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New York Giants News and Notes: Sixteen Weeks and Counting Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Hump Day, and I have already spoiled things by telling you in my headline that there are just 16 weeks to go until the start of the NFL regular season. I know that time flies, but I feel like I'm writing this Hump Day notebook every other day. I guess that's good, because the off-season is cruising along briskly. But yeah, less than four months to go, fellas! Meanwhile, let's see what's going on with the Giants this morning....

The Super Bowl ring is the thing for the Giants | New York Daily News
The Jets can have their three-ring circus. All the Giants need is the ring. Those championship rings, which will feature all four of the franchise’s Super Bowl trophies inside a ring of blue, will be given to the Super Bowl XLVI champions at a private ceremony at Tiffanys in Manhattan (tonight).

Joining the champs: New Giants have extra challenge as rookies -
The Giants' rookie minicamp probably wasn't much different from others around the league, with one distinct exception. As coach Tom Coughlin noted, the Giants' rookies and young tryout players are the only ones trying to improve a roster of reigning world champions. "You can imagine what these young guys are going through the first time," Coughlin said. There is one thing Giants rookies know, or should know: If deserving, they will have the opportunity to contribute. In 2007, Jerry Reese's first draft as Giants general manager, all eight draft picks played in a postseason that ended in a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots. Now the Giants are coming off their second Super Bowl victory in five years. And they could use some help from the kids again.

Former Gator safety Will Hill signs with Giants – Swamp Things – Gators Blog – Orlando Sentinel
A year after he left Florida early with the hopes of being drafted, former Gators safety Will Hill has signed with an NFL team. The New York Giants announced Hill as one of their free-agent signings on Monday. A New Jersey native, Hill left Florida in 2011 after his junior season in the hopes of being drafted. He wasn’t taken in the 2011 NFL Draft after a college football blog posted some vulgar tweets posted on Hill’s Twitter account. (He said it was hacked.)

This came in the form of a press release from the Giants' PR department on Tuesday.....As part of a joint commitment to player safety, a group of sports entities and equipment manufacturers has entered into an unprecedented partnership to create a youth football safety and helmet replacement program for youth in underserved communities. The initiative will remove helmets that are 10 years old or older and replace them with new helmets at no cost to the beneficiary leagues and will provide coaches with the latest educational information to help keep their young athletes safer and healthier. The New York Giants are one of six NFL teams chosen to participate in the launch of the program, which will also be piloted in the California Bay Area, Gulf Coast region, and Northern Ohio.

Former Lion Brandon Collins Signs Free Agent Deal With New York Giants
Former Southeastern Louisiana University football player Brandon Collins signed a free agent contract with the NFL's New York Giants after working out with the defending Super Bowl champions during the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend. Collins, who played his final two seasons with the Lions after transferring from Texas, finished tied with Simmie Yarborough with 61 receptions in 2011. A native of Brenham, Texas, Collins finished second in receiving yards (746) for the Lions and was tied with Kory Theodore with a team-high five touchdown receptions.

Rich Ohrnberger Earns NY Giant Try-Out - East Meadow, NY Patch
Rich Ohrnberger, the East Meadow High School graduate who was cut by the New England Patriots in February, is getting a new opportunity with the New York Giants, according to his personal Twitter account. "Checking in at mini-camp for a tryout with the NY Giants," Ohrnberger wrote. "Hopefully my rigorous off-season regime of hot yoga and calisthenics pays off."

Super Bowl costs Indianapolis more than planned |
City officials in Indianapolis say it lost slightly more than expected in hosting this year's Super Bowl. Leaders of the city's sports and convention board say final figures on tax revenue and expenses show it lost $1.1 million on the February game, about $300,000 more than expected.

Okay, maybe. But, hey, we freaking won the game!

Lions ahead of Texans in quest to end Super Bowl drought - NFL - Sporting News
The past three Super Bowl champions — New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints — all represented the NFC and last year, formed half of the playoff field which included the Lions. Looking back to the past 14 seasons, 11 NFC franchises can boast at least one conference championship. Detroit has the young talent to get in on that parity party, especially when hot quarterbacks and prolific passing games have been keys to the most recent success.

Esiason: Bears would appeal to Cowher -
NFL analyst Boomer Esiason shared his thoughts Monday on the Chicago Bears' need to commit to the passing game and whether he ever could envision Bill Cowher coming out of retirement and perhaps pacing the Soldier Field sidelines. "The only two coaching spots that I think that he would ever come out of retirement for ... one would be the New York Giants and the other one would be the Chicago Bears, because he’s that type of guy," Esiason said of Cowher, his CBS Sports colleague, on "The McNeil and Spiegel Show" on WSCR-AM 670.

Johnston: "Everything's In Place" For 2012 Cowboys | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Like most everyone else, Johnston believes a full offseason under six-time Super Bowl-winning strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik will only help the team. "I had them picked to win the East last year," he said. "I think they have themselves in a good position again this year. The Giants are the defending champions so you have to give them their respect as defending champions, but I think Dallas is a team with an offseason, with Mike Woicik, I think this is a team that's going to surprise some people this year."


'Pregnant in Heels' host revels in Mississippi ties | The Clarion-Ledger |
And her unique accent is a blend of British and Southern because her husband has Mississippi ties. That's right - hubby Daron Pope is a Mississippi native, and his dad, Mike Pope, was an Ole Miss coach before landing a job with the New York Giants.

Hey, what can I say? It's a slow news cycle!