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February 27, 2013
Manti Te'o's first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn't go as well as planned Monday in Indianapolis. The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be "phenomenal. " Anything 4.8 or over would be a "concern. " The workout came more than a month after Te'o's highly publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax.
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June 2, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Coming off a season-ending chest injury, Michael Strahan wasn't supposed to be doing much on the opening day of the New York Giants' minicamp yesterday. "Limited" was the word the team used to describe his status. Strahan didn't act that way, though. The defensive end hugged guard Jason Whittle early in the morning workout and wrapped up punter Jeff Feagles later on. "I feel great," Strahan, 33, said between practices. "I am having no trouble, nothing hurts. I'm in one piece.
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December 18, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Jim Fassel saved the New York Giants the embarrassment of having to fire him by ending speculation about his future. Fassel convinced management yesterday to go public with his firing 2 weeks early. In return, Fassel will be allowed to end his 7-year tenure by coaching the Giants (4-10) in the final two games. "This has been a bad season. It's been a very disappointing season," said Fassel, who got teary-eyed discussing his time in New York in which he led the team to three playoffs and the 2001 Super Bowl.
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March 1, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE DALLAS COWBOYS have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware , Jason Witten and Miles Austin , to save salary-cap space. Meanwhile, it also was reported Thursday that the NFL's salary cap for the 2013 season will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012. Dallas, which was penalized $5 million off its cap in both 2012 and '13, needed to scramble to free up space. By restructuring the deals of star linebacker Ware, tight end Witten, wide receiver Austin, cornerback Brandon Carr and center Ryan Cook , the Cowboys wiped out the $20 million they were projected to be over the cap this year.
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February 9, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
"We have the greatest, most loyal fans in the world. " - N.Y. Giants owner John Mara. "Our fans are obviously the best in the world. "   - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "Redskins fans are the greatest fans in the world. "   - Washington owner Daniel Snyder. "We do have the best fans in the world. " - Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Super Bowl XLVI had been over a mere III or IV minutes when the gratuitous glorifications began.
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August 2, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Giants are not going to renegotiate Michael Strahan's $4 million contract to persuade the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end to stop mulling retirement and play this season. "I don't want to get into negotiating in the media," co-owner John Mara said yesterday as Strahan's holdout entered its sixth day. "He is under contract and I think you all know what our position is on that. I don't want to make any statements on that. " In his gut, Mara said he feels the 35-year-old Strahan would eventually decide to play, but he said the team was prepared to move on without him. Veteran defensive end Simeon Rice took a physical for the Giants in New York yesterday and met with coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese here after practice.
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May 20, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
New York Giants co-owner John Mara is warning that the players' strategy in the labor impasse, if successful, would lead to NFL chaos. Mara wrote an essay that was posted yesterday on NFL.com and Giants.com in which he pointed to no salary caps or minimums and perhaps no draft. "The likely changes would be great for NFLPA lawyers, but not for players, teams, or, most importantly, fans," Mara wrote. "For example, there could be no leaguewide minimum player salaries, with many players making less than they do today, or no minimum team player costs, with many clubs cutting payrolls the way some teams do in other sports.
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March 28, 2012 | Associated Press
The Super Bowl champion Giants will kick off the season at home against Dallas on Sept. 5 in a nationally televised Wednesday night game. The league moved the game to a Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. The last NFL game played on a Wednesday was in 1948.   Parcells to Saints? With a season-long suspension set to begin Sunday, New Orleans coach Sean Payton is checking to see if mentor Bill Parcells would run the team while he serves his penalty for allowing a Saints assistant coach and players to operate a crunch-for-cash bounty system.
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May 9, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a hiring cycle that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called disappointing, the NFL hosted a career development symposium Tuesday at Penn's Wharton School. Eight new head coaches and seven new general managers were hired this offseason, but none of them was a minority candidate. In March, Goodell identified the symposium as way to improve the Rooney Rule, which was established in 2003 and requires a minority candidate to be interviewed in a head-coaching search. The rule was upgraded in 2007 to include searches for general managers.
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November 10, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett was fined $5,000 by the league on Wednesday for wearing bright orange shoes in Monday night's 30-24 win over the Eagles. Bennett, who was playing for the first time since Week 2 after a chest injury, said he probably won't wear the shoes against Detroit on Sunday. "They say they will double the fine, so it would be 10 grand," Bennett said. "And I don't think my wife would like that. " Bennett was asked whether he was told what was wrong with the cleats.
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February 3, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The way people have been talking, you would think that the decision to host the Super Bowl for the first time in a part of the country that is merely moderately football-obsessed, and to hold it in a non-domed stadium in the depths of winter, was an extreme fluke. But the Philadelphia architects who designed MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., always knew that they would be creating a custom stage for America's biggest sporting event. As in football itself, the most important criterion for attracting the Super Bowl was size.
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May 9, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a hiring cycle that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called disappointing, the NFL hosted a career development symposium Tuesday at Penn's Wharton School. Eight new head coaches and seven new general managers were hired this offseason, but none of them was a minority candidate. In March, Goodell identified the symposium as way to improve the Rooney Rule, which was established in 2003 and requires a minority candidate to be interviewed in a head-coaching search. The rule was upgraded in 2007 to include searches for general managers.
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March 1, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE DALLAS COWBOYS have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware , Jason Witten and Miles Austin , to save salary-cap space. Meanwhile, it also was reported Thursday that the NFL's salary cap for the 2013 season will rise to $123 million from $120.6 million in 2012. Dallas, which was penalized $5 million off its cap in both 2012 and '13, needed to scramble to free up space. By restructuring the deals of star linebacker Ware, tight end Witten, wide receiver Austin, cornerback Brandon Carr and center Ryan Cook , the Cowboys wiped out the $20 million they were projected to be over the cap this year.
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February 27, 2013
Manti Te'o's first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn't go as well as planned Monday in Indianapolis. The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be "phenomenal. " Anything 4.8 or over would be a "concern. " The workout came more than a month after Te'o's highly publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax.
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June 11, 2012
In the past, there have been accusations that the Eagles have been so insanely jealous of the goodwill and publicity the Phillies get from the fans that the football team intentionally creates news to take the baseball team off the front pages. But it's a good thing for the Phillies that the Eagles on Thursday decided to push Joe Banner out the door, because the Phils, right now, look like a junior varsity team. They can't hit with any impunity. They kick the ball around.
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March 28, 2012 | Associated Press
The Super Bowl champion Giants will kick off the season at home against Dallas on Sept. 5 in a nationally televised Wednesday night game. The league moved the game to a Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. The last NFL game played on a Wednesday was in 1948.   Parcells to Saints? With a season-long suspension set to begin Sunday, New Orleans coach Sean Payton is checking to see if mentor Bill Parcells would run the team while he serves his penalty for allowing a Saints assistant coach and players to operate a crunch-for-cash bounty system.
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February 9, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
"We have the greatest, most loyal fans in the world. " - N.Y. Giants owner John Mara. "Our fans are obviously the best in the world. "   - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "Redskins fans are the greatest fans in the world. "   - Washington owner Daniel Snyder. "We do have the best fans in the world. " - Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Super Bowl XLVI had been over a mere III or IV minutes when the gratuitous glorifications began.
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February 7, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Sports fans bet $93.9 million at Nevada casinos on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, the most wagered in the last decade. The Gaming Control Board said that unaudited tallies show 184 sports books won a little more than $5 million on the football action. New England was about a three-point favorite, but the Giants won, 21-17. It was a different story for Nevada casinos when the same teams played in the 2008 Super Bowl. The Patriots opened as 14-point favorites four years ago, but Giants backers bet the line down to 12 points and were paid when New York earned a 17-14 win. Nevada casinos lost the most money ever on the Super Bowl that year - $2.6 million.
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November 10, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett was fined $5,000 by the league on Wednesday for wearing bright orange shoes in Monday night's 30-24 win over the Eagles. Bennett, who was playing for the first time since Week 2 after a chest injury, said he probably won't wear the shoes against Detroit on Sunday. "They say they will double the fine, so it would be 10 grand," Bennett said. "And I don't think my wife would like that. " Bennett was asked whether he was told what was wrong with the cleats.
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July 22, 2011
FIVE YEARS AGO, in perhaps the finest negotiating moment of his career, the late Gene Upshaw managed to pressure 32 supposedly intelligent billionaires into agreeing to a bad deal. With the NFL owners facing a midnight deadline that would have sent the league spiraling into an uncapped year at a time when the owners still were naïve enough to believe an uncapped year would mark the end of civilization as we know it, the longtime NFL Players Association chief faxed the owners a take-it-or-leave-it offer, then hopped on a plane for Hawaii.
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