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New York Giants News and Notes: Monday Morning Mashup Edition

Jun 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;   New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin (96) during the Giants minicamp at their training facility. Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Jun 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin (96) during the Giants minicamp at their training facility. Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Good morning fellow Giants fans. I'm back, and while I'm definitely here at my desk physically, you'll have to excuse my brain, which is three steps behind my body in vacation mode. But enough about me. Let's talk about the Super Bowl champion New York Giants (yes, it still feels good to say that).....

The NY Giants and other champions: The hard road ahead | Washington Times Communities
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, Miami Heat, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The month of June brought them true glory. The Miami Heat won the NBA Championship for the second time in their history. Lebron James won his first championship. The Los Angeles Kings won the NHL Championship for the first time in their existence after 45 years of futility. Dale Jr. won his first race in four years and has a realistic chance to win his first championship. They join the New York Giants, winners of the most recent NFL Superbowl back in February.

Terrell Thomas holds annual camp with Alexander, Clady - San Bernardino County Sun
Nobody would have been surprised if circumstances were entirely different for Terrell Thomas when the Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate held his fourth annual youth football camp Saturday at Chaffey College. Instead of spending this summer making one last push to convince NFL teams the ACL he tore 10 months is healthy, Thomas has long since secured a new four-year, $28million contract. Despite suffering one of the most devastating injuries in the game, the cornerback out of USC will play his fifth NFL season with the same team that employed him for the first four, the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Keith Rivers happy to be healthy, playing for New York Giants -
After four injury-plagued seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Keith Rivers is glad to be a New York Giant. "It's exciting being with a team that is contending every year," the linebacker said Saturday at Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas' youth football camp in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. "It's been a great experience (and) they got some great guys in the locker room. It's been a great experience thus far."

Justin Tuck on Eli Manning's 'Top 100' ranking - 06-24-2012
"Justin Tuck didn't mince words Saturday when asked if New York Giants teammate Eli Manning was properly ranked by his peers in the annual "Top 100" players survey. "That's a joke," Tuck said of Manning's No. 31 ranking. "No question. He is top five, hands down. Top five."

Former Spartans take to soccer field to raise funds | Lansing State Journal |
Greg Jones doesn’t have a background in soccer, but the former Michigan State star does know what Ronald McDonald House represents. "I do it because of what they stand for and it’s something I believe in," said Jones, a Super Bowl champion linebacker with the New York Giants. "I had a Ronald McDonald House that was close to me growing up (in Cincinnati), so I love to help out." Jones and a number of former Spartan athletes gathered Saturday at DeMartin Stadium for the second annual Kick for the House, a charity soccer game to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan.

But will Jones make the 53-man roster? I was and still am high on this kid, but I want to see that same explosiveness that I saw in the Greg Jones that played for Michigan State.

Tebow headlines guests at W&M Colonial All-Pro Camp -
William and Mary might never be the same after "Tebow Mania" comes through this week. New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow headlines the list of guest instructors at the W&M Colonial All-Pro football camp from June 24-27. He's joined by New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The NFL guests join Tribe football coach Jimmye Laycock and his staff in the annual event on the William and Mary campus.

Amar'e Stoudemire's fiancee to flash engagement ring at Calvin Klein fashion show - NBA News | FOX Sports on MSN
New York Giants star Victor Cruz, who wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo to the Met Ball this year, also will sit in the front row at the Milan show with his girlfriend, Elaina Watley.

Have Cruz or Manning had any sleep this offseason?

Spotlight: Marvin Austin - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
If Austin's quickness and strength is as advertised, he should split backup snaps at defensive tackle with Bernard. Rogers could be a factor as a backup defensive tackle if he is healthy but there was enough concern there that the Giants went out and got Bernard back.

I know you guys probably saw this last week, but I had to comment on Brandon Jacobs spending some time with the kid who sent him three bucks and change to come back to the Giants. If you skim that article, the first thing you might see is that Jacobs gave him $5 to reimburse him for the $3.36. But the signed helmet and quality time Jacobs gave were way more valuable, especially if the helmet is the same one Jacobs threw into the stands against the Colts two seasons ago.