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New York Giants News and Notes: Awfully Quiet Edition

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Good morning fellow Giants fans, and welcome to Hump Day in Offseason Week 4. With the announcement Tuesday that the Giants will open the season on Wednesday, September 5, that's one day earlier than originally planned, and actually eight days earlier than I had thought they were kicking off--or 189 days from now, or 27 weeks. Hey, that doesn't sound so bad, does it? Meanwhile, not much is going on in Big Blue cyberspace. Let's have a look....

Giants' Manningham puts odds of staying in NY at '50-50' - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Mario Manningham disputed a Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator report in which he said there was a "75 percent" chance he was leaving the New York Giants via free agency. It's more like "50-50," Manningham said in an interview with WFAN radio, though his preference is to stay with the Super Bowl Champions. He also said disputed a report of him going to Tampa Bay.

I think most of us are resigned to the fact that Mario is likely gone. And it's certainly not the end of the world as far as I'm concerned. Meanwhile.....

Agent for Giants' Domenik Hixon 'hoping to finalize a deal very soon' |
With Mario Manningham anywhere from 50 to 75 percent likely to leave the Giants (more on that in a bit), word is Domenik Hixon might be close to 100 percent to rejoin the team. Eric Metz, the agent for the six-year veteran wide receiver wrote in an email Monday night he's "hoping to finalize a contract very soon" to return Hixon to the team for whom he's played only two games in the past two seasons combined.

New York Jets Free Agency 2012: Plaxico Burress Has Eyes For Philadelphia Eagles - SB Nation New York
Before wide receiver Plaxico Burress signed with the New York Jets prior to the 2011 season the Philadelphia Eagles were considered among the likely landing spots for the former New York Giants star wide receiver.

Does this guy have a small problem with the Giants?

Dancing with the Stars' Maria Menounos: Her Sexy Bikini Stunt Revisited! -
Looks like Maria Menounos is more than ready to rock the skimpiest costumes available in the Dancing with the Stars closet! Back in early February, the 33-year-old Extra co-host showed off her flawless form in a skimpy red, white and blue Giants bikini in New York City's Times Square -- all because she lost a Super Bowl XLVI bet to colleague AJ Calloway, 37, after wagering that the New England Patriots would win. (The New York Giants beat Tom Brady's team in a 21-17 victory).

Um, yeah. It sure can be fun finding offseason material.

Agent says New York Jets LB Bart Scott was 'extremely frustrated' - ESPN New York
(Agent Harold) Lewis said a potential trade was discussed, but he claimed he didn't request a trade and nor has he received permission to seek one. But that could be a matter of semantics at this point. Scott's "ultimate goal" is to stay with the Jets, according to Lewis, who added: "If we can't fix what's broken, there will be other opportunities." Scott, 32, would go to the linebacker-needy New York Giants "in a heartbeat," Lewis said.

Here is another take on Scott possibly being traded to the Giants.

Inside the NFL Draft: Giants team needs - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Super Bowl Champion Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin head into the offseason with some needs at the offensive tackle position and on the interior of the defensive line. With some mid-round needs at LB and also at the RB position, let’s take a look at which prospects fit in New York.

Lin ties Tiger for New York tabloid record: Yahoo! News - CNA ENGLISH NEWS
The rising sensation was featured on the back cover of Newsday Monday for the 20th consecutive day, tying the record Woods set in 2009 when his sex scandal appeared on the front page of the New York Post for the same number of days in a row. "Lin would've already broken Tiger's tabloid record had it not been for the New York Giants Super Bowl parade on Feb. 7, the day after Lin's first Newsday cover," the report said.