The Blue Knight Rises, Gotham’s G-Men Building Dynasty

April 6, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, it’s been a while since the last article. I have been basking in the Super Bowl XLVI victory a bit more then usual. It’s fun talking to friends you’ve known your entire life when your team is one Super Bowl win away from being a dynasty. If the Giants win another Super Bowl within the next 3 years, they are a dynasty. To be even more specific, the Giants have until 2017 to win another one, which would give them 3 Super Bowl rings in a single decade. I honestly believe the Giants and QB Eli Manning are going to do it. Manning is elite, Manning is a Pro Bowl QB, 2x Super Bowl MVP, 2x Super Bowl Champion and has an Iron Man streak for most consecutive games without missing a start going. The guy is simply a winner and a family man. It’s hard not to like him and root for him.

The team is going to have a lot of players returning from injury this year. Some of the more important names to keep an eye on are CB Terrell Thomas, OL William Beatty, WR Domenik Hixon, TE Travis Beckum, TE Jake Ballard, TE Martellus Bennett, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, LB Clint Sintim, DT Marvin Austin, RB Da’Rel Scott and S Chad Jones. All of these players had injuries last year or have had a major career move. The G-Men need to avoid the rash of injuries that has plagued them since the 2009 season. If they can avoid loading up the injured reserve list and play at full strength one season, they have a nice chance of making it back to the big game and winning it again. Big Blue has proven how deep the team really is.

The 2012 NFL Draft is coming up in a few weeks and there seems to be a mix of areas that fans think are important. I don’t think the Giants will take a RB in the first round but you never know. A linebacker, offensive lineman or tight end could be on the top of the list. I would not be surprised to see them take another defensive back in round one since DC Perry Fewell is a DB guru. I like the extra pick the Giants will get in the fourth round as a compensation pick. Of course, if the best available player on the board is too good to ignore, they will draft him, no matter what the position. Even if it is another defensive end you say? Yes, I do. Nothing surprises me anymore with the Giants drafts. I really want to see the Giants invest in protecting QB Eli Manning this year. I want to see a few new big guys on the roster to contribute to the rotation. I’m convinced this is the year to invest heavily on offensive linemen in the draft and free agency. Surely it’s on both GM Jerry Reese and HC Tom Coughlin’s mind.

What do you think about the Giants roster moves thus far?

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Giants Bag Five After Free Agent Hunting Licenses Are Stamped

March 13, 2012

NEW YORK – It didn’t take long for a new wave of emotion to rush over Giants fans since the Super Bowl win over the Patriots, for a second time, in Super Bowl XLVI. The prospects and free agents are everywhere and there are players for every position. I discussed the fact that the Giants would strike quickly in my article yesterday and the Boys in Blue did not disappoint. News broke before 10:00 AM about the team re-signing CB Terrell Thomas to a 4-year deal worth over $25 million, to the pleasure of Giants fans all over the internet. They followed up by re-signing two more cornerbacks Michael Coe and Justin Tryon. They also signed OL Joel Reinders (6’8″ 317 pounds) and TE Larry Donnell (6’6″ 269 pounds), neither have NFL experience. The entire NFL was set ablaze today with excitement and anticipation of what moves their respective teams might make. I am one of those fans on the most basic level, as we all are, and couldn’t wait to see who the G-Men picked up. Giants GM Jerry Reese does a wonderful job handling these things, even if you cannot see the impact right away, it becomes evident by the end. Jerry Reese, once again, deserves to be NFL GM of the Year!

The Free Agency madness will continue for quite a while but I expect the most damage to be done within the first 48-72 hours. After that, you are picking bones for talent. GM Jerry Reese knows this and knows it makes no difference if you pick up a guy in the first hour or last hour of free agency. The only thing that changes is the level of talent you are getting at a lower price, the further down the rabbit hole you go. I fully expected the Giants to make at least one considerable signing today in an area of need and they did. It just made too much sense not to pull the trigger. If not done by today, then I would have expected them to make two signings tomorrow. Also, prepare to have your hearts broken because there a few fan favorite players that might not be with the team next year. It’s the mathematical part of the game that hurts the most. It’s pure business but a very cold dish to serve.

The Giants have so many free agents this year and very little wiggle room with the cap space. Jerry Reese and the front office will need to make miracles happen. It would be nice to tighten up the defense a little with signing a free agent linebacker with an Antrel Rolle athletic level. But they also need to keep current Giants players under contract for long stretches. There is a lot of work to do but today was a good start. They are not done at all Giants fans, so hold onto your seat. Rumors are still swirling about TE Kevin Boss, WR Steve Smith, WR Plaxico Burress all possibly returning to Big Blue and now news of Dallas TE Martellus Bennett coming to East Rutherford for a visit. Keep an eye on the running backs and linebackers. I think Jerry Reese has made the Giants draft plan a bit clearer with these moves. In my opinion, he still needs to sign DE Osi Umenyiora, S Deon Grant, DE Dave Tollefson, WR Mario Manningham and WR Victor Cruz. Could you imagine the Giants defense if they signed Mario Williams!

Who will be the top three most important free agent signings for Big Blue?

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Happy Valentines Day to our Readers, Love Conquers All

February 14, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I would like to wish all of our readers out there a very Happy Valentines Day. I know this a topic that has nothing to do with the Giants but since the New York Giants are Super Bowl XLVI Champions, is there anything else that really needs to be said about the 2011 football season? I guess I can direct you to the NFL record books and that pretty much sums up the season. We stomped you out!

I hope everyone out there has a great night with the one you love. And if you haven’t met that person yet, don’t give up hope because there is someone out there for everyone and your time will come too. I know times are rough now and that it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but don’t give up hope. It is during times like these, when money is low and spirits are blue that true love shines through. Remember that you do not need chocolates or flowers to tell someone you love them. Get creative and make it fun because all the other person really wants to know is that you love them. And deep inside, that’s what you want too.

Let’s hope the Giants show their players some love this offseason when it comes time to re-sign some stars. The Giants are going to have another wild offseason and GM Jerry Reese needs to figure out how to sign most of the 20 or so players that need to get inked. I know the team will do what they believe is best, even if their fans don’t agree with them at the time. The 2011 season is a perfect example of having faith in the system and what the front office does to improve the squad. Enjoy the ride fans!

What is the most creative way that you’ve expressed your love for another?

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Super Bowl XLVI Final Game Notes of the Season

February 6, 2012

NEW YORK – That was one heck of a way to end a great season. The Giants defeat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Indianapolis. It took a fourth quarter comeback to win a second Super Bowl for Big Blue as QB Eli Manning wins his second Super Bowl MVP Award. Most seem to agree this win puts Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you can include myself among them. There really is no way to describe the joy I’m feeling now and will feel for a very long time. I’m stuck someplace between numb and bursting with energy. Some where in between shocked and exhausted. I’m running on empty but so happy that it doesn’t matter at this point. The true blue fans have been waiting and anticipating this moment and when it finally arrives, it’s wonderful. So enjoy it!

Thank you to the New York Giants organization including the Mara and Tisch families. Thank you to Head Coach Tom Coughlin, the rest of the coaches and players. Thank you GM Jerry Reese, who has done an outstanding job, since taking over for Giants legend Ernie Accorsi. Go back and read all of my articles about Mr. Reese and you will see I have always been a fan of his work and have praised his draft skills and player transactions. Some of his moves however, had even me scratching my head this past offseason. In the NFL Lockout riddled 2011 year, players were coming and going at will in the NFL and the G-men lost some key players like WR Steve Smith, TE Kevin Boss, C Shaun O’Hara and OL Rich Seubert to retirement or contract situations. Then they lost CB Terrell Thomas, LB Clint Sintim, OT William Beatty, WR Domenik Hixon, LB Jonathan Goff and about ten more guys to the dreaded IR list (injured reserve). 2011 marks three straight years of injury epidemics for the G-men with at least 12 going on the season ending IR list, per year, that’s about 20% of the team going down for three straight years. But the Giants and Jerry Reese made all the right moves that had this team clicking by the end of the season. Congrats you are now Super Bowl Champions!

I thought singers Kelly Clarkson and Madonna did a good job with their respective areas of the nights entertainment. I thought NBC could have done a better job with the trophy presentation and post game stuff but thats why we have remote controls right? I also noticed audio problems coming from the NBC channel during the game. I suggest that Giants fans out there savor this moment and really enjoy this win for a couple of days. Do not get into any talks about the draft or who is signing what contract and when, just relax for a few days and enjoy winning the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants

QB Eli Manning – Super Bowl XLVI MVP Manning had a great game finishing with 296 yards 1 TD and 0 INT’s. Congrats Champ!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a solid Super Bowl performance finishing with 103 yards 0 TD’s. Congrats Champ!

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw played like he wanted another ring and finished with 72 yards 1 TD rushing and 19 yards receiving. AB is a big part of this Championship. Congrats Champ!

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was emotionally spent following his 2 sack performance in Super Bowl XLVI. God Bless and Congrats Champ!

LB Chase Blackburn – Blackburn was making a lot of plays out there and finished with 1 INT. Congrats Champ!

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP will forever be double teamed now, so he will need to get bigger. He was still causing havoc and blocking passes. Congrats Champ!

TE Jake Ballard – Jake Ballard was injured during the game and finished with 10 yards. Congrats Champ!

CB Corey Webster – Webster played like a Champion and got his ring, great season Corey! Congrats Champ!

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs ran hard and finished with 37 yards. Two rings for Mr. Jacobs now. Congrats Champ!

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was playing his heart out and creating chaos for the Patriots. Congrats Champ!

WR Victor Cruz – The Salsa King Cruz caught Eli Manning’s only TD pass of the game. Congrats Champ!

CB Aaron Ross – Ross owned the first quarter and really made an impact in this game. Congrats Champ!

LB Michael Boley – Boley had an outstanding game and was the leading tackler for Big Blue. Congrats Champ!

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had the play of the game and finished with 73 yards 0 TD’s. Congrats Champ!

S Deon Grant – The veteran safety was fourth on the team in tackles and really whacking guys out there. 3 more years! Congrats Champ!

TE Bear Pascoe – Pascoe filled in nicely for the other two injured TE’s and finished with 33 yards. Congrats Champ!

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi was causing disruptions for most of the game and really turned up the heat at the end. Pay Osi! Congrats Champ!

FB Henry Hynoski – Hynoski made a couple of nice catches and was blocking like a mad man. Congrats Champ!

TE Travis Beckum – Beckum tore his ACL early in the game and never returned. I’m sure the Super Bowl ring will help him heal. Congrats Champ!

DT Linval Joseph – Joseph did a great job in the middle and is a player to keep an eye on. Congrats Champ!

S Kenny Phillips – KP was second on the team in tackles and was throwing his body into every tackle. Congrats Champ!

DT Chris Canty – Canty had a nice game was clogging up the middle for Big Blue. Congrats Champ!

P Steve Weatherford – The Giants will sign Weatherford long term this offseason. The Weatherman had an outstanding game. Congrats Champ!

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes had a great game by making both of his FG attempts and his lone extra point attempt. Congrats Champ!

Giants Offense – The Giants offense beat the Patriots defense for most of the game. Now, they are Champions of the World. Congrats Champs!

Giants Defense – The Giants defense held Brady to 17 points. They had 2 sacks and 1 INT. Great Game Champs!

Giants Special Teams – The special teams had a very nice game and have improved a lot since week one. Great Game Champs!

What did you think about the game and Super Bowl XLVI festivities?

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Super Bowl XLVI Kickoff is Mere Hours Away

February 5, 2012

NEW YORK – Super Bowl Sunday has arrived fans and we are about five hours away from kickoff now. There is an electricity in the air today and the internet is exploding with news and content. It has been a long two weeks but we are mere hours away from finding out who will be Super Bowl XLVI Champions! It’s exciting and I’m eager to get the game started. I am still extremely confident the Giants are going to beat the Patriots. Call it a premonition or whatever you like but I think the G-men get another ring by midnight.

Fans who want to get some really good info on the game should check out twitter and build a solid timeline of friends and contacts. Once you get into a groove with those guys it is actually a lot of fun. We’ve stuck together the entire season and should be given a Giants Super Bowl ring for our loyalty in the face of adversity and for all of the free social media work we do to keep Giants fans sane. But first the Giants have to win the ring. Expect the unexpected and be on your toes the entire game. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is sneaky and not above using high school tactics to gain a first down. Tom Brady is another shifty eyed sneak to watch.

I hope all of our readers and Giants fans everywhere have a great day and enjoy watching the big game tonight. Remember, do not drink and drive, think about the kids out there! I know that Big Blue is representing in Indianapolis and have heard reports that most of the public float of tickets were purchased by New York fans. Let the tens of millions of fans watching on TV or listening on the radio hear you loud and clear. Take over Lucas Oil stadium and give the Giants players a small edge. I also hope the fans stay classy and remember that families go to these games. It’s a big deal and great moment for anyone who gets the chance to go to the Super Bowl. I hope you all have the time of your lives! If you take photo’s at the event and want to share them for free, check out the nygreporter Flickr group called “New York Giants Free Pics”. It is to help those who have Giants websites and need free use Giants photo’s. I would love to see more Giants fans post pics on there and see what you see at the Super Bowl. Just make sure the only photo’s you post to the group are ones you have taken yourself. Here is the link to the website: New York Giants Free Pics

There is nothing left to say or analyze and no trash talk left to bark. The Giants and Patriots are going to play a football game in a few hours that will determine who is the best team in the NFL this year. One last time, my final score prediction for this game is a Giants win 38-27.

How will you spend your night watching the Super Bowl?

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Super Bowl XLVI Final Score Poll Via Twitter

January 31, 2012

NEW YORK – I decided to ask some of the Giants fans and friends I’ve met on twitter, over the past 2 seasons, what their predictions for Super Bowl winners and/or final score predictions would be. I will list their answers below, I think most of us are on the same page. Some do not want to make a prediction in fear of jinxing the game but I do not think this qualifies as such amongst friends. This is simply guessing for fun and checking out what some of the NFL fans have to say because let’s face it, we all have an opinion on the Super Bowl. Get ready for a party Indianapolis. I started this poll on the Pro Bowl day 1/29/12 and will post it on 1/31/12.

Somehow people think the Giants are the underdogs in this game which is fine by Big Blue. The truth is everyone knows that the Patriots are the true underdogs. Some of the New England players have decided to focus on setting up parties before winning the game. Typical and predictable actions of a second place team. The Giants will focus on winning the game and how to ruin Patriots QB Tom Brady’s day. If you want to get some official New York Giants gear, click on the banner on the right sidebar. You can buy great Super Bowl XLVI merchandise from the Giants official store but we don’t set up victory parties in New York until we’ve won something.

Let’s take a look at some of the final score predictions via twitter accounts. If anyone does not want their prediction listed, simply send us an email at nygreporter@yahoo.com and request to have it removed. Also, it you would like yours added to the list send me a tweet and I will add it. Final score predictions must be in before the game starts on February 5, 2012.

Super Bowl XLVI Final Score Predictions:

1. @nygreporter – Giants win 38-27.

2. Angelina Jolie – Patriots win – No final score given.

3. Brad Pitt – Giants win – No final score given.

4. @nysportsbabe – Giants win 28-24.

5. @BIGBLUE3NY – Giants win 27-24.

6. @MelissaNYG – Giants win 30-20.

7. @JayOTC – Giants win – No final score given.

8. @KrissyLachelle – Giants win 31-24.

9. @gman_bird – Giants win by 2 scores.

10. @NYdocski – Giants win 28-21.

11. @NYGiantsPapi10 – Giants win 31-17.

12. @JaimiePaladino – Giants win 23-17.

13. @GODSONN – Giants win 29-24.

14. @MarcSDuffy – Giants win 38-31.

15. @NY_SportsNews – Giants win 28-24.

16. @Teaieal – Giants win 24-17.

17 @NataliaYank2530 – Giants win 33-30.

18. @OriginalDRose – Giants win 30-24.

19. @PatCDev – Giants win 31-14.

20. @melonsports – Giants win 30-24.

21. @theknickswall – Giants win 34-20.

22. @krishan_mamba24 – Giants win 30-24.

23. @DonCalzoneVIP – Giants win 27-17.

24. @stanbhoy – Giants win 31-24.

25. @JoshBerman – Giants win 27-14.

26. @ErinSharoni – Giants win – No final score given. 

27. @AllJerseyRadio – Giants win 28-21.

28. @NatalieL22 – Giants win 31-20.

29. @Rissachaela2 – Giants win 32-24.

30. @EAMaddenNFL – Giants win simulated Madden game 27-24.

31. Bobby G – Giants win 37-14.

32. @Stefiegirl820 – Giants win 27-24.

33. @NY_Giantsrock – Giants win 28-24.

34. @JerzBoy21 – Giants win 38-31.

35. @dj_elle – Giants win 35-24.

36. @SuzyQOB – Giants win 27-20.

37. @ajcnj56 – Giants win 31-28.

38. @SportsTechieNET – Giants win 24-21.

39. @GMEN36 – Giants win 24-21.

40. @nocycle – Giants win 24-17.

Feel free to leave your own final score prediction in the comment area. Leave your twitter info too.

What is your final score prediction for Super Bowl XLVI?

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How Do You Beat Belichick and The New England Patriots?

January 27, 2012

NEW YORK – You can be sure of one thing on Super Bowl Sunday, the New England Patriots are going to play unconventional football. The Giants special teams group will need to play their best game of the year. I expect Big Blue to win 38-27 as I’ve said before. Giants DC Perry Fewell will need to have his head screwed on right for this one and stay focused on the game plan. The Giants defense is going to hit Tom Brady often and knock him down every few plays. Keep an eye on those speedy running backs of the Patriots on the outside. I would work on that a lot and defending play action. Brady will throw five or six bomb passes in this game and at least one will get intercepted. Corey Webster deserves a Super Bowl INT for his season.

Some specific players that will need to bring their game to another level are DT Linval Joseph, DT Chris Canty, WR Jerrel Jernigan, LB Jacquian Williams, CB Aaron Ross, RB Ahmad Bradshaw and TE Jake Ballard. There are other players too but if these guys played the game of the year for themselves personally, the Giants might have the lead the entire game. With only one win left until NFL immortality, the Giants must follow the leader and relax as Eli Manning does. He is calm, cool and deadly. The Giants players and coaches know they can beat this Patriots team, they must not let that get to them. Stay focused and relaxed and enjoy the ride, because Eli Manning will not be denied. Giants fans will most likely see a lot of the ‘Nascar’ defense with all defensive ends lined up. This will create havoc and force a turnover or two possibly, hopefully.

My pre-game defensive stars of the game predictions are DE Jason Pierre-Paul, LB Mathias Kiwanuka, DE Osi Umenyiora, S Antrel Rolle and CB Corey Webster. The Giants have five main threats from the Patriots offense, they are QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, TE Rob Gronkowski, TE Aaron Hernandez and RB Danny Woodhead. The Giants offensive threats are deeper then the Patriots when you look at it. The offensive weapons for Big Blue include QB Eli Manning, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Victor Cruz, WR Mario Manningham, RB Brandon Jacobs and TE Jake Ballard. Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn is going to need a solid game plan for the Patriots in this game. Expect the desperate Belichick to turn into trickster if the game is close.

How would you stop the Patriots offense if you were the Giants defensive coordinator?

#ALLIN is the twitter trend for the G-men. Along with #DoYouBelieve

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side note: The New Jersey Governor’s media department sent me an email asking me about a Giants victory parade and where it should be held. I believe there should be a celebration in both New York and New Jersey. MetLife stadium seems to make the most sense for a New Jersey celebration.


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?

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12/19/11 Christmas DAC Day 19, Giants Stadium

December 19, 2011

NEW YORK – I could not let a whole advent calendar pass without giving a day to our beloved Giants stadium, with the deep blue sign and GIANTS STADIUM proudly displayed across the face of the stadium. Yes, the new stadium is up and has been for a little while now, one year. The old name of New Meadowlands stadium was replaced by MetLife stadium when the Giants and Jets agreed to sell the naming rights. Many fans were hoping to see JetBlue stadium or Green Giant stadium but they weren’t meant to be. The billion dollar behemoth had been built and needed a name. Yankee fans weren’t too pleased with MetLife stadium and at least half of all Yankee fans are New York Giants fans. What can you do?

But before the ‘House that PSL’s Built’ was erected ($1.6 billion dollars), there was Giants stadium. Big and Blue and home to millions of Giants fans. Arriving to a game a couple of hours early meant you were tailgating and there is nothing more fun then tailgating with your friends before a big game at your home stadium. The sea of blue is what I call it in the parking lot. You’ve got people from all over the tri-state area in that parking lot. If you are going to the game with noobs or adults who dislike the elements of weather involved with tailgating, you can go to a local bar for your pre-game hang out for a bite to eat and a drink. Personally, I think the best bar around Giants stadium is Red’s Bar. I have been going there for years and it serves as a solid meet up spot for you and your friends. They even have the infamous Giants shuttle to the parking lot area. A diabolical looking blue mini school bus designed to look like a Giants version of the ‘Slap Shot’ bus. If you haven’t been to Red’s Bar you should stop by before or after a game, they are good people in there.

DAC Fact

Did you know the old Giants stadium was opened on October 10, 1976? It had a maximum seating capacity of 80,242 fans. The first ever Giants game to be played there was on September 18, 1977 and it was a stadium born into winning with a victory over the Washington Redskins 20-17. Besides Yankee stadium, I have been to that old stadium more then any other sports complex on the planet and it will be missed. The old Giants stadium was demolished in 2010. There will be a whole generation of kids who will never know that old stadium except through our stories and modern libraries of information on the internet. I’m glad I was able to tour both the old Giants stadium and old Yankee stadium before they were demolished. On February 2, 2014, MetLife stadium will host Super Bowl XLVIII for the first ever New York Super Bowl. Will it snow?

After losing badly to the Redskins, the Giants play the Jets next on Christmas Eve at 1:00 PM EST. This is a must win game.

What is your favorite memory from the old Giants stadium?

RD – nygreporter.com

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12/18/11 Christmas DAC Day 18, Game Day Fact

December 18, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants (7-6 record) play the Redskins at MetLife stadium (Giants stadium) today at 1:00 PM EST. They are about to avenge the opening day loss to Washington. I believe the Giants will win this game out right and very convincingly. My final score prediction is Giants 42 – Redskins 27. The Giants front four on defense will get to the Redskins QB Rex Grossman often. Look for DE Jason Pierre-Paul to have another brilliant game. JPP and Easy Eli are the two ‘sure things’ for the Pro Bowl from Big Blue in my opinion. WR Victor Cruz is making a nice argument for himself too. The G-Men will need all of these guys to step up in order to beat a Redskins team that isn’t so bad really. They had a hot start in the beginning of the year and now find themselves in the middle of the pack (4-9 record) like the rest of the NFC East. Washington lost TE Fred Davis over suspensions and WR Santana Moss is returning from a bad injury. The Redskins defense is middle of the pack and their running game stinks just like the Giants, both are ranked 30th and 31st respectively. I expect the Giants defense to collect 3 sacks minimum.

Big Blue then faces the Jets on Christmas Eve for New York bragging rights. The Jets are going to shut down WR Hakeem Nicks with Revis Island and the running game will struggle. I look for WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard to have a big day along with QB Eli Manning. The Giants passing attack is potent with many contributors. The Jets simply do not have enough Revis islands to cover all of the Giants threats. If it were up to me, I would run a lot of 4 WR sets against the Jets defensive backfield and dare them to blitz. Manning excels at play action passing.

The really important game will come on New Year’s Day when the Giants face the Cowboys in Metlife stadium for the season finale. I believe the Jets will be the toughest game of all three. The Giants should beat the Redskins and have already beaten the Cowboys this year. The Jets defense is a top ranked defense and I am anxious to see how our top rated passing offense does against them. Look for RB Brandon Jacobs to score a goal line TD and RB Ahmad Bradshaw to break off a long run for a TD with a big play. The bulk of the blow out points will come from Manning throwing 3 or 4 TD’s with maybe 1 INT. The Giants control their own destiny.

DAC Fact

Beating the Redskins is one of the keys to making it back to the playoffs for Big Blue. Do you know how many times the Giants have made an appearance in the playoffs? Can you believe 30 times since 1933! The 1970’s are the only decade since the 1930’s, that the G-Men failed to make the post season. In recent years, the Giants have made the playoffs six times from 2000-2010.

Do you think the Giants will beat the Redskins today?

RD – nygreporter.com

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