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New York Giants News and Notes: Mini-Camp Monday Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's Monday, and tomorrow begins a three-day mini-camp for the team. It sure feels like they have had a lot of workouts, and that's because they have. But pretty soon, it's going to get awful quiet before training camp begins. Still, the Giants are defending champs, so there is much work to be done, and a lot of preparation for the defense of the title. There also are more PR opportunities, and obligations/honors such as visiting the White House on Friday. Meanwhile, let's see what else is going on.....

Giants Coach Tom Coughlin tackles Congress - Atlantic City Ocean County Conservative |
The Super Bowl champion New York Giants met with President Obama on Friday who congratulated the team on their victory, but Obama and Congress took a sack from Head Coach Tom Coughlin and his political remarks. As reported on Yahoo, after Obama made some remarks, Coughlin told the crowd how they won the Super Bowl and how Congress and the President could learn from that. Coughlin said, "offense, defense, and special teams doing their job, each group having different objectives and motives but playing in harmony for each other for the good of everyone." He added "wouldn't it be nice if Congress operated the same way."

Hakeem Nicks says New York Giants did right thing extending coach Tom Coughlin’s contract -
Hakeem Nicks said Thursday he believes the defending Super Bowl champs did the right thing by extending coach Tom Coughlin’s contract. "We’re heading in the right direction," the Giants receiver told The Post at a signing event at Lord and Taylor in midtown. "[Coach Coughlin] has taught me how to be a pro, how to be valuable to the team. He demonstrates great character, which rubs off on the players."

It's still amazing to think how far the Coughlin talk has swung around since Christmas Eve or so.

Finding the Fits: Per the plan, Giants reload up front with Mosley - CBSSports
In an age when most NFL teams are making offensive linemen -- especially offensive tackles -- a significant draft day priority, the Giants are bucking the trend and reaping the benefits of developing their "big uglies." Fourth round offensive tackle Brandon Mosley fits in precisely with this strategy. Mosley signed with Auburn after a successful junior college career on the defensive line and at tight end. Frankly, he wasn't expected to emerge as a starter as a junior with the Tigers but out-worked some of Auburn's more high profile signings and emerged as a standout at right tackle.

Cordle, team meet Obama at White House | Lancaster Eagle Gazette |
It takes a lot to impress a professional athlete who has played in the biggest game in the world. But that's exactly what current New York Giants offensive lineman and former Lancaster High and Ohio State University standout Jim Cordle was after he and his Giants teammates were honored on Friday by President Barack Obama at the White House. "It was a great American experience," Cordle said. "It was my first time getting a chance to see the White House and the Washington Monument and all of that stuff, so, yeah it was a great experience and something I'll always remember."

TFP: Giants' Manning square, but impressive at Best of Preps - | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports
Eli Manning is as square as a game of checkers on the front porch -- refreshingly down to earth and normal. So much so that during Thursday night's annual Best of Preps banquet, when one high school athlete asked the New York Giants' two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback if he would follow him on Twitter, Manning smiled sheepishly and in his typical aw-shucks way responded, "I don't know how to tweet. I don't have a Twitter account."

Newman Aims to Give Back With Charity Softball Event - News, Sports, Jobs - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Some of the pro athletes Newman has scheduled to participate are former Pittsburgh Steeler Max Starks, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, and Clint Sintim of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, and free agent Steve Cargile. Hixon, a good friend of Newman's, is from Columbus and puts on a charity event there every year. That gave Newman the idea to give something back to his hometown.

New Jersey Hall of Fame welcomes 10 new members |
The ten newest members of New Jersey's Hall of Fame were enshrined Saturday night. Actor Michael Douglas, author Joyce Carol Oates and basketball coach Bob Hurley were among those inducted during a ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The other members of the hall's class of 2012 include New York Giants owner Wellington Mara; "Superman'" actor Christopher Reeve; jazz singer Sarah Vaughn; media mogul Samuel I. Newhouse; Olympian Milt Campbell; Wild West Show sensation Annie Oakley and John Dorrance, the chemist who invented condensed soup.

Position series: Giants offensive line - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Our position-by-position breakdown of the teams in the NFC East takes a look at the offensive line of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.