Good morning, New York Giants fans. Here is a Saturday morning look at some New York Giants related news and notes.
Some cold water thrown on the Plaxico Burress-to-Eagles rumors | ProFootballTalk
Once the Plaxico Burress-to-Philadelphia chatter picked up, we suppose this was inevitable.
It's the Plaxico-to-Philly backlash. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says all of the talk about the Eagles interest is coming from Plaxico's side, not the Eagles.
Here's a little something occasional contributor Mike Fiammetta passed along. I think you guys will enjoy it.
Giants discuss whether to organize team workouts - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
"I’m not really concerned about our team," [Shaun] O’Hara said at Tuck’s celebrity billiards event to benefit the R.U.S.H. for Literacy charity at Slate in Manhattan. "We are not installing any new offenses, we are not installing a new defense, we are a veteran team. I feel like we can start training camp tomorrow and 90-to-95 percent of the guys will know exactly what to do. We can run plays tomorrow without any meeting time or film time or any of that."
O’Hara said if the team does organize a mass workout, it likely will not be in July when most players are typically on vacation before the start of training camp.
Ronde Barber: New Yorkers love to hate Tiki | ProFootballTalk
Ronde also says it hurts him that Tiki’s image needs redeeming. And he says it’s particularly tough to see the way New Yorkers have turned on Tiki, who was the only player booed when the Giants honored the best players in franchise history at their new stadium last year.
"That’s the reason I haven’t been to New York as much as I used to," Ronde told PewterReport.com. "It is a city that loves to love their stars, but it loves to hate them even more. It is what it is. It is hard to hear about anybody that you love and care about."
Fired-up Friday: Rank the NFC East coaches - NFC East Blog - ESPN
But for me, there's just no way to argue with [Andy] Reid's consistent level of success. In 12 years as the Eagles' head coach, he's had nine winning seasons, eight double-digit-win seasons, seven first-place finishes, 10 playoff wins and a conference title. His teams contend or win every single year. He's retooled his offensive skill positions on the fly over the past three years without a hiccup. He's not afraid to make a decision no one else likes if he believes it to be the right one for the team. He has guts, conviction and my vote for the top spot.
I would love to argue for Tom Coughlin in the top spot, but with the Giants not having won the past couple of seasons there is really no legitimate way to do it.
New York Giants' Justin Tuck On WFAN: Players 'Unified' In NFL Lockout Fight; NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith 'Primed' For Win " CBS New York
"I think we’re pretty unified right now," Tuck told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Friday. "Obviously as this goes on, we can’t compete with billionaires right now. … The ramifications of what happens throughout this (lockout) is going to affect not only us, but those to come 10, 15 years from now. So we definitely want to do what’s right."
Judge encourages owners, players to solve it themselves | National Football Post
"We won’t be all that hurt if you’re leaving us out and should go out and settle the case," Bye said. "We will keep with our business and if that ends up with a decision it’s probably something both sides aren’t going to like but it will at least be a decision."
If the players and owners are smart -- and I think they are despite all the nonsense of the past few months -- they will take Judge Kermit Bye's advice and get a deal done before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals hands down a ruling in the NFL's appeal to keep the lockout in place.
Lockout Winners and Losers | Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/03/2011
Vikings, Bills coaches disavow NFLCA brief, too | ProFootballTalk
At some point in the not-too-distant future, it could be easier to list the teams whose coaches haven't disavowed the "friend of the court" brief filed by the NFL Coaches Association in support of the players' effort to lift the lockout. At some point, that list could consist of no teams.
The roster of coaching staffs expressing disagreement with the NFLCA brief has grown to 12 teams, with the addition of the Bills and the Vikings.
DirecTV won't charge for NFL Sunday Ticket until lockout ends - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com