Happy Halloween to all New York Giants Fans

October 31, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, everyone here at the nygreporter would like to wish you a very Happy Halloween! Even though Big Blue has their bye week this weekend, there will still be some great NFL games to watch when all of the kids are done trick or treating. The Jets will play the Packers for the 1 o’clock game, a game I think most football fans will be looking forward to. The Vikings will also play the Patriots in what should be a good game and the Saints face the Steelers. It won’t be the same as watching the G-Men play but at least were only half way done with the 2010 NFL season.

I hope that all of the kids who read our stories here remember to be safe today and look both ways when they cross the street. Also remember to have your parents help you check your candy and be sure to have an adult with you when you go trick or treating. And for anyone going to a Halloween party, I hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy the festivities of Halloween.

If you think you have an awesome costume and want to share what you will be this year, please feel free to leave us a comment below and tell us about your costume.


RD – nygreporter.com


Giants QB Eli Manning Will Be a Dad Soon

October 30, 2010

NEW YORK – It seems just like yesterday that QB Eli Manning was involved in the draft day drama that ultimately brought him to Big Blue. Since then, all that Eli Manning has done is win a Super Bowl ring, be named Super Bowl MVP, go to the Pro Bowl and win a lot of football games. Not a bad career at all and all of this before his 30th birthday (Eli is 29).

Now it seems like the perfect time for him to start a family of his own with his wife Abby. The local reporters broke the news yesterday about Eli and his wife, expecting their first child. I would like to say Congratulations on behalf of everybody here at the nygreporter and we wish you a happy and healthy child, be it a boy or a girl (boy, boy, boy). Easy Eli comes from a very good family and he has a tremendous support system. I’m sure he is going to make a terrific father and will raise the child the same way he was raised, which is to say properly.

Now for the inevitable debate on the baby’s name. Will they name the child Archie, after his father if it’s a boy? Will Eli and Abby decide to share in the “naming rights” or will they decide that Eli names the kid if it’s a boy and Abby names it if it’s a girl? Only time will tell but the most important thing is to pray for a happy and healthy baby and everything else will work itself out. I won’t drag out this story because I really just wanted to recognize a happy occasion for the Giants team captain. God Bless and Congratulations again!

What opinions can you give Eli and Abby on helping them name the baby?

RD – nygreporter.com


Giants Defense Goes From Bad to Owning Teams

October 29, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants defense was atrocious in 2009. It was embarrassing to watch the games in public, especially towards the end of the season. To be fair, it was the injuries that ultimately did the team in last year. There seemed to be two or three players going down or on the IR list every single week. It became so frustrating to see second or third string players on defense trying to contain first stringers on the opposing offenses. The 2009 season was a tough pill to swallow and something that I pray I will never have to endure again in my lifetime. Head Coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese went straight to work when the 2009 season ended and brought in coaches and players, who will see to it that it doesn’t happen again.

So here we are now, in the middle of the 2010 NFL season and things are looking up. In fact, the New York Giants defense is owning teams this year and completely dominating opposing offenses. We are now at the bye week in week 8 and the Giants are 5-2 and in 1st place of the NFC East. The G-men have knocked 5 QB’s out of games this year including Tony Romo and Jay Cutler to name a few. They aren’t playing dirty either, all of the hits on the QB’s were legal and just unfortunate occurrences for these gentlemen.

You have to give credit to new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who has become a favorite to the guys in the locker room and the fans in the stands. He is a huge upgrade from former DC Bill Sheridan who only lasted one season (2009) as the Big Blue DC. Fewell is known as a secondary specialist and it shows with Big Blue having the second best defense against the pass so far this season. They also have the number two overall defense in the NFL thus far.

The Giants secondary has been lights out this year. I have given them the nickname of the “UFO Backfield” because they are flying all over the place. Someone on twitter called the Giants “Nascar” formation (when they have four defensive ends lined up to speed rush the QB) the Blue Swarm, which I thought was a cool name. The point I’m trying to make is that when you start getting the fans to give your defense a nickname, they must be doing something right. The Big Blue Wrecking Crew is getting a upgrade to their name or at the very least, adding another group of tags to be remembered forever. The 2010 Giants could be something special and end up as a top 3 defense by years end in my opinion. Keep up the great work and get those players healthy for the second half of the season.

What do you think about the improvements to the New York Giants defense this year? Is there anything you would do differently?

RD – nygreporter.com


New York Giants Bye Week Blues

October 29, 2010

NEW YORK – I know that the title of this story sounds a bit misleading, so let me explain. The Giants don’t have the bye week blues, it is I who has the blues. The Giants are rolling into the bye week as the best team in the NFC and they also have sole possession (5-2 record) of 1st place in the NFC East. I’m happy about their productivity but I have the blues because now we have to wait an extra week before we can see them play again. Sounds selfish I know but they way that Big Blue has dominated the past month gives me reason to want to see more.

After a shaky start to the 2010 NFL season, the G-men seem to headed back to the playoffs. Everything is clicking on defense and the offense has been moving right along but the special teams is the achilles heel of the team this year. The defense has been outstanding and new DC Perry Fewell needs to be recognized for coaching the Giants to the No.2 overall defense in the NFL. This group has been playing like a bunch of mad men. They are 2nd in the NFL against the pass and 3rd in the NFL against the run. What a difference a year makes, huh Giants fans? If this group can stay healthy and continue playing at this high level, they should finish the season as a top 3 NFL defense.

The offense is nothing to overlook either. The Giants own the No.1 rusher in the NFL in RB Ahmad Bradshaw and have the 4th best rushing team in the NFL. They are 9th best in the NFL in passing. QB Eli Manning has had some tough breaks with cheap INT’s going against him via tipped balls but other then that he has been great. A big reason for Manning’s productivity is the emergence of WR Hakeem Nicks, whom I predicted would make the pro bowl before the season started. The offensive line has survived numerous injuries and come together in a big way. RB Brandon Jacobs has been playing team ball since becoming the No. 2 RB and Bradshaw has been lights out. The rest of the WR group has been contributing exactly how we thought they would be. This is an impressive offense that can be lethal when they get in the zone.

I hope the team can get their players healthy and back on the field for the second half of the season. They are going to need every man they can get to make it back to the playoffs and to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. Even with all of the success the team has had, they still placed 10 players on the injured reserve list so far this year and seem to be turning the ball over way too much. There were some serious names on the IR list including OL WIlliam Beatty, DE Mathias Kiwanuka and WR Domenik Hixon just to name a few. This is the second consecutive year that injuries have played a role in effecting the Giants game plan. It must be frustrating for Coach Coughlin but it is nice to see the depth that GM Jerry Reese has put in place finally paying off. I fully expect the Giants to make it back to the playoffs and continue to roll to a possible 11-5 final record. Big Blue will travel to Seattle when they get through with the bye week to face a tough Seahawks team.

RD – nygreporter.com


Giants vs. Cowboys, NFL Week 7: Game Notes

October 26, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants faced a dismal 1-4 Dallas Cowboys team on Monday Night Football in Dallas, what could be better right? Well, a win of course. Big Blue pulled out the victory 41-35 in a strangely close game at the end of the night. The first half was littered with silly mistakes and a couple of cheap INT’s on tipped balls by Big Blue. It was also one of the best first halves of football for comebacks that I’ve seen in a while. Big Blue was down 20-7 at one point but came back to take the lead 24-20 by the time the teams headed into the locker room. The Giants simply dominated the Cowboys, who looked like a deer in headlights.

The second half was much of the same. A complete dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys to push their overall record to 1-5 on the 2010 NFL Season. The game actually became embarrassing at one point during the second half. Then the turnovers started coming fast and the Cowboys were getting garbage TD’s late in the game. Enough to make me sit up in my seat but it wasn’t meant to be as the Giants ultimately crushed Dallas’ hopes.

The G-Men are now 5-2 on the year and have sole possession of 1st place in the NFC East. This was an incredibly fun game to watch for Giants fans and the Twitter bugs were exploding with joy. It’s good to be the King.

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

– QB Eli Manning collected himself after a couple of cheap INT’s to take over the game. One of the best performances I’ve seen from Manning this year. He finished with  306 yards 4 TD’s 3 INT’s.

– The Giants defense knocked out their 5th QB (Tony Romo) this season. Romo could be out for the rest of the season or 8-10 weeks.

– The Giants special teams are in dire need of some upgrades. They continue their subpar season giving up a TD on a return by rookie Dez Bryant.

– WR Hakeem Nicks just keeps on rolling with another huge game. He finished with 108 yards and 2 TD’s. He should make the pro bowl in 2010.

– The Giants offense nearly put up 500 total yards of offense, finishing with 497 total yards.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw is running hard and breaking ankles. He never takes a play off and can be counted on to make plays. He had 126 yards in this game.

– The Giants defense is just devastating. The Cowboys offense could not do anything when they had the ball. They had 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

– The Monday Night Football crew made a point of mentioning that Tom Coughlin is the oldest coach in the NFL at age 64.

– WR Steve Smith is still the silent assassin and still makes some huge catches. He finished with 101 yards and 1 TD.

– The Giants had way too many turnovers (5) in this game. They won the game tonight but they will not get far if they continue this trend of turnovers.

– WR Mario Manningham had a very nice game. He finished with 40 yards and 1 TD.

– CB Terrell Thomas lead the team in tackles and had a solid game.

– The Giants offensive line had another solid game, giving up only 1 sack. The Blue Wall does it again.

– Brandon “The Bull” Jacobs keeps getting more involved in the games. He finished with 75 yards and 1 TD 1 Fumble.

– The Dallas Cowboys made a stink about QB Eli Manning signing their wall after beating them in the first game ever at the new Cowboys stadium.

– K Lawrence Tynes made both of his FG attempts and all of his extra point attempts.

– The Giants won the time of possession game by nearly 7 minutes at 36:51 to 22:29. The Cowboys offense couldn’t do anything against Big Blue.

RD – nygreporter.com


Giants vs. Lions, NFL Week 6: Game Notes

October 17, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants played a desperate Detroit Lions team today in a game some were calling a trap game. Luckily for Big Blue, they beat the Lions 28-20 and improved to 4-2 on the season. This was a close game and I was actually nervous towards the end when the two minute warning came. The Lions played with a lot of heart and I take my hat off to them.

The Giants placed rookie WR Victor Cruz on the IR list (the 10th player added) and signed K Shayne Graham to the team after learning that K Lawrence Tynes was injured and would be inactive. Not a very good way to start the game considering all of the issues the special teams have had thus far in 2010. The good news is that the G-Men started this game with the No.1 defense in the NFL and the No.5 offense.

Former disappointing Giants safety CC Brown, made some comments about QB Eli Manning before the game. Not insulting comments but certainly judgmental. He seems to be all talk because he did not have a very good game and even appeared to try and cheap shot some of the players. A scary moment came in the second half when Lions LB Zach Follett was taken off the field on a cart, reports say he has movement in his arms and legs, Thank God. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The Detroit Lions have a lot of work to do in order to improve, I almost felt bad for them today. It’s hard to measure how good the Giants played today because the Lions are such a subpar team. A win is a win and I’m sure that nobody is complaining about it but it will be nice to see Big Blue lump up some tough teams.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from today’s game.

– P Matt “Get Outta” Dodge turned the ball over on his first attempt. The fans officially have had enough of the rookie and I actually feel bad for the kid but he has to go.

– RB Brandon Jacobs has been quietly getting his mojo back and had another productive game. He finished with 2 TD’s on 35 yards.

– The Giants defense has been dominating the past three weeks and very fun to watch. DC Perry Fewell is a hit in New York.

– WR Steve Smith had a very good game. He led all receivers with 70 yards on 6 catches.

– QB Eli Manning had a very nice game and did not make any big mistakes. He finished with 177 yards and 2 TD’s 0 INT’s.

– DE Osi Umenyiora is beginning to get hot after his second consecutive two sack game. Osi also had two forced fumbles.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw had another solid performance and finished the game with 133 yards.

– QB Eli Manning has passed for over 20,000 yards. His achievement today was only the second time (Phil Simms) in team history a QB has done so.

– LB MIchael Boley led all tacklers with eight for Big Blue. He is a big part of the defense and has been doing a good job.

– WR Mario Manningham got back into the mix with a nice TD grab in the 2nd quarter. He finished with 51 yards.

– The Giants defense knocked Lions QB Shaun Hill out of the game in the 2nd quarter. The 4th QB to be knocked out by the Giants this season.

– TE Kevin Boss had a good game and made a couple of big catches. He finished with 27 yards.

– S Antrel Rolle had a crucial INT in the 4th quarter to seal the victory. Great job Antrel!

– TE Travis Beckum scored a TD in the 3rd quarter. The young TE is still developing but has made strides so far.

– K Shayne Graham made all four of his extra point attempts in his first game as a New York Giant.

RD – nygreporter.com

George Martin held his “A Journey for 9/11” Charity walk today and everyone here at the nygreporter hopes it was a huge success. We look forward to learning more about the event!

New York Giants OL Koets Proving His Value

October 14, 2010

In the last few years, whenever anyone thought about the Giants’ offense, one of the first things that came to mind was the offensive line. One of the most coveted units in the league, the Shaun O’Hara-lead group has been a real asset to Big Blue.

Nevertheless, there comes a time where every asset depreciates. Fighting against age, O’Hara went down with an ankle injury and has now missed three consecutive games. Looking at a logic standpoint, us Giants fans should be very worried, but yet for some reason we are not. Well, I give you that reason, his name is Adam Koets.

Ever since he had to step up to cover O’Hara’s spot Koets has been  playing with confidence and quality, allowing the offense not to missa beat.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, Koets used to play tackle at the Oregon State University, where he was a second team All Pac-10 Conference selection after helping the team to average 360.6 yards per game in his senior season. Also in his time with Oregon State, he was a three-time Academic All-Pac 10 Conference selection.

Being very smart, and an athletic player for his size (6 ft 5 300 lb), the Giants coaching staff, who favor versatile players, quickly recognized Koets’ ability to play multiple positions within the o-line, and, being in need of a backup center, decided to try him at such position during the 2009 off season.

One season later, this Santa Ana, California, native, sky diving, bungee jumping adrenaline-seeker is exactly what Big Blue hoped he would become: a quality, smart and versatile player able to fill in and keep the high level presented by owner of the position, and, most importantly, allowing me to sleep at night…

Saulo Padua – nygreporter.com

New York Giants Face Trap Game

October 14, 2010

The New York Giants, looking to increase their first winning streak in a year, face the NFL’s punching bag of the last few seasons, the Detroit Lions (1-4), at home in the new Meadowlands Stadium. Easy matchup, one might think. That is where a mistake can be made. As I said, this is a trap game.

The Lions, although having only one win in the season, have more fight in them than meets the eye. Just looking at the games this season, out of the 4 losses, it is very easy to see that those games were not decided until the very end.

In the season opener against Chicago, a blown call nullified a Calvin Johnson touchdown that would most likely assure the win for Detroit.

Then you move on to analyze the Eagles game, and the story continues. The Lions scored a touchdown with 1:55 left, made the two-point conversion, putting the game at 35-32, then on the ensuing kickoff they recovered an onside kick. They were not able to capitalize on that, but again the game was decided on the final seconds.

Against Green Bay, a team that is supposed to be one of the finest in the NFC, once again Detroit was able to push the game until the fourth quarter, the final score being 28-26. These three games could have easily gone either way, and Detroit could be, say, a 3-2 team, just like our beloved Giants.

With that in mind, it is paramount to stay focused and duly prepare for this game. As it is said quite frequently in this organization, “every game is important“. The way the Giants have been playing is impressive and inspiring, however, paraphrasing Antrel Rolle, it is always better to win three in a row than two in a row.


Saulo Padua – nygreporter.com

Giants vs. Texans, NFL Week 5: Game Notes

October 10, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants traveled to Houston to face a very tough Texans team this Sunday. Someone should have told the Giants they weren’t supposed to win this contest because all they did was dominate the entire game. This was a great day for Big Blue who won 34-10 and seemed to have executed the perfect game plan. I do not like to use the word perfect because that adds a lot of pressure but I will say that the G-Men played extremely well and made the fans proud. My game ball goes to WR Hakeem Nicks and I give Big Blue a B+ grade for the victory.

OC Kevin Gilbride seemed to be in the zone with his play calling, which was much more aggressive then any previous game this year. DC Perry Fewell seems to be getting very comfortable in his new role and Tom Coughlin had a little more pep in his step on the sidelines all day. This is New York Giants football and the fans have to be excited from what they saw today. The Giants are now 3-2 on the season and have some momentum going into week 6.

QB Eli Manning has had an up and down season thus far but the one thing I have been surprised about is the amount of INT’s he has thrown. Some of them have come from mistakes by the wide receivers tipping the ball into the air but the others were definitely Easy Eli’s fault. He has been shaky at times and made some poor choices. I’m not overly concerned about it because I know what he can do but I wonder if it is due to a lack of confidence in the offensive line lately. He seems to be “hearing the footsteps” a lot more this year then he has in seasons past.

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

– QB Eli Manning had a good game and seemed to be in a zone the entire first half. He finished with 297 yard 3 TD’s and 2 INT’s.

– WR Hakeem Nicks continues to shine and had another monster game. He finished with 130 yards and 2 TD’s.

– The Giants defense has taken their game to another level this week with another impressive performance. They finished with 3 sacks, 1 INT and 2 forced fumbles.

– The Giants need to find another return man before the trade deadline next week. Darius Reynaud doesn’t appear to be the guy for New York.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw had another good game and continues to show why he is the number one back. He finished with 67 yards but had important 1st downs.

– The Giants offensive line had a very good day despite all of the injuries they entered the game with. They did not give up a sack today.

– RB Brandon Jacobs has settled into his role nicely and scored another TD for Big Blue. He finished with 41 yards and 1 TD.

– DE Osi Umenyiora had a terrific game for the Giants finishing with 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

– The Giants are experiencing a very high number of injuries AGAIN this year. Something needs to be done about this. There were 8 players inactive for todays game.

– CB Corey Webster had an INT in the first half. He has been playing much better as of late.

– OL David Diehl left the game in the 2nd quarter with a leg injury. He was replaced by OL Shawn Andrews who finished the game.

– WR Steve Smith had a productive game but seems to be losing a lot of passes to WR Hakeem Nicks lately. He finished with 89 yards and 1 TD.

– The Giants are still turning the ball over way too much and still getting silly penalties. They will not make the playoffs unless this is corrected.

– Kicker Lawrence Tynes had a good day going 2/2 on FG attempts and he made all of his extra points.

RD – nygreporter.com


Giants vs. Bears, NFL Week 4: Game Notes

October 3, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants needed a big win Sunday night and the team did not disappoint the fans by putting on a defensive show and winning the game 17-3. The sack happy G-Men (nine in 1st half alone) also had their Ring of Honor ceremony at halftime. Giants.com was nice enough to have a LIVE stream of the short ceremony that had players from just about every decade. It was an electric night with all of those legends in the stadium and the fans seemed to really enjoy the festivities.

It is clear to most fans that the Giants defense has improved the most thus far and the Big Blue offense seems to be taking a step back each week. The Giants defense played their best game of the season against the Bears and the best game I can remember since the destruction of the Eagles in 2005, when the team had 12 sacks. I do not think Coach Coughlin should be concerned with all of the rumors about his job being in jeopardy. He is a terrific coach and has done a lot for the franchise since he arrived. These fair weather fans needs to keep their opinions to themselves and stop blowing up the message boards with their negativity.

The Giants needed to win this game and that is exactly what they did. They are now 2-2 on the season and might have gotten some of their mojo back.

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

– The Giants had their Ring of Honor ceremony at halftime. It was the first time in history, that the team has awarded such honors to individual players, coaches and owners.

– DE Osi Umenyiora had a terrific game with 3 sacks in the first half.

– DE Justin Tuck also had a great game and finished with 3 sacks himself.

– WR Hakeem Nicks had a great game and lead all Giants receivers with 110 yards.

– The Giants defense controlled the entire game and finished with 10 sacks, 2 INT’s and 3 forced fumbles.

– Return specialist Darius Reynaud appears to be a bust at this point. He needs to pick it up.

– Special teams might need a complete overhaul at the end of this season.

– QB Eli Manning had a mediocre game and seems to have recovered from the past two losses. He finished with 195 passing yards 0 TD’s 0 INT’s.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw continued to show why he is the starter with another great performance. He finished with 129 yards and 1 TD.

– Former RB Tiki Barber was booed LOUDLY when his name was called for the Ring of Honor ceremony at halftime.

– OC Kevin Gilbride needs to prove himself or he could lose his job before the year is up. He is way too conservative.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a nice game finishing with 62 yards and 1 TD.

– Rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul had an INT in the 4th quarter that was called back on a penalty.

– The Giants wide receivers continue to drop passes that look like sure catches.

– The offensive line played much better against the Bears and they need to stay consistent if they want to get back to the playoffs.

– The Giants knocked Bears QB Jay Cutler out of the game in the 3rd quarter with a concussion. The second QB the G-Men have knocked out this year.

– The Giants then knocked out the Bears 2nd string QB Todd Collins in the 4th quarter making him the third QB knocked out by Big Blue this year.

– DC Perry Fewell had his breakout game tonight as far as coaching is concerned. Total defensive dominance in this game for Big Blue.

– The G-men are still turning the ball over way too much and need to stop getting so many penalties.

– K Lawrence Tynes missed another FG. He is beginning to make me worry like he did last year.

How do you feel about the outcome of the game between the G-men and Bears? Was it what you expected?

RD – nygreporter.com