12/2/11 Christmas DAC Day 2, Rodney Hampton Visit

December 2, 2011

NEW YORK - Hello Giants fans, I certainly hope you are all getting into the holiday spirit this season. I have a special guest for you today, Giants RB Rodney Hampton will be giving the trivia question today as well as his personal tips for those interested in playing football. Rodney Hampton was nice enough to grant us an interview earlier this year NYG Reporter – Rodney Hampton Interview – April 2, 2011 and I have stayed in contact with him and help him promote Hamps Camp Rodney’s football camp and after school programs for kids. I appreciate him taking some of his time out to add to our advent calendar here. Welcome back Rodney!

Welcome to DAC Day 2!

If you’re a fan of RB Rodney Hampton, then this is your lucky day. This article is filled with cool Hampton stuff from the man himself! I hope our readers enjoy this and I have a feeling we might be hearing from Rodney again this month. Perhaps he will answer one of your questions when he returns. I encourage our readers to leave a question in the comment area for Rodney and I will see if he can answer one for the readers in his next article with us.

EXCLUSIVE – Hampton Tips for kids

Rodney’s Tip: Safety first kids! Make sure you have the right equipment and that it fits properly. Always have your parents involved and have fun.

EXCLUSIVE – Rodney’s Christmas Question:

Question: There is one question that we all get asked at least once in our life. That question is, what is your favorite holiday? Mine, hands down is Christmas. I love Christmas for the lights, family, friends, gifts, food, music and all of that good stuff I remember from my childhood. Rodney, what was Christmas like at the Hampton house when you were a kid? What is your favorite all-time holiday memory?

Rodney’s Answer: It was great. I remember waking up in the morning and feeling the excitement before opening gifts. Priceless! I spent many of my childhood holidays at my Grandmother’s house in Natichitoches, Louisiana (near Shreveport, Louisiana). Every year on Christmas eve, my Mom and Dad would pack up all 5 of us kids and drive 3 1/2 hours to Louisiana. All of my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins would be there and we’d have such a fun time! As for your second question, my favorite all-time Christmas memory was when I was 5 or 6 years old and I got a Big Wheel! I remember not even wanting to open any of my other gifts when I saw it under the tree. It had a storage box on the back and a break on the side. I had so much fun on that thing riding fast and burning rubber!

EXCLUSIVE – Hampton’s Fact or Fiction:

1. Hampton is a Super Bowl Champion?

FACT, Super Bowl XXV Champion in Tampa. (Whitney Houston sang the national anthem)

2. Hampton is a Pro Bowl Player?

FACT, 2x 1992, 1993

3. Hampton played his entire career with the New York Giants?

FACT, 1990-1997

4. Hampton was drafted by the New York Giants?

FACT, 1990

5. Hampton was a first round pick?

FACT, 1st Round pick, 24th overall.

6. Hampton wore jersey No.37?

FICTION, Hampton wore No.27

7. Hampton is originally from Texas?

FACT, he was born in Houston.

8. Hampton was once asked to co-pilot the space shuttle by NASA?

FICTION, he was asked to be the MAIN pilot. Just kidding.

9. Hampton went to college at University of Georgia?

FACT, 1987-1989

10. Hampton is the Giants No.2  all-time leader in rushing yards?

FACT, Hampton is ranked second all time behind RB Tiki Barber.

Bonus Question: Did All American QB Andrew Luck, of Stanford, attend one of Hamps Camps?

FACT, QB Andrew Luck is listed among a handful of college and NFL players who have attended Hamps Camp

Rodney Hampton’s Trivia: 

Rodney’s Question: What number did I wear when I played football at the University of Georgia?

Your Answer: ???? (leave answers in comment section)

Thanks for stopping by Rodney and we will see you soon!

RD – nygreporter – Happy Holidays!

- If any New York Giants players, current or former, are interested in adding themselves to this Christmas party, have your agent email us at nygreporter@yahoo.com. Please ask them to use a relevant statement in the subject field and we will confirm with your player via twitter, if possible, to a verified account. Please remember to follow us there @nygreporter, so we can confirm info privately. We are always interested in doing interviews with any Giants players willing to answer a handful of questions. Agents can find out the specifics by emailing us. As always, we remain a family friendly website. Happy Holidays! 

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


Steve Smith to Eagles Will Hurt More Then You Think

August 16, 2011

NEW YORK – It has been about a week since the news broke about WR Steve Smith going to the rival Philadelphia Eagles. I didn’t write an entire article on this subject because I was still in a state of shock and denial about it for most of this time. It is time for me to give this topic a full article. Now, I know the Giants have some great young WR’s on the team and I know it is time for them to step up. But we are talking about Steve Smith here and not some run of the mill player. Smith is a Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowl player who was QB Eli Manning’s favorite safety valve. Manning must be fuming at the reality of losing so many of his familiar faces on offense (Smith, Boss, Hedgecock, O’Hara, Seubert, Andrews). I think the game on Saturday showed that he was rattled and will need to put in a lot of work with the new guys before he can settle down.

Giants fans were absolutely disgusting in their remarks to Steve Smith after hearing the news. Some were wishing him dead or for him to get a worse injury then the one the 26 year old is already mending. I couldn’t believe some of the venom being thrown at the man who just 24 hours earlier was a fan favorite. Of course, I understand their anger about him going to a division rival and you could compare it to breaking up with a loved one and saying things that you don’t really mean. I was honestly shocked too by the news that he would accept that deal and jeopardize the New York love he had received so deeply. Apparently, there were some things that did not make it to the press about his situation and following his exodus from Big Blue, there were a ton of back and forth remarks that raised some eye brows. The Giants say they offered him a $35 million dollar deal last year and Smith’s camp says that it never happened. Someone is lying but fans will have to wonder who it is. It’s just plain ugly, either way you look at it.

I think we can all agree that WR Hakeem Nicks is the No.1 WR on the team. The one thing I am certain of is that the Giants do not have a better No.2 WR then Smith on the team. A lot of fans will say that Mario Manningham is better then Smith but I disagree. I am not saying that Manningham is a bad WR at all. In fact, Mario is one my favorite players on the team and can handle his business with the best of them. What I’m saying is that Mario hasn’t done what Smith has done yet. Is the potential there? Sure it is. But we will need to see what happens on the field before making a final assessment. Some will say that Manningham would have taken the No.2 WR spot anyway and that Smith would be the No.3 guy. OK, let’s look at that then for the sake of argument. As far as there being a better No.3 WR on the team, there isn’t. There just flat out isn’t anyone who matches up with Smiths talent that deep into the roster and if you think there is, you’re kidding yourself. Smith holds the all-time single season receptions record for the New York Giants with 107 and until another WR comes close to that kind of production, I simply cannot compare them to Smith.

Steve Smith was the first interview ever for nygreporter. I cannot ever thank him enough for doing that for me (thank you to N.S. and Smith’s agent again for helping set that up). I will forever be a fan of his for that reason (except when he plays the Giants of course) and will always consider him a first class guy off the field. You can check out the interview I did with him here: Steve Smith Interview 3/6/11, nygreporter Edition 0001

Now that you have had some time to really think about the Steve Smith departure, what are you thoughts about it?

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Rodney Hampton Interview 4/2/11, nygreporter Edition 0002

April 2, 2011

NEW YORK – They say all good things come in time. This is one of those moments they talk about. I am very happy to have a special guest for our readers today. An absolute certified New York Giants legend. This is the rare treat that will have fans talking all weekend about how good this gentleman was at playing football in New York. You’ve read the title of this article and you know the man, Mr. Rodney Hampton. The real Rodney Hampton is answering questions about his experiences in the NFL and his life for our readers here today.

This former running back for Big Blue is a fan favorite and has been for decades. Hampton gets love on a level reserved for very few New York Athletes in any sport. He was drafted by the Giants (1st round pick) and played his entire NFL career with New York. Just those two facts alone elevate him to another level in Giants lore. He was known for running hard and knocking people down. He is second on the Giants all-time record list for career rushing yards (6,897 yards) and had a five year streak of 1,000 yard seasons in the NFL. He made the Pro Bowl twice and Oh yeah, Rodney is also a Super Bowl champion and he has the ring to prove it. He went to college at the University of Georgia and was born in Texas. In 2008, he was named the New York Giants Alumni Man of the Year.

Enough about the facts and numbers. Let’s get right to the man himself now. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome Rodney Hampton.

The nygreporter Rodney Hampton Interview

RD/Q1: Thank you very much for joining us at nygreporter.com and doing this interview Mr. Hampton. Let’s start this interview the same way that I have started all of my other interviews, at the beginning. Tell us a little about your rookie season and how it felt to be a first round pick?

Rodney Hampton: My rookie season was very exciting. For me, it was so exciting to be picked in the first round. That was like a dream to me and it took me a while at first to digest that. Being picked in the first round was also a big relief for me because I was so nervous. Before the actual draft begins, there is so much speculation over where a player may go and it all depends solely on the needs of each NFL team at the time. Overall, it was a great experience and prepared me for my future with the New York Giants.

RD/Q2: Talk about falling into a good situation. After being drafted out of Georgia, you fall into a wonderful situation playing for the New York Giants, who had just won a Super Bowl a few years earlier. What did it feel like to be surrounded by all of those pro bowl players?

Rodney Hampton: It felt good to be around a veteran team with proven winners. It felt like my freshman year at the University of Georgia, coming into a big program as a freshman, playing with the seniors and excelling my first year. I did the same thing my first year with the Giants, while I was surrounded by all of those legendary players on the team. They were quick to take me under their wings and show me the ropes on and off the field. I truly learned how to be a professional. One player in particular who showed me a lot was my fullback, Maurice Carthon. He was quick to reprimand me when he saw me slacking. Initially, I thought he was a bit harsh but I quickly came to appreciate him for that because I was young in a big city and needed a true mentor.

RD/Q3: What was the transition like going from Bill Parcells in 1990 as your head coach, to Ray Handley in 1991? In essence the difference between your rookie year and sophomore season. How about getting Dan Reeves in 1993? Who taught you the most about football?

Rodney Hampton: For me it wasn’t hard. My duty as a running back was to do my job and to do it to the best of my ability. It really didn’t make a difference who the coaches were because I had to work hard and do my job regardless. During my rookie year I was sidelined for the Super Bowl, so I had to work hard and get through my sophomore season to see if I really belonged in the NFL. I had a lot to prove to myself and my team. I needed to prove that I could really excel in the NFL. I rushed for over 1,000 yards my second year which was a huge accomplishment after being out the latter part of my rookie season.

Dan Reeves was great. He was a players coach, a disciplinarian and a fun guy who I absolutely loved playing for. He was my all-time favorite coach. But it all started for me back in Houston, Texas at a small neighborhood park called Apache Park. I was a part of a football little league on a team called the All Stars. I will never forget my coaches, Coach Scales, Coach Ellis and Coach Miller. They provided me with the foundation and fundamentals of football that I will never forget. Since then, there have been other coaches who have helped me and provided me with different techniques that made me a well rounded athlete. From middle school all the way through the pros, I was constantly learning and perfecting my game.

RD/Q4: You have a nice resume Rodney. You are a Super Bowl Champion, a 1st round pick and a 2x Pro Bowler. Was there anything else you wanted to accomplish in the NFL that father time would just not allow?

Rodney Hampton: No. I must say that I am happy with all of my accomplishments. I wish I could have won a few more Super Bowls (smile) but I’m happy with my career and I enjoyed my time with all of my team mates.

RD/Q5: You held the Giants all-time record for career rushing yards (6,897) until Tiki Barber broke the record in 2004. With the recent news that he has un-retired, is there anything you would like to say directly to Tiki? Any tips for him on how to win the fans back in New York?

Rodney Hampton: I wish Tiki the best of luck, go for it Tiki! I believe in him as a player. He is a great running back and I’m sure there are a few teams out there who feel he would be an asset. There are still many Giants fans out there that love Tiki Barber. Some are displeased with a few of the comments he has made in the past. The fans in New York are great and I’m sure once he is back out there on the field he’ll have their support. He provided a lot of excitement for the fans and I know they will forever appreciate that.

RD/Q6: A players number is a big deal in sports. Some feel the number represents the man inside. Was the No.27 jersey picked by you or was it given to you? Is that your lucky/favorite number and if not, what is? How do you feel about Brandon Jacobs wearing the No.27 jersey now?

Rodney Hampton: The number 27 was given to me. In my opinion, the jersey number is just a number. The most important thing is how well one performs while wearing the jersey. Since I wore the number 27 jersey, it makes me feel proud to see Brandon Jacobs “Bringing it” while wearing the number 27.

RD/Q7: What have you been working on lately Rodney and do you have any interesting plans for the near future?

Rodney Hampton: I do appearances throughout the year for the Giants and attend many charity events. I have been extremely busy lately with my own charity, Hamps Camp. Over the years, I have hosted many football camps during the summer for underprivileged kids in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Texas. Through my nonprofit organization Hamps Camp Inc, we have now started providing after school programs for kids. We have two programs that we currently offer, Fundamentals of Football and All Sports Program. It seems like this is the perfect time for us to do these after school programs because of all the layoffs in the education system. We have brought back the fire in many of the kids that we work with. Currently, we are only in Houston but we’re planning to expand. It has been so exciting to see the kids now that I’ve worked with grow so much both physically and mentally.

RD/Q8: If you had to sum up your entire NFL career in a sentence, what would it be? What is the greatest single life lesson you have ever learned the hard way? Is there anything you would do differently?

Rodney Hampton: The NFL was the best experience of my life because it not only allowed me to be a part of footballs most elite, it also prepared me for life after the game.

My career in the NFL was very smooth. I was blessed to have a family that made sure my business was handled correctly, which allowed me to be at ease and concentrate on my job as a running back. Looking back now, I would do everything the same. Any of the mistakes that I made helped me to become the man that I am today and I’m very proud to say that I love the man who I’ve come to be.

RD/Q9: Texas, Georgia and New York all played a big role in your life. Who has the best food? The best fans? and the best vibe? If home is where the heart is, then where is home to you Rodney?

Rodney Hampton: Texas has the best food. My best friend Jarrett Scales, owns a great restaurant there called Triple J’s BBQ that has the best BBQ in town. Now they’ve added burgers to the menu since he knows that is one of my favorite dishes. New York has the best fans by far. They’re loyal, passionate and die-hard fans for the New York Giants. It’s so amazing to me that no matter how many times I’m there working or visiting, I always have fans that express their gratitude for my service with the team. I love the New York Giants fans! As far as your question about the best vibe, I would have to say it is a tie between Georgia and New York. Georgia has a laid back, southern friendly vibe and New York is the city that never sleeps. New York always has something exciting to get into and it’s the city that is so nice, they had to name it twice, New York, New York!

RD/Q10: This is my last question for you Rodney, if you were lost in the vast ocean on a broken submarine for years and could only take three people with you, to help you survive the ordeal, who would they be?

Rodney Hampton: I really can’t answer this question because I could never see myself in this situation!

RD: Thank you very much for this interview Mr. Hampton and best wishes to you in the future. God Bless.

What a great guy. I really enjoyed this interview and I hope that all of our readers did as well. Please visit www.hampscamp.com and try to contribute to Rodney Hampton’s charity for the kids if possible. You can also call them if you prefer at 1-888-635-HAMP (4267) to find out how to donate, volunteer or become a sponsor. Thanks!

photo courtesy of www.hampscamp.com

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nygreporter.com and shop.giants.com forge Merchandising Partnership

March 11, 2011

NEW YORK – We have finally locked down a partnership with Shop.Giants.com. That means you can now find official New York Giants merchandise on our website. This is something that I have wanted to do for a while and think our readers will appreciate the convenience of going straight to the official New York Giants team store if they decide they want to buy something. If you want to learn how you can do this for your own website, using your own favorite team, I suggest you check out an affiliate program and learn how to Find a sponsor for your web site. Get paid for your great content.  You get a percentage for using team ads. You will need to get approved and once you do, just become a partner with a merchant, such as shop.giants.com. As you can see, there are no minefields of advertising to maneuver around on nygreporter and we intend to keep it way. However, we do want the fans to have access to Giants products.

You all know that too many advertisements can ruin a good website. Pop ups and the loud ones are avoided like the plague. That is why I will not let ads ruin our website. You will only be able to purchase New York Giants merchandise on this website. Of course, NFL gear for the NFL Draft, NFL Pro Bowl and the Super Bowls to be included too. But you will never find the clutter we have all come to loathe. You can be sure your getting official Giants gear when visiting us here. I mean, think of the possibilities, you have Eli Manning jerseys and  Steve Smith jerseys and you have a host of other Giants jerseys you can choose from as well. You can always get a team hat if you need a gift for a sports fan. You never see anyone get mad over getting a hat. Other items that nobody ever gets mad at receiving are team T-shirts, just make sure you know the right size.

It’s nice to know that you can always just go straight to specific catalog areas if you feel like browsing too. After all, it can get pretty cold in East Rutherford during the winter at New Meadowlands stadium and people will need to dress warm while they wait for the game to start, tailgate gear might be just the thing you’re looking for. I am proud to have Giants products available on my site, I know our readers are people who represent their team to the fullest. All of this talk about “stuff” has me wondering what your most prized Giants possession is? Mine revolve around meeting a player usually but what are yours? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

What is your most prized New York Giants possession? My favorite is a helmet that Michael Strahan personally signed for me.

RD – nygreporter.com

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Steve Smith Interview 3/6/11, nygreporter Edition 0001

March 6, 2011

NEW YORK – Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, do we have a special treat for you today on our one year anniversary. Happy Anniversary! As the marquee reads above this article, we have New York Giants WR Steve Smith in the house. Steve was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and answer a few of our questions and yes fans, this is the real Steve Smith (he has since added this story to his facebook wall). In fact, Steve Smith will forever go down in history as the first interview ever for nygreporter.com. We are thankful to Steve (and his agent) and very thankful for all of the good things happening to us lately.

Steve Smith comes from an elite college football program at USC. I forgot to mention that I was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 6th, 2003 and saw USC beat BYU 35-18, Smith was on the USC roster at the time and so was Terrell Thomas. They went on to win the Rose Bowl that season and both eventually made it to the NFL. Not surprisingly, the two former/current teammates are two of the best players on the team. Clearly products from an elite program under the tutelage of solid coaches.

Smith has done quite a bit in his short career with Big Blue. This includes getting himself out of the shadow of another NFL player in Carolina who shares the same name. He is breaking Giants WR records and he’s been to the Pro Bowl. Smith has become QB Eli Manning’s favorite target when the team needs a big play and he never complains when asked to sacrifice for the team. He has a Super Bowl ring and has established himself as a top tier NFL wide receiver. He is also a fan favorite for his laid back and cool style which compliments his skills on the field. No.12 jerseys (Steve Smith Jerseys and Collectibles) be seen all over the tri-state area and you have to sit back and wonder what Smith could possibly do in 2011, that will have fans rooting for him even more? Will he break another record or get back to the pro bowl in Hawaii? We will all have to wait and see but one thing is for sure, Steve Smith is going to play hard and be a huge asset for the New York Giants. Please join us, as Steve shares his thoughts on the G-Men and his NFL career right now.

I cannot think of a better way to say thank you to our readers, then by having Steve Smith do this interview. So, here he is (you get the Apollo Creed intro Steve) the Super Bowl Champion, Giants Record Holdin’, All American First Teamer, Ice Cold Pro Bowl Player, Number 12 Wearin’, Ten Table Ring Havin’, silent assassin Wide Receiver who catches everything in sight, Mr. Steve “One Two” Smith. (you can use the “One Two” nickname Steve)

The nygreporter Steve Smith Interview

RD/Q1: Hello Steve, welcome to nygreporter.com and thank you for doing this interview. With the 2011 NFL Draft coming up next month, my mind always wanders to the rookies and what they have to go through during the transition process. When you first arrived in the NFL after playing football at USC, what were your personal expectations during that rookie season?

Steve Smith: My expectations were to come in and make an impact. Just like I did at USC. Unfortunately, injuries set me back for most of the year but once I got healthy towards the end of the season, I showed what I could do.

RD/Q2: Winning a Super Bowl ring in your rookie season is crazy and something very few NFL players can own. What is your favorite memory from that entire life experience?

Steve Smith: Yeah, it was crazy. It was an unbelievable experience and I enjoyed the whole ride, from beating the Cowboys on the road to beating the Packers and Brett Favre and of course beating the Patriots. I remember it all like it was yesterday and it makes me hungry to get back and win another ASAP.

RD/Q3: By now, the fans have all seen what the Giants XLII Championship ring looks like, it is magnificent. Other then Michael Strahan (with all do respect of course), what player from the 2007 team shows off their ten table bling the most? Is it Sam Madison lol?

Steve Smith: You know what, that’s a good question. I feel like most guys keep it in a safe place, as I do and don’t show it off too much. It’s something we all treasure and don’t want to lose.

RD/Q4: The amount of recent injuries endured by the G-Men has been staggering from a fans perspective. Steve, you are inside the locker room, how frustrating has it been for you personally and for the other players to have to deal with the wave of injuries the past two seasons?

Steve Smith: It has definitely been frustrating but it’s a part of the game and everybody realizes that. That’s why it is important to have good depth and good leadership.

RD/Q5: How are you feeling yourself, Steve? The team was not the same without you on the field last season and we all hope you are back to 100% soon. I would also like to point out, that I believe I was the first person to call you Steve “the silent assassin” Smith. Did you know this was one of your nicknames (do you like it?) and do you have any other interesting nicknames the fans might not know about?

Steve Smith: I am feeling great! I am working hard everyday in rehab and I’m right on schedule. I’ve never heard of that nickname (the silent assassin) and I am not as silent as you may think. Another nickname I’ve gotten from fans is “3rd and Smith” (in reference to all of my 3rd down catches) and then “Scuba Steve” is one from my college days.

RD/Q6: You have seen some drastic player moves since you were drafted by the Giants back in the day (you’re a veteran now). What are the top player acquisitions you have seen since your arrival in New York in 2007? Also, which young Giants player is on the rise in your opinion?

Steve Smith: I think bringing in veteran safety Antrel Rolle was a great move because he is a Pro Bowler at a position we needed help with. I think that one stands out the most but there are a ton of other moves that were important as well. All of which contribute to making us a very dangerous team in 2011.

RD/Q7: What are your goals for the 2011 NFL season? I have practically guaranteed that the Giants will not miss the playoffs for a third year in a row. I do not apologize for my aggression in that statement. Do you feel the same way? Do you think the Giants will return to the playoffs in 2011?

Steve Smith: There is no doubt in my mind that we will return to the playoffs in 2011 and do some damage when we get there. Our one and only goal is to win the Super Bowl, so nothing else matters. Personally, my goal for 2011 is to be 100% healthy for the entire season and help my teammates matter as well.

RD/Q8: The Wide Receiver group has a ton of talent. I can’t remember the last time this group was so deep with good players. How do you get along with your fellow WR’s and who is your best friend on the team?

Steve Smith: They’re my best friends. Hakeem, Mario and I are very close and hang out a lot off the field.

RD/Q9: The Giants have 21 free agents to work on this off season. That is a lot of work to do and something the team has been addressing this past week with a few signings (Ware, Hixon and Reynaud). Do you want to play your entire NFL career with Big Blue? Also, how does it feel to have the Giants all-time record for receptions (107) in a single season?

Steve Smith: Of course I want to stay in New York my entire career. Having the record feels great but it is not something I really think too much about because I am focused on the future and not the past. I’m sure I will appreciate it more when I look back after my career is over.

RD/Q10: Last question Steve, if you were trapped on a deserted island and could only take 3 people with you to help you survive, who would they be?

Steve Smith: My Mom, my brother and Eli Manning.

RD/EI: Thank you so much for the interview Steve and Giants fans look forward to seeing you return strong in 2011.

What a classy guy. What do you think fans? I think he was very generous with his answers and very firm in his beliefs. We learned a little bit about his state of mind and health status, as well as some cool facts from his college days. I am even more convinced now that Steve Smith will be ready for the 2011 season and he will be looking to make big plays for Big Blue. If you’re interested in learning more about Steve or the charities he supports, be a sport and follow/friend Steve on his facebook account http://www.facebook.com/SteveSmith and his twitter account @SteveSmithNY.

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Here is a link to the photographs we have of WR Steve Smith at the 2010 training camp in Albany.

WR Steve Smith, No.12 – photographs

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nygreporter Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary at Midnight!

March 5, 2011

NEW YORK – What a crazy year it has been in the world of sports. I can’t believe we have been up and running for a full year already. I was trying to get our readers an interview with a Giants player for this special occasion and got very lucky, because I have one of the best players on the team answering a few questions for us. I will publish the article tomorrow (Sunday 3-6-11) of an interview I had with a “surprise” New York Giants player (he has since been revealed as WR Steve Smith). I suggest you all come back tomorrow and see who it is that I’m talking about. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Hopefully, we will be able to get more interviews now with Giants players and coaches. I know these are exactly the types of articles Giants fans want to read with their coffee in the morning or at home at night. Some of the other writers here like Josh and Saulo, have been with the website since we first went live. Others such as Andrew joined us last year. I would like to say thank you for all of your contributions and as always guys, I look forward to reading your next articles. What a strange journey it has been to get us here today. At the stroke of midnight tonight it will be one year.

Things will continue to get interesting during the next few weeks with the upcoming NFL Draft, The CBA talks (extended another week), free agency and trades. We will be here to cover it all and give our unique perspective on the team. When Saulo takes a moment from his world travels and gets on his laptop, he usually blesses us with an informed article. We need to read more from Saulo! When Josh isn’t studying for mid-terms or finals, he also blesses our readers with well thought out stories concerning the current state of Big Blue. I am sure we will see more of Josh over the summer. Andrew has been busy lately but he also gives us a great perspective on the team through his work. Thank you once again writers for all that you do and thanks especially to all of our readers who are making nygreporter a respectable family friendly website. We have not wavered from our clean chat policy or managing a safe environment for sports fans.

If any of our readers have a website suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment below. You do not need to be a member of nygreporter (although we hope you will become a member) to leave a comment but you do have to have a wordpress account. To become an nygreporter member, make a wordpress account, then make a separate account for nygreporter.com on wordpress. You can also subscribe to our email list or RSS feed if you prefer. We are always open to hearing new ideas about projects our readers might like to share and we always encourage participation.

Here are some of the more interesting things that happened during the past year.

- Getting to do our first big time interview with New York Giants WR Steve Smith, Steve Smith Interview 3/6/11, nygreporter Edition 0001

- Being a “featured” blog on Giants.com and working towards developing a partnership, Giants.com features nygreporter on their Website

- The shout out we got from Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger on NJ.com for correctly picking the final score of a game. Here is a link to the story and video, Mike Garafolo Gives nygreporter a Shout Out on NJ.com

- Attending the New York Giants 2010 NFL training camp at the University of Albany. Here is a link to the pics, Images

- Going on the “Eisen’s Insight Live” podcast and talking Giants football with Michael Eisen and John Schmeelk. Listen for “Robert from New York” at the 16 minute mark of the show. Here is a link to the podcast, NYGReporter Calls “Eisen’s Insight LIVE” on Giants.com

- Doing the LIVE updates for the 2010 NFL Draft on the Giants via nygreporter, New York Giants 2010 NFL Draft RECAP

- Calling the “Mike Francesa Show” and talking football with Mike while he was at Giants training camp in Albany. No links are available but it was a good 5 minute talk about the Giants defense.

- Getting involved with multiple charities and promoting their causes on our website, American Red CrossWounded Warrior ProjectA Walk To BelieveA Journey for 9/11

- COMING SOON: We are working on a partnership that will allow nygreporter.com to sell New York Giants merchandise. We will ONLY promote New York Giants products on our website.

Feel free to leave your comments below, we would love to hear from some of our readers. Once again, thank you to the Giants community for all of your support.

RD – nygreporter.com – 1 year anniversary 3-6-11

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2010 New York Giants: Pre Draft Diagnosis

April 10, 2010

After taking a look at the current New York Giants roster, I believe the team can do well in 2010. They are a young football team that should have some good competition come training camp time. I was surprised at some of the number of players per position. Some of the areas where I thought the G-men were thin, they weren’t. Using the current roster, if it doesn’t change again before the draft, you can begin to see what the team might be thinking since they are so close (12 days away from the 2010 NFL Draft) to getting down to business. The Giants War Room will be rocking and I would not be surprised to see some deals getting done. The G-Men have been very aggressive this off season.

Giants fans are left with more questions then answers. The team has addressed the safety position thoroughly and made some other basic roster moves. Jerry Reese is a man who always has a plan and I am sure he can see the future better then any of us. I’m on the fence currently about drafting either a linebacker or offensive lineman in round one. Linebacker is the bigger need but if the ones they targeted are off the boards, then I would go offensive lineman here. Getting Eli Manning some help during his prime, can only benefit the team long term.

I expect the defense to be better in 2010 without a doubt. They are young and fast and I believe they are going to surprise a lot of teams. I’m excited to see who is going to step up on offense and if the team is ready to invest in another big weapon for Manning. Look for RB Brandon Jacobs to have an improved year and get back to knocking people down, north and south. DE Osi will have some reassuring to do after his 2009 season, by playing his heart out and convincing coaches and fans he wants to stay with the team. WR Steve Smith will prove that 2009 was not a fluke by mimicking his success this season. LB Clint Sintim and WR Ramses Barden should get more playing time and OL William Beatty could be starting by the end of the year.

There are a lot of exciting possibilities in 2010. I expect a real battle at the linebacker position during training camp. I believe that will be the most interesting of them all. Will DE/DT Chris Canty and DT Rocky Bernard make a difference? What do you think about the 2010 New York Giants situation as of today, right now?

Here is a list of questions that I am asking myself about the New York Giants prior to the 2010 NFL Draft. Feel free to leave your comments below.

1. Backup QB situation. Is Jim Sorgi “game ready”? Is Rhett Bomar the answer?

2. Who will play the Middle linebacker position for Big Blue in 2010?

3. Will the running backs be healthy? Will RB Andre Brown emerge?

4. Will safety Kenny Phillips be healthy and ready to play?

5. How will new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell do in his first year with the team?

6. How will some of the other coaching changes effect the plays on the field?

7. Who will the Giants take with the number one pick in the 2010 NFL Draft?

8. Will CB Aaron Ross be healthy and ready to play mentally?

9. Will K Lawrence Tynes still be on the team for the 2010 season?

10. Will P Jeff Feagles have a better season then in 2009?

11. Will TE’s Kevin Boss and Travis Beckum get more work on the offense?

12. Will WR Hakeem Nicks have a breakout season in 2010?

13. Why are WR Sinorice Moss and RB DJ Ware still on the roster based on their career numbers?

14. Will OL William Beatty be starting at left tackle by the end of the season?

15. Can the New York Giants make it back to the playoffs in 2010?

RD – NYGReporter.com


Welcome to the NYG Reporter!

March 6, 2010

This is a website for New York Giants fans and writers to come and discuss New York Giants football. There is nothing left out of the discussion here concerning the G-Men during the season and off season. We are looking to build a strong network of solid New York Giants writers.

We have been featured on CBS Sports, USA Today, Giants.com, Giants 101, SB Nation and bleacher report just to name a few. The goal was to create a stress free environment for Giants writers to come and share their thoughts and strategies, without feeling suffocated or pressured to constantly write new material for the site. All are welcome here, from the established and seasoned sports writer, to the beginner trying to make sense of it all. Welcome to the NYG Reporter!

This site was born on March 6, 2010. I hope you decide to check us out and stay a while!

Robert Domaine – nygreporter.com


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