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New York Giants Notes: Mannings Welcome Newest Giants Fan

While we're waiting for the players and owners to work things out, we have some good news to report that you may have already heard on Thursday--Eli Manning is a dad. No matter how bleak the labor situation may look at the moment, and it does look bleak, news like this is always welcome. I'll let Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News take it from here......

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wife Abby welcome first child, Ava Frances, into the world
Eli Manning found something to do during the lockout. He became a father. Abby Manning, the wife of the Giants' 30-year-old quarterback, gave birth to the couple's first child on Monday, according to a report. They have a new baby girl, named Ava Frances, and according to ESPN she weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

This is Archie and Olivia Manning's fourth grandchild, as Eli's oldest brother Cooper has three kids already and middle brother Peyton of the Colts does not have any kids yet. Anyway, I'd like to congratulate Eli and Abby on behalf of the Big Blue View community, and I hope Eli knows that with the lockout comes increased diaper changing responsibility.

Bill Parcells rejoining ESPN for third time - Game On!: Covering the Latest Sports News
The former head coach of the New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys will star in a one-time ESPN SportsCenter special called, Bill Parcells Draft Confidential, ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer confirmed Thursday.

Aside from the fact that he "retired" after winning two Super Bowls for us, it's hard for any Giants fan not to love Parcells. I can't pass any articles about him without reading them, and it's always in the back of my mind that I hope he re-joins the team in some capacity someday. It probably will never happen, but I can't help thinking about it.

Speaking of things to think about, you can thank Google alerts for this next bit. I posted something last month about the"ultimate" Giants fan, Reby Sky. Well, I'm not sure if any of you have seen this video I'm about to mention, but I have to warn you first--it's not suitable for the workplace, or if your wife is looking over your shoulder. First of all, New York sports fan Tehmeena Afzal recently posted a Mets video here that came up in my Google alerts, and that's because the article also references a Giants video she did back in October. Assuming Ed hasn't hit the eject button or censored me yet, I have one question for all of you as we head into the weekend: How many footballs do you see in this video?