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!

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2011 Preseason Game 1: Giants vs. Panthers, Game Notes

August 14, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants lost to the Carolina Panthers last night 20-10 in their first preseason game. The Giants defense scored the lone touchdown within the first two minutes of the game on a interception by LB Michael Boley. That was the highlight of the game in North Carolina as far as I’m concerned. The Giants defense had four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles in the game. Not a bad night at all except the also gave up 20 points and 342 total yards of offense. I saw some things I liked and things I didn’t like about this group but the G-men were certainly giving up a lot of big plays. DE Jason Pierre-Paul was the defensive MVP last night by getting 2 sacks during his limited playing time. LB Michael Boley could also be in that discussion for having a 56 yard INT for a TD. Panthers QB Cam Newton looked very good in his first game (8/19 – 134 yards) and I’m sure the kid will be a star at some point.

The offense did not look very good at all. There were a few big plays but the majority of the game was played sloppy and out of sync. During the first quarter, the Panthers were able to get a ton of penetration through the offensive line and knocked QB Eli Manning down more then once. It was clear to me that Eli was not relaxed at all and seemed to be playing nervous football. Manning is a guy who is known for keeping his cool and playing smart football, so it was a bit unnerving to see him rattled like that. He also cannot properly slide when he takes off running and I would advise against him ever doing that again. The offensive line only gave up 2 sacks but the pressure they allowed was evident the whole game. The offensive MVP was WR Domenik Hixon, who provided the team with a spark when they were down. The Giants could not buy a first down for most of the game (3-16 on 3rd down) and managed to get 298 yards of total offense.

The darkest news about the team comes from the special teams. I was truly convinced that this group of guys would be twice as good as they were last year. GM Jerry Reese carefully selected players and coaches that we all felt would improve the special teams play. We were all wrong. Granted, it is the first preseason game and there was a lot of rust to work off but man were they bad last night. K Lawrence Tynes missed two FG’s (55 and 37 yarders) and had one blocked going 1-4 on the night, P Matt Dodge was unsensational in his punting and the players were missing tackles and blocks all over the field. I have no idea what coach Tom Quinn is doing with this group but he needs to make changes and fast. We are less then a month away from the regular season and at this rate, the Giants might have the worst special teams in the NFL.

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

QB Eli Manning – Easy Eli did not have a good game with his limited playing time going 4-9 for 36 yards, 0 TD’s and 0 INT’s.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP is the talk of the town after getting 2 sacks and looking extremely comfortable in a starting role.

LB Michael Boley – Boley had a nice game and of course, the only touchdown for Big Blue on a 56 yard INT in the 1st quarter.

WR Domenik Hixon – It was good to see Hixon back on the field after last seasons injury. He lead all WR’s with 86 yards and had a good game.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw had a few nice plays and finished the game with 21 yards on 5 carries.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a nice 14 yard catch but saw limited playing time. He will be a force this year.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi did not look comfortable playing LB and I wish they would cease using him in that capacity. The man is a DE.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes had a very bad game. Fans can excuse the missed 55 yard FG attempt but missing the 37 yarder is inexcusable.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon had a decent game on short time with 16 yards on 3 carries.

WR Jerrel Jernigan – The rookie did not have a very good night as a returner. However, I think he can and will improve. Seeing him wear No.12 was a bit weird.

LB Mark Herzlich – Undrafted rookie and fan favorite Herzlich had a good game and seemed to be anxious to make plays. He also had a forced fumble in the game.

P Matt Dodge – Dodge has not shown me anything different from what he was doing last season. Strong leg with no accuracy.

What did you think about the Giants performance in the game last night?

RD – nygreporter.com

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


Rodney Hampton Continues Giving Back with Hamps Camp

April 7, 2011

NEW YORK – Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to have an interview with former Giants RB Rodney Hampton. I found Rodney to be a genuine good man who is trying to make a difference in kids lives. He is very passionate about his charity Hamps Camp, which provides after school programs to kids and holds football camps during the summer. Hampton provides a safe environment for kids to express themselves freely and learn about the game of football from a 2x Pro Bowler. Rodney has been involved with charities in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Georgia for many years now and it’s about time he got some shine for it. On behalf of the Giants nation, I would like to say thank you Rodney.

They have some good things going on over there at Hamps Camp and I expect them to have another successful year in 2011. They accept donations for the kids in many ways. Some local area companies provide drinks or hats or snacks. Then of course there are companies that prefer to donate some money. Every little bit helps out the cause and specifically to local Houston companies, if you can donate something to Hamps Camp, please call 1-888-635-HAMP (4267). Get involved today

I cannot not tell you how many compliments I’ve received about that Rodney Hampton interview last week. So many fans were reminded about a player who they love and they had to share their opinions about him. It was a nice treat for our readers and something I will never forget. If you have any original ideas or suggestions for Rodney’s charity, please feel free to leave a comment below or contact them directly. Local Houston media outlets would acquire good karma, if they were to give a plug or two to Hamps Camp and let the locals know all about it.

RD – nygreporter.com

Please visit www.hampscamp.com to learn about how you can help.