It’s New Year’s Eve and New York City is Electric

December 31, 2011

NEW YORK – New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting dates on our calendar year for about seven billion people. It is the week after Christmas, so it is family at home for some or a night to go out and party for others. There is nothing wrong with either of those choices and I have done both. I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you are able to be with friends or family and if not, that’s ok too. There are so many people walking around in every direction. The city is lit like a festive wonderland and smiles are everywhere. Watch the ball drop on TV, if you can’t be there.

There is simply no better place in the world to be on New Year’s Eve, then New York City. It is the pinnacle celebration of planet earth.

I have been to Times Square for New Year’s Eve three times in my life. Three times I’ve watched that ball drop into a sea of party people and by 1:00 AM EST, the only people left on the street are sanitation workers cleaning up the confetti. It’s a strange sight if you have never experienced it before. You go from being surrounded by a million screaming people, celebrating the biggest block party on the face of the planet to seeing dozens of sanitation workers in less then an hour. If you can recall that, then you were there. Knowing what to expect, the second time I went to see the ball drop, I immediately hit a bar within seconds of the ball dropping. Have you ever seen a place get instantly packed? It’s like a rain delay at a baseball stadium. Boom, heres 500 people shoulder to shoulder looking for a drink. It is quite a sight.

Because I have moved around so much, many of my friends would ask me which time zone I celebrate New Year’s Eve from. My reply was New York City because I was born there. I believe that your inner life clock is predicated on the place where you were born and where your first heartbeat occurred. That is the time zone to your life clock. So, if anyone ever asks you that same question, you will now know how to answer it.

I hope everyone enjoys themselves tonight and drinks responsibly. Remember, there are a lot of kids out there trying to have a good time. Take a cab! At midnight, it’s Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012. Be Safe!

The Giants will be at home when they play the Cowboys on New Year’s Day at 1:00 PM EST. I predict a Giants win 31-21.

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy New Year’s Eve!

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NFL Week 16: Giants vs. Jets, Game Notes

December 28, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I apologize for the delay in getting out this article but it has been a hectic Christmas for me traveling and all. The Giants played the city rival Jets in a big game on Saturday and pulled out the win as you know 29-14. The G-Men were looking to take down and shut up the loud mouth Jets with a sweet victory at MetLife stadium and they did just that. Even though MetLife (Giants stadium) had a green lighting scheme, the G-Men just had to imagine it being decorated for Christmas, because it was still a home game for Big Blue. The Battle for New York on Christmas Eve reads like a Hollywood movie script.

The game was actually pretty good all the way through and fun to watch. The first half saw both teams move the ball well but both defenses were stingy with giving up points. The stadium was filled with a sea of Green and Blue, which made the noise level even higher. Giants WR Victor Cruz had the play of the game when he scored on a 99 yard pass from Manning that was really all about Cruz and his moves. The Giants took a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime and came out blazing for the second half. The Giants scored 19 more points in the second half including a rare safety against Jets QB Mark Sanchez. The G-Men gave up a garbage TD late in the game but it would not be enough to change anything. The Giants have won bragging rights for the next 4 years. Do I think this will shut up Jets Coach Rex Ryan and his team? No. They cannot control themselves and will figure out something else to talk about. What can you do, right?

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning has officially made it to the 2012 Pro Bowl and he deserves it. He had a good game and finished with 225 yards 1 TD 1 INT. Congrats Eli! Another career season for the captain.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB is fun to watch. He barreled over defenders for 54 yards and 2 TD’s. Nice work AB!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a quiet day on Revis Island but still finished with 20 yards.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was making plays out there and finished the game with 1 sack.

LB Michael Boley – Boley continues to be a major piece to the Giants defensive puzzle. He is a pure leader out there and had a good game.

RB DJ Ware – Ware was involved in the game and had a couple of nice runs. He finished with 20 yards.

LB Mathias Kiawnuka – Kiwi is a beast and was around the ball for most of the game, even if he wasn’t making tackles, he was making them change direction.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP is officially going to the Pro Bowl and fans can see why. He finished with 2 sacks on the day. Congrats JPP!

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz was chosen as an alternate for the Pro Bowl and has become the Giants all-time receiving yards leader. He finished with 164 yards and 1 TD. Congrats Vic!

LB Greg Jones – Jones continues to do his best out on the field as a rookie and will be a better player next year for certain.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs was hurting players out there with his hard running and finished with 42 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was the top tackler for Big Blue and was making plays all day. He talks the talk but also walks the walk.

LB Jacquian Williams – I saw the rookie Williams in on a lot of plays and he is another player who will be better next year.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross won’t be going to the Pro Bowl but we have to applaud what he has done in 2011. Nice work Aaron!

DT Chris Canty – Canty has been turning it on lately and had a nice game. he finished with a safety/sack.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips continues to be a leader on the field and finished the day with 1 INT.

OL Mitch Petrus - Petrus has been doing an outstanding job this year and needs to recognized for his work. Good job out there Mitch!

CB Corey Webster – Webster has had an outstanding year and does not get enough credit for his work. He finished with 1 INT. I see you Corey!

DT Linval Joseph – Joseph is one strong man. We all know that and he has started to play on another level this year.

LB Chase Blackburn – Giants fans love Blackburn and are happy he is back. He had another great game and I hope we keep him on the team.

DE Dave Tollefson – Tollefson is another guy who quietly does his job and gets no shine but I see you Dave. He finished with 1 sack. Nice game buddy!

S Tyler Sash – The rookie Sash was making plays out there and has been a welcome addition to the special teams too.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman had another solid game and I hope we lock him down for the next decade.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes went 2/2 on FG attempts and made all three of his extra point attempts. Good Game Larry.

Giants Offense – The G-Men put up 29 points on a very good defense and they did what they had to do to win. Great game!

Giants Defense – The Giants defense won this game in my opinion. They really turned it on and finished with 5 sacks, 2 INT’s and a safety.

Giants Special Teams – The special teams had a decent game and will need to work on improving during the offseason.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Jets?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Merry Christmas to our Readers and Giants Family Everywhere

December 25, 2011

NEW YORK – On behalf of the nygreporter, I would like to wish all of our readers and Giants fans everywhere, a very Merry Christmas! I would also like to wish the coaches, staff and players of the New York Giants a very Merry Christmas and their families as well. I’m not sure what your favorite holiday is but mine has always been Christmas. Some of you may celebrate Christmas and some of you may not but I do. In fact, I am with my family right now enjoying the relaxed atmosphere near an illuminated tree, watching the kids running around and talking with my uncle and cousins. The girls are in the kitchen cooking and the guys will watch the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears tonight at 8:20 PM EST on NBC. This is the final entry in our DAC Christmas series.

I have been all over the country and I’ve learned that Christmas is better with a chill in the air. I don’t need the whole ‘White Christmas’ even though it would be nice but I do enjoy a chill in the air. I’ve also learned that Christmas is better with family. Maybe it’s the hypnotic glow of colorful lights or the familiar Christmas music coming through the radio but Christmas does something to me like no other holiday. I enjoy giving gifts to my friends and family. I enjoy getting gifts too like every other sane person lol. I enjoy the cold walk from the car to the house I am visiting with gifts or a bottle under my arm. I enjoy the feast of food that gets made every year. I enjoy watching all of the Christmas movies on TV. I enjoy sending the Christmas cards back and forth between friends. I enjoy laughing about life with family. I enjoy praying with family and celebrating the birth of Jesus. These are some of the things I love about Christmas.

I hope all of you kids out there have a very nice Christmas. Remember to listen to your parents and don’t get into any trouble. Keep God in your heart and always do the right thing. Some Christmas seasons are better then others but try to remember to be thankful for whatever gifts you get each and every year because it is a blessing. Some kids get no gifts at all and to you I say Merry Christmas and keep your head up. Life changes and maybe one day things will be different for you but don’t ever give up trying. God Bless!

Some of our military forces are fighting overseas and cannot be with family or friends this year. I salute you and wish you a very, special, Merry Christmas! You are not forgotten! God Bless and Protect you always!

What family traditions do you and your family practice during the holidays?

RD – nygreporter – Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas to you and your family, God Bless!


12/24/11 Christmas Eve DAC Day 24, Ho Ho Ho

December 24, 2011

NEW YORK – It is Christmas Eve everyone and the Giants play the Jets. It’s going to be a fun day with family enjoying the game for me. I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas Eve and I look forward to discussing the game on Monday. This is bigger then the need to get a win, this is a battle for New York. The fans all know it and so do I. There is a lot of pride on the line in this game for both teams and coming out with the win is a must. Just like in that movie “The Invasion” we need to get some Big Blue jerseys in MetLife stadium for the game. Excuse me, I mean Giants stadium.

The Giants have to play and beat the Dallas Cowboys next week in the season finale at MetLife stadium. That will surely be one of the hottest tickets of the year because the Giants playoff hopes depend on that win. The fans will be out in force rain, sleet or snow for this one. I expect the tailgating to be huge for the finale and fans can have a blast just hanging out until kickoff if they weren’t fortunate enough to get tickets. Never drink and drive of course and be sure to have a designated driver to get you home. Remember, be safe, kids go to games too.

Whatever religion you are or what holiday you celebrate, I wish all of you a happy holiday season equally. I celebrate Christmas and write about what I know. I hope you can all respect that. Feel free to leave a comment about what holiday you celebrate and how you do so.

- Rodney Hampton was generous enough to stop by with a final Christmas wish for our readers and to answer five little questions. I think our readers will enjoy it and yes, this is the real Giants RB Rodney Hampton everyone. Be sure to check out Hamps Camp (www.hampscamp.com) for his football camp and after school programs in the Houston, Texas area. Hello again Rodney and thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. Merry Christmas to you and the family!

Five Christmas Questions for Rodney Hampton:

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Hampton Answer: Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and Santa Claus is coming to town. Classic ABC movies for the holidays.

2. What is your favorite Christmas dinner?

Hampton Answer: I don’t really have a favorite dinner. We always have so much food around, a feast, that there is always something good to eat. 

3. What is your favorite Christmas drink?

Hampton Answer: a glass of red wine, a merlot.

4. What type of music do you listen to on Christmas eve?

Hampton Answer: I have a piano that plays by itself and we love to listen to the Christmas carols from there. The piano music really puts me in the Christmas spirit. 

5. What Christmas traditions do you and your family have and celebrate?

Hampton Answer: We play a game called The White Elephant Gift Exchange (Google it for the rules) on Christmas day. It’s so much fun because no one can control the gift they receive and some of us purchase gifts that no one wants. It’s so much fun!

1. Rodney Hampton’s Christmas message to nygreporter readers:

Rodney: I’d like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Take some time and reflect on the year. Make a list of at least five things that you are thankful for. Sometimes we get too consumed with all of the gifts and money being spent during the holiday season. Take some time this year and focus on the small things (sometimes these are the things we take for granted). Remember the reason for the season, and be sure to have a safe and joyful holiday! May God bless each of you!!!

2. Robert’s (nygreporter owner) Christmas message to readers:

Robert: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our readers! Thank you very much for continuing to read our articles and see a different perspective on the team. Let’s get in the playoffs and do some work Giants! Eli Manning needs to be in the Pro Bowl. So do a bunch of other players this year. God Bless all of you and your families! Thank you to the military stationed all over the world who cannot be home this year. God Bless and protect you always! 

RD – nygreporter.com – Merry Christmas!

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12/23/11 Christmas DAC Day 23, 2012 NFL Draft

December 23, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I know it seems way too early to start talking about the draft but it is in fact only 4 months away. The NFL will hold the draft in April 2012 at Radio City Music Hall as usual and fans will be giving their expert advice, all month long, to anyone who will listen. I will be no different on here, telling you what I think and what is needed. The first area of need continues to be the offensive line. They need more depth at this position and protecting Eli Manning is worth the first round pick. Manning is having a career year and they need the blue wall up to protect his NFL Iron Man streak. I would start the entire draft by picking up a 10 year beast in the middle. I have been talking about grabbing a first round offensive lineman for two years now. With Manning getting into his 30′s, this investment makes sense now more then ever. What do you think?

The next area I would focus on is the running back position. I love the guys we have on the team but injuries have forced me to look at the Giants depth. Drafting a young and strong RB to keep in the stable would be a smart move right about now. If anyone can find the diamond in the rough in round two, it’s Giants GM Jerry Reese. I know it may seem odd that I would use the first two picks on offense, when the defense was so decimated by injuries this season. But The offensive line is what allows the offensive machine to get into sync and the RB situation was illuminated when both Jacobs and Bradshaw missed time. Ware and the rookie Scott were the only two options remaining and the Giants rushing attack is ranked at the very bottom of the list. The numbers simply don’t lie.

I honestly would not be surprised to see Big Blue draft a OL, RB or LB in round one. I’ve narrowed it down to those three positions. Now things can certainly change with transactions and trades as the draft gets closer. So this is strictly a pre-pre-pre-draft analysis for our readers. I think when the team gets back all of those injured players and you see them on the field, what I’m saying now, will make more sense. The G-Men are stacked at a bunch of positions but it has been so long since fans have seen these guys play together, they actually forget the squad. I wouldn’t mind seeing them bring back the Andrews brothers either, Shawn and Stacy as a real insurance policy for the offensive line.

These are my early draft assessments for the New York Giants. I will list the Giants area of need and show seven rounds by position. You are all welcome to write your own in the comment area and if you know of specific names, that is even better. I love checking out players that our readers inform us about. Remember these are just my opinions, so don’t rip my head off if you disagree with me. I’ve added a few player names for you to check out on your own, name and college.

DAC Analysis

New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Needs by Position.

1. Offensive Lineman - Barrett Jones or DJ Fluker, both from Alabama maybe?

2. Running Back – Chris Polk from Washington?

3. Safety – Ray Ray Armstrong from University of Miami or Trumaine Johnson from Montana.

4. Linebacker – Keenan Robinson from Texas or Bobby Wagner from Utah State. 

5. Offensive Lineman – Alex Hurst from LSU or maybe Xavier Nixon From Florida?

6. Cornerback – Greg McCoy from TCU or Tashaun Gipson of Wyoming.

7. Kicker – Randy Bullock from Texas A&M, Caleb Sturgis from Florida or Quinn Sharp from Oklahoma State are all good prospects.

What are some of the needs you see on the Giants and what positions are in the most need?

RD – nygreporter.com – Merry Christmas!

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12/22/11 Christmas DAC Day 22, Ring of Honor

December 22, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants added a few players to the Ring of Honor this year. These new members bring the total up to 35 former players honored forever. I like when teams do these kind of things for their star players. It builds on tradition for the fans and connects generations. I took a tour of the old Yankee stadium, the year before it was demolished and replaced by the new Yankee stadium.

Monument Park in the Bronx was a unique experience and I enjoyed being able to see how the Yankees set the bar when it comes to honoring the greats of the game. As a fan, I appreciate the classy way the Giants waited almost 100 years to do this but the time has come. I’d like to see John Mara, Tom Coughlin, Ernie Accorsi, Eli Manning, Rodney Hampton, Charles Way, Jeff Feagles, Jason Sehorn, Osi Umenyiora, David Tyree, Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert, Keith Hamilton, Chris Snee, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs and a few other players added to the Ring of Honor one day.

Let’s take a look at the list of Giants players immortalized forever.

1. Jessie Armstead, LB – 2010 ROH member

2. Carl Banks, LB – 2011 ROH member

3. Tiki Barber, RB – 2010 ROH member

4. Mark Bavaro, TE – 2011 ROH member

5. Al Blozis, OT – 2010 ROH member

6. Rosey Brown, OT – 2010 ROH member

7. Harry Carson, LB – 2010 ROH member

8. Charlie Conerly, QB – 2010 ROH member

9. Frank Gifford, RB/WR – 2010 ROH member

10. Pete Gogolak, K – 2010 ROH member

11. Mel Hein, LB/C – 2010 ROH member

12. Jim Lee Howell, DE/Coach – 2010 ROH member

13. Sam Huff, LB – 2010 ROH member

14. Dave Jennings, P – 2011 ROH member

15. Tuffy Leemans, RB – 2010 ROH member

16. Dick Lynch, DB – 2010 ROH member

17. Jack Mara, Owner – 2010 ROH member

18. Tim Mara, Owner – 2010 ROH member

19. Wellington Mara, Ball Boy/Owner – 2010 ROH member

20. George Martin, DE – 2010 ROH member

21. Joe Morrison, RB – 2010 ROH member

22. Steve Owen, OT/Coach – 2010 ROH member

23. Bill Parcells, Coach – 2010 ROH member

24. Andy Robustelli, DE – 2010 ROH member

25. Phil Simms, QB – 2010 ROH member

26. Michael Strahan, DE – 2010 ROH member

27. Ken Strong, RB – 2010 ROH member

28. Lawrence Taylor, LB – 2010 ROH member

29. Bob Tisch, Owner – 2010 ROH member

30. Y.A. Tittle, QB – 2010 ROH member

31. Amani Toomer, WR – 2010 ROH member

32. Emlen Tunnell, DB/Coach – 2010 ROH member

33. Brad Van Pelt, LB – 2011 ROH member

34. Alex Webster, FB/Coach – 2011 ROH member

35. George Young, Executive – 2010 ROH member

DAC Fact

The Giants have 35 former players inducted into their Ring of Honor. The G-Men have always been about business and they cultivate a team first attitude. That is why there are no distractions such as cheerleaders. Yes, we all love cheerleaders and they have been a part of the game since pee-wee football but at the professional level, they do nothing to help win football games. The Giants remain one of the few teams to play without cheerleaders. Creating a Ring of Honor is a big move for Big Blue. They normally shy away from acknowledging individual achievements but I agree with the move. With such a storied history, remaining silently humble was a disservice to the fans. The rich history was too much to ignore and they made the right decision to shine a light on it.

What are you feelings about the Giants Ring of Honor? Would you change anything about them?

RD – nygreporter.com

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12/21/11 Christmas DAC Day 21, The Playoffs

December 21, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans and Happy Holidays! I apologize to the die hard Giants fans who already know what I’m going to say in this article, when I discuss the playoffs. You know the scenario but for those of you who need to catch up on the information highway, the Giants need to win both of their final two games of the 2011 season. Both of these teams, the Jets and Cowboys, are formidable opponents. Both of these games will be played at MetLife stadium. The Giants have no choice but win these games or face a third straight year without a postseason game. Nobody wants to see that happen and the reason for all of this misfortune is quite clear, the injuries.

The Giants simply need to win the next two games, hope for some of their players to return from injury and give round one everything they’ve got. We know that QB Eli Manning will do his part and make things happen. I’m more concerned with the defensive personnel then I am with the offense. Is it crazy to think that GM Jerry Reese would bring in a veteran defensive back for the playoff run? Anything is possible I guess. It all comes back to the fact that Big Blue needs to win the next two games. If they do win the next two games, one still has to wonder how deep they can go in the playoffs with the 28th ranked defense.

If the Giants somehow miss the playoffs for a third straight year, what happens? You can’t realistically fire coaches over players getting injured, that just isn’t fair. The pressure from fans might too be too much to overcome for the Giants front office this year, I believe changes are inevitable and will occur swiftly following the end of the season. I also think the G-Men have a great shot at making the playoffs still this year. Two huge games back to back to end 2011, the year of the heart attack and lock out. I cannot imagine this crazy year ending any other way.

DAC Fact

I told you about the New York Giants making the playoffs dozens of times in their history. But do you know how many playoff wins they have? The overall postseason record is 20-24 and the Giants have a 5-4 playoff record since 2000. They are also 1-1 for Super Bowl appearances during that period of time. The lost to the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and beat the undefeated New England Patriots in SBXLII. The longest drought in Giants history for missing the playoffs is 17 straight seasons from 1964-1980 Let’s hope that ancient history, stays ancient history, and never repeats itself again.

Will the New York Giants make the playoffs this year? Yes or no? What do you think?

RD – nygreporter.com

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