Happy Memorial Day to Giants Fans Everywhere

May 30, 2011

NEW YORK – I would like to say Happy Memorial day to all of the U.S. military around the world. I would also like to thank our military for everything they do. You are not forgotten! I hope Americans take the time to explain the true meaning of this holiday to their children. I hope we can take a moment of silence to remember all of the fallen soldiers who gave their lives to protect this country. My Uncle John is one of the people who died for this country. I’m sure most of our readers have a family member or know someone who has lost a loved one in war. Beer and BBQ are always nice but let us never forget the true meaning of this day of remembrance.

The NFL lockout has now reached 80 days and I would suggest the owners and players do the same thing. Do not forget the meaning of the game. Do not forget why you play the game of football and why you choose to own an NFL team. While you are arguing over millions of dollars the fans are suffering. Your fan base is suffering. The fans certainly have no choice but to wait things out and it’s a shame. Make a deal soon and end this nonsense that is almost 3 months old now.

I have been watching the ships, planes and helicopters for fleet week. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, I suggest you do sometime. It makes me proud to be an American when I see the awesome power of the military. Seeing the USS New York floating down the hudson river and knowing it was built from the steel of the World Trade Center gave me chills. If there is one thing I would like to say, it is simply do not forget. Always remember why we have this holiday and try to take a moment for those who have fallen with honor. God bless you and your families and God bless the U.S. military all over the world. You are not forgotten!

RD – nygreporter.com

Please support the Eric LeGrand charity walk this June 4, 2011! Check it out at http://www.awalktobelieve.org


New York Giants Memorial Day Weekend News

May 28, 2011

NEW YORK – We have entered the 78th day of the 2011 NFL lockout. There still hasn’t been any real progress in resolving the lockout and here we are now during Memorial Day weekend. In fact, the NFL has cancelled the 2011 rookie symposium in Ohio, something that has benefitted rookies for years by giving them first hand knowledge of what to expect in the pros and how to conduct themselves off the field in order to protect themselves from the wolves (both male and female). Perhaps, Big Blue team leaders can take the Giants rookies under their wings and break down the “real deal” knowledge on being an NFL player.

The NFL also decided to make some rule changes to the game. These changes were immediately criticized by the players and media alike. I’m not going to list them all here but let’s just say they are concerned about “player safety” in the most violent game on the planet. Throughout all of this, we still have Roger Goodell stating that an 18 game season is going to happen. Well, he isn’t really saying it out loud directly but he is certainly preparing the teams and players psychologically for the inevitable change to the game. I’m still not sure how I feel about this after seeing the Giants have over 25 players land on the IR list the past two seasons. More games seem to equal more injuries to most experts.

Steve Smith was recently in the news talking about his progress in rehabbing his injury. He said things are going well and he is ahead of schedule. Some Giants players are on vacation this weekend and enjoying some R&R in beautiful and tropical locations (you know who you are). The Giants announced the 10 winners of their fan contest and QB Eli Manning was dissed by being left off the top 100 player list (this list is a joke) that was in the news this past week. Head Coach Tom Coughlin held his annual Jay Fund golfing event and Eli Manning continues to organize “player practices” to try and stay in shape. There isn’t much more football news except to say we are less then 15 weeks away from the first scheduled regular season game against the Redskins. Keep your fingers crossed that there is a season Giants fans.

What do you think about the NFL and owners making all of these changes to the rule book and also canceling the rookie symposium? Enjoy the weekend!

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants QB Eli Manning is a Top 50 NFL Player

May 26, 2011

NEW YORK – The recent news about Giants QB Eli Manning being absent from a list of the top 100 NFL players has fans enraged. This only confirms the number of New York haters there are in the world. If there are Eli Manning haters out there, then they are just miserable people in general. You would be hard pressed to find a QB, past or present, that has conducted themselves more professionally then Manning. The omission of Manning from any top NFL player list is a slap in the face to the Giants organization and Giants fans alike. The burden of proof lies on the accuser, so I would love to hear them explain how Manning can be left off this list.

These uninformed dorks who think Eli Manning isn’t a top 100 NFL player are right, he isn’t, he is a top 50 NFL player! Eli Manning is an iron man who has never missed a game. He is a Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP and Pro Bowl player. He was a top 5 NFL quarterback in 2010 and topped 4,000 yards for a second straight year. Some people want to mention his 25 interceptions in 2010 and that is fine. I understand that unless you are a Giants fan and watch each and every game, you would not know that between 8-10 of those INT’s were dropped or tipped passes. Yes, sometimes he refuses to take a sack and tries to force a play but that is due to his competitive nature.

Pat Kirwan wrote a wonderful article about this very subject on NFL.com, he was equally flabbergasted at Manning’s omission. The Giants liked his article so much that they included it on their website. I love seeing them stand by their leader in a situation like this. In the end, none of this will matter because Manning’s career will speak for itself. I am not concerned about what his legacy will be since he has already reached and conquered the pinnacle of his profession. The lack of respect he gets from so called “experts” and the media in general is a shame. He is a stand up guy who has done nothing but remain a class act and they instead choose to idolize the fools who make the news over dopey actions. I am still amazed by this. Eli Manning will use this information to his advantage and have a career season, that is simply what he does. He does not talk a lot but he certainly walks the walk. The rest of the NFL will not doubt his elite “status” among the other NFL players after this season (if there is a season).

Do you think that New York Giants QB Eli Manning is a top 100 player in the NFL (dumb question I know but someone thought it was smart to write it)?

RD – nygreporter.com

Please support the Eric LeGrand charity walk this June 4, 2011! Check it out at http://www.awalktobelieve.org


New York Giants Announce 10 Contest Winners

May 25, 2011

NEW YORK – After 75 days of the NFL lockout nonsense, football fans finally got some good news. The New York Giants have announced the 10 lucky winners of their recent fan contest. The 10 winners (over 1,300 entries were received) will have their image placed on a home game ticket for a real Giants game. On behalf of nygreporter.com, I would like to say congratulations to the lucky winners and true blue Giants fans who shared their stories.

The 10 winners will go to the Timex Performance Center in early June for a photo shoot and also get a tour of the billion dollar New Meadowlands stadium (it still has that brand new stadium scent). They also get two free tickets to the regular or preseason game where their photo’s adorn the game tickets. The top 20 fans (top 20 by fan voting) were considered finalists for this contest and the 10 who did not win the big prize will get a $200 gift certificate to purchase Giants merchandise from the Giants store. I still think that is a great prize in itself to be honest. I have to applaud the Giants organization for getting creative during this lull in football news and activities. Now we only have to wonder if there will be a 2011 NFL season for the fans to enjoy (this has to be the most used phrase in all of 2011 sports).

Message to the kids who entered the contest: Remember kids, if you were one of the fans that missed out this time, it does not mean that you are not a Giants Super fan. There were over 1,300 people who entered the contest and the team had to pick the winners based on all the fan votes they got. Keep your heads up and give it another try when a different contest comes along. How about this for a consolation prize, Fleet Week has arrived in New York. Maybe you can go and check out some of the cool Navy ships and aircraft that will be in town for the next few days. They were going up and down the Hudson river today to kick it off. Check it out over the weekend. God bless and protect our military all over the world!

Here are the 10 New York Giants fans who won.

1. Hilary Stolz

2. Ed Magenheimer

3. Adam Mihan

4. Monique Titus

5. Paula Crowe

6. Adrian Gennusa

7. George Svirsky

8. Brian Revfi

9. Tina Lester

10. William Bradley

It’s like the old saying goes, you have to be in it to win it. Well done Giants fans!

RD – nygreporter.com

Please support the Eric LeGrand charity walk this June 4, 2011! Check it out at http://www.awalktobelieve.org


Giants Owner John Mara Steps Up Once Again

May 21, 2011

NEW YORK – You have to love Giants owner John Mara. Here is a man that is a throw back to the old school days of NFL football. He was one of the first owners to address the media when this whole lockout started 71 days ago. He was one of the first owners to address his fan base directly with a letter explaining what was about to happen. Thursday, he stepped up once again and addressed the media about the current state of the lockout. He explained how silly this whole lockout is and expressed his feelings about getting back to work and coming to an agreement soon. The players lost their battle in the court system already but now we have what amounts to a staring contest between the team owners and the players. Of course, this is a $10 billion dollar staring contest and one that will not end without feelings getting hurt.

Mr. Mara urged everyone to come back to the bargaining table because nobody is making an effort to resolve the issue. He is right. The only way to end this thing is to get into a room and make a deal. One way or another, the resolution must be made soon or the very real possibility of a lost 2011 NFL season could become a reality. Mara is clearly trying to get something done before the point of no return. The point of no return is when it takes longer to go back to the beginning then it does to reach the end of something. We are now only 16 weeks away from the first scheduled regular season game against Washington on September 11, 2011. At some point, a cut off date will be given and that date will decide the fate of the 2011 season.

What do you think about owner John Mara stepping up once again? Are you proud to have an owner that consistently takes a leadership role among NFL owners or would you prefer to have an owner that stays in the background? I have already acknowledged that I prefer a leader with Mr. Mara’s style. Someone who can examine a situation and immediately know where he stands. Leadership like that seems to be rare these days but I am glad it is not completely nonexistent. What do you think?

RD – nygreporter.com

Please support the Eric LeGrand charity walk this June 4, 2011! Check it out at http://www.awalktobelieve.org


The Voting Has Started for the Giants Fan Contest

May 18, 2011

NEW YORK – Tons of anxious fans will be hoping to win the New York Giants fan contest that ends next week. Voting for the contest began today after the team received all of the entries sent in by fans. The Giants are not accepting any more entries but instead have begun the voting process by fans. I’m very excited to see who the final 10 winners will be on May 24, 2011. Please remember fans that the contest ends on May 24, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. The 10 winners will be announced sometime later that night on Giants.com and facebook. Anyone interested in reading some wonderful fan stories and seeing some very unique photo’s of Giants fans are encouraged to check out the Giants facebook page at the following link http://on.fb.me/msbHyP and vote!

There are so many interesting stories to read that I think you will be surprised. This contest really knocks out two birds with one stone. First, they provide an incredibly unique opportunity for true blue fans to win something you literally cannot buy with money anywhere. You must win the votes in order to have your photo adorning a New York Giants home game ticket. The second thing this contest does is give true fans the chance to read some of the most interesting stories I have ever heard and to see some of the craziest photo’s I’ve ever seen. All of this of course is done with class and with good intentions. The Giants are a classy organization and would not allow anything to be out of line. They understand that a lot of their fans are kids and try to keep everything as family friendly as possible, just like we do here at nygreporter.com.

Will you be voting for the top 10 winners on facebook for the Giants ticket contest? Are you a Giants fan who has already entered the contest yourself? Let us know what you think. We will also be listing the top 10 winners here on our site for all to see. I want to wish everyone luck and remember that you are still a winner even if your entry isn’t chosen. You’re a winner simply because you are a New York Giants fan!

Once again, the contest ends on May 24, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. Facebook.com/NewYorkGiants or http://on.fb.me/msbHyP

RD – nygreporter.com

Please visit www.hampscamp.com and donate/contribute to Rodney Hampton’s charity for the kids!


Giants CB Prince Amukamara LIVE Chat on Eastbay 5/18

May 17, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello fans, are you interested in getting to know the New York Giants first round pick a little better? Do you have a question you would like to ask rookie CB Prince Amukamara? If so, you will have your chance tomorrow. Prince will be doing a LIVE Chat on Eastbay at 7:00 PM EST/4:00 PM PST (links will be provided below). The guy already has his own sneaker coming out, can you believe that? Not too bad for a rookie in New York.

The truth is New York expects big things from Prince in the future. This is a city that loves to win but also a city that has some of the smartest fans in the world. They will be with him every step of the way and I’m sure by the end of his rookie year, kids all over the five boroughs will be wearing his new Adidas sneaker (adiZero 5 STAR).

Giants fans have already had a glimpse of the Prince from his NFL Draft press conferences. Personally, I found him to be a very nice young man who will fit right into the Giants system and there is absolutely no question about his talent. He believes in faith, family and football. I like that. I don’t know how GM Jerry Reese does it but he seems to come away with classy rookies every year. I suggest all of New York come out and support this young man and check out his chat on Eastbay. I feel bad that these rookies have to deal with all of this lockout nonsense during one of the happiest times of their lives. Hopefully, they can get on the field soon and begin working with their new team mates.

I have two questions I would like to ask Prince. My first question is will he be attending any of QB Eli Manning’s “player practices” at Hoboken high school in New Jersey? My second question is what jersey number he would like to wear as a New York Giant? What are your questions for Prince?

Here is a link to the LIVE chat with Prince Amukamara at 7:00 PM EST on Wednesday 5/18/11.

Will you be checking out the Prince of New York during his LIVE chat on Eastbay? I know I will be there! www.eastbay.com/adidas

RD – nygreporter.com


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