Happy Easter to our Readers, Giants Mock Draft

April 8, 2012

NEW YORK – I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! It’s hard to believe that we are this deep into April already, this year is flying by very fast. I’m glad I was able to hang out with family and relax today. I hope you all had a great weekend too. Can you believe it has been two months, since the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI to win the Super Bowl Championship for a second time against New England. My how time flies. The 2012 NFL Draft is the next big thing coming up and I expect football fans to be foaming at the mouth in Radio City Music Hall. The war room strategies and meetings have already started and coaches are discussing the roster with GM Jerry Reese. Fans will only have to wait another 3 weeks to find out the brilliant game plan put together by the Giants A-Team.

Be on the look out for my upcoming 2012 Giants Draft article. It should be a fun way to discuss the team needs and assess players for our ‘hit list’ on draft day. If you decide that you want to make your list on your own, may I suggest doing it by position. It makes for a much easier reference when you follow the draft LIVE and try to guess the rookies taken. I generally do a top five list for each position and top ten for the three positions with the most need. Example, WR, RB and OL look like three top areas of need on offense for the 2012 draft. The defense is pretty solid but could use more youth at the safety and cornerback positions in my opinion. The top three positions of need on defense are CB, S and LB.

If the money could be worked out on a deal, I would suggest bringing in a veteran offensive lineman and then use the first round pick on another offensive lineman. Protect QB Eli Manning at all costs. Then straight hit the defense for back to back rounds with a cornerback and linebacker taken, followed by a surprising wide receiver pick in the fourth. These picks are based solely on my opinion and will probably change the closer we get to the draft itself. The Giants needs change all of the time, so be sure to keep an eye on their transactions.

nygreporter mock draft, prospects by position:

1. Round 1, Pick 32

OT Mike Adams, WR Stephen Hill or maybe OG Amini Silatolu 

2. Round 2, Pick 63

LB Ronnell Lewis, WR Brian Quick or CB Trumaine Johnson

3. Round 3, Pick 94

CB Ron Brooks, WR Juron Criner or OG Brandon Washington 

4. Round 4A, Pick 127

WR Nick Toon, LB Jonathan Massaquoi or FS Aaron Henry

5. Round 4B, Pick 131

OL Tom Compton, CB Josh Norman or SS Brandon Taylor

6. Round 5, Pick 167

RB Terrence Ganaway, FB Evan Rodriguez

7. Round 6, Pick 201

CB Donnie Fletcher, OG Ryan Miller

8. Round 7, Pick 239

TE Nick Provo, TE Adrien Robinson

What are your top three areas of need for the Giants this draft?

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy Easter!

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Happy St. Patricks Day to our Readers and Giants Fans

March 17, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I would like to wish you all a Happy St. Patricks Day! Even if you’re not irish, it doesn’t matter. They say everyone is irish on St. Paddy’s Day, so I hope you all enjoy yourselves and have a great time today. Some might be with family watching a game on TV or with friends out at a bar. I have done just about everything you can imagine on St. Patricks Day and have always had fun. I’m sure I will have a beer or two today and watch the Knicks play the Pacers in their green jerseys. It’s awesome that it falls on a weekend, so people will have time for a nice breakfast and day of rest tomorrow on Sunday. Chicago will turn the river green and many other fun things will be happening all over the country. Beware the Green Man!

The Giants signed P Steve Weatherford to a five year deal this week. I love this signing and this punter. I expect a big season from him and would love to see former Giants punter Jeff Feagles, coaching special teams for Big Blue. I think Feagles and Weatherford would hit it off and make a good team. I understand that QB Peyton Manning wants to finish his career with enough numbers to be considered the all-time greatest quarterback in history. He would love to get another ring too. But why not as a coach? I would love to see the Giants give Manning a five year deal as QB coach and see what happens. I think Peyton would win at least one more ring with the Big Blue coaching staff.

The Giants also signed safety Chris Horton, who once played for the Washington Redskins. He is a guy described as having injury issues. I say welcome to New York and people should give him the benefit of the doubt that he is healed. Horton is mostly expected to help out on special teams. I find it interesting that former Dallas TE Martellus Bennett, will be wearing current free agent TE Kevin Boss’ old number, No.89. The tight end group and cornerback group have been thoroughly addressed so far. In a side story, former Giants players got into a twitter war when WR Amani Toomer took acceptation with a comment TE Jeremy Shockey made about possibly returning to the Giants one day in the near future? They will be fine but I doubt either will play for Big Blue again.

I know there will be a lot of people drinking today and having fun. Be smart and safe when you go out and remember there are kids walking around, don’t drink and drive and ruin your life. Have fun but be smart. Take a cab or have someone pick you up if you’re too drunk to drive. It only takes one phone call and it could save your life or someone else’s. Today is your lucky day!

Do you celebrate the holiday? What is your favorite all time St. Patricks Day story?

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy St. Patricks Day!

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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?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Happy New Year to our Family, Readers and Fans!

January 1, 2012

NEW YORK – I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I hope you all got home safe if you went out and remember you’re still drunk if you’ve only slept for 3 hours, don’t drink and drive! I know the Giants fans out there are ready for the Dallas Cowboys game today at MetLife stadium at 1:00 PM EST. I’m sure that by the time you read this and have had your coffee, you will be ready for the big game. Not much left to be said about this one, Division rivals with something on the line besides pride. This is a fierce rivalry that got really heated in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The Cowboys are right at the top of the list for hated rivals and Giants fans have no problem telling you about it. It’s best to leave it alone and not dwell on it.

The crazy period of the NFL is upon us and the playoff pictures are clear. This is a very exciting time to be a fan if your team has played well and made the postseason. Anything can happen from this point on and since this is the last week of regular season football, I must say that the playoffs are welcome. The Giants did the best that they could with the personnel on the field. The team was dismantled by injuries once again in 2011 and those injuries caused the rookies and second stringers to gain valuable game time experience that will keep the Giants deep for years. The Giants need their stars and starters back to make a serious run at the Super Bowl in my opinion, I hope I’m wrong but I would be lying if I didn’t say exactly how I felt about this situation.

I hope all of the Giants fans out there enjoy this final regular season game today and let’s get a win for the home team. No matter what is on the line, at the heart of this game, is a contest between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, this story needs no other punch line or reason to happen. That is why I will sit back and really enjoy watching this game.

On behalf of the nygreporter, I would like to wish you all of the best for 2012 and the new year!

How did you spend New Year’s Eve 2011 and how will you spend New Year’s Day 2012?

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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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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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