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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 - 11:07 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' JASON PIERRE-PAUL: GIVE OSI WHAT HE WANTS

    "At least one member of the Giants
    thinks the organization should open its wallets for defensive
    end Osi Umenyiora.



    “Personally, give him what he wants,” fellow defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul
    said during an appearance at a Manhattan Macy’s. “Osi’s a great player and I’d
    love to play with him for the rest of my career until he’s ready to leave.”




    With the help of Umenyiora attracting blockers in what became the NFL’s most
    feared offensive, Pierre-Paul emerged as one of the league’s premier defenders,
    earning a spot on the All-Pro First Team.




    And Pierre-Paul, who started playing football his senior year of high school,
    thinks there’s plenty of room for personal improvement; a scary notion for
    offenses around the league.




    “I’m still learning,” he said. “The sky’s the limit for me. I haven’t even
    scratched the surface yet. That’s a blessing for me. I got time.”



    Improving on 16.5 sacks (fourth in the NFL), 86 tackles (a rare total for a
    defensive lineman) and a number of game-changing plays? For now, Pierre-Paul is
    just enjoying reaching the pinnacle of a sport he just started playing and
    doesn’t plan on getting much sleep anytime soon. He plans on attending — and
    hosting — a few events before going home to Deerfield Beach, Fla. next week.




    Before looking ahead, he and the rest of his teammates are now reflecting on
    how exactly they were able to go from 7-7 to Super Bowl champions in six
    weeks.




    “It started with the Jets,” he
    asserted. “That was more than just a game. That was a game that showed the world
    that the Giants run MetLife Stadium. We were playing for respect and that’s what
    we did. It started with that game. Our backs were against the wall and we just
    kept on playing.”




    Logic would tell one that if he improves and the rest of the team can manage
    to stay healthy and remain intact, the Giants have a solid chance to repeat.
    It’s difficult to do, but possible. And that’s how Pierre-Paul is looking at
    it.




    “It’s up to the guys on the team,” he said. “I can’t say we’re going to
    repeat, but if we do the things we’re supposed to do like this year we should be
    able to.




    “Even when we were down and out, we still kept strong and Coach Coughlin
    preached finish, finish, finish and that’s what we did.”

    SUPER BOWL XLVI GAME REVIEW: GIANTS OUT BATTLED PATRIOTS IN COMPETITIVE, CLEAN GAME

    "It’s been non-stop for me since Sunday but there’s no way we weren’t going to
    get in a final game review.


    With nothing but this to do today (as opposed to the usual days on which I do
    game reviews), I took my time and tried to dive deeply into it. So let’s get
    going.




    * * * *








    GAME BALLS




    Settle in. This could take a while.




    Quarterback Eli Manning. The New England Patriots' game plan
    was to give him everything underneath. It was all he could eat. They weren’t
    going to get beat up top. Each of his first three shots at a big play fell
    incomplete: a corner route to Hakeem Nicks that was well-defended, a deep post
    to Mario Manningham that was also covered well and a fake
    screen to D.J. Ware (after running it early in the game, which
    has been the way the Giants set up the big play, like on the TD by Manningham
    against the Falcons) with a go route to Nicks up the left sideline that was
    broken up by a monster hit from Pats S Patrick Chung. That’s
    what makes his 38-yard pass to Manningham so impressive. If that’s the first
    quarter, he doesn’t take that shot and looks for a check-down pass. But with
    3:46 to go, he had to squeeze it in there. That ball needed to be perfect, and
    it was. It’s why I immediately tweeted “What. A. Throw.” Of course, it was met
    with some resistance from those who thought I was overlooking Manningham’s grab.
    Naturally, I wasn’t. I just wanted to make sure no one overlooked just how
    perfect that throw was. Judging by the reaction I’ve seen in the past few days,
    Manning has gotten his rightful due. He squeezed some passes into extremely
    tight spots. Oh and, ho hum, he called an audible at the line (you could hear
    him yelling, “Alert! Alert!” on the broadcast) on Victor Cruz’s
    touchdown.




    Manningham. Tremendous catch. No doubt about it. We’ll be talking about that
    one forever. … However, the ball he caught out of bounds because, as
    Cris Collinsworth accurately noted, he drifted too closely to
    the sideline was a huge mistake. He’s
    battled such issues in the past
    and it’s the finer points of his route
    running that have driven Manning and the Giants nuts in the past. He’s been
    better recently, no doubt, but he’s still a bit undisciplined in his routes at
    times. I honestly believe that’ll be a part of why the Giants won’t give him the
    huge money he probably will demand. Will another team give it to him? Maybe. As
    I said to someone in the press box, his 38-yard catch to spark the game-winning
    drive is why he’ll get paid; the miscommunication between him and Manning on the
    next play is why it won’t be the Giants who pay him. But that’s just an
    uneducated guess from me. For now, Manningham deserves all the kudos for that
    huge grab.




    Cruz. That touchdown was made possible by good timing between him and Manning
    (which we’ve said goes back to the lockout
    workouts Manning held in Hoboken
    ) and another outstanding release off the
    line. He gave a stutter step and then a quick move to the inside. If you get a
    chance to look at it again, watch the head fake. The entire release had S
    James Ihedigbo so discombobulated he looked wobbly-legged all
    the way to Cruz’s juggling the ball, at which point Ihedigbo could’ve still
    broken up the pass. No wonder the Cowboys
    were lining up two guys over Cruz
    when the teams met in December.




    Nicks. I didn’t realize until I rewatched the game the ball he caught on the
    quick throw for a first down on that last drive was tipped. Good concentration
    and good catch. Sure, he should’ve stayed in bounds but whatever.




    RB Ahmad Bradshaw. That looked like a walk-through in
    practice when the Pats’ defenders just held up the blockers. It was also the
    oddest celebration of a Super Bowl-winning touchdown you’ll ever see. Yes, that
    was RG Chris Snee shrugging and then pointing to the ground as
    if to say, “He should’ve gotten down.” And how about Wilfork pumping his
    fist
    in celebration? Crazy. Anyway, long story short, if you score the
    game-winning touchdown, you get a game ball. Especially at the end of an
    impressive performance by a tough runner who fought through a painful foot issue
    this season.




    Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and his staff. There
    was tremendous design on a 24-yard run by Bradshaw early midway through the
    first quarter. It came out of a formation in which they had just run a pitch to
    the right side. The formation and the early movement after the snap indicated a
    run that way again but then -- bam! -- a quick counter to the left.
    Yes, I just unleashed my inner John Madden. And here comes a
    whap! because Kevin Boothe flattened CB Kyle
    Arrington
    on the kick-out block. Henry Hynoski cut
    pursuing LB Brandon Spikes and then Bradshaw blocked for
    himself with a stiff arm (a little grab of Chung’s face mask) that allowed him
    to gain the last 19 yards of a 24-yard gain. I can’t tell you for sure the
    Giants’ coaching staff saw something on film that told them a play to the right
    and then a counter back left would allow for something like that to happen
    against the Pats’ D, but I’d say it’s a good bet they did.



    Boothe. Jerry Reese’s “priority”
    had a very good game
    . There was the block on Bradshaw’s run mentioned above
    and plenty of one-on-one matchups with Wilfork (see below). He was flagged for
    the hold on Wilfork in the second quarter, though I didn’t think much of that
    one. I understand why the flag was thrown but I didn’t think the fistful of
    jersey had much to do with Wilfork’s falling down. Wilfork told reporters
    afterward Wilfork winked
    at him after the play
    .




    Reese and the front office. While we’re talking about the GM, another pat on
    the back for him and his crew for sticking to their plan.




    John Mara and Steve and Jon
    Tisch
    . For seeing the big picture and sticking with a darn good coach,
    even when many wanted him gone.




    Tom Coughlin. For being that darn good coach. I’ve had
    conversations with a few people saying, “Well, if he’d only been this way with
    the players from the beginning. …” But you know what, it was more fun this way.
    And it taught a lot of people a lot of things about how to persevere and about
    learning to be flexible and adaptable even in your senior years. The way he fell
    in “love” with this team and the way they responded to him was quite the
    story.




    S Antrel Rolle. He’s the guy who came around to Coughlin
    more than anybody. What a story.




    DE Justin Tuck. Talk about persevering. This season ended so
    very well for a guy
    who endured through a lot
    . Maybe someday he’ll get a chance to steal the
    Super Bowl MVP from Manning instead of vice versa. (Not saying he deserved it
    over Eli. Just referencing
    his quote
    .)

    C David Baas. Another guy who
    persevered through a tough, tough season that included injuries, learning the
    playbook on the fly and a personal life that was upended right before the season
    when he signed here and had to move within a few weeks. He might not get his
    feet under him until this offseason, but that didn’t stop him from plugging
    away.




    LT David Diehl. The fact he played
    with a broken hand
    was only another example of how much this guy puts the
    team first. Where will he play on the line next season? Right tackle? Who cares?
    He’ll give his all.




    RT Kareem McKenzie. If that was his last game as a Giant,
    that capped seven serviceable years for this guy who is anything but a
    self-promoter.




    Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. People had issues with
    his schemes on the Pats’ two touchdown drives. I even had a guy anticipating
    my defending Fewell against the masses after the second TD
    . I reminded that
    guy there was still plenty of game left because, at the time, I didn’t see many
    problems with the scheme or the way the defense was playing. It was just a
    matter of little plays by the Pats here and there. It happens. It’s football.
    Fewell had to believe eventually those plays would go in his favor. He didn’t
    panic and kept calling his game, which was to cover more than pressure. It was a
    good plan, and it worked out tremendously.



    Linebacker Chase Blackburn. What a reception he got at the
    rally on Tuesday. People are really connecting with his comeback story. And I
    hererby take back this
    ill-advised tweet
    , which I put out there after Aaron
    Hernandez
    easily slipped past him on the touchdown. As for his
    interception, someone tried convincing me on Twitter it’s a touchdown if Brady
    throws a better ball and Collinsworth said Blackburn was “beaten and had to
    chase (TE Rob Gronkowski) down.” I don’t see that a little bit,
    and I also don’t think 54 yards in the air is an underthrown ball. Blackburn was
    on Grownkowski’s hip the whole way and showed great coverage and ball skills to
    box out Gronkowski.




    CB Aaron Ross. He picked a good time to play a complete
    game, with very good coverage and excellent physical play. When the Pats ran the
    end around his way and he avoided LT Matt Light to make a
    tackle for a 1-yard loss, I tweeted New England should be running that play CB
    Corey Webster’s way. They did in the second half and picked up
    17 yards when Webster’s attempt to duck under RT Sebastian
    Vollmer
    didn’t work out nearly as well as Ross’ dodging Light.




    Webster. Okay, so he wasn’t great on the play I mentioned. Big deal. He
    covered very well once again, held WR Deion Branch to only two
    catches for 26 yards until that final drive and also made a big play to recover
    and break up the pass for Branch that allowed the Giants to get the ball back
    for the win.




    S Deon Grant. He’s been a very big help for us in the media
    this year, so from a personal standpoint, it’s nice to see a good guy rewarded
    after 12 years in the league. As for his game, he did the little things such as
    coming up to wrap up WR Wes Welker immediately on a short hook
    instead of allowing YAC and darting forward into traffic to contain the same run
    as the 17-yard pitch play I just mentioned. By containing that run, which came
    on the first play of the series after the big hitter, he forced it back inside
    to Blackburn, who was unable to make the stop earlier because he got cut while
    trying to chase.




    LB Michael Boley. Solid game for a guy who proved this
    season he was worth the $25-million deal he got in 2009.




    P Steve Weatherford. NBC just barely missed a great moment
    after his punt in the second half when he slapped the Pats’ Matthew
    Slater
    on his derriere right after the ball was downed. Slater, to my
    surprise, didn’t do a thing. “I’m like a kid out there,” Weatherford said of his
    energy level in general. “It’s a game and that’s how I play it. When I’m able to
    have fun, I play well. I’ve had fun this entire year and I think it showed. …
    We’re enjoying the ride and that’s kind of an element I bring to the
    specialist’s group, that youthful joy of the game.” Yeah, that and consistency,
    which is why he’ll soon have a nice long-term deal to stay here."



    UNSUNG HEROES




    An extended game-balls section to highlight a few guys who didn’t get
    enough credit for big plays.




    Hynoski. Not only did he stone Spikes for much of the game, he pounced on
    Nicks’ fumble in the third quarter. What was most impressive was where he was
    when Nicks caught the ball -- at the line of scrimmage after getting a piece of
    LB Jerod Mayo, whom he thought might be blitzing. Good hustle
    by Mayo to get to Nicks, but great hustle by Hynoski to be in position to
    recover the fumble. Too many times you’ll see a guy quit on the play. He didn’t,
    and he’s to be lauded for that.



    Snee. He also plopped down on a fumble by Bradshaw that would’ve been a
    disaster after Blackburn’s interception. Huge. Also, it should be noted the
    Giants did not lose a fumble in their last eight games. They put eight on the
    ground since then and, whether by recovery, a penalty or a ruling of forward
    progress, they got them all back.




    DT Linval Joseph. He started the chaos on the play that
    ended with Blackburn’s interception by squeezing inside Pats G Logan
    Mankins
    to pressure Brady. He went for the ball and, much as the play
    ended poorly, props to Brady for keeping two hands on the ball to secure it.
    Joseph had another pressure on the Pats’ next offensive play, an incompletion
    from Brady to Hernandez.




    * * * *




    GASSERS




    None. This was a tremendously well-played game by two teams who know how to
    do it. I can’t even give one to Welker because, while it’s technically a drop,
    that’s a tough, twisting catch for him to make. He’s too good of a player for
    something like this to define him. No way.




    And to the clowns at Pawngo.com who thought it was funny
    to drop hundreds of Butterfingers in Boston in Welker's (dis)honor
    , get a
    clue. I don’t know what that company is, nor do I know what they do. And nor do
    I care at this point. That’s classless right there.




    * * * *




    UNDER-THE-RADAR PLAY(S)




    Everybody hates the three-man rush when it fails. Few remember to love it
    when it works.




    On the Pats’ first offensive series after their back-to-back touchdowns,
    Fewell called a pair of three-man rushes. (This was after Grant contained the
    pitch play on first down, by the way.) On the first one, Brady had no time to
    throw, scrambled right to avoid late pressure by DT Chris Canty
    and eventually threw it away near RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who
    was covered by Tuck. One play later, another three-man rush meant eight dropped
    to cover. Brady again found no one and, 4.1 seconds after the snap, first
    contact was made by DE Dave Tollefson. Tuck then charged from
    his linebacker spot and pounced on Brady to finish the sack.




    That three-and-out gave the defensive players much-needed confidence in
    themselves and the scheme. It’s also an affirmation Fewell hasn’t panicked of
    late and stuck with his schemes, which is how you have to do it. Also, Tuck’s
    sack had Brady flexing his shoulder afterward. Huge series right there.




    * * * *




    MANNING’S TOUGHEST THROWS




    -- Obviously, the ball to Manningham past rookie CB Sterling
    Moore
    and in front of Chung.




    -- With DL Gerard Warren in his face, he delivered a strike
    on a stop to Nicks just past the outstretched hands of Antuan
    Molden
    . (First quarter, 11:11 remaining)





    -- Collinsworth said he didn’t know how Manning got the ball to Nicks for
    12 yards on third-and-2 in the fourth quarter. I’ll tell you how. He knew where
    he was going with the ball so he took one long stride to his left to give him a
    better angle on the ball. Spikes was drifting toward the middle of the field and
    just missed it by a fingertip because of that slide Manning made, which also
    allowed him to get away from pressure and get a clean look at the throw. We’ve
    talked about Manning’s arm and awareness this season, but I’d argue his feet,
    aided by QBs
    coach Mike Sullivan’s drills
    , are the biggest reason for his improved play.




    -- A dart to Cruz between Spikes and Arrington on third-and-1, three plays
    after the throw to Nicks over Spikes, who must’ve been going crazy with how
    close he was to tipping these passes.



    WILFORK WATCH




    So who kept the big guy in check? I thought you might ask. Let’s look at who
    blocked him and how many times.




    BOOTHE: 17




    BAAS: 13




    DIEHL: 8




    BOOTHE/BAAS: 7




    BOOTHE/DIEHL: 6




    BAAS/SNEE: 6




    SNEE: 4




    SNEE/MCKENZIE: 2




    BAAS/DIEHL: 1




    BOOTHE/BRADSHAW: 1




    NOBODY (HE DROPPED): 1




    NOT ON FIELD: 8




    * * * *




    SECOND GUESSES




    A lot of fans groaned when they saw the replay of Chung getting an arm around
    Nicks on a corner route in the second quarter. I thought that was a good no
    call. I also didn’t have a problem with the non-call on what many believed was
    pass interference on Moore on the Giants’ next-to-last drive.




    I don’t understand all of the talk about whether the Giants put 12 men on the
    field on purpose on that final drive. Tuck was running off the field without a
    helmet. (Wait, isn’t it a 15-yard penalty when you take your helmet off while on
    the field? Anyway …) Clearly, it was a mix-up. Now, for those who are saying,
    “Hmmm, we’ve discovered something,” I wholeheartedly agree. And here’s my
    suggestion for a rule change: If a defense flagged for too many men on the field
    within the last two minutes of a half, the penalty should be enacted
    plus the clock gets reset to where it was before the play. So in that
    case, it should’ve been second-and-5 at the Pats’ 49 with 17 seconds to play,
    not 9. That’ll dissuade defenses from trying that kind of stuff.




    And that’s it for second guesses. Regular readers know this section is
    usually much, much longer than this. The reason it’s not is that was an
    extremely well-played, well-coached and well-officiated, not to mention
    well-called by Collinsworth and Al Michaels. I remember when
    the Super Bowl used to be a disaster that was over by halftime. Not anymore in
    this league of parity. Great, great job by all involved in this year’s game.




    * * * *




    ODDS AND (TIGHT) ENDS




    The Giants’ opening drives in their last three games lasted 12, nine and 10
    plays, respectively. They got a grand total of 3 total points in those
    possessions. But that’s okay. We hear Gilbride say all the time early play calls
    are designed to see what kind of looks they’ll be getting against certain
    personnel packages and formations. Scoring is practically secondary to
    information gathering for him. So when you saw Gilbride running five different
    personnel packages onto the field for those 10 plays on Sunday, you should know
    he was quickly working to decode the Pats’ game plan.




    Whether Cruz’s forward progress was stopped on his fumble would’ve been a big
    storyline had the Giants note been saved by a penalty on the Pats for too many
    men on the field. If you recall, fumbles by Bradshaw and Cruz in the two games
    against the Niners this season were negated because of a ruling their forward
    progress had been stopped. Not so in this case. Cruz was being driven back but
    then dug in and started to move forward, if only for a few inches. That was the
    proper call. Again, it didn’t matter because Cruz found his third way to avoid a
    fumble this season, with the penalty joining the forward-progress ruling and his
    giving himself up against the Cardinals
    .

    Wanna be an NFL coach?
    Better prepare yourself for how it will drive you insane. In addition to the
    crazy hours coaches
    like Al Holcomb are asked to pull
    , sometimes it’s all for naught. One of
    those times was on Cruz’s touchdown. The Pats had the perfect defense called
    there, and Mayo undercut the slant route. He had his eyes fixed on Cruz. If he
    just takes a peek back at Manning (who said after the game he never saw Mayo),
    he sees the ball coming, defends it and maybe catches it for a potential pick
    six. The Pats’ coaches identified the threat there and put the players in
    position to stop it. Mayo, who never saw the ball that actually went behind his
    back, didn’t take advantage of proper planning.




    Speaking of that play, that’s the second time on an NBC broadcast this season
    we’ve heard that salsa
    music as soon as he scored
    . Once again, it was only for a few seconds,
    wasn’t played very loudly and then stopped. Weird. And if it was truly intended,
    that was a rare example of poor production on an otherwise excellent
    telecast.




    Good play call by the Pats on a third-and-inches in the third quarter. The
    Giants had stopped quarterback sneak after quarterback sneak over the past few
    weeks and were loaded up over center, so New England ran wide for 4 yards and a
    first down on the way to a touchdown that gave them a 17-9 lead.




    The Giants prepared as if Julian Edelman would play defense
    and cover Cruz in the slot. Edelman played no defense, which was a good move by
    the Pats. The only question I’d have with their game plan is why Ihedigbo was
    covering Cruz on the touchdown.




    The toughness of Manning was on display when he got high-lowed in the third
    quarter as he threw a pass for TE Jake Ballard that fell way
    short. I thought he was squashed on that one but he hopped right back up. Also,
    if you look at the end of that play closely, Chung’s reaction tells you he
    thought he was going to undercut Ballard and pick that ball off. It’s tough to
    tell from the TV feed, but if that’s the case, LB Rob
    Ninkovich’s
    pressure on that play was actually beneficial for the
    Giants because the ball never got near Chung. Two plays later, they kicked a
    field goal to make it 17-12.



    You can get sacks out of the three-man rush, as the Giants showed. But
    usually they don’t happen as quickly as the one the Patriots got late in the
    third quarter when Ninkovich and DE Mark Anderson beat McKenzie
    and Diehl. McKenzie got beat cleanly, while Diehl was expecting help from
    Bradshaw, who didn’t decide quickly enough whether to chip a juking Anderson.
    That forced a field goal instead of a touchdown to take the lead. No biggie now,
    but had the Giants lost, it would’ve been a big play.




    Speaking of Ninkovich, his offside penalty was obviously a killer. New
    England could’ve had the ball at midfield but that flag allowed the Giants to
    move the ball to the Pats’ 43 before punting.




    Did that flip reverse to Welker with Brady leading the way look familiar? The
    Pats ran the same play against the Giants in November. They got 13 yards back
    then and 11 this time. Both times they called it in the fourth quarter.




    When you watch the replay of this game, take a look at the way the Giants
    beat up Gronkowski coming off the line, particularly early on.




    One more note on the game: No wonder Mara
    said he couldn’t breathe on the Hail Mary
    . That thing was closer to being
    caught than I thought while watching live and on replays on TVs well above my
    head. Maybe a healthy Gronkowski catches that. Wow, what an ending.




    * * * *




    And finally, thanks and congrats to all of you. From the start of training
    camp, you’ve been here and on Twitter pushing us and demanding better coverage.
    We can only hope we’ve delivered and made things more enjoyable for you. You’ve
    done that for us. We’re not going anywhere. As always, the offseason will bring
    plenty of storylines with it. But I just wanted to take some time to thank you
    all.




    I’ve seen your emails, comments and tweets over the past few days. I just
    haven’t had a time to get to them all. I appreciate your feedback and laud your
    passion. Thanks again, and let’s keep this good thing going.

    GIANTS SIGN 8 PLAYERS FROM PRACTICE SQUAD

    "The Giants already are stocking their
    roster for training camp this summer.



    The Super
    Bowl champions
    announced today that they had signed as free agents eight
    players who spent all or part of this season on their practice squad.




    The eight are defensive back Brandon Bing, running back Andre Brown,
    offensive lineman Selvish Capers, receivers Dan DePalma and Isaiah Stanback,
    defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks, tight end Christian Hopkins, quarterback Ryan
    Perrilloux and defensive end DE Adrian Tracy.




    Hendricks is the only one of the eight who played in a regular-season game,
    appearing in one."

    GIANTS' CHASE BLACKBURN GETS SUPER BOWL HEROE'S WELCOME IN JERSEY CITY'S MCGINLEY SQUARE

    "The chant of "Let's go Giants!" echoed loudly from McGinley Square in Jersey
    City this morning when Giants' linebacker Chase Blackburn, one of the heroes of
    Super Bowl XLVI, appeared to receive a key to the city from Mayor Jerramiah
    Healy.



    Blackburn received a hero's welcome at the intersection of Bergen and
    Montgomery avenues for his fourth-quarter interception of New England Patriots
    quarterback Tom Brady during the Super Bowl, the game's only turnover.




    "Chase Blackburn is proof that hard work, dedication and perseverance pays
    off," said Gary Flocco, the developer working on the McGinley Square
    Redevelopment Plan that will include a street named "Blackburn Boulevard."




    The player-named street will be a private street in the development, running
    between two large parts of the project, Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill
    said.




    "I'd like to thank Hudson Catholic and P.S. 11 for being here," Blackburn
    said. "I'm here to tell you to keep your dreams alive."




    While he didn't say much -- he didn't have to -- more than 100 screaming Big
    Blue fans were just happy to see the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder in person.




    "If you want to come back, you can come at any time since you have the keys,"
    Healy, decked out in Giants red and blue, joked after giving Blackburn a key to
    the city.




    The linebacker was also happy to sign autographs before, during and after the
    rally.
    After the rally ended, Blackburn paid a visit to St. Peter's College.
    He briefly took pictures and signed autographs with students at McIntyre Hall,
    before heading to
    another room to be interviewed by CBS's Inside Edition.




    Over a dozen dedicated fans patiently waited for over an hour in hopes of
    catching Blackburn for a picture/and or autograph on the way out.




    "I'm a lifelong Giants fan, so the Super Bowl played out exactly the way I
    expected," said Danielle DePaula, 20, a junior at St. Peter's who was waiting to
    get her sweatshirt signed.




    "My heart was pounding when (Tom) Brady threw that deep pass in the fourth
    quarter, and I have to say I was surprised when Blackburn made the
    interception."




    Andrew Colaneri, a die-hard Giants fan, skipped a class in hopes of getting
    his Giants sweatshirt signed by Blackburn.




    "I thought it was a great pick-up," Colaneri said, speaking of when the
    Giants signed Blackburn off of waivers in late November this season.




    "That (Blackburn) play was mind-blowing -- it was a great interception,"
    Colaneri said.




    The McGinley Square Redevelopment Plan calls for mixed-use residential and
    commercial units, with the possibility of a large theater or bowling alley."


    ##

    GIANTS' SUPER BOWL ;PARADE AND RALLY: STAR-LEDGER STORY LINKS

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

    NY DAILY NEWS

    PATRIOTS' QB TOM BRADY BEGINS NEW FAD CALLED "BRADYING" FOLLOWING SUPER BOWL LOSS TO THE GIANTS

    "Move over, planking and Tebowing. A new fad is taking the country by
    storm:



    It's called "Bradying."




    You know, the position New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady assumed on
    Sunday after throwing a crucial fourth-quarter interception to Chase Blackburn
    during the New York Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl win?





    Courtesy of a Jason Pierre-Paul
    shove, Brady sat on his rear with hands folded in lap and chin on chest while
    Blackburn celebrated his second interception of the year on the big stage.




    NBC's live telecast cut to Brady's pathetic posture many have seen the
    three-time Super Bowl champion make often when he's thrown to the ground or on
    the wrong side of a poor play.




    And slowly but surely, it's becoming the opposite of Tebowing for those
    dealing with Super Bowl losses or just a bad day, as seen on Bradying.com, a tumblr website titled,
    "Bradying: cuz really, it's all about the hair."




    Proven to help the one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks cope with
    interceptions and two Super Bowl losses to the Giants, Bradying is sure to take
    off this week."

    FEMALE FAN AT PARADE CONFUSED ELI WITH SANCHEZ [8-)] - VIDEO

    "An embarrassing moment for one female fan at the New York Giants Super Bowl
    victory parade was televised - and has gained some attention for the sheer
    awkwardness of the situation.



    The female fan, holding another female fan on her shoulders, is asked by an
    NBC television reporter which player she is looking forward to seeing.




    The blonde woman, dressed in an official New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI
    Champions shirt and a dash of face paint, yells enthusiastically:
    "Sancheeeeeeeeez!"

    The problem, of course, is Mark Sanchez is the
    New York Jets quarterback.

    Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is Big
    Blue's signal-caller.




    Some of the parade-goers quickly correct her, shouting "Eli!"




    The reporter quickly moved on.




    It is unclear from the video if the unidentified woman really didn't know
    that the Giants do not employ Sanchez, if she just choked answering on camera or
    if there were other forces at work.




    Here's the video:"


    ##

    GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK AND MATHIAS KIWANUKA THINKING ABOUT ANOTHER TICKER TAPE PARADE NEXT YEAR

    "He boasted to the crowd that MetLife Stadium was the Giants’ house. He asked
    the excited fans to sing “Happy Birthday” to his 2-year-old son Jayce. And he
    thanked his teammates for making his job as defensive captain so easy.



    And when Tuesday’s Super Bowl celebration at MetLife Stadium was over, Justin
    Tuck
    was already thinking about another one. Same time next year? “I plan on
    it,” the defensive end said.




    Tuck’s words spoke to the confidence that these Giants will carry into next
    season. The newly minted Super Bowl champs believe they can build on this
    late-season surge, and be even better in 2012.




    “Absolutely,” said linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka.
    “You want to talk about a young receiving core? You want to talk about a
    quarterback who’s entering his prime? Running backs who don’t care about who
    gets the ball and just keep on fighting? On the defensive side, we have one of
    the best groups of young linebackers to come into the league that I’ve ever
    seen.




    “You can go from top to bottom on this roster and not find a player who
    wouldn’t be starting on another team.”

    GIANTS' WIDE RECEIVER VICTOR CRUZ TAKE SALSA ACT TO STEPS OF CITY HALL AS FANS GO CRAZY FOR BIG BLUE'S OVERNIGHT HERO

    "The most famous Cruz since Penelope didn’t take long to bust out the salsa
    moves on his parade float.



    A short time after the Giants’ caravan made a left turn onto Broadway and
    wound its way north to City Hall Tuesday morning, Giants wide receiver Victor
    Cruz
    pleased the screaming throng of Big Blue fans with a little dance
    shimmy. Cruz, who was on the same float as wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham,
    was serenaded the entire parade route with hysterical screams of “Cruuuuuz,”
    even though the echo in the Canyon of Heroes made it sound more like booing.




    Cruz also flashed his other skills — receiving — by snagging several
    footballs thrown by fans, and one stray roll of toilet paper.




    Once the team reached City Hall, the ceremony was preceded by several musical
    performances, including, you guessed it, a salsa extravaganza carried out by
    several professional dancing couples.
    Mayor Bloomberg
    even asked the fans if they were “ready to do some salsa dancing” as the
    festivities began.




    When it was Cruz’s turn to get his honorary key to the city, the salsa
    aficionado was met halfway by former Giant defensive end Michael
    Strahan
    , who demonstrated he has some nifty salsa moves of his
    own.

    Brandon Jacobs
    exhorted the fans to cheer when it was Jacobs’ turn to get his key, and the
    broad running back started to break into a salsa dance before waving it off as
    not his style."

    ELI MANNING REMAINS HUMBLE

    "He could have pounded his chest and boasted and bragged. The two-time Super
    Bowl MVP could have smirked like Tom Brady, the
    all-everything quarterback, whom he had defeated just 48 hours earlier. He could
    have hogged the spotlight; after all, he did just finish off the finest season
    of his career by carrying the Lombardi Trophy to the City Hall stage.



    Eli
    Manning
    could have said anything to the crowd gathered at City Hall on
    Tuesday, the crowd hanging onto his every word. But the aw-shucks quarterback of
    the newly-crowned NFL champion New York Giants didn’t. He was more than content
    to quote his coach, and thank everyone who believed in Big Blue in those dark
    moments in late November, when the season seemed to be slipping away.

    “Of
    course, thank you to all the fans, all the supporters, everyone who believed in
    us and believed in the team,” Manning said. “We never lost faith in ourselves.
    And congratulations to all of you.”

    The Giants managed to steal a
    Lombardi Trophy from a season on the brink because they “bought into” two of coach
    Tom Coughlin
    ’s key messages for the season, Manning said.

    “The first
    one was, ‘Make it tough, but make it possible,’ ” Manning said, half-serious,
    half-joking. “When we started the season 6-2, we said, ‘Coach, this is not tough
    enough. We need to lose four in a row to make this more
    challenging.’”

    Manning joked that it was that same lesson that led the
    Giants to squander a 9-0 first-quarter lead against the Patriots in Super Bowl
    XLVI.

    “We said, ‘Coach, it’s too easy, we’ve gotta make it tougher, we’ve
    got to lose the lead, we’ve got to make a fourth-quarter comeback,’?” he said.
    “And sure enough, we did it. We made it possible.”

    The Giants also
    believed in Coughlin’s “Finish” mantra, Manning said, and there were few who
    could doubt him as he rattled off the resume. There were the eight
    fourth-quarter comebacks to win games (including that Super Bowl win). There was
    the 3-1 record in the final four games of the regular season. And there was the
    six-game winning streak that stretched from the end of the regular season all
    the way through the Super Bowl.

    “That’s what I’m talking about,” Manning
    said.

    That was all Manning wanted to talk about. Even though he had
    shouldered the load for the Giants when everything seemed to go wrong this
    season, willing Big Blue to victory after victory, he was content to share the
    glory, both at City Hall and at the rally at MetLife Stadium a few hours later,
    where he received a loud ovation from the huge crowd.

    “Thank you,” he
    said at MetLife, “for believing in us.”

    BIG BLUE FAMILY AND FRIENDS ROAR

    "The buses were arriving from Jersey now at around 10:30 in the morning, Tom
    Coughlin
    and his wife getting off first just to the west of Little West St.
    Then you began to see the first Giants players, here where the floats would pick
    them up, take them up toward Broadway, up into the Canyon of Heroes after that,
    up into the kind of dream day New York still does better than anywhere else.



    The sixth Academy bus pulled up in front of the white tent now, and John
    Mara
    - grandson of old Tim Mara, who came off the
    lower East Side of the city to start the Giants in 1925 - got out. But before
    John Mara went inside to wait for the buses to leave and the floats to arrive,
    he heard the first downtown cheers of this day, from the other side of the
    police barriers at the corner of Little West and Battery
    Place.

    PHOTOS: BIG BLUE FANS GO WILD FOR GIANTS AT
    PARADE




    In that moment Tim Mara’s grandson and Wellington Mara’s
    son looked over at all the blue jerseys and the white jerseys, at one small part
    of the amazing family of New York Giants football fans standing on this one
    street corner. Mara smiled and waved. The fans cheered louder.




    “Some ride,” John Mara said.




    It was unclear if he was talking about the ride over to the city from MetLife
    Stadium, or the one that was about to begin, once the parade made its way north
    and the Giants heard a roar as loud as any New York sports team has ever heard
    from the city of New York.




    The city is described so many ways. But you’re never wrong starting with
    tough. Yesterday people came from all over greater New York to cheer as tough a
    team as they will ever see, a Giants team that came from nowhere to win it all
    and earn a fine, loud day like this.




    I asked John Mara a question I have been asking a lot since Sunday night,
    asked if this Super Bowl was even better than the one four years ago, when the
    Giants knocked off a Patriots team that was 18-0.




    “I’m not going to say that one was better than the other,” John Mara said. He
    smiled then and said, “But I’ll tell you something: This one didn’t stink.”




    Then he was gone, inside, and the gray buses were gone. The first floats
    began to make their way down Battery Place. Even now, before the parade up into
    the Canyon of Heroes officially began, before you really heard the powerful
    voice of the city, you could feel the power of sports.




    Some days there is so much bad news you don’t want to open the newspaper,
    turn on a television or a radio. So many times since Sept. 11 of 2001 you have
    been down in lower Manhattan for sad occasions, for anniversaries and ceremonies
    about the worst morning the city ever had, when those planes hit the buildings
    and nearly 3,000 innocents were killed.

    Sports will never change any of that, of course, change any of the other
    tragedies and sadnesses of the world. But lower Manhattan was loud and happy
    yesterday because the Giants were there, before going back to their stadium in
    Jersey, to celebrate winning the Super Bowl. Big place, New York. Sports can
    still make it feel like a small town.



    All morning long you saw people coming out of the PATH station in their blue
    Giants jerseys and their white Giants jerseys, wearing the numbers of the
    current players, for Eli or Cruz or Tuck. Or for players out of the past. You
    saw them getting out of their cars, in from Long Island or Connecticut or over
    from Jersey, once they were lucky enough to find a garage that would take
    them.




    You saw Kevin Cavanaugh,
    41, lifelong Giants fan from Whitestone, with his 10-year- old son Tom, who had
    been given the day off from school, on the city’s football holiday, for as
    improbable a sports champion, as improbable a finish to a season, as any New
    York team has ever had.




    “Who could have known when we we’re 7-7,” Kevin Cavanaugh said, “that this
    team would give us a run like this? Or give us a day like this?”




    But now they had. Now the first players were getting on floats. Jake
    Ballard
    , who hurt a knee in Indianapolis and couldn’t finish the game, made
    his way slowly up the steps to his seat, laid down his crutches behind the
    folding chair they had set up for him.




    Somebody yelled and asked Ballard what the view was like and he said, “Best
    seat in the house.”




    His float got in the line, went past Little West, past Washington, made the
    swing up Broadway, into its first loud, concussive roar. And before long here
    came bagpipes and then here came the float with Gov. Cuomo on it, and
    Mayor Bloomberg,
    and John Mara and Jerry Reese, Coughlin
    and Eli and Tuck and the Vince Lombardi Trophy.




    That float made the left onto Broadway, and the amazing number of people
    there, and everywhere, waiting to see Eli, biggest sports star in town and
    nobody else even close, made the biggest noise yet.




    Eli would joke later, at the ceremony at City Hall, that the Giants wanted to
    make sure that nothing came too easily this season, so after they were 6-2 they
    lost four in a row, and after they were ahead, 9-0, in the Super Bowl, they fell
    behind again, before coming back again, before winning another Super Bowl in the
    last minute. Again.




    “All things are possible for those who believe,” Tom Coughlin would say at
    City Hall Plaza.




    It is what sports does. Still makes you believe. That days like this, great
    days, are possible. So many sad days in lower Manhattan, for a long time. Not
    Tuesday. Not for the great loud happy extended family of the New York football
    Giants."

    GIANTS' CELEBRATE SUPER BOWL WIN WITH CHRIS ROCK, OTHER CELEBS AT NY CLUB

    "It was the most play "We Are the Champions" got in nightclubs since Queen
    released the song in 1977. Late Tuesday night and early Wednesday evening the
    New York Giants went out on the town, celebrating the team's recent 21-17 win
    over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. And just like the team sells out MetLife
    Stadium for every home game, the G-Men attracted quite a crowd to join in the
    party.



    At 1 Oak, a club on W 17th street and the second of two venues for the
    champs, Nas rapped for the audience, calling out to Giants' wide receiver Victor
    Cruz
    and comedian Chris Rock. Both
    Winklevii (as Mark Zuckerberg
    aptly dubbed them in "The Social Network") were in attendance, perhaps fittingly
    as the club mirrored a facebook of famous athletes and celebrities. For those
    curious, Aziz Ansari said he's a
    Giants fan, giving a big thumbs up when asked.




    "Give it up for the (expletive) Giants, who took over the (expletive) game,"
    yelled Nas at 3 a.m. to the horde pressing toward the DJ booth, which included
    Giants' Osi Umenyiora and Chris
    Canty
    . Soon after, Confetti exploded from the room, showering the crowd that
    filled the club to the brim.





    The night, which followed the Giants' parade up the Canyon of Heroes, had
    begun, at least relatively, calmer.




    Brandon Jacobs
    hosted a dinner at one of his favorite restaurants, Abe & Arthur's,
    beginning at 10 p.m.




    "Even Eli is here!" said Jacobs, referring to Giants' quarterback Eli Manning
    over a microphone in welcoming his teammates. No. 27 was quickly followed and
    one-upped by Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch, who yelled
    "How f---ing great is this!"




    Defensive end Dave Tollefson led
    the charge next door to SL, the club next door and the second-phase of Jacobs'
    party. He was followed by Jacobs and offensive lineman Chris Snee, among
    others, downstairs to the tunes of Swizz Beatz. The
    musical artist mixed in the "NFL on NBC" theme music to his jams while the
    partygoers raised sparklers and foam fingers in the air.




    "Tonight is about the (expletive) Giants and my (expletive) teammates,"
    yelled Jacobs to the roar of the crowd.




    One of those teammates, Tollefson, dislocated his pinky in the Super Bowl.
    The finger had swollen to a massive proportion but when asked, said he was fine
    and it wasn't a problem (for football or partying). Have no fears: his
    fist-pumping didn't seem to suffer."

    GIANTS' FANS SHOW THEY NEVER GET TIRED OF THESE PARADES AS NYC BASKS IN THE GLORY OF BIG BLUE'S SUPER BOWL WIN

    "There is no such thing as parade fatigue in this city. New York embraces
    every trophy as if it will be the last — though it never is. When the Giants won
    the Super Bowl four years ago, the crowd was huge, adoring. Then they won again,
    and the turnout on Tuesday was just as great and, if possible, more devoted.



    The fans came again to stand outside in the winter, to get corralled and
    squeezed by barricades and to catch a glimpse of unrecognizable players from
    special teams. They came to honor rich athletes who live, work and pay taxes in
    New Jersey, for a team that deserted New York decades ago.




    None of this made any sense, really. But then there is nothing sane about
    sports at all, if you think too hard about them. This parade was not so much for
    the Giants and their remarkable title run as it was for the people who cheered
    the team’s exploits on television and wanted to see the Giants just once in the
    flesh, for free.




    Nobody along lower Broadway was talking about the cost of personal seat
    licenses in the Meadowlands. Grown men and women wore jerseys of players half
    their age. As you shoved your way along the sidewalks on Tuesday, you saw long,
    glowing smiles nearly worth the price of police and sanitation overtime.





    One father leaned over to his young son near Pine Street and said, “I’ll put
    you on my shoulders when Eli comes.” Giant fans bequeath their loyalty and
    affection from generation to generation, father to son or daughter, the same way
    the team’s owners have kept the deed to the uniforms very much in the
    family.




    Above the parade on Broadway, from a third-floor balcony, you could now see
    all the good and bad about this event. One unruly fan was dragged away in
    handcuffs by police. Mostly, though, there was just jostling and joshing. And
    paper. Lots of paper.




    Victor Cruz was in the
    first float, and the crowd was chanting, “Cruuzz!” For some reason, he
    didn’t salsa. Why didn’t he salsa? Cruz waved and chatted, instead. There were
    several floats with passengers who were complete strangers – maybe relatives and
    corporate sponsors, the same people who pile into the Giant locker room after
    big victories.




    Brandon Jacobs
    climbed off his float and mixed with the crowd near Trinity Church. Security
    guards were on the ready. Nobody messed with Jacobs. Another float arrived
    filled with offensive linemen, who were always the most thoughtful quotes this
    season on the team.




    There was a float for the defense, and the crowd struck up an appropriate
    chant. Here were the guys who guaranteed victory, then delivered it by stopping
    Tom
    Brady
    on the Pats’ final two fourth-quarter drives.




    The most popular float arrived at last, Tom Coughlin playing
    the role of Santa Claus at the
    Macy’s Parade. He held the Super Bowl trophy high to share it with all New York.
    Coughlin was smiling, the way he learned to smile ever since 2008. Eli
    Manning
    , Super Bowl MVP, stood near him. John Mara, who sits in
    the last row of press boxes during games and tries to stay out of the way, stood
    in the back of the float. He will be talking to Coughlin soon about an
    extension. Then Mara will be playing the role of Santa.




    The team made its way to City Hall, where Manning spoke about how the Giants
    were forever trying to make it tough on themselves, losing four straight during
    the regular season and blowing a nine-point lead Sunday to the Patriots. All the
    players got keys to the city.




    The floats already were on Route 3, heading back to the Meadowlands. There
    would be a parade there, too, and a celebration inside Met Life Stadium.




    The cleanup crews back on Broadway were using leaf blowers and brooms to
    clean up the mess that comes with winning. The way the Rangers are playing, the
    way the Yanks have remade their rotation, there will be another mess this
    year.




    Maybe two."

    PARADE, PARTY CLOSE CURTAIN ON GIANTS' CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

    "As the conquering heroes returned to their home to bask in the afterglow, to
    soak up the last full-throated cheers from an adoring and appreciative fan-base,
    players who have been through it before as well as first-timers all agreed they
    never have been to a better party.



    There was no stopping the Giants down the stretch of the season, in the
    playoffs and especially in Super Bowl XLVI, where they came back (again) to
    defeat the favored Patriots 21-17, in front of plenty of blue-clad loyalists out
    in Indianapolis. Home is where the heart is, though, and yesterday home was
    where the Giants concluded the public portion of their day-long
    celebration.

    As much as his team earlier in the day enjoyed and was awed by the parade up
    the Canyon of Heroes, co-owner John Mara proclaimed “there’s no place like
    home’’ to a crowd at MetLife Stadium estimated at 40,000 to 45,000, all on hand
    to salute a team that defied even the most optimistic expectations by turning a
    7-7 record into a second Super Bowl triumph in four years.



    “Greatest day of my life,’’ said Henry Hynoski, a rookie fullback from rural
    Pennsylvania. “Words obviously can’t express it. I feel spoiled. I’m going to
    want this every year now.’’

    The Giants still want to hold on to this year, as soon enough the roster will
    be invaded, as it is every season, and this exact collection of players will
    never be together, en masse, again. The reality is
    “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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    What a day yesterday was. Thanks for the news RF!

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    [quote user="nygsb42champs"]What a day yesterday was. Thanks for the news RF![/quote]

    A fitting end to am amazing season with all of the ups and downs and twists and turns.
    “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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    Thanks RF! I'm still flying.

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    thanks Roanoke!




    i still cant believe it! Super Bowl Champs!




    winning the superbowl is keeping you a little busier getting the news isnt it????




    but i think you would rather do that than not! lol







    Go Giants!


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    [quote user="lttaylor56"]Thanks RF! I'm still flying.[/quote]

    Aren't we all?
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    [quote user="BigBlue1971"]

    thanks Roanoke!




    i still cant believe it! Super Bowl Champs!




    winning the superbowl is keeping you a little busier getting the news isnt it????




    but i think you would rather do that than not! lol







    Go Giants!

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    Searching for Papas/ Banks replay

    Can anyone on this blog please tell me where i can find the replays of the Giants SB (and playoffs) with just Papas and Banks? I really love listening to these guys announce. I can be reached on my facebook at Ralph Sanchez or rsanch8695@yahoo.com I would really appreciated it.

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    Thanks RF. It's been a wonderful week. [Y]
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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lttaylor56"]Thanks RF! I'm still flying.[/quote]

    Aren't we all?
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