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New York Giants News and Notes: Deja Blue Edition

Feb 7, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning addresses the crowd during the Super Bowl XLVI victory celebration at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 7, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning addresses the crowd during the Super Bowl XLVI victory celebration at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Good morning fellow Giants fans. We are a little over a week away from the start of the free agency period, so there is not much in the way of Big Blue news out there. But there is one item you will surely be interested in, so we will start with that on this first Monday in March....

New York Giants’ official DVD video of their Super Bowl season is available today -
It happened, again and there’s no more tangible proof than sitting back — more precisely, leaning forward on the edge of your seat — and viewing all the mishaps, magic and miracles contained in the Giants’ 2011 season and captured so vividly in the official video, Super Bowl XLVI Champions: New York Giants. Released today by Vivendi Entertainment and NFL Films, this DVD — The Post got a sneak preview — begins with clips of the Giants’ stunning upset of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and then fast-forwards to the present to reveal just how "eerily similar’’ the first championship run was to the second.

I will run my review of this DVD on Tuesday, but wanted to share this with you guys. I know you're all going to buy it....and trust me, you will be amazed as you watched at just how incredible that late-season and playoff run were for the Giants.

New York Giants offseason plan: Make sure depth remains strong - NFL - Sporting News
The Giants, as usual, will not use their franchise tag. Waiting until the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft, general manager Jerry Reese will look to add a player with the greatest potential and upside. Reese most likely will not focus on adding to any particular position. Despite their late-season surge, the Giants must continue to make sure their defense is fortified, as they were dreadful for long stretches of the season. Given the organizational philosophy, adding a pass rusher to a group that consists of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora is not out of the question.

Would Jerry really take another pass rusher with the 32nd pick? I would never bet against that.

Hey, Jets: Don't Sign Peyton Manning - Allen Barra - Entertainment - The Atlantic
It wasn't long till the Jets' management, one of the most consistently incompetent in the NFL, let slip that they might be interested in signing Peyton Manning, who almost certainly won't be back with the Colts this season. Again in the Daily News, Manish Mehta quoted a Jets source—anonymous of course—as saying, "C'mon, that's a no-brainer. If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year old Peyton Manning and you don't do it, then you're stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year old Peyton Manning, then hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez." Whoever the guy is who said that, he got one thing right: The Jets' front office operates with no brains.

NYU rocks out with NFL players | Crain's New York Business
While Mr. Rabhan noted there have been a smattering of athletes who have made it in the music industry, "unfortunately, the stories of those who have not had successes are a longer list, so we're trying to change that." About 70 players applied to be a part of the four-day program, and 20 were accepted. Among those who took part in the camp were former Oakland Raider Justin Fargis, New York Giants player Marvin Austin, St. Louis Rams player Brandon Lloyd and Torry Holt, who played for the Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Whatever, let's hope we get to see Marvin on the field this year. I'm looking forward to seeing this mean, physical specimen play DT.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette -
Patriots fans were very disappointed by their loss to the New York Giants, but one has to admire what this team accomplished. After a stretch with one win in six games and facing elimination from the playoffs with a six and seven record, they pulled the impossible.

Impossible? No way. Improbable, maybe.

Jim Donaldson: Bill O’Brien gives an inside look at Patriots offense | New England Patriots | | The Providence Journal
If you love football, you’d love listening to Bill O’Brien talk about it. His knowledge is boundless, his enthusiasm infectious, and both were on dazzling display Saturday morning at the Big New England Football Clinic at the Newport Marriott, where the new coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions shared top billing with Kevin Gilbride, offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Phil Sheridan: Phillies' Halladay not wild about expanded playoffs -
"The last two years," Halladay said, "we've had teams that were playing better than they had at any other point during the season. I think that says a lot. Even in football, you look at the [New York] Giants. Some teams get on a roll late and get their way. Other teams can just power their way through it."

Nothing makes me crazier than seeing players on great teams whine about rules.

Tiki Barber isn’t divorced yet, but his new girlfriend is getting a bridal shower | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Tiki Barber is reportedly set to marry the former NBC intern he left his pregnant wife for in 2010. The small fact that the former New York Giants running back still hasn't finalized his divorce from his wife Ginny doesn't appear to be holding up the process. The New York Post reports that Tiki's "new love," Traci Lynn Johnson, (received) a bridal shower (this past) weekend at the swanky Manhattan wine bar, Bahr Che. It (was) thrown by Erica Rivera, the wife of journalist and provocateur Geraldo Rivera.

Sorry guys, I couldn't help it. By the way, how did Tiki's comeback bid go?