Tag:New York Giants
Posted on: July 25, 2010 6:40 pm

Eli Manning donates $1 million to Ole Miss

New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning and his wife Abby just donated $1,000,000 to a scholarship fund at their alma mater, the University of Mississippi.

The Mannings' donated to "Ole Miss Opportunity," a fund created this year to help curb the recently raised tuition costs at the school.
"Abby and I were drawn to this program of helping people who might not be able to attend college otherwise. To us, it was a way of truly helping a lot of people." Eli isn't the first Manning to attend Ole Miss, with his father and mother both graduating from the school; Peyton actually broke the mold by heading north to Tennessee for college.

The money donated by the Mannings won't create new scholarships, necessarily, though. It will, however, help students already receiving scholarships who were having trouble making ends meet thanks to the state's recent raising of tuition.

And, whether you like Eli or not, this is a very good thing and an excellent way for a professional athlete to help others and show school spirit at same time.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 11:20 am

Bulluck signing more significant upon inspection

Yesterday we wrote about Keith Bulluck signing with the Giants for one year, $2.5 million. Bulluck is just seven months removed from ACL surgery.

In a follow-up, the significance of the story is that Bulluck will be moving to middle linebacker, where he is expected to start. The Giants have had a derby at the position since Antonio Pierce retired. Jonathan Goff, Gerris Wilkinson and fourth-round rookie Phillip Dillard had been in the running, but obviously, all failed to stand out.

Bulluck has been an outside linebacker throughout his 11-year career. He has the intelligence to handle the new role; the question will be whether his knee gives him the necessary lateral agility and explosiveness.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 5:44 pm

Keith Bulluck signs with Giants

Keith Bulluck signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants on Saturday, according to his agent Gary Wichard.

The Giants, seeking to improve their linebacking corps, worked out Bulluck -- just seven months out from tearing his ACL -- on Monday and were apparently quite impressed. Enough, anyway, to offer the longtime Tennessee Titan a deal that could be worth up to $2.5 million for the coming season.

Worth noting too is that Bulluck received, according to Wichard, a second opinion on his knee last year from Giants' team doctor Russell Warren; in other words, if anyone has to feel comfortable with his medical state of being, it's New York.

And considering the state of the Giants linebackers ("weak" seems like a polite way to describe them), there's a pretty good chance that Bulluck, if he's healthy, be a big contributor on the defensive end of things in 2010.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 10:07 am

Giants waive Hixon

The Giants on Thursday waived injured WR/KR Domenik Hixon, a move necessary if they want to place him on the injured reserve list.

Hixon, you’ll recall, tore his ACL when his foot got caught in the turf during the Giants first practice at the New Meadowlands Stadium last month.

From the New York Daily News :

In waiving Hixon, the Giants made the fifth-year player available for any team to claim his rights. He is still expected to wind up on injured reserve with the Giants, but he was immediately replaced on the 80-man roster by former Falcons receiver Adam Jennings, a sixth-round pick in the 2006 draft. The 5-9 Jennings has made a career of playing special teams. The Giants had previously brought in former Bengal Chris Davis as a potential replacement for Hixon, but he failed his physical.

New York really will feel Hixon’s loss in the kickoff return game. Last season, Hixon averaged 22.6 yards per return, and he had the sixth-highest return total in the NFL.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 8:51 pm

Another blow for Tiki

Nothing seems to be going right these days for former Giants RB Tiki Barber. It’s hard to feel sorry for the guy, though, because it seems as though the downward spiral of his career can squarely be placed on his own shoulders.

Barber and his wife are in the middle of a divorce after it was discovered he allegedly was having an affair with a 23-year-old NBC intern – the same network where he worked as a football analyst on Sunday nights and for the Today Show as a correspondent. His wife, at the time he decided to leave her, was deep into her pregnancy.

Now, his jobs are gone, his wife is gone, and he’s being sued by a company that operates indoor cycling studios (come to think of it, this would make a great country song).

The Wall Street Journal has the story. Tricera Revolution Inc., who made an agreement with Barber last October to act as a spokesman for Flywheel Sports, is suing and “claiming his marketability as a celebrity spokesman has been ‘rendered worthless’ by revelations he allegedly engaged in an affair and by the breakup of his marriage.”

The company thought Barber’s relationship with his wife was strong, and it “had hoped to use its association with them to further its goal of attracting 25- to 55-year-old women and their spouses to spinning classes at its studios, the lawsuit said.”

The lawsuit is asking for $1 million in compensatory damages.

Barber said recently in this Fox News story he can’t afford the divorce settlement demanded by his wife.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 11:50 am

Taylor pleads not guilty

Lawrence Taylor and his wife, Lynette leave a Rockland County (N.Y.) courtroom (AP). Former Giants star linebacker Lawrence Taylor – one of the greatest defenders of all time - pleaded not guilty in Rockland County (N.Y.) court today to charges that he raped a 16-year-old girl.

The New York Daily News has the early details.

It sounds like it was a weird scene in the court room. Taylor was cracking strange, inappropriate jokes, and after a reporter asked him if he was guilty, he snapped, “No. Grow up.”

A taste of the scene:

…The 51-year-old Hall of Famer glanced at the reporters assembled in the courtroom and then turned to (his lawyer, Arthur) Aidala.

"It must be a slow news day," said Taylor, who was seated next to his lawyer and wife, Lynette Taylor.

When a court reporter wheeled a pile of case files into the room, Taylor pointed at the cart and grinned.

"I hope that's not all my case," Taylor said to his wife. "Hell, I wasn't even in town that long."

It doesn’t sound like this will end well for anybody involved.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:40 pm

Giants' Steve Smith wants new deal

Giants wide receiver Steve Smith is coming off one of the quietest record-setting seasons in recent memory. Smith led the NFC with a Giants franchise record 107 catches last season. He racked up 1,220 yards (third in the NFC) and seven touchdowns, dispelling the notion that he’s merely a soft-handed underneath slot receiver.
S. Smith (US Presswire)
Now, according to the New York Post, Smith wants a new contract. He is set to make just $550,000 in the final year of his contract. However, he does not plan to hold out. The Collective Bargaining Agreement issues and uncapped year’s 30 percent rule are obstacles, though.

"I understand it's making it tough on both sides," Smith told The Post. "It's bad timing for me to be doing well in the National Football League."

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 6:36 pm

No additional charges for Giants S Chad Jones

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that police have determined that Giants safety Chad Jones was not under the influence of alcohol when he smashed his car into a pole last week. A breathalyzer was not administered because Jones was rushed to surgery, but the two passengers riding with Jones attest that no one in the car had consumed alcohol that evening.

The only citation against Jones is careless operation of a motor vehicle.

--Andy Benoit

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