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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12/22/11 Christmas DAC Day 22, Ring of Honor

December 22, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants added a few players to the Ring of Honor this year. These new members bring the total up to 35 former players honored forever. I like when teams do these kind of things for their star players. It builds on tradition for the fans and connects generations. I took a tour of the old Yankee stadium, the year before it was demolished and replaced by the new Yankee stadium.

Monument Park in the Bronx was a unique experience and I enjoyed being able to see how the Yankees set the bar when it comes to honoring the greats of the game. As a fan, I appreciate the classy way the Giants waited almost 100 years to do this but the time has come. I’d like to see John Mara, Tom Coughlin, Ernie Accorsi, Eli Manning, Rodney Hampton, Charles Way, Jeff Feagles, Jason Sehorn, Osi Umenyiora, David Tyree, Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert, Keith Hamilton, Chris Snee, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs and a few other players added to the Ring of Honor one day.

Let’s take a look at the list of Giants players immortalized forever.

1. Jessie Armstead, LB – 2010 ROH member

2. Carl Banks, LB – 2011 ROH member

3. Tiki Barber, RB – 2010 ROH member

4. Mark Bavaro, TE – 2011 ROH member

5. Al Blozis, OT – 2010 ROH member

6. Rosey Brown, OT – 2010 ROH member

7. Harry Carson, LB – 2010 ROH member

8. Charlie Conerly, QB – 2010 ROH member

9. Frank Gifford, RB/WR – 2010 ROH member

10. Pete Gogolak, K – 2010 ROH member

11. Mel Hein, LB/C – 2010 ROH member

12. Jim Lee Howell, DE/Coach – 2010 ROH member

13. Sam Huff, LB – 2010 ROH member

14. Dave Jennings, P – 2011 ROH member

15. Tuffy Leemans, RB – 2010 ROH member

16. Dick Lynch, DB – 2010 ROH member

17. Jack Mara, Owner – 2010 ROH member

18. Tim Mara, Owner – 2010 ROH member

19. Wellington Mara, Ball Boy/Owner – 2010 ROH member

20. George Martin, DE – 2010 ROH member

21. Joe Morrison, RB – 2010 ROH member

22. Steve Owen, OT/Coach – 2010 ROH member

23. Bill Parcells, Coach – 2010 ROH member

24. Andy Robustelli, DE – 2010 ROH member

25. Phil Simms, QB – 2010 ROH member

26. Michael Strahan, DE – 2010 ROH member

27. Ken Strong, RB – 2010 ROH member

28. Lawrence Taylor, LB – 2010 ROH member

29. Bob Tisch, Owner – 2010 ROH member

30. Y.A. Tittle, QB – 2010 ROH member

31. Amani Toomer, WR – 2010 ROH member

32. Emlen Tunnell, DB/Coach – 2010 ROH member

33. Brad Van Pelt, LB – 2011 ROH member

34. Alex Webster, FB/Coach – 2011 ROH member

35. George Young, Executive – 2010 ROH member

DAC Fact

The Giants have 35 former players inducted into their Ring of Honor. The G-Men have always been about business and they cultivate a team first attitude. That is why there are no distractions such as cheerleaders. Yes, we all love cheerleaders and they have been a part of the game since pee-wee football but at the professional level, they do nothing to help win football games. The Giants remain one of the few teams to play without cheerleaders. Creating a Ring of Honor is a big move for Big Blue. They normally shy away from acknowledging individual achievements but I agree with the move. With such a storied history, remaining silently humble was a disservice to the fans. The rich history was too much to ignore and they made the right decision to shine a light on it.

What are you feelings about the Giants Ring of Honor? Would you change anything about them?

RD – nygreporter.com

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12/21/11 Christmas DAC Day 21, The Playoffs

December 21, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans and Happy Holidays! I apologize to the die hard Giants fans who already know what I’m going to say in this article, when I discuss the playoffs. You know the scenario but for those of you who need to catch up on the information highway, the Giants need to win both of their final two games of the 2011 season. Both of these teams, the Jets and Cowboys, are formidable opponents. Both of these games will be played at MetLife stadium. The Giants have no choice but win these games or face a third straight year without a postseason game. Nobody wants to see that happen and the reason for all of this misfortune is quite clear, the injuries.

The Giants simply need to win the next two games, hope for some of their players to return from injury and give round one everything they’ve got. We know that QB Eli Manning will do his part and make things happen. I’m more concerned with the defensive personnel then I am with the offense. Is it crazy to think that GM Jerry Reese would bring in a veteran defensive back for the playoff run? Anything is possible I guess. It all comes back to the fact that Big Blue needs to win the next two games. If they do win the next two games, one still has to wonder how deep they can go in the playoffs with the 28th ranked defense.

If the Giants somehow miss the playoffs for a third straight year, what happens? You can’t realistically fire coaches over players getting injured, that just isn’t fair. The pressure from fans might too be too much to overcome for the Giants front office this year, I believe changes are inevitable and will occur swiftly following the end of the season. I also think the G-Men have a great shot at making the playoffs still this year. Two huge games back to back to end 2011, the year of the heart attack and lock out. I cannot imagine this crazy year ending any other way.

DAC Fact

I told you about the New York Giants making the playoffs dozens of times in their history. But do you know how many playoff wins they have? The overall postseason record is 20-24 and the Giants have a 5-4 playoff record since 2000. They are also 1-1 for Super Bowl appearances during that period of time. The lost to the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and beat the undefeated New England Patriots in SBXLII. The longest drought in Giants history for missing the playoffs is 17 straight seasons from 1964-1980 Let’s hope that ancient history, stays ancient history, and never repeats itself again.

Will the New York Giants make the playoffs this year? Yes or no? What do you think?

RD – nygreporter.com

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12/19/11 Christmas DAC Day 19, Giants Stadium

December 19, 2011

NEW YORK – I could not let a whole advent calendar pass without giving a day to our beloved Giants stadium, with the deep blue sign and GIANTS STADIUM proudly displayed across the face of the stadium. Yes, the new stadium is up and has been for a little while now, one year. The old name of New Meadowlands stadium was replaced by MetLife stadium when the Giants and Jets agreed to sell the naming rights. Many fans were hoping to see JetBlue stadium or Green Giant stadium but they weren’t meant to be. The billion dollar behemoth had been built and needed a name. Yankee fans weren’t too pleased with MetLife stadium and at least half of all Yankee fans are New York Giants fans. What can you do?

But before the ‘House that PSL’s Built’ was erected ($1.6 billion dollars), there was Giants stadium. Big and Blue and home to millions of Giants fans. Arriving to a game a couple of hours early meant you were tailgating and there is nothing more fun then tailgating with your friends before a big game at your home stadium. The sea of blue is what I call it in the parking lot. You’ve got people from all over the tri-state area in that parking lot. If you are going to the game with noobs or adults who dislike the elements of weather involved with tailgating, you can go to a local bar for your pre-game hang out for a bite to eat and a drink. Personally, I think the best bar around Giants stadium is Red’s Bar. I have been going there for years and it serves as a solid meet up spot for you and your friends. They even have the infamous Giants shuttle to the parking lot area. A diabolical looking blue mini school bus designed to look like a Giants version of the ‘Slap Shot’ bus. If you haven’t been to Red’s Bar you should stop by before or after a game, they are good people in there.

DAC Fact

Did you know the old Giants stadium was opened on October 10, 1976? It had a maximum seating capacity of 80,242 fans. The first ever Giants game to be played there was on September 18, 1977 and it was a stadium born into winning with a victory over the Washington Redskins 20-17. Besides Yankee stadium, I have been to that old stadium more then any other sports complex on the planet and it will be missed. The old Giants stadium was demolished in 2010. There will be a whole generation of kids who will never know that old stadium except through our stories and modern libraries of information on the internet. I’m glad I was able to tour both the old Giants stadium and old Yankee stadium before they were demolished. On February 2, 2014, MetLife stadium will host Super Bowl XLVIII for the first ever New York Super Bowl. Will it snow?

After losing badly to the Redskins, the Giants play the Jets next on Christmas Eve at 1:00 PM EST. This is a must win game.

What is your favorite memory from the old Giants stadium?

RD – nygreporter.com

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12/18/11 Christmas DAC Day 18, Game Day Fact

December 18, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants (7-6 record) play the Redskins at MetLife stadium (Giants stadium) today at 1:00 PM EST. They are about to avenge the opening day loss to Washington. I believe the Giants will win this game out right and very convincingly. My final score prediction is Giants 42 – Redskins 27. The Giants front four on defense will get to the Redskins QB Rex Grossman often. Look for DE Jason Pierre-Paul to have another brilliant game. JPP and Easy Eli are the two ‘sure things’ for the Pro Bowl from Big Blue in my opinion. WR Victor Cruz is making a nice argument for himself too. The G-Men will need all of these guys to step up in order to beat a Redskins team that isn’t so bad really. They had a hot start in the beginning of the year and now find themselves in the middle of the pack (4-9 record) like the rest of the NFC East. Washington lost TE Fred Davis over suspensions and WR Santana Moss is returning from a bad injury. The Redskins defense is middle of the pack and their running game stinks just like the Giants, both are ranked 30th and 31st respectively. I expect the Giants defense to collect 3 sacks minimum.

Big Blue then faces the Jets on Christmas Eve for New York bragging rights. The Jets are going to shut down WR Hakeem Nicks with Revis Island and the running game will struggle. I look for WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard to have a big day along with QB Eli Manning. The Giants passing attack is potent with many contributors. The Jets simply do not have enough Revis islands to cover all of the Giants threats. If it were up to me, I would run a lot of 4 WR sets against the Jets defensive backfield and dare them to blitz. Manning excels at play action passing.

The really important game will come on New Year’s Day when the Giants face the Cowboys in Metlife stadium for the season finale. I believe the Jets will be the toughest game of all three. The Giants should beat the Redskins and have already beaten the Cowboys this year. The Jets defense is a top ranked defense and I am anxious to see how our top rated passing offense does against them. Look for RB Brandon Jacobs to score a goal line TD and RB Ahmad Bradshaw to break off a long run for a TD with a big play. The bulk of the blow out points will come from Manning throwing 3 or 4 TD’s with maybe 1 INT. The Giants control their own destiny.

DAC Fact

Beating the Redskins is one of the keys to making it back to the playoffs for Big Blue. Do you know how many times the Giants have made an appearance in the playoffs? Can you believe 30 times since 1933! The 1970’s are the only decade since the 1930’s, that the G-Men failed to make the post season. In recent years, the Giants have made the playoffs six times from 2000-2010.

Do you think the Giants will beat the Redskins today?

RD – nygreporter.com

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12/17/11 Christmas DAC Day 17, Rodney Hampton Returns!

December 17, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, our good friend Rodney Hampton kindly agreed to answer a couple of other questions about the holidays and Christmas in particular. He is clearly a family man and someone who takes tradition very seriously. He was also nice enough to answer a couple of questions asked by our readers. And just as a disclosure, yes this is the real Rodney Hampton and not some impostor. Take comfort in that and enjoy the article.

Rodney Hampton Q&A

Question: Hello Rodney, what was Christmas like when you starting hosting the holidays in your own home? Do you decorate the house every year? Do you get a tree?

Hampton Answer: Hello Rob, my home is joyful and fun! I am constantly trying to make sure my kids feel the same way I did as a kid. It is very important to me to keep the family traditions going by having lots of food and playing fun games. Cards (spades), Monopoly, Chess, Sorry, Charades, etc are all fun. I like hearing Christmas music in the background during the holidays when family is over. We love to decorate every year. I love to see the house decorated with all white lights outside. My wife is in charge of the Christmas tree and she takes that job very seriously. She takes pride in choosing the colors and lighting scheme each year. If it were up to me, we would have the same tree every year.

Question: What is the biggest Christmas gift you have ever given and what is your favorite all-time Christmas gift you received? What town is home for the holidays?

Hampton Answer: I’ve given lots of big gifts but the one that I loved giving the most was to my Mom, it was a Mercedes Benz. This was really special to me because I was able to give her something that she wasn’t expecting. The best gift I’ve ever received as an adult is a few pairs of socks and a set of golf clubs LOL!!! Since my siblings and I are married with kids, we spend Christmas at home in Houston, Texas. Houston is home for the holidays. 

1. nygreporter Reader Question: BobbyG asks, Hello Rodney, you had five consecutive 1,000 yards seasons. Do you think any of the current running backs for Big Blue can repeat that lofty achievement? Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. 

Hampton Answer: Hello Bobby, yes, I think the Giants have some talented running backs on the team and certainly they are capable of having five straight 1,000 yard seasons but a lot has to happen. The offensive line must be good and the running backs have to stay healthy but yes, I think they have a back or two that can do it for sure. 

2. nygreporter Reader Question: Josh Berman asks, Hello Rodney, who do you think is responsible for the Giants poor running game this year? Is it the offensive lines fault? the backs? the coaches or injuries? a mix of them all maybe? Thanks!

Hampton Answer: Hello Josh, the running game has slowed down because of a combination of reasons. The offensive line has been hit hard by injuries and the team has been throwing the ball a lot this year. I wouldn’t give up on it yet, it’s December now and things are starting to click. Let’s wait and see what happens. 

Rodney’s DAC Fact

Did you know that RB Rodney Hampton was drafted in 1990? There were a few more famous players who were drafted that year. Along with the dynamic Super Bowl Champ Hamp, another RB was drafted that year. His name is Emmitt Smith. Smith is hated by all of Giants Nation but also respected. Smith would end his career as the greatest running back statistically in NFL history. Other big names from that draft are LB Junior Seau, DB Mark Carrier and DT Cortez Kennedy is no slouch either. DB Mark Carrier is a player many remember from back in the day and he is a 3x Pro Bowler. Cortez Kennedy is an 8x Pro Bowler and Junior Seau is a 12x Pro Bowl player.

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RD – nygreporter.com – Happy Holidays!

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