Twas the Night Before Training Camp, Big Blue in the House

July 28, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants made a few moves on the night before training camp. Fans expected to see a bunch of transactions but it seems like there were more negotiations, then there were signings. It was also an emotional day for fans as Rich Seubert, Shawn Andrews and Shaun O’Hara said their goodbyes to the press and fans. They have all said they would not mind coming back to New York if the right situation were to arise. It really stinks when you have to say goodbye to old friends but it is a part of life and a part of the NFL. The Giants also released FB Madison Hedgecock who appears to still have health issues. I would like to wish all of you well and the best of luck. Oh yeah, the Giants also released Tiki Barber.

Fans will get to see the players for the first time in a very long time tomorrow when training camp officially opens. One fan favorite, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, will be on hand since signing a new contract today. Kiwanuka reportedly signed for two years and should really heat up the Osi Umenyiora situation. Kiwi made the biggest splash in the news today, as fellow teammate Justin Tuck (new to twitter) decided to tweet the good news to Giants fans around the world. This is good news for the team and the defense as a whole. Kiwi is a dangerous man on the field and will bring intensity to every play. The Giants also signed rookie RB Da’Rel Scott to a four year deal. The Giants drafted him this year in the seventh round. This kid has been very excited to play and fans heard his name more then once at Eli Manning’s “player only” practices over the summer.

The Giants also signed 10 undrafted rookies today. Those players are LB Mark Herzlich, OL Jerriel King, FB Henry Hynoski, S David Sims, DT Martin Parker, LB Spencer Paysinger, DE Justin Trattou, DE Craig Marshall, S Jerrard Tarrant, DT Ibrahim Abdulai. The Giants have also reached out to former Giant punter Brad Maynard, which tells me that they may have had enough of the Matt Dodge inconsistency from last season. I feel bad for the kid but this is a “hit the ground running” league and if players don’t perform they are gone.

Here is a little poem to honor the occasion of training camp opening tomorrow.

Twas the night before training camp,

In the house of Big Blue,

Not a rookie could slumber,

Knowing the work they must do.

The Veterans were nestled,

All snug in their beds,

With visions of hazing,

And taping rookies to sleds.

Coach Coughlin won’t have it,

Because the drills must get done,

So say goodbye to Albany,

And the dorms filled with gum.

Jerry Reese will be smiling,

As he admires the young guns,

With a pacing Perry Fewell,

Reminding players to have fun.

All the boys will be there,

Eli Manning and Justin Tuck,

Pat Hanlon on his blackberry,

And fans to bring good luck!

Are you excited for the 2011 NFL season to start Giants fans?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Tiki Barber is Back, New York Fans Let Him Have it

March 9, 2011

NEW YORK – Tiki Barber is back in the news and this time it was to announce the fact that he has come out of retirement and he is looking to play in the NFL in 2011. This is a brilliant way to get the spotlight on himself and use the media to make some money. He can make quite a bit just doing the interview tours now, since the season is months away. The guy needs money. I will not go into it anymore then that, it is already public knowledge and the talk of coffee shops around the entire tri-state area. It’s a win/win for him. If the CBA talks fall apart and there is a lockout, he can still save face and keep the money earned on publicity. The worst thing that can happen is he returns to the NFL and gets seriously injured.

It sounds like he is doing what he has to do to survive. Some of the New York Giants fans out there are loving this. The hate that Tiki Barber brought on himself by talking too much about Big Blue in public, in a town that hates talkers, has never been quelled. New York loves a comeback and Barber can redeem himself by taking ownership that what he did was wrong, in criticizing the Giants after spending his whole career there. Clearly, his analysis was wrong because the Giants won the Super Bowl that year by beating the undefeated New England Patriots.

The Giants have graciously (sarcasm) announced that they will release Barber from the retired list, so he can seek employment elsewhere in the NFL. The one theory floating around is that Ronde Barber might get him a job in Tampa Bay. Ronde just signed a new short term deal with the team this week. I’m not sure if this will work out or not but it makes sense that his brother would go to bat for him.

The fans have been so vocal about their dislike of Tiki Barber, that I would not be surprised if he had a Oprah moment and broke down. Barber can dismiss the insults in public but it has to hurt when he gets home. New York treated him like one of their own sons and he dissed them on national television. He talked about the head coach on camera too. We all know the history. Once you feel that New York love, it is hard to find anything else like it in the world. The other side of that coin must be the equal but with pain. If Barber wants redemption, he must break free of the arrogance that wallows in his swagger and apologize to the fans and Giants. He must do this to right things with his soul, regardless of where he ends up playing in 2011.

What do you think about RB Tiki Barber coming out of retirement and looking to play football in 2011?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Former NY Giants RB Tiki Barber Blasted in Media

April 8, 2010

I’m not going to say this is comical, because there is nothing funny about this story. The New York Post has reported that former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, has broken up with his eight month pregnant (with twins) wife for a 23-year old blonde intern. The news came as a shock to some because Tiki and Ginny, were married for 11 years. The way the media is attacking him now, this is going to be an enormous blow to Tiki’s ego and a story that has just started to catch fire. I expect there to be even more news on this story, daily, for the remainder of the week. The man will need to figure of what he is going to do. The New York media are going to harass him constantly over this one. Barber turned 35 years old yesterday.

A lot of people never forgot how Barber left the Giants or some of the things that he said about the team in the media. Some can’t forgive the bashing Tiki gave Eli, about the Super Bowl MVP Manning’s leadership skills, on national TV no less. He was a part of our team and a very good running back is how I will remember him. I will also never forget how he left the team though. I never quite got that bad taste out of my mouth after he left. Everyone will surely be waiting to hear what Barber’s reaction and explanation is going to be. Personally, I think it’s his business and something they will have to work out on their own.

What do you think about the Tiki Barber fiasco? Do you have love or hate for Barber?

RD – NYGReporter.com