Good morning fellow Giants fans. Let's face it--when we saw Peyton Manning host Saturday Night Live a few years back, most of us never thought for a minute that our quarterback and Peyton's younger brother Eli would ever follow in those footsteps. Well, now that little brother has one more ring than big brother after leading the Giants to another stunning postseason championship run, 30 Rock came calling. Eli will host SNL on May 5 (more details below), and I find myself already wanting to set the DVR--not because it's past my bedtime, or that I may have other plans on a Saturday, but because I know I will want to watch it multiple times. Anyway, let's see what else is going on to start your Monday....
Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning to host 'Saturday Night Live'
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning appears to be following the script older brother Peyton laid down a few years ago. CAPTION By Diane Bondareff, AP For the Mannings, first you win the Super Bowl, then host "Saturday Night Live." Eli will host the show on May 5 with musical guest Rihanna, the show announced Saturday night.
Giants star Victor Cruz honored in NJ hometown | The Asbury Park Press NJ | APP.com
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has scored another honor, this time from his New Jersey hometown. Paterson officials gave Cruz the key to the city during a parade Sunday afternoon that officials say drew about 2,000 people. The 25-year-old quickly rose from obscurity last season to become one of the most popular athletes in the New York area
Is this dude everywhere or what? I'm almost surprised he's not the one who was asked to host SNL.
Giants' Osi Umenyiora: 'I don’t like being a backup'
Osi Umenyiora isn't saying if he'll attend offseason workouts for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants next week, but the veteran defensive end did make his feelings clear about his desired role and future with the team (last ) Thursday. "It would be a wonderful thing to do to start your career with one team and finish it with one team. I would love to do it," said Umenyiora, who's expressed dissatisfaction with his contract in recent years while accusing GM Jerry Reese of breaking promises to redo the deal.
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New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: Wisconsin C Peter Konz : New York Giants
There is no doubt that heading into the 2012 NFL Draft Giants GM Jerry Reese will be looking long and hard at adding some depth to the offensive line. Wisconsin’s Peter Konz is the best center in the draft. Konz, 6-5, 315 pounds, is just a smart football player with excellent technique, bending his knees and getting low on the defender to maintain his blocks.
New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Needs | NFL Soup
The Giants could march into another playoff tourney right now and take home the Lombardi again, simply because Eli Manning has placed himself into elite status, and their defense is suffocating when the pressure is on. But it’s the regular season that should cause worry, as this team is just barely built well enough to withstand injuries and a tough schedule. It’ll only get harder as they try to repeat, so they need to improve at a few key positions, and add depth overall in case they somehow get hit by the injury bug again like they did last year.
Tech counting on new-look speed defensive front to wreak havoc - Washington Times
Virginia Tech believes its defensive linemen can be giants. Or at least play like them. Inspired by the New York Giants‘ Super Bowl-winning defense, which employed four defensive ends along the front line, the Hokies are experimenting with a smaller, faster defensive line in spring football practice.
I love it how everyone wants to use the 2011 Giants as a blueprint for success now.