season, these four playoff
    games, as the best quarterback in football, one who I believe will end his
    career being called the greatest clutch quarterback of them all.

    Does
    this second Super Bowl, under these circumstances, like Affirmed sticking a nose
    in front of Alydar again, put Eli in the Hall of Fame someday? It does. Does
    this second Super Bowl, won like this from the outside, after 7-7, with more
    road and neutral-field victories, with another overtime victory in the NFC
    Championship Game, put Coughlin in the Hall of Fame?

    Without
    question.

    Put it another way, about the coach of the Giants and the
    quarterback of the Giants: The next time a coach and quarterback beat a favored
    team, on the road, in overtime, in a championship game and then come from behind
    in the last minute of the Super Bowl to win again, send up a flare. Nothing like
    this has ever happened in the Super Bowl era and nothing like it ever
    will.

    When the confetti was flying in the first moments after the Giants
    rushed the field, the general manager Jerry Reese, the best
    evaluator of talent in the National Football League, said, “Don’t ever be fooled
    by the way Eli looks. He is a baby-faced killer. What he did tonight? He did all
    year long.”

    Game over by then. Long, happy night for the Giants just
    beginning. Coughlin one of the last to walk through the confetti, where the snow
    angels had been. Other New York teams win. Every four years the Giants just win
    better."

    A SEA OF BLUE FANS EXPECTED FOR GIANTS' SUPER BOWL PARADE

    "The forecast calls for Big Blue skies — and a blizzard of confetti — when the
    world champion New York Giants strut their stuff up Broadway on Tuesday.



    Between 500,000 and 1 million jubilant fans are expected to crowd the Canyon
    of Heroes and welcome home the Super Bowl champs with a full-blown ticker-tape
    victory parade.




    “You don’t want to miss this,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin,
    who experienced his first ticker-tape parade after he led the Giants to a Super
    Bowl victory in 2008, told his team.




    “Heartwarming doesn’t quite cover this, what you go through and what your
    feelings are,
    when you are looking down the side streets, and there’s people
    forever down those side streets, and they’re all there because they are taking
    ownership of their team,” the normally buttoned-down coach said before the
    Giants flew home Monday.




    Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes
    agreed.




    “It just raises the hairs on the back of my neck,” he said. “It’s that
    special.”




    “I just want to be on that float and be thankful for what these fans gave to
    us,” added punter Steve
    Weatherford
    .




    There will be fandemonium from Battery Place and Washington Street, where the
    parade kicks off at 11 a.m., to the steps of City Hall, where the kings of New
    York will get the keys to the city.




    In terms of sheer enthusiasm, look for a repeat of four years ago, when the
    Giants unexpectedly defeated Tom Brady and the New
    England Patriots for the first time.




    The Giants parade is expected to generate some $38 million in tourist dollars
    for city businesses, officials said.




    “It brings a tremendous amount of attention to lower Manhattan,” said Joe
    Timpone
    of the Downtown Alliance. “Any time we get a chance to celebrate, we
    love it.”




    For those lucky enough to work in one of the towers along the
    parade
    route, it will be a spectacle like no other.




    “We have probably one of the city’s best views,” said Phil Song, 34, who will
    be watching from his BNY Mellon office, on the 11th floor of 80 Broadway. “I
    just like to see that paper, all that paper.”




    Go to Bowling Green – early!




    Financial adviser Tracy Postert also
    has a sweet view from her 23rd-floor office at 14 Wall St., but she plans to be
    on the street with her co-workers from John Thomas Financial.




    “I’m looking forward to the hoopla, the fun, the shouting,” she said.




    What’s the primo spot on the street to watch the parade?




    Timpone recommends Bowling Green. “Just get there early, because those spots
    go fast,” he said.




    Five hundred tickets to the City Hall ceremony were handed out Monday. Those
    not lucky — or connected — enough to snag one can still watch it on one of the
    three large screens that will be erected around the grounds.




    Timpone’s crew began preparing for a parade about a week before Giants
    running back Ahmad Bradshaw
    sealed Big Blue’s second Super Bowl victory over the Pats by planting his
    posterior in the end zone.




    The Downtown Alliance contacted building managers and made sure they’d have
    enough workers on hand to handle the onslaught of humanity.




    Meanwhile, workers at Atlas Packaging in Red Hook, Brooklyn, were busy
    shredding the 35 to 50 tons of confetti that will be dropped from the
    skyscrapers on Tuesday.




    Anybody can toss confetti and help ensure that on this wussy winter day
    (meteorologist
    s say it will be sunny, with a high of 50 degrees) there is a
    mantle of white.




    But Timpone said his staff will be watching for fans who don’t stop at
    tossing torn paper.




    “We’ve had people get rambunctious and throw telephone books,” he said.




    Ever since the 9/11 attacks, downtown Manhattan has been one of the most
    heavily policed places on Earth. So expect more men in blue for Big Blue
    Tuesday.




    Cars will be barred from around the parade route, and some subway stops
    serving the area will be closed starting at 10 a.m.




    NJTransit and PATH are adding extra trains, and NY Waterway will be running
    extra ferries.




    When it’s over, the Sanitation Department has 336 workers ready to clean up
    the mess."

    GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN IN UNFAMILIAR POSITION BEING OFF THE HOT SEAT, BEING ABLE TO WRITE HIS OWN TICKET

    "There was no hot seat next to Tom Coughlin on the
    stage Monday morning when he posed with the Lombardi Trophy he had won the night
    before. No more questions about his job security or calls for him to be
    fired.



    After two Super Bowl championships in four years, he may never have to face
    those questions again.

    “The only thing they can question now,” said Brandon Jacobs, “is
    whether they put him on the (Hall of Fame) ballot in four years time or next
    year.”

    It might be hard for even Coughlin to grasp, but his days on the
    perennial hot seat may finally be over after he guided the Giants to a 21-17 win
    over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night. That’s two
    Super Bowl championships in five seasons over this era’s greatest NFL dynasty.
    He twice faced a Hall of Fame-bound coach, Bill Belichick, in
    the biggest game and beat him twice.

    So there is no question that, as
    Giants co-owner John Mara said, they will
    sit down in the coming days and discussion an extension of Coughlin’s contract,
    which runs through 2012. At age 65, Coughlin almost certainly will now be able
    to coach the Giants as long as he wants, without looking over his
    shoulder.

    In a sense, he can write his own ticket for the rest of his
    career.

    “I don’t really have any experience with that,” Coughlin joked.
    “So I can't comment on that.”

    He might not be willing, but others were.
    The confetti was still on Mara’s hair after the Giants’ thrilling victory on
    Sunday night when he said, “I’m just happy for our head coach after everything
    he’s been through. I think now, finally, he’ll be appreciated the way he should
    be appreciated.”

    When linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka
    was asked on Monday morning how many more years he thought Coughlin could coach,
    he said, “As many as he wants. He’s got the energy. His energy level is higher
    than some of the guys on the team.”

    And Coughlin admitted on Monday
    morning that he’s been having more “fun” than he’s ever had before. He’s become
    more reflective in his 43rd year as a football coach, which is probably why he
    stood in front of his team on Saturday night and said, “I’m man enough to tell
    you I love you” — something even Coughlin said an old-school coach like him will
    almost never say.

    “When you start out when I started out, that’s not the
    way you envision it,” Coughlin said of a coach’s relationship with his players.
    “What’s the word everybody uses? It’s ‘tough love.’ It’s that. That’s your
    relationship normally. Very rarely do you explain it any other way, because
    you’re the guardian. You’re the guy that’s trying to shape all these
    things.”

    That was the old Coughlin, though. Just like he softened between
    the tumultuous 2006 season and the championship season of 2007, he seems to have
    changed again. He’s trying to absorb everything now because four years ago “I
    wasn’t wise enough to step back and look at it. But this time I was.

    “And
    you know what was something I really enjoyed this time?” the 65-year-old coach
    said. “I could step back and see my family. I have four adult children and they
    were so excited, it was incredible. The New York Giant organization, people had
    a bounce in their step. They were so excited, so proud. You could feel it. You
    could sense it. And it meant a lot to me the way in which people were reacting
    to the success that we had, how proud they were to be associated with
    it.”

    If he looked hard enough, he’d see how proud they all were of him,
    too, especially as Mara said, “after everything he’s been through.” Mara added
    that “Now, finally, he’ll be appreciated the way he should be
    appreciated.”

    The only lingering question is, at his age, how much longer
    will he be around to feel all the new-found love? Coughlin joked that “maybe” he
    could stick around another decade. Mara said “I’ve never had that conversation
    with him, so I just don’t know what his feeling is on that.

    “He might be
    65,” Mara added. “But he’s got the energy of somebody quite younger than
    that.”

    GIANTS' WIDE RECEIVER MARIO MANNINGHAM BASKS IN GLORY OF 38 YARD RECEPTION THAT LEADS TO SUPER BOWL VICTORY

    "Even Mario Manningham
    wasn’t sure he’d gotten both his feet inbounds on his miraculous 38-yard catch
    Sunday in the Super Bowl. He admitted he was nervous when Bill Belichick
    challenged the catch, and it wasn’t until he saw a second replay that he was
    certain the call would stand.



    It was the second time Eli Manning had
    attempted to hit Manningham streaking up the sidelines. The first time, the wide
    receiver stepped out, making the pass incomplete. Manning and Manningham talked
    about it afterward, and Round 2 was soundly executed. “Eli threw a perfect
    ball,” Manningham said Monday at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square, where
    he and defensive end Dave
    Tollefson
    were picking up Super Bowl champions’ gear. “It was either going
    to go out of bounds, or I was going to catch it. I’m
    speechless.”

    Tollefson also complimented his Super Bowl MVP
    quarterback.

    “Don’t let the baby face fool you,” said Tollefson. “He’s a
    stone-cold killer.”

    From a financial standpoint, it was perfect timing
    for Manningham, who is a free agent this offseason.

    “I want to come
    back,” said the Giant wideout, who wears No. 82. “I don’t know what’s going to
    happen and I’m gonna try to enjoy this Super Bowl. I’m not really thinking about
    it right now.”

    Manningham’s catch has drawn comparisons to David
    Tyree
    ’s grab in Super Bowl XLII — both came late in the fourth quarter — and
    Manningham said he’s spoken to Tyree, who also praised the receiver for the
    grab.

    Twenty-four hours after the Super Bowl began, neither Manningham or
    Tollefson had slept a wink and were feeling the effects.

    “Some beer, some
    five-hour (energy). Just ate…some McDonald’s,” said Tollefson. Both looked dazed
    and exhausted as they answered questions in front of a raucous crowd that had
    stopped by Modell’s to get a glimpse of the Super Bowl heroes. “The Lombardi
    Trophy is where it belongs because of you, baby,” yelled a fan at Manningham as
    he was picking out his gear.

    Tollefson was on the Giants’ 2007 team that
    also beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Both years, the Giants were counted
    out long before the big game.

    “Somewhere around here there’s some empty
    graves…with New York Giants’ names above ‘em,” said the defensive lineman. “We
    refused to get in.”



    GIANTS' AHMAD BRADSHAW COULD NOT RESIST SCORING GAME WINNING TOUCHDOWN IN SUPER BOWL XLVI



    "As the Patriots set up in their matador defense with less than a minute left
    in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night, Giants tailback Ahmad Bradshaw took
    the handoff from Eli Manning and rushed
    full speed toward the goal line.




    “Don’t score!” Manning shouted. “Don’t score!”




    Bradshaw, aware that the Giants were looking to drain as much time from the
    clock before punching in a touchdown or kicking a field goal, realized the
    significance of his next step just before he went in. He squatted as if taking a
    seat, then fell into the end zone for a touchdown that gave the Giants what
    proved to be the winning margin, 21-17.




    However, 57 seconds were still left on the clock.




    “He just had too much momentum,” running backs coach Jerald Ingram
    said.




    Bradshaw heard Manning, but his coaches never told him not to score if
    possible. It was a debatable situation as the Patriots were down to their last
    timeout. Patriots coach Bill Belichick
    admitted calling for his defenders to allow the Giants to score in order to
    secure more time for Tom Brady to attempt a
    last-minute drive up the field for a touchdown.




    “When the call came in to let them score, I kind of was like, ‘What?’ ”
    Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes told
    reporters after the game.




    Manning said he understood the difficult position Bradshaw faced in trying to
    force himself from doing what he is instructed to do on each play: try to
    score.




    “I know it’s tough for a running back,” Manning said. “They see a big hole
    right there going for a touchdown. I think something almost had to pop into his
    head like: Something was up. This is a little too good to be true.’”




    Tom Coughlin said he
    turned over the options in his mind before finalizing his decision. He insisted
    that it appeared to be the most reasonable.




    “In the back of my mind always was the touchdown,” Coughlin said. “I didn't
    care how much time was left.”




    Coughlin reflected further.




    “You certainly don’t want to leave that much time on the clock,” he said.




    Whether it was a miscue or not, Bradshaw’s run proved to be the
    difference.




    “It was risky,” Bradhsaw said. “But we won. ”

    NY GIANTS GO SHORT ON SLEEP, LONG ON SUPER BOWL CELEBRATIONS


    "At 7:56 a.m. Monday, Ira Warheit, a 68-year-old Giants fan, was asleep
    slumped in a chair by the Starbucks in the Downtown Marriott lobby. His left arm
    was covered in black marker — “ELI IS ELITE,” scrawled across the skin — and his
    right wrist was wrapped with a blue plastic band that read, “POSTGAME PARTY:
    Super Bowl XLVI.”




    Alerted to his presence, a manager stopped in front of him.




    “Are you staying with us?” the manager asked.




    Warheit maintained that he was staying a block away down Maryland Street at
    the J.W. Marriott and straightened his glasses beneath the rim of his Giants
    hat. “I was just celebrating,” he said.




    The Giant players drank in the atmosphere in Indianapolis, too.




    Private parties and family celebrations dotted the team’s immediate postgame
    schedules. Ahmad Bradshaw, who
    rushed for 72 yards and the game-winning touchdown, found it difficult to sleep
    as teammates intermittently opened the doors to their rooms, stepped into the
    hallways and shouted “World Champs!”




    “Crazy, man,” said Bradshaw, who awoke early to appear in a segment on “Good
    Morning America.”




    Osi Umenyiora, the
    Giants’ spinning master of the strip sack, promised an endless whirl would
    overcome New York as he buttoned up his dress shirt in the locker room after the
    game.




    “We’re going to shut this city down,” Umenyiora said. “You just wait. It’s
    going to be a full week of all Giants parties.”

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

    NY POST

    GIANTS' BRANDON JACOBS ON GISELE BUNDCHEN: "BE CUTE AND SHUT UP"

    "Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has some advice for budding football
    analyst Gisele Bundchen.



    "She just needs to continue to be cute and shut up," Jacobs said of
    Tom Brady's wife at the MetLife Stadium rally
    for the Super Bowl champion
    Giants.




    Bundchen was extremely critical of the Patriots receivers after they dropped
    several passes in their 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI loss on Sunday.




    GIANTS
    HAILED AS HEROES




    PHOTOS:
    GIANTS CELEBRATE WITH PARADE




    RE-LIVE
    THE CELEBRATION WITH THE POST'S RUNNING BLOG

    “My husband cannot [expletive] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same
    time," the
    model said as she was leaving Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
    . I can't
    believe they dropped the ball so many times."



    Though unnamed, the primary target of her rant would seem to be Wes Welker,
    who dropped a fourth-quarter pass that could have sealed a win for the
    Patriots.




    "I mean she's supposed to stay out of things like that," Osi Umenyiora said
    Tuesday. "But at the end of the day that's their relationship and she has the
    right to say whatever she wants to."

    GIANTS' ROLLE LETS RING TO TALKING

    "After emerging as an emotional leader for the Giants down the stretch of the
    season, safety Antrel Rolle seemed almost drained and overwhelmed immediately
    following their dramatic Super Bowl XLVI victory over the Patriots.



    “This is the only reason I came to New York,’’ said Rolle, a former Cardinal.
    “My mother will tell you, I care less about money, I care less about a ring, I
    care less about a parade, the only think I care about is us going out there and
    giving 120 percent and let’s see what the outcome will be. No one can take this
    away from us, no matter what. They can say what they want to say, they can put
    us down, they can say we got lucky, they can say we won because [Rob] Gronkowski
    was hurt. We’re going to hear it all, but at the end of the day we are
    champions.’’

    Rolle promised a few days before Super Bowl XLVI if the Giants won, he would
    unveil a brand-new T-shirt from his collection of designer shirts available on
    his website, rollegear.com. He planned on the shirt saying, “At the end of the
    day,’’ in honor of the phrase he used during the season to punctuate almost
    every sentence he uttered.
    There was no crowing by Rolle after the Giants defense again got quarterback
    Tom Brady out of his rhythm and held the Patriots far below their usual
    offensive output. The player who stated during the season the Giants would beat
    the Redskins 95 out of 100 times, the player who tried to rally the troops after
    the terrible second loss to the Redskins by insisting every player get out on
    the practice field, the player who days before the Super Bowl boldly declared,
    “We will not be denied,’’ was introspective after slaying the Patriots,
    21-17.


    “I can’t tell you I had this vision,’’ Rolle said. “I can tell you I had this
    vision of us going out there and being the best that we can be, making sure
    we’re the most prepared team possible. If outcome with us giving 100 percent
    wasn’t this, I think we’d all be satisfied with that. We could take that on our
    shoulders. We knew we had a lot more to give than we had been previously
    giving.’’

    GIANTS' TEAM OF DESTINY COULD BECOME DYNASTY

    "Here’s the thing about dynasties in football: you only see them coming in
    retrospect. It’s easy now to use time as a crutch and think of the inevitability
    of the Lombardi Packers or the Bradshaw Steelers, the Montana 49ers and the
    Belichick Patriots, the teams that have dominated the decades from the ’60s
    through the Aughts.



    Inevitability?




    Before the Packers became the greatest team of the ’60s they were the most
    wretched team of the ’50s, Red Smith once famously describing the 1-10-1 swan
    song of Lombardi predecessor Ray McLean thusly: “They overwhelmed one opponent,
    underwhelmed 10, and whelmed one.”

    Before the Steelers became the Steelers, they had played 37 years in
    Pittsburgh and missed the playoffs 36 times. Before the 49ers became the 49ers,
    they’d been 10-38 their previous three years and 39-79 in eight straight
    playoff-free seasons before year of The Catch. And the Pats? The day Bill
    Belichick started becoming a genius, also known as the day Mo Lewis knocked Drew
    Bledsoe into tomorrow and forced Tom Brady out of oblivion, his record as Pats
    coach fell to 5-13.



    So the question before us is a simple one, even as some consider which of
    these two Giants Super Bowls was more unlikely:




    Why CAN’T the Giants become the next football dynasty?




    Look, they already have a good head start if you want to crash the
    conversation: two championships in the books across the last five seasons. What
    qualifies as a dynasty? There are no strict specifications other than this: win
    a lot in as little time as possible. The Packers won three titles in a row and
    five in seven years and the Steelers four in six during eras when you could keep
    teams intact easier.




    The Niners under Montana won four in nine, and the Belichick-Brady boys won
    three in four, same as the Aikman-Smith-Irvin Cowboys did from 1992-95. The
    standards are nebulous, but not unlike Potter Stewart’s famous phrase: you know
    it when you see it.




    What do you see from the Giants?




    They have already laid waste to the idea that football is too transient a
    sport to keep excellence intact. They had plenty of key elements on both title
    teams — starting with Eli Manning and Justin Tuck — but there were 35 new names
    on the active roster Sunday from Supe XLII; in any business that qualifies as
    heavy turnover.




    So you know at the start that they are guided by a brain trust — headed by
    general manager Jerry Reese — adept at finding talent AND replacing it. They
    have a coach, Tom Coughlin, who will never again spend even one hour pondering
    his job security; that not only guarantees stability but it’s also a recruiting
    tool: veteran players want to play for coaches of championship pedigree. It may
    seem an ironic twist given where Coughlin’s reputation used to be, but he will
    be a player magnet now.




    So many Dynasties That Never Were get waylaid by heartbreak, exposing glass
    jaws, and wither away. Two that leap to mind are the ’85 Bears and the ’86 Mets,
    single-season dominators who won a lot of regular-season games but never
    returned to the parade rout. By winning this year, the Giants already have
    dissolved the disappointments of 2008, when they were clearly the best team for
    12 weeks, and 2010, when the Eagles-game collapse hand-delivered their slot in
    the playoffs to the Packers, who went on to win the championship.




    In many ways, the Giants are set up better than their ancestors from 1986 and
    1990, another team that won twice in five years. Those Giants, in private
    moments, firmly believe they should have at least one more title — probably
    1989, when Flipper Anderson denied them — and maybe two, with much of the regret
    centered around 1987, when their title defense was obliterated by a strike.




    That team, though, was in its final hurrah when it beat the Bills in Super
    Bowl XXV. Belichick, Coughlin and Bill Parcells were soon gone. The players were
    older. It was a rapidly shutting window 21 years ago. Not now. Not with this
    team, with an average age of 27.




    Can they become a dynasty? Undoubtedly. The better question is this:




    Why can’t they?"

    GIANTS TOOK ROLLER COASTER RIDE TO UNLIKELY TITLE

    "The Giants were living proof this season that it isn’t how you start, but how
    you finish.



    And boy, what a finish it was.




    If anyone had suggested as late as halftime of their Christmas Eve game
    against the Jets that Tom Coughlin’s team would go on to beat the Patriots in
    Super Bowl XLVI just six weeks later, you would have demanded they get
    drug-tested.




    Standing at 7-7 after an ugly home loss against the Redskins and owners of a
    four-game losing streak that dropped them from 6-2 to 6-6, the Giants seemed
    much more liable to get Coughlin fired in January than make hotel reservations
    for Indianapolis in February.





    But something lit a spark in the Giants that day at MetLife Stadium, because
    once they rallied for a 29-14 win over Rex Ryan’s Jets, Big Blue became a Big
    Blue Freight Train.




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    Five more victories later, Eli Manning was a Super Bowl MVP again and the
    Giants, almost unbelievably, were world champions again — the first nine-win
    finisher to pull off that feat since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978.
    It was as much of a roller-coaster ride as that statistic would suggest, so come
    along for the highlights (and a few lowlights, too):




    GREEN BAY, REDUX




    It was only four years ago the Giants went into Lambeau Field as underdogs in
    the NFC Championship and eliminated the Packers in an overtime thriller. The
    setting was different (Divisional round), and the Green Bay quarterback was
    different (Aaron Rodgers), but the result was the same — a 37-20 Giants win that
    rendered the Packers’ 15-1 regular season meaningless.




    CAPTAIN COMEBACK




    After producing just 14 fourth-quarter comebacks in his first seven NFL
    seasons combined, Manning suddenly morphed into Houdini this year by leading an
    incredible seven rallies in the final period — the capper, of course, being the
    final, frantic seconds of the Super Bowl.




    THE MISS




    How narrow of a tight rope did the Giants walk? If Tony Romo completes one
    pass to a wide-open Miles Austin in their first meeting with the Cowboys, the
    entire Super Bowl run never happens. Leading 34-29 with three minutes left and
    facing third down, Romo saw a streaking Austin behind the Giants’ secondary for
    what would have been the clinching touchdown but overthrew him, paving the way
    for another Manning comeback.




    THE INEXPLICABLE




    The Giants swept Tom Brady and beat Rodgers in the playoffs, but they were no
    match for Rex Grossman. Not only did the Sexy Rexy-led Redskins beat them twice,
    they did so handily while Grossman threw for a combined 490 yards and three
    touchdowns (with two interceptions) in the process. The Giants also ended up
    providing nearly half of the 5-11 Redskins’ victory total. That made about as
    much sense as Coughlin’s team losing at home to the Seahawks by double digits,
    which also happened.




    THE GRIND




    A midseason six-game stretch that included the Packers, 49ers, Saints, Eagles
    and Cowboys looked like a death march when the schedule came out, and that’s
    almost what it became as the Giants went 1-5 in that span and nearly blew up
    their season. The low point was a 49-24 nationally televised blowout in New
    Orleans in which Drew Brees dismantled the Giants’ defense. But Coughlin &
    Co. had the last laugh, avenging two of those losses (Green Bay and San
    Francisco) in the playoffs.




    THE INJURY




    Who knew that a knee injury to famous draft bust Ted Ginn Jr. in the NFC
    title game would prove so crucial? Ginn was the 49ers’ punt returner, but was
    hurt in the Divisional round against the Saints, forcing San Francisco to go
    with Kyle Williams — son of White Sox GM Kenny Williams — in that role. It ended
    up torpedoing the Niners’ season when Williams fumbled twice after halftime,
    including a critical turnover in overtime that set up the Giants’ thrilling
    win.




    THE UNDRAFTED




    FREE AGENT




    Not even the Giants themselves knew what they had in Victor Cruz as recently
    at Week 2 of this season. The second-year pro from Paterson, N.J., was so shaky
    that GM Jerry Reese brought in 35-year-old Brandon Stokley to play slot receiver
    after Cruz dropped a pass in the season-opening loss to Washington. But 82
    catches, nine TDs and a franchise-best 1,536 yards later (including a 99-yard
    score against the Jets), Cruz was dancing the salsa into the Giants’ record
    books and asserting himself as one of the most dangerous pass-catchers in the
    entire league.




    THE CATCH




    Move over, David Tyree, because you now have company in Giants Super Bowl
    lore thanks to Mario Manningham’s 38-yard sideline grab in the final seconds of
    the Super Bowl that set up the game-winning touchdown. Manningham’s catch didn’t
    have quite the degree of difficulty as Tyree’s famed helmet reception, but it
    was no less impressive or important."

    GIANTS HAVE 21 FREE AGENTS PLUS JACOBS

    "Kevin Abrams, the Giants assistant general manager, was walking through the
    lobby of the team hotel about an hour before the Super Bowl XLVI champions were
    to depart for the victorious flight home. He was asked when free agency
    started.



    “March 13,’’ he responded.




    There’s no rest for the weary, even the newly crowned weary. Abrams and
    general manager Jerry Reese have on their hands an uncommon number of soon-to-be
    free agents — 21 of them — and at some point also must figure out if they want
    to keep running back Brandon Jacobs, who has one year remaining on his
    contract.

    Mario Manningham is perhaps the most interesting free agent, considering he
    turned into a hero of Super Bowl XLVI for his over-the-shoulder catch tiptoeing
    the left sideline, a 38-yard completion that jump-started the winning touchdown
    drive against the Patriots.
    Right tackle Kareem McKenzie, cornerback Aaron Ross, punter Steve Weatherford
    and linebacker Chase Blackburn are starters set to hit free agency. Two players
    who were supposed to be defensive starters before going on injured reserve back
    in the summer, cornerback Terrell Thomas and linebacker Jonathan Goff, also will
    be unrestricted free agents.


    A look at the key decisions for the Giants:




    WR Mario Manningham




    Endured a rough regular season, bothered by a nagging knee problem and
    supplanted by Victor Cruz, but enjoyed a great postseason. Giants need three
    big-time receivers, and he should be re-signed unless someone offers crazy money
    to go elsewhere.




    RB Brandon Jacobs




    He accepted a pay cut to remain on the roster this season and is scheduled to
    make $4.4 million next season, too much for a backup. He wants to stay, but this
    might be the end of the line for him.




    DE Osi Umenyiora




    He’s not a free agent — he has one year left on his contract — but he wants a
    new deal and wants to start, something he can’t do now that Jason Pierre-Paul
    has emerged as a star. Still can get after the quarterback, but has some
    physical issues. If he makes a ruckus, the Giants might trade him, as long as
    they can get a high draft pick for him.




    RT Kareem McKenzie




    Veteran has been impressively durable and continues to be a steady performer,
    but he is wearing down a bit and the Giants might want to get younger on the
    offensive line.




    LB Chase Blackburn




    Remarkable story. Helped stabilize the middle of the defense after he was
    signed off his couch late in the season, and the Giants went 7-1 with him on the
    field. Still, there were four rookie linebackers on the team this season and
    Goff is expected back.




    DE Dave Tollefson




    Popular reserve was re-signed in the summer and had five sacks, plus is a
    special-teams regular. He provides quality depth.




    S Deon Grant




    Veteran re-signed in training camp, and his leadership qualities and
    mentoring abilities were immeasurable. He doesn’t run as well as he used to,
    though.




    P Steve Weatherford




    Polished off an excellent first season with the Giants with a sensational
    performance in the Super Bowl. No question he’ll be back with a multi-year
    deal.




    CB Aaron Ross




    Started all 20 games and held the fort replacing the injured Thomas. But
    first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara is waiting in the wings. Could return if
    price tag stays down."


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    COUGHLIN PLAYED CARDS RIGHT BY SHOWING GIANTS "LOVE"

    "The coach who felt tough love was the only way to drive a team learned he
    could drop the tough and show the love.



    Tom Coughlin could not recall if he ever did it before, and acknowledged not
    long ago he never would have considered doing it, ever. The night before his
    Giants played like champions, Coughlin told his players he loved them.




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    There is no tangible way to measure how much a part that revealing display of
    emotion played in another stunning performance — this time, like four years ago,
    using an Eli Manning-inspired, last-minute touchdown for the winning points in a
    21-17 comeback victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

    The way the Giants banded together, cared for each other and accepted
    Coughlin’s nurturing affection had to affect the way this team held together
    when, after 14 games, it was 7-7 and should have been on the verge of coming
    apart.



    “This is a very special team, and it was appropriate at this point in time to
    let them know how I felt about them,’’ Coughlin said yesterday, his face still
    flush with victory as he and Manning accepted the Vince Lombardi Trophy from NFL
    commissioner Roger Goodell. “So they didn’t have any question in their mind that
    I deeply appreciated what they accomplished, where they’ve come from, the fact
    they’ve done it together, and I wanted them to know it.




    “I wasn’t afraid. I told them ‘I’m man enough to tell you I love you.’ ’’




    That the once hard-bitten coach has come this far is a testament to his
    ability in his 60s to view the man in the mirror and admit change was needed.
    Still, softening a stance here and lightening up there is a far cry from
    dropping the “L” word on a bunch of professional athletes during a team meeting
    before the biggest game of all their lives. It is not the way Coughlin grew up
    in the coaching profession, not the way he was taught, not the way he believed a
    coach should act.




    “Never gave it a whole lot of thought, but when I started out, that’s not the
    way you envisioned — what’s the word everybody uses, tough love?’’ Coughlin
    said. “It’s that. That’s your relationship normally and very rarely do you
    explain it any other way. You’re the guardian, you’re trying to shape all these
    things. It’s not touchy-feely, as you know. It’s that feeling one man can have
    for another when he takes great pride in who they are and what they’ve
    become.’’




    What the Giants became is a team that got so very hot at the right time and
    carried that surge of momentum further than anyone had a right to imagine.
    Co-owner John Mara said hearing Coughlin say he loved his team was “probably
    pretty telling,’’ but not shocking, given the nature of the team Coughlin
    assembled.




    “One thing that struck me watching our guys all week: They have great
    camaraderie, great spirit, really unlike any other team I’ve been around,’’ Mara
    said. “It really was a special group.’’




    Brandon Jacobs, who has been through a great deal with Coughlin, figured it
    was “probably a big deal’’ for Coughlin to say what he did on the eve of the
    game.




    “There’s a lot of men who feel that way but are never able to say it to each
    other,’’ Jacobs said. “We all know how tough that is for men to get up and tell
    a bunch of grown men that you really love them.’’




    This time, Coughlin said, felt different than that improbable night in
    Glendale, Ariz., when the Giants tarnished the Perfect Patriots.




    “The first one I wasn’t wise enough to step back and look at it,’’ Coughlin
    said. “This time I was, and it really gave me a tremendous appreciation for the
    effect it can have not only on our team but on our organization and our
    fans.’’




    The twists and turns of the season and the way the Giants held together made
    Coughlin feel younger than his 65 years.




    “The word fun, I think I understand what it means in relationship to our
    business when it all comes together … that’s fun,’’ he said. “When that took
    place, you know what? There wasn’t any fatigue. It was all
    invigorating.’’

    UP TO ONE MILLION FANS EXPECTED TO HONOR GIANTS IN CANYON OF HEROES

    "Rabid Big Blue fans will flood the Canyon of Heroes today to watch Eli
    Manning and the Super Bowl champion Giants march up Broadway — and a lucky 500
    will get to attend an exclusive City Hall ceremony afterward.



    Officials doled out 250 pairs of tickets after holding an online lottery for
    New York residents. More than 50,000 people had entered.




    The winners were notified at 2 p.m. and had six hours to rush to Midtown to
    claim their prize.




    “I ran 15 blocks to get here. I’m sweating profusely, but I was so excited to
    win these tickets!” said fan Dominick Pace, 25, who read about the lottery in
    The Post yesterday morning and was the first on line to claim his prize at the
    Official NYC Information Center on Seventh Avenue at 52nd
    Street.

    Parents said it was the perfect surprise for their kids and were even willing
    to let them play hooky to join in the celebration.



    “My 6-year-old son, Jace, loves the Giants, and I’m gonna pull him out of
    school tomorrow to take him with me,” said Jolie Pivarnick, 35, of Long
    Island.




    The ticker-tape parade will start at 11 a.m., and officials predicted the
    confetti left behind could top the record 57 tons crews cleaned up after the
    march honoring the Yankees’ 1999 World Series win.




    The players were as pumped for the parade as their fans were.




    “Oh, man, I can’t wait. I’ve talked to all these guys who did it in ’08. I
    was talking to [then-Giants punter Jeff] Feagles after the game, and he was
    like, ‘Man, soak it in! This is the greatest!’ ” punter Steve Weatherford said
    yesterday.




    The parade will begin at Battery Place and Washington Street and roll up the
    Canyon of Heroes along Broadway to Worth Street. The City Hall Plaza festivities
    will follow, then there will be a rally at the Meadowlands with New Jersey Gov.
    Chris Christie at 3 p.m.




    The city plans to set up three large screens outside City Hall so more fans
    can see the ceremony.




    With up to a million fans expected, Mayor Bloomberg said the festivities
    could pump up to $38 million into the city’s economy.




    “The Giants’ Super Bowl victory was an incredible win for our city — and
    [the] ticker tape through the Canyon of Heroes will be another big win for New
    Yorkers and our small businesses,” he said.




    The Downtown Alliance distributed thousands of pounds of confetti — donated
    by a Brooklyn recycling center — to buildings along Broadway. After the parade,
    the confetti will be swept up and brought back to the recycler.




    “Lots of businesses have already been shredding paper. There are a lot of
    people who were sure the Giants were going to win,” said Joe Timpone, an
    alliance senior vice president."

    COUGHLIN NOT THINKING OF LEAVING GIANTS WHILE ON TOP

    "When Tom Coughlin yesterday was asked if he was coming back to coach another
    season for the Giants, he quickly reminded everyone it’s really not his decision
    to make.



    “I certainly hope so, my intentions are to be that way,’’ Coughlin said. “I
    do have some ownership that has to give approval, but I’m looking forward to
    it.”




    Coughlin has one year remaining on his contract, and after winning a second
    Super Bowl in four years, should be able to write his own ticket for as long as
    he wants to remain in the NFL.




    “I think it’s safe to assume he has it,’’ co-owner John Mara said with a
    smile when asked about ownership support for Coughlin’s return.

    A year ago, as the Giants finished 10-6 but failed to make the playoffs for
    the second consecutive year, ownership’s stamp of approval for Coughlin
    consisted of a one-year contract extension that secured him through the 2012
    season.



    It remains to be seen how much of an extension Coughlin will get this time,
    after a 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. He said he is unsure how
    much longer he wants to coach.




    “I have never given it a lot of serious consideration,’’ he said.




    “I don’t fish, I’m not very good at golf. My wife keeps telling me you better
    have something to do, buddy boy. You think you’re going to hang around here,
    you’re crazy.’’




    Mara said he’s “never had that conversation’’ with Coughlin.




    “He might be 65 but he’s got the energy of somebody quite younger,’’ Mara
    said."

    GIANTS DRIVE CROWD WILD AT KNICKS GAME

    "From the time the Giants pulled into the Timex Performance Center to the
    cheers of 250 frenzied fans yesterday afternoon to the moment they received a
    standing ovation at Madison Square Garden last night before the Knicks-J***
    game, they have been showered with love.



    And the biggest reception in celebration of Sunday’s 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI
    victory over the Patriots is still to come: today’s parade down the Canyon of
    Heroes and rally at MetLife Stadium.




    “It’s all new to me. I don’t really know what to expect,” rookie linebacker
    Mark Herzlich said, “but it’s going to be really cool to see the city come
    together and get a parade like this. The magnitude in New York, it will be
    awesome.”

    Herzlich joined Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Corey Webster, Bear Pascoe,
    Michael Boley, Mathias Kiwanuka and Aaron Ross at the Garden for the Knicks’
    99-88 win, though all were worn and bleary-eyed from celebration and travel. But
    no amount of sleep-depravation could dull their adrenaline at the reception from
    the Garden crowd.
    “We had every single member of our team working as hard as we can to [win the
    Super Bowl]. We deserved it, we got it,’’ Kiwanuka said. “This is one of the
    greatest cities in the world. I’m privileged and I’ve been blessed enough to
    play football here, one of the greatest sports in the world on the big stage. To
    be recognized [with that ovation] is the culmination of all the work we’ve
    done.’’


    Kiwanuka missed the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, after suffering a
    fractured left fibula during the regular season, but in Sunday’s rematch against
    the Patriots, he finally got to play in the big game.




    “It’s tough. There’s nothing you can say to console a guy who can’t be out
    there,” he said. “When you have a job you want to be able to do it 100 percent,
    you want to be out there where it’s a win or a loss, and that’s how I felt the
    last time.




    “This year being able to be out there with the guys every single game, I
    really enjoyed it,’’ he said.




    The Giants enjoyed every moment of the cheers last night and plan on enjoying
    every moment of today’s parade.




    “It was absolutely amazing. We have tremendous fans out there. They’re the
    reason we play the game,’’ Pascoe said. “I was able to go up on the podium with
    my family and take pictures with the Lombardi Trophy. That right there was
    absolutely amazing to spend that moment with my family and girlfriend. That made
    everything absolutely perfect.




    “We started the motto in the beginning of the year: Finish. Every single one
    of us had a goal to make the Super Bowl. We had ups and downs this season, but
    we kept on saying we’ve got to finish, we’ve got to finish. And we fought
    through those down times and right now we’re on a hi
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    thanks Ro....




    all good news.....

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    hey roanake its tuesday btw lol

    still though ur the man for these articles

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    thanks Ro....




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    [quote user="GiantsFan27"]hey roanake its tuesday btw lol

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    thanks Roanoke!




    this feels good! reading bout the accomplishments, Eli, Rio and the rest is a great time in life! for real!




    i love this team!







    Go Giants!


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    thanks Roanoke!




    this feels good! reading bout the accomplishments, Eli, Rio and the rest is a great time in life! for real!




    i love this team!







    Go Giants!

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