September 10, 2011 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Earlier this week, Mark Herzlich walked off the Giants practice field drenched with sweat and fallen rain, wearing the dark blue synonymous with New York's oldest football team. A few minutes later, the Conestoga High graduate pulled off his No. 58 jersey - he wears the number formerly worn by Giants defensive captain Antonio Pierce - and pulled on a light-colored T-shirt with a neon slogan across the chest. Find Your Strong . Those three words, printed in bright yellow, popped off the shirt's blue-green background; an inch above Herzlich's heart seemed like an appropriate place for an inspiring message.
December 14, 2009
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The bus from the airport hotel trekked through the cascading rains, trudged slowly up through the three exits it took to reach Giants Stadium last night. It was the slowest the Eagles' offense moved all night. The defense? Well they never seemed to move any faster than that. Stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey they were. It's the common thread stringing together the division contenders of the NFC East, this torturous propensity to surrender big yardage and big plays at big points of the game.
December 13, 2009
Nickel slot 1 There are more than enough reasons to highlight the name Steve Smith when preparing to play the Giants. The New York wide receiver is second in the NFC in receptions (79) and yards (979), and he was one of the few offensive players to challenge the Eagles when the two teams met last month. Smith could have an additional advantage against the Eagles' secondary tonight. The 5-foot-11 receiver often lines up in the slot opposite the fifth defensive back. That was Joselio Hanson until his four-week suspension for taking a banned substance.
October 18, 2009 |
At Southern Cal, Winston Justice said it was easy to underestimate the forthcoming opponent and admitted it happened quite often even though Trojans coach Pete Carroll would warn against it. "In college it's different, though," Justice said. "At USC, we really did underestimate some teams because we were blowing people out. " Justice said there were a few times USC invited trouble with that attitude, then added it would be unwise to have that same approach at the highest level of the game.
August 25, 2009 |
Plaxico Burress alleged in a television interview that security staff knew he was carrying a gun upon entering a Manhattan nightclub where he later accidentally shot himself in the thigh. In an excerpt of an ESPN interview broadcast last night, Burress says his .40-caliber Glock fired after he missed a step walking up stairs. The gun began to slide down his pant leg, and Burress said he accidentally pulled the trigger through his pants when he tried to stop the gun from hitting the ground.
August 3, 2009 |
Releasing troubled Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress about 4 months ago didn't rid the New York Giants of the controversy associated with his shooting. The gun-possession case against Burress continued to haunt the Giants yesterday as coaches and players reported to training camp at the University at Albany and expressed concern about what the future might hold for middle linebacker Antonio Pierce. Pierce was with Burress when the receiver shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub in November, and he may face charges for his actions after the incident, which authorities say included taking Burress to a hospital under an assumed name and taking the gun to Burress' home in Totowa, N.J. Burress did not have a permit for the gun; he has pleaded not guilty to weapon possession.
January 7, 2009 |
Exactly a month ago today, the Eagles had a date with a New York Giants team that clearly seemed to be on course for a second straight trip to the Super Bowl. The Giants were not unbeaten, but they were playing at a far higher level than any other team in the NFL. Since last year's postseason run, they had gone 15-1, including that stunning Super Bowl XLII victory in the Arizona desert over the unbeaten New England Patriots. Any thought that the Giants' unlikely ride to an NFL title was a fluke had been erased by their continued dominance through the first three-quarters of this season.
January 7, 2009 |
THE GIANTS will not allow themselves excuses for losing the rematch to the Eagles. No excuses - fine. But there are plenty of explanations. In the first meeting, on Nov. 9, Brandon Jacobs, healthy and motivated, busted the Birds for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, the centerpiece of the 44 carries and 217 yards the Giants gained on the ground. In the rematch, on Dec. 7, Jacobs aggravated a left knee sprain and left early in the third quarter after just 10 carries.
January 6, 2009 |
FOR A TEAM that just spent a week off with its heels kicked up, healing its wounds and watching other worn-out clubs bash heads, the Giants sure seem surly. Perhaps that is to be expected from a team that sputtered and limped into the playoffs, even as a top seed. The Giants play host to the Eagles on Sunday in the Divisional Playoff round, but they're reluctant to review their path to the top. Maybe that's because they know it really doesn't mean anything. The Giants were a wild-card entry last year when they upset the Cowboys in the divisional round en route to their Super Bowl win. "I don't think this team really looks at it like we lost three of the last four," said center Shaun O'Hara, one of three Giants conference-call participants yesterday.
December 8, 2008
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It is not every day that an NFL player breaks his franchise's record for yards from scrimmage. It is almost never that the guy who held the record, who held it for a quarter-century, is standing on the sideline, watching and cheering. When Brian Westbrook caught that 40-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 20-14 win at Giants Stadium - a beautiful display of everything Westbrook, a play on which he stayed in to help with blocking the Giants' pass rush, then leaked out of the backfield, caught a pass from Donovan McNabb and ran away from Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce - Harold Carmichael watched.