Posts tagged: New York Giants
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) rolls into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New England Patriots Sunday in Indianapolis. The Giants won 21-17. ESPN coverage here. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Not many, if any, locals can say of Sunday's Super Bowl game, “Been there, done that, got the ring” but former New York Giants linebacker Ryan Phillips of Hayden can. After a successful college football career and earning a degree in Resource Recreation and Tourism from the U of I, Ryan was a third round draft pick by the Giants in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played in the 2001 Super Bowl XXXV, where the Giants lost to the Ravens 34-7. Ryan practiced with the New England Patriots in 2002 before retiring from the game and moving back to North Idaho to make a life. So what could be better than having an authentic connection to both teams taking the field on Sunday? Actually Ryan had been hoping for a re-match between the Giants and the Ravens this year - with a different outcome, of course/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Kerri Thoreson's Facebook photo of Phillips' 2001 NFC championship ring)
Question: Have you ever met someone who played in the Super Bowl? Who? When?
San Francisco, you'll have to excuse Joe Biden for his blunder on Wednesday. He has bigger fish to fry — like doing his part to ensure President Barack Obama gets re-elected in November. But c'mon, Mr. Vice President! You're better than this! Biden had a Homer Simpson “d'oh!” moment when he tried to rally a San Francisco crowd at a political fundraiser with a football metaphor and spoke of the “Giants on their way to the Super Bowl,” according to the Oakland Tribune. Umm, Mr. Vice President, the 49ers play the Giants on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. Biden probably felt like burying his head in the sand when some, what the Tribune described as, “good-natured boos” ensued/Simon Samano, NFL. More here.
Question: When did you last suffer a “d'oh!” moment? Wanna tell us about it?
New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson is one of the bit players on a defensive line that has ranked among the league's best in recent years. A seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2006 out of Northwest Missouri State, Tollefson has worked his way into the Giants rotation and has played in every game but the opener this season. But in last Sunday's thrill ride against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tollefson suffered a knee injury and was taken to the locker room so that the team's medical staff could get a look at the severity of the situation.
They shouldn't have bothered. You see, Tollefson's mom, Debra Crocker, was waiting for her son in the locker room, and she made it very clear as to where he should be after traveling 3,000 miles to watch him play.
“Tape it up! I didn't fly here from California to watch you ride the pines!” Mrs. Crocker said, in a tone that certainly would have made head coach Tom Coughlin proud.
“She was like 'What are you doing?'” Tollefson told the New York Daily News. “I said, 'Mom, I'm hurt.' She said, 'I don't give a [expletive]. Get it taped up and get the hell in there! I don't want to hear this. More here.
Wow! Football moms don't pull any punches, do they?
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Quintin Mikell, right, during the first half of an NFL football game in Philadelphia Sunday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Dallas Cowboys fans watch their team lose 41-35 to the New York Giants during the second half an NFL football game Monday in Arlington, Texas. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/LM Otero)