February 2008

The MSG network has an interview with Michael Strahan on its website.

You can take a look at the interview here:

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For the whole article visit the MSG Network.

Sorry for not posting today, I had the Feagles thingy back a 4 p.m., but I moved the site to a new server which gives me much more than the old one.

As you can see, there are bookmarks under the posts and there are better urls at the top.

I will be continuing to improve this place over the next few weeks as I want this to be the one stop Giants stop for you.

Well you need a punter and Jeff Feagles is a good one. The Giants gave him a new two year contract, so the kicking situation has been sorted out for 2008.

Here’s the Bergen Record:

Jeff Feagles, maybe the NFL’s best punter ever, and NFC championship hero Lawrence Tynes re-upped.

Punter Jeff Feagles, who turns 42 next month, signed a two-year contract extension Tuesday to return for a 21st season. That came one day after placekicker Lawrence Tynes agreed to a reported five-year, $7 million deal that he is scheduled to sign sometime next week.

Feagles, who also serves as the holder for Tynes’ kicks, became the oldest player to appear in the Super Bowl when he punted in the 17-14 win over the New England Patriots, his first appearance in the big game after two decades in the NFL.

 “I still have some years left in me and I think I proved it this year,” said Feagles, who dropped 25 of his 71 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line in 2007. “And I just love being on this team now. I can’t say enough about the organization, either.

 “The decision was really a matter of if the team wanted to sign me back, and they did, and I wanted to play, and then it was just a matter of getting together, working some numbers, and then doing it.”

 Read more here.

Here’s Gary Myers’s take.

There obviously are no guarantees. He has come up empty in the last five hiring cycles. Coaches with far less impressive resumes in their first jobs have received second chances. Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick, who met in the Super Bowl 10 days ago, were each fired from their first job without making it to the Super Bowl.

Ten of the 32 current head coaches are on at least their second job, and of those, only Mike Holmgren made it to the Super Bowl in his first job.

Fassel deserves another chance, although it’s clear that if GMs around the league believed he was the answer, somebody would have hired him by now. He interviewed twice with the Redskins in Washington and once at the Super Bowl in Phoenix and it appeared that the only reason Snyder had not made it official was because he wanted to talk to Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after the Super Bowl.

And when Spagnuolo removed himself from consideration Thursday after 28 hours of interviews, the job surely belonged to Fassel. Then he was blindsided Saturday when Snyder promoted offensive coordinator Jim Zorn, whom he had just hired Jan.26 off Holmgren’s staff in Seattle.


More at the Daily News

I don’t understand why Fassel doesn’t have another head coaching job in the NFL. But I do understand a clown with a clown like Dan Snyder calling the shots down in DC, why Jim Zorn and not Fassel is now the head coach.

Paul Schwartz of the Post spoke with Fassel about this.

Maybe Jim Zorn evolves into a wonderful head coach, and in a year or two Redskin owner Dan Snyder is waxing poetic about his choice.

But there is little doubt the Redskins, with Jim Fassel calling the shots, would have been a far more dangerous opponent for the Giants, just as there is no doubt Snyder screwed up the process and did not hire the right man for the job.

“I know Dan Snyder likes me as a coach,” Fassel said yesterday in a phone conversation with The Post. “I’m greatly disappointed, because I thought it was the right fit and I thought I could work well with Dan.”

For the second time, Snyder left Fassel at the coaching altar. Back in 2004, Fassel, immediately after he was fired by the Giants after seven interesting and often successful seasons, nearly got right back on the coaching carousel.

Read all about it in the Post.

Newsday columnist Shaun Powell writes a good column on Super Bowl hero David Tyree.

Yes, if you’re David Tyree, you instinctively throw up your hands and rest them in disbelief on your head, even if the football, once famously stuck in between, is suspiciously missing.

“God is good,” Tyree said.

Right after the Giants’ victory parade, he flew cross- country and made the national talk show circuit here in the city famous for making folks famous. During a short rest between takes, Tyree took time to count his blessings, of which there are many.

Years ago, he traded his past, which included an arrest for marijuana possession, for religion and changed his life. He lost his mother during the recent holidays, but he and his wife expect to welcome twin girls next month. And no matter where his football career goes from here, he’ll live forever in Super Bowl lore because of a catch that to this day defies logic.

“I haven’t even returned all the calls I’ve gotten from people,” he said while getting a few strokes of makeup. “I’m a little backed up.”

More of this at Newsday.

On Giants.com, there’s a good piece about Eli Manning and the lessons of the Super Bowl.

The protagonist of the drama is Eli Manning who, up until late December,2007, was badly and erroneously characterized by the press. He was not a good leader; indeed, he was a failed leader said they. “Eli the Terrible.” As a student of leadership, I could not concur in this judgment. What I saw in the man – the look in his eyes, his body language and speech – was a very good leader with great potential – albeit one not easily recognized in these times. I characterize Eli Manning’s style of leadership as that of the Knight, perhaps a Knight-errant on a quest. He’s the Blue Knight, a medieval man in modern metro New York! The strengths of his leadership resemble the chivalric ideals: Fortitude, Courage, Prudence and Humility employed in a high cause of self-development that is self-assessed. Modern media doesn’t know what to do with an individual like this.

Such a leader seems inscrutable because he needs little outside stimulus and doesn’t glory in the fawning and praise of others. He is first and foremost his own champion and gathers followers to fulfill a quest. His coach reports that after bad games, the Blue Knight would come to talk, passionate in his desire to be better.

Our society is more used to the charismatic leader like Tom Brady, or the methodical professional bureaucratic (strategy, x’s and o’s) leadership of a coach Bill Belichick. They are modern, they are high-tech-hip and plentiful in the corporate world.They seem totally reliable. But the founder of modern political science and leadership studies, Nicolo Macchiavelli of Renaissance Italy, strongly believed that in life and leadership, fortune (luck) counted about 50% .I wouldn’t put the figure that high, but when I discuss leadership in class or in my seminar, I ask students to consider seriously the element of luck.

Read all about it at Giants.com.

According to Ernie Palladino of the Journal News, kicker Lawrence Tynes was resigned yesterday to a five year, $7 million contract.

In case you missed it, here’s Tynes on Letterman.

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This is an overdub of the the David Tyree catch from Marv Albert on Westwood One radio and the way the play should be called.

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The Times Has an article today on David Tyree and family and how he rebounded from a troubled youth.

Those hands, with awkwardly bent fingers and mangled knuckles, grabbed national attention years later. During the Giants’ improbable Super Bowl victory over the undefeated Patriots, Tyree caught a desperation pass on the winning drive by pinning the ball against his helmet.

The catch introduced the 28-year-old Tyree to the world. He made the cover of Sports Illustrated and flew last week to Los Angeles to appear on national talk shows.

“What looked to be the lowest point in my life ended up being the greatest thing that ever happened to me,� Tyree, speaking of his arrest in 2004, said Saturday morning while sitting at his kitchen table.

From special-teams demon to Super Bowl deity. From moonlighting drug dealer to born-again Christian. From a child who drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with his family to a sober father and husband who started his own nonprofit organization.

This is Tyree’s version of his transformation.

The first time he can remember vomiting after drinking alcohol was in eighth grade. By his junior year at Montclair High School, he celebrated the same way after every football game — drinking a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor and a half-pint of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, and smoking a blunt, a skinny cigar hollowed and filled with marijuana.

More in the NY Times.

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