Tag:David Tyree
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:15 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2011 9:15 am

Bradshaw, Nicks ruled out for Patriots game

The last time the Giants and Pats met in a meaningful game this happened. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Sunday, the Giants and Patriots will meet for the first time since Super Bowl XLII which, at the time, was known as New England's coronation to perfection. Instead, thanks in part to David Tyree's head and Plaxico Burress' hands, the upstart Giants upended the Pats.

In the 46 months since, neither team has won a postseason game. When they take the field Sunday, however, both will be atop (or tied atop) their respective divisions.

After watching the Steelers summarily dismantle the Patriots' secondary last week, the Giants might have similar plans. Except now they'll have to do it without two of their best offensive players. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks have been ruled out.

That still leaves Eli Manning with plenty of weapons, perhaps the most inviting being New England's secondary. The Giants have the NFL's fifth-best offense, according to Football Outsiders' efficiency metrics and the Pats are the 27th-ranked defense.

The biggest matchup might come on the other side of the ball: New York's D vs. Tom Brady. Former Pats defensive coordinator and Jets head coach Eric Mangini, now an NFL analyst, spoke this week about whether New York can replicate what Pittsburgh did to slow Brady and New England's passing game.

"On defense [The Steelers] did a real good job in passing situations in getting Tom off his spot, and not letting him be comfortable right behind center where he likes to stand," Mangini told the New York Daily News Thursday.

"The Giants have a unique situation where they can generate a pass rush with their down guys and do it really well, and that's going to help. But that pressure has to come up the middle. And the other thing is: If you don't have tight coverage on the receivers, he'll just hit those guys short."

Not quite a ringing endorsement but New York has beaten New England under tougher conditions and facing longer odds (see, for example, 62 Y Sail Union).

UPDATE - 11/6/11:
In other Giants personnel news, center David Bass has also been ruled out, while defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will play, according to CBS' Charley Casserly, who also reports that 2010 first-round pick CB Prince Amukamara will be out. Wideout Ramses Barden has been activated to the 53-man roster and could be used in three-wide receiver sets.

After a disappointing loss last week over the Steelers, the New England Patriots hope to rebound as they prepare to host the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Join Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan as they break down this game.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The fight for equal rights often transcends race, gender and socio-economic boundaries. And while the world of professional sports isn't the first place you'd expect an open and frank discussion about sexuality, there have been current and former athletes who've supported a person's right to their sexual orientation.

Four years ago, former center John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out publicly. In recent months, NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Donte Stallworth publicly supported gay marriage (as have former Giants player Michael Strahan and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash).

We can now add former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's name to the list. Appearing in the new issue of Out, Irvin says that his decision to take a stand had to do with his relationship with his gay brother, Vaughn, who died of stomach cancer in 2006. According to the magazine, this is the first time Irvin has spoken publicly about his brother.

More details via WABC:
In the article, Irvin describes how his brother's sexual orientation contributed to his own issues. He says that he found out his brother was gay sometime in the 1970s when he found him wearing women's clothing. He was rattled by the experience and has since figured out that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior.

"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."
Irvin credits his father with helping him accept his brother's lifestyle and now says the African-American community should support marriage equality.

"I don't see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," he said, according to the magazine. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don't want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn't deserve equality."

There have been detractors, too. In June, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree said gay marriage "will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy."

But Irvin, who had his share of off-field trouble during his playing days, has no such hang-ups. "If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him. ... When a guy steps up and says, 'This is who I am,' I guarantee you I'll give him 100 percent support."

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:11 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 8:20 pm

Bart Scott clothing line raises money for LeGrand

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Many things come to mind when we think of Bart Scott, almost all of them having to do with football-related trash-talking. The most recent example came during the playoffs, when the Jets went into Foxboro and upset the Patriots. Scott was equal parts hilarious and scary during his post-game "CAN'T WAIT!" interview with a frightened Sal Paolantonio. (Scott trademarked "Can't Wait" a few months later.)

But there's more to Scott that the unhinged rants. He's launching a "Can't Wait" clothing line and plans to donate the proceeds to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund, for Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand who was paralyzed during a game against Army on October 16, 2010.

Kristian Dyer of NFL.com writes that "The story of LeGrand, the team's emotional leader during the past three seasons, has touched lives across the country. LeGrand is back in classes at Rutgers though he is limited to a wheelchair, and he vows to walk again."

And that's something Scott believes will happen. "I've never met him but I heard he's a great kid," Scott told NFL.com. "He has a lot of concerns and needs right now, but I know someday he will walk, and that's something I can't wait for."

The "Can't Wait" clothing line should be unveiled in the next few weeks and Scott expects 1,200 shirts to be ready for distribution.

"All the proceeds from the first run will go to LeGrand to help him," Scott said. "I want to do something for him, to help him. I hope we'll sell out the shirts quickly so we can get the money to him because things are expensive with his care, and I know there are money needs. For instance, he needs to refit the doors at his house for his wheelchair."

Former Nets guard Devin Harris has previously helped raise $75,000, and former Giants wideout David Tyree (who has been in the news recently for other reasons), ran the Tough Mudder obstacle race this spring to raise funds for LeGrand.

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:39 pm

More on same-sex marriage from David Tyree

D. Tyree still says gay marriage should not be legal (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember how we told you about former Giants WR David Tyree and his belief that same-sex marriage was a sin? Well, actually he didn’t say the word "sin," but he did say that allowing gay men and women to wed would lead us to “anarchy.”

This is obviously a hot topic, especially in New York where the state legislature will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage, possibly today. So the NY Daily News caught up with Tyree and asked him if he would trade his greatest catch in Super Bowl XLII in order to stop same-sex marriage.

"The catch was a gift, it's not like I'd try to do it," he said. "I couldn't do it again so that was a miracle. There's nothing worth more than [maintaining heterosexual marriage] right here for me."

The Daily News then asked if he would trade his Super Bowl title to stop gay marriage.

"Honestly, I probably would,” he said, “Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored. Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that's something that should be fought for at all costs.

"So I'll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve."

One might think, with opinions like that, the God that Tyree serves is somewhat intolerant, but in an interesting twist, Tyree also said he doesn't oppose recognizing same-sex unions. As in, he wouldn’t mind if those couples received benefits.

Said Tyree: “But to call it marriage is not something I would ever agree with or think that our government has the right to change the definition of marriage when it didn't start here."

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 8:16 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 8:52 pm

David Tyree is not in favor of same-sex marriage

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few days ago we brought you the news of former Giants LB Michael Strahan’s endorsement of marriage equality for everyone.

So, with the New York state legislature teetering on the brink of passing a law that allows the legalization of same-sex marriage, former Giants hero David Tyree has weighed in on the matter.

And though there have been some high-profile athletes who have come out in favor of the law – Strahan is one and NHLer Sean Avery is another – Tyree takes the opposite approach (and the same attitude that the most commenters took on the original Strahan post).

Namely, Tyree says anarchy will rule if same-sex couples continue to marry.

"This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy,” Tyree told the anti-gay group, the National Organization for Marriage, via the New York Post. "How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country.”

It’s interesting, though. In his interview, Tyree  talks about how his father wasn’t in the home when he was growing up (he says he was impacted severely by that). But a fair question to follow that would be: Well, what if he was raised by two mothers in a committed relationship instead of just one mother? Or two fathers? Would that have been so much worse than growing up in a single-parent home?

You can check out the video below to see the full interview.

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