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New York Giants News and Notes: Sweet Sixteen Friday Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's NCAA Sweet 16 time, but that doesn't mean we can't find the time to talk New York Giants football. There is always time for that, just like there is always room for Jell-O. Or something like that. Anyway, the Jets and Tim Tebow and The Broncos and Peyton Manning and the Saints and their suspensions are taking up all the headlines, but here are a few Big Blue tidbits for your Friday morning....

Giants-Packers opener seems likely - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Kevin Seifert makes a good point about one likely ancillary consequence of the NFL's discipline of the New Orleans Saints -- that the Saints surely won't be the New York Giants' opponent in the Sept. 5 NFL season opener.

Bring on the Packers!

The New York Jets welcome the Tim Tebow circus to town, but it's too early to tell if it will pan out well - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Rather than actually winning Lombardi Trophies like the crosstown-rival New York Giants, the Jets have spent most of the past five seasons huffing and puffing about them before falling short. The franchise had uncharacteristically taken a relatively low-key approach this offseason, with head coach Rex Ryan greatly toning down his rhetoric and no major personnel acquisitions. That all changed Wednesday when, as first reported by NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos.

Tim Tebow: King of New York? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The crown right now is on the head of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. He’s won two Super Bowls in the past five seasons and went through the ringer with New York fans and media. Manning persevered and came out on the other side a stronger person and better quarterback. He showed the toughness it takes to be a professional athlete in New York, and he’s earned Gotham’s respect. That crown will be hard to take. But every sports king needs a sports prince. That is where Tebow-mania has the potential to take over.

New York Overload: Victor Cruz, Jeremy Lin And Now Tim Tebow - Forbes
Has a single city ever been home to so many super-popular athletes? Is there enough ink in Manhattan to cover it all? Are fans, from New York or elsewhere, ready to puke?

Well I'm not there, so what do you guys think?

Former Marine Avoids Plaxico Treatment In Gun Case. Where's The Outrage, Mike Bloomberg? - New York News - Runnin' Scared
Yesterday, a former U.S. marine, who was busted in September with an illegal gun, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapon-possession charge. Under the deal, 28-year-old Ryan Jerome -- who initially was charged with the same felony gun charge as Burress -- will avoid jail time. Burress, as you may remember, spent nearly two years in the hoosegow. Jerome will do 10 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. Seems like a "mockery of the law," if you ask us

There is no option, Patriots must put the ‘D’ back in their draft - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News
It’s time to get defensive, New England. It’s time the Patriots put the "D" back in their draft. Consider: When last we saw the Patriots, they were losing Super Bowl XLVI because, with the game on the line, their defense stood like dwarfs in the shadows of the New York Giants. If that script sounded familiar, it should have. It was deja (Super Bowl) XLII.

Do you guys get the feeling the Patriots want to make moves with the thought they may have to face the Giants again in the Super Bowl?

New-look New England Patriots continue to stockpile, add CB Allen, OL Gallery - The Washington Post
The New England Patriots signed cornerback Will Allen and offensive lineman Robert Gallery on Wednesday night. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Allen, 33, played 10 seasons with the New York Giants (2001-05) and Miami Dolphins (2006-11). He was a 2001 Giants first-round draft pick out of Syracuse. Last season with Miami, Allen played in 15 games with six starts.