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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12/16/11 Christmas DAC Day 16, The Giants Coaches

December 16, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I thought we could take a look at the current Giants coaches and a peek back at some of the legends in Giants coaching. Let me start off by saying that I am not one who buys into the whole “Coughlin is on the hot seat” or any of that crap. Tom Coughlin is one heck of a coach and a winning coach at that. He is our man and I have no problem with that what so ever. He was born in Waterloo, New York and attended Syracuse University which makes him even more beloved in New York. He also maintains training camp at the University of Albany in upstate New York. Coughlin’s overall record with the New York Giants is 72-53 since becoming head coach back in 2004. He also won a Super Bowl Championship in 2007. Tom Coughlin gets love in New York.

If Tom Coughlin decided to retire, the two coaches that I hear are odds on favorite to replace him are Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. I wouldn’t count out Tony Dungy who has experience with another Manning in Indy. If Peyton Manning has a career ending injury, could a scenario be worked out where he would take over the OC position for Big Blue in 2012? Now that would be something to see and to lock him down for three years would be incredible. This is unlikely to happen I know but it’s fun to think about. Bring back Jeff Feagles as special teams coach too. Those guys need him around to mentor them to the next level.

The offensive and defensive coordinators for Big Blue are like night and day. DC Perry Fewell can be very aggressive in his play calling and usually lines up the correct attack posture. OC Kevin Gilbride has fans pulling their hair out with his ultra conservative play calling at crucial moments in the game. Readers must understand that Perry Fewell is literally missing 2/3 of his defensive players to injuries. What he has done with the talent available is amazing. They are ranked at the bottom of the pile but seem to do enough to win games. Fans calling for Perry Fewell to be replaced are not paying attention to the situation. Fewell is an elite defensive coordinator playing rookies and second stringers out there. His job is as safe as can be. I cannot say the same thing about Gilbride. Fans would like to see a dynamic OC who properly uses the elite passing game of Big Blue. The majority of Giants fans would welcome a change at the offensive coordinator position in 2012 and by that I mean 75% minimum from what I see and hear. Fans have started to demand a change at the OC position.

Special Teams coach Tom Quinn might be in trouble. Friendships between boss and employee could not even endure the poor play of this group the past few years. Big changes are needed in this area and everyone knows it. The G-Men should lock down P Steve Weatherford long term and look for a 10 year kicker in my opinion. Invest big in the next Devin Hester of return men and get a proven young player if you have to trade for him. Let’s get this special teams group in shape to make a difference in games from today forward. Improving the special teams is a a game changer.

I think we should start a “hot seat” for sports media people who get it wrong all of the time. Since they like to publicly call out coaches and make them worry about their jobs. In fact, that is exactly what I’m going to do. I will introduce a new series of random articles called ‘The Sports Expert Hot Seat’ where we we call out those ‘experts’ who get the majority of there picks or tips wrong. The first person I’m nominating is Joe Buck. There is no reason why this ‘man’ should be doing professional football games. Giants fans can stomach Troy Aikman somewhat because we also respect what Troy has accomplished on the field, his opinion holds weight with football fans. But Joe Buck is unhelpful and a bit annoying, he has to go.

DAC Fact

Do you know who the winningest coach in New York Giants history is? That would be head coach Steve Owen, who compiled a record of 151-100-17 over his twenty plus coaching stint with New York from 1931-1953. Bill Parcells is second on the all-time wins list with a 77-49-1 record. Bill Parcells is my favorite New york Giants coach of all time and Tom Coughlin is number two on that list. Both great guys with a competitive streak who want to win. Tom Coughlin is also currently third on the Giants all-time wins list with a 72-53-0 record, just five wins away from being tied with Bill Parcells for second all-time.

What do you think of the Giants coaching staff in 2011? Do you think anyone will be gone after the 2011 season?

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy Holidays!

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12/4/11 Christmas DAC Day 4, Game Day Fact

December 4, 2011

NEW YORK – Because of the normal nygreporter ‘Game Notes’ article today, we will only be doing a short DAC fact for today and on all game days. Just a little something for you while you wait for our article later after the game. It is hard to believe we are only 20 days away from Christmas Eve now and 20 days away from that Christmas Eve game with the Jets that I’ll be going to. Remember, my Giants/Jets article will be published on December 26, 2011 for that weekend because I will be away. I am very excited for that game! The Giants play the undefeated Green Bay Packers today at 4:15 PM EST. Go Giants!

DAC Fact:

Do you know how many retired jersey numbers the Giants have? The answer might surprise you. I have to be honest, when I think of retired numbers and teams that might run out of numbers to retire one day, the same team comes to mind, the Yankees. But the Giants are a close second with 11 numbers retired so far. DE Michael Strahan should also have his number retired one day down the road. Let’s take a look at the numbers and players retired.

New York Giants retired numbers.

No.1 – Ray Flaherty, Ray has the honor of being the first person with a professional sports number retired, in any sport.

No.4 – Tuffy Leemans

No.7 – Mel Hein

No.11 – Phil Simms

No.14 – Y.A. Tittle

No.16 – Frank Gifford

No.32 – Al Blozis

No.40 – Joe Morrison

No.42 – Charlie Conerly

No.50 – Ken Strong

No.56 – Lawrence Taylor

What is your favorite New York Giants number and why? Do you own any Giants jerseys?

RD – nygreporter.com

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