New York Giants News and Notes: Kickoff Team Announced Edition

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys is sacked in the New York Giants end zone by Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants for a safety at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's always nice to have big news in the midst of a slow football news cycle, and on Tuesday we got that as the NFL announced that the Giants will open defense of their Super Bowl title in September against their division rival Dallas Cowboys--on Wednesday, September 5. For those of you keeping score on our Hump Day Countdown, that is exactly 23 weeks from today. Funny, but it's starting to seem like it's not that far away, right? Okay, well maybe it still is. Meanwhile, let's see what else is going on Giants-wise:

Parcells’ Coaching Return With Saints Is Possible, Payton Says - Bloomberg
Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints said it’s possible Bill Parcells will be the team’s interim coach while Payton is suspended for the National Football League season. Payton, a former assistant under Parcells, said today that he speaks regularly with the two-time Super Bowl-champion coach with the New York Giants. He said the relationship was similar to that of a child and parent. "I’ll have a chance to see Bill and I normally would any time I’m in this area," Payton said in a televised briefing with reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Florida. "I think we’d be considering all options, to be fair, and do our homework on each option before making a decision."

Does this bother any of you? I, for one, want to see the Tuna not mess up his Hall of Fame eligibility. And I don't want to have to face him this season.

Jets can win the headlines, but Giants will take the hardware - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Let me interrupt this regularly scheduled Tim Tebow news cycle to remind the people of New York and the rest of the NFL of something they've seemed to forget. The New York Giants won a Super Bowl less than two months ago. You'd never know it by the way things have been going lately.

Exactly.

Rams sign former Giants WR Steve Smith to add depth - NFL - SI.com
The St. Louis Rams signed free agent wide receiver Steve Smith, filling a pressing need.

Jeremy Lin is New York's Most Beloved - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York
The Linsanity craze may have come to an end, but in the eyes of New York sports fans, Jeremy Lin is still No. 1. The New York Knicks point guard captured 70 percent of the vote and upset New York Yankees future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera in the Finals to take home the title of the Big Apple’s Most Beloved. The No. 4 seed in a 16-man bracket, Lin easily ousted the top seed, Yankees captain Derek Jeter, in the Semis to reach the Finals. Rivera, the No. 2 seed, dispatched the No. 3 seed, New York Giants Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning, to take on Lin.

What have you done for us lately, Eli? Come on man, get with the program!

Jimi Emens wins New York State Masters Bowling title | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com
Herzlich to headline Camp Good Days benefit: Linebacker Mark Herzlich, a member of the New York Giants and recent Super Bowl champion, will be the special guest at the Camp Good Days’ 29th Annual Tournament of Love Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 5 at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford.

Cowboys, Giants each pick up a pick - NFC East Blog - ESPN
The NFL has announced that 15 teams have been awarded a total of 32 compensatory picks in next month's draft. The New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys are two of those teams, each picking up an additional pick at the end of the fourth round as a result of their 2011 free-agent activity. The Giants now have the 36th pick in the first round (131st pick overall) because they lost free agents Barry Cofield, Steve Smith and Kevin Boss last offseason and signed David Baas and Steve Weatherford. The Cowboys get the 40th pick in the fourth round (135th overall) because they lost Stephen Bowen and Sam Hurd in free agency and signed Abram Elam.

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