Happy New Year to our Family, Readers and Fans!

January 1, 2012

NEW YORK – I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I hope you all got home safe if you went out and remember you’re still drunk if you’ve only slept for 3 hours, don’t drink and drive! I know the Giants fans out there are ready for the Dallas Cowboys game today at MetLife stadium at 1:00 PM EST. I’m sure that by the time you read this and have had your coffee, you will be ready for the big game. Not much left to be said about this one, Division rivals with something on the line besides pride. This is a fierce rivalry that got really heated in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The Cowboys are right at the top of the list for hated rivals and Giants fans have no problem telling you about it. It’s best to leave it alone and not dwell on it.

The crazy period of the NFL is upon us and the playoff pictures are clear. This is a very exciting time to be a fan if your team has played well and made the postseason. Anything can happen from this point on and since this is the last week of regular season football, I must say that the playoffs are welcome. The Giants did the best that they could with the personnel on the field. The team was dismantled by injuries once again in 2011 and those injuries caused the rookies and second stringers to gain valuable game time experience that will keep the Giants deep for years. The Giants need their stars and starters back to make a serious run at the Super Bowl in my opinion, I hope I’m wrong but I would be lying if I didn’t say exactly how I felt about this situation.

I hope all of the Giants fans out there enjoy this final regular season game today and let’s get a win for the home team. No matter what is on the line, at the heart of this game, is a contest between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, this story needs no other punch line or reason to happen. That is why I will sit back and really enjoy watching this game.

On behalf of the nygreporter, I would like to wish you all of the best for 2012 and the new year!

How did you spend New Year’s Eve 2011 and how will you spend New Year’s Day 2012?

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy New Year!

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nygreporter Sports Special: Mariano Rivera Gets Save 602

September 20, 2011

NEW YORK – It is time for another nygreporter sports special. Our readers know these sports specials are about the world of sports in general and not specifically about the Giants. They are usually about a New York team or player but could be about anything sports related and from anywhere in the world. Today, I would like to discuss a guy named Mo, maybe you have heard of him. Mariano Rivera is the best closer to ever play the game of baseball, period. On September 19, 2011, during a beautiful day game, Rivera collected his 602nd save to officially make him the all-time saves leader in Major League Baseball. He also has 42 post season saves that do not count towards the regular season total. Congrats to Mr. Rivera, who is one of the classiest guys in the game and one of my favorite all-time players.

Let’s take a quick look at Rivera’s numbers. I expect these numbers will change rather quickly but as for today, here there are. Mariano is a 12-time All-Star, 5-time World Series Champion, 1999 World Series MVP, the all-time MLB leader for saves (602), the MLB all-time leader in post-season saves (42) and the MLB leader in finishing games (881). He has also won a ton of other awards but these are the big ones in my opinion. Not a bad resume at all and the guy already has 40 saves this year. It is amazing that after all of these years, opposing batters still get chills when they hear the “Enter Sandman” song blasting out over the speakers. I am so glad that I was able to watch his entire career from start to finish. Guys like Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte were my generations Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson, Lou Gehrig and Joe D. Rivera is also the last player allowed to wear the #42 jersey which has been retired throughout baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson.

It seems like just yesterday, when the Yankees debuted a right hander named Mo but it was actually 16 years ago in May of 1995. Since then, there has been no better closer in baseball and fans were able to see a legend perform on the field every summer in ballparks across America. For most Yankee fans, Rivera will forever be remembered for his cutter, for breaking bats and his cool demeanor. He was always more concerned about winning games then he was about personal achievements. I have an authentic Mariano Rivera baseball jersey in my closet. It takes a lot for me to go out and buy an authentic jersey in any sport because they cost so much. A player must also be exceptional for me to want to wear their name or number on my back. Rivera is one of those players and I wish he could play the game for another 20 years. He is truly a New York Legend.

I have my own personal story about Rivera to share with you now. Actually, I have dozens of stories about seeing Mo get saves LIVE in front of me but one stands out most of all. It was October 27, 1999 and I was in the Bronx for Game 4 of the World Series. You may remember, the Yankees beat the Braves 4-1 in Game 4 that year and I was in the House that Ruth Built when it happened. Roger Clemens was on the mound and beat John Smoltz (both Cy Young winners) while Mariano Rivera closed out the game for the save and sweep of the Braves. Rivera was also named the Series MVP. It is without a doubt the greatest single LIVE sports moment of my life. To be there for “the moment” my favorite baseball team won a Championship is the stuff we all dream about as kids. Thanks for the memories!

Do you think Mariano Rivera is the best closer to ever play baseball?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants: JetBlue Stadium or Green Giant Stadium?

June 27, 2011

NEW YORK – Reports are coming out about the real possibility of New Meadowlands Stadium being renamed the MetLife Stadium. Boy, you really have to love corporate America and the ridiculous amount of money (reportedly between $17-$18 million dollars per year) they are willing to pay to put their name on a billboard. It’s bad enough the stadium will not retain the “Giants Stadium” name or kick out the little brother New York Jets, but now we will have to live with calling our beloved home MetLife Stadium? Really? I’m sure this doesn’t sit well with Yankee fans because of the word “Met” in the title. I  know this because I am both a Giants fan and a Yankees fan.

Personally, if we absolutely have to change the name of the stadium, why not use JetBlue Stadium or Green Giant Stadium? Someone on twitter was the first I credit with calling for the name Green Giant Stadium but I cannot remember who it was. If you read this please leave a comment and make yourself known for this great idea. I could live with either of these two names because of the obvious relevance. Selling the “naming rights” of professional sports stadiums is nothing new and often ends badly. Some of the stadium names across this country are down right awful. Could you imagine renaming Wrigley Field with a horrible corporate name like Pizza Hut Field or Burger King Stadium? Nothing personal against either of those two food chains but come on America, is nothing sacred anymore?

The news is picking up a lot of speed, so I’m sure the fans will hear something very soon about this issue. The paltry $17 or $18 million dollars a year doesn’t seem like enough to obstruct history by placing a railroad spike into the subconscious mind of the Giants fan. In my opinion, some things should just be left alone. The average American is already bombarded hundreds or maybe even thousands of times per day by advertisements. Leave my brain alone I say and let me just enjoy watching my team play football on Sundays. I will not buy more insurance because your name sits in the rafters of my favorite teams stadium.

How would you feel about renaming Giants Stadium (New Meadowlands Stadium) to MetLife Stadium?

RD – nygreporter.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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A Journey for 9/11, George Martin Unstoppable

September 11, 2010

NEW YORK – Today is September 11, 2010. Exactly nine years ago to the day, the United States endured the worst tragedy in American history. The pieces of which are still being picked up to this day. Either emotionally, physically or literally, we have all been changed by the experience. I keep the families and friends of those loved ones lost in my prayers. I personally knew two people who died in the World Trade Center on September 11.

This topic technically falls into the “charity” category of the site but I do not want you to think of it that way. The people who receive help and benefit from these services deserve to be taken care of. I know that I am not alone in my feelings on this subject. Nine years later and the towers still aren’t re-built yet, that doesn’t mean the men and women should be neglected over being forgotten.

Former New York Giants defensive lineman, George Martin, has been an unstoppable force in helping the 9/11 first responders. He has continued to step up and take action for the people who risked their lives to save others. These are some of the bravest Americans any of us will ever know. I can think of no greater honor for Mr. Martin to receive, then the title of true American hero for everything he has done and continues to do.

George Martin will be holding his 2nd annual walk on October 17, 2010 where volunteers will walk from the George Washington Bridge (Fort Lee NJ side) to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack. Registration begins in Fort Lee at 8AM EST. There is more information to peruse on the website. I hope you will take a moment to click the link at the bottom of this story and find out how you can help. The nygreporter fully supports George Martin and this incredible charity. Never Forget!

Will you be attending the “Journey for 9/11” walk on October 17, 2010 or contributing in some other way?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Here are some fun facts straight from the Journey for 9/11 website about George Martin’s inaugural walk across the country.



nygreporter Sports Special: Alex Rodriguez 600th HR

August 8, 2010

Hello Sports Fans,

In our second segment of the “NYG Reporter Sports Special” (major global sports news), we take a look at a truly rare feat in sports history. Four days ago in the Bronx, New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, hit his 600th home run out of the park, in the first inning against Shawn Marcum and the Toronto Blue Jays. He finally did it after the longest drought between HR’s for the No.600 group members with 46 at-bats between HR’s (his 17th of the season). As if written for a made for TV movie, he hit home run No.600 exactly 3 years to the day from when he hit No.500. Spooky stuff huh? He will need to keep that 100 HR per 3 year pace going to become the king, something he could realistically achieve in 6 or 7 seasons.

I am a Yankee fan and I was happy that Alex hit that home run in Yankee stadium (monument park to be exact). The ballpark needed something to cheer for as 2010 has been particularly hard on the Yankee family. Because both owner George Steinbrenner and announcer Bob Sheppard, passed away within days of each other during the summer of 2010.

Alex became just the seventh player in baseball history to reach the No.600 plateau. He was also the youngest player ever to achieve this benchmark at 35 years old, which he had just turned a week earlier. It is hard to believe that A-Rod has played 17 seasons in the major leagues.

I wanted to wait a few days before I covered this historical accomplishment because of the backlash I expect. Everyone here at the nygreporter would like to say Congrats to Alex! I think it is a shame that the steroid era has tarnished this accomplishment in some writers minds. Most fans of the game will be rooting for Alex to do well but almost all of them still shake their head when the topic of steroids comes up. Alex was a man about the situation and admitted it but it is still something that will follow him where ever he goes. I say it is in the past and everyone should leave the man alone and let him do his job.

If you take a look at the all-time home run list below, you will see that Rodriguez is only nine home runs away from taking sole possession of sixth place by surpassing Sammy Sosa. This is something I think A-Rod is more then capable of doing this year. However, he will have to wait until next year to take over Ken Griffey Jr and the fifth spot at 630 home runs. Again, something that A-Rod is very capable of doing. For a guy who is clearly aging well, A-Rod might be able to play another decade.

Rodriguez was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1993 and he was born in New York.

Most Home Runs All-time as of 8/8/10:

1. Barry Bonds – 762 HR’s

2. Hank Aaron – 755 HR’s

3. Babe Ruth – 715 HR’s

4. Willie Mays – 660 HR’s

5. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630 HR’s

6. Sammy Sosa – 609 HR’s

7. Alex Rodriguez – 600 HR’s

8. Frank Robinson – 586 HR’s

9. Mark McGwire – 583 HR’s

10. Jim Thome – 577 HR’s

Do you think 3B Alex Rodriguez will end up as the all-time home run king by the end of his career? Will he hit 763 home runs?

Alex Rodriguez awards received:

1996 – AL Batting Champion

2001 – AL Home Run Champion

2002 – AL Home Run Champion, AL RBI Leader, AL Gold Glove-SS, AL Hank Aaron Award

2003 – AL MVP, AL Home Run Champion, AL Gold Glove-SS, AL Hank Aaron Award

2005 – AL MVP, AL Home Run Champion

2007 – AL MVP, AL Home Run Champion, AL RBI Leader, AL Hank Aaron Award

2009 – World Series Champion

1996-2009 – 10-time Silver Slugger award winner

1996-2010 – 13-time All-Star roster member

RD – nygreporter.com

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NYG Reporter Sports Special: Edition 0002