The old Giants Stadium is officially no longer

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Demolished Giants Stadium

Picture courtesy of Tom Kaminski from WCBS taken in Chopper 880 by way of Pat Hanlon.

I loved the old stadium. I hope the new one lives up to the high standard set. It looks beautiful.

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New York Giants 2010 Schedule!

Giants Stadium

Sept. 12 CAROLINA 1:00 PM (FOX)

Sept. 19 at Indianapolis 8:20 PM (NBC)

Sept. 26 TENNESSEE 1:00 PM (CBS)

Oct. 3 CHICAGO 8:20 PM (NBC)

Oct. 10 at Houston 1:00 PM (FOX)

Oct. 17 DETROIT 1:00 PM (FOX)

Oct. 25 (Mon.) at Dallas 8:30 PM (ESPN)

Oct. 31 BYE

Nov. 7 at Seattle 4:05 PM (FOX)

Nov. 14 DALLAS 4:15PM (FOX)

Nov. 21 at Philadelphia 8:20PM* (NBC)

Nov. 28 JACKSONVILLE 1:00PM* (CBS)

Dec. 5 WASHINGTON 1:00PM* (FOX)

Dec. 12 at Minnesota 1:00 PM* (FOX)

Dec. 19 PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM* (FOX)

Dec. 26 at Green Bay 4:15 PM* (FOX)

Jan. 2 at Washington 1:00PM* (FOX)

Schedule courtesy of Mike Garafolo.

Way to be a stand-up guy, Tiki Barber

When this guy played for the Giants, he had the entire town just eager to please him. He was a stud running back, seemed like a nice guy, and had that made-for-TV grin.

Once he retired, it seemed like it was a sham, and he was just out there to make a buck. He took shots at players (like Eli Manning) and that once-famous grin became phony.

Now this is what he and his wife looked like together:

Tiki Barber and his wife

Tiki Barber and his wife Ginny

By golly, what a cute couple! According to the New York Post, they are no longer together because he prefers the company of this young lady:

Traci Johnson

Traci Johnson

Tiki Barber dumps pregnant wife for hot blonde

Leaves pregnant wife for TV intern in Giant betrayal

Ex-Giants superstar Tiki Barber has dumped his 8-months-pregnant wife, Ginny, for sexy former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson, sources told The Post last night.

The football star-turned-“Today” show-correspondent left his wife of 11 years, Ginny, for the 23-year-old blonde, who also worked at 30 Rock, the sources said.

Ginny, who is expecting twins, found out about the relationship late last year, after the run-around running back moved out of their Upper East Side home.

Johnson, a model-thin bombshell, was photographed sitting next to Tiki last month at a Washington, DC, screening of a documentary on Senegal that he hosted for the Travel Channel. Sources believe Johnson also accompanied Tiki to Senegal for the filming late last year, when Ginny was three months pregnant.

The affair is particularly stunning in light of Barber’s long-standing disdain for his philandering father.

“I don’t give a [bleep] that the relationship didn’t work,” he said of his parents’ split in a 2004 Post interview. “Not only did he abandon her, I felt like he abandoned us for a lot of our lives. I have a hard time forgiving that.”

Barber’s confidants were shocked.

“He was always the nice guy with a million-dollar smile,” a Barber family friend told The Post.

“We were shocked to find out that he could walk out on his wife of 11 years while she’s pregnant with twins. He was with this girl in Senegal while Ginny was three months pregnant.

“And we believe she was also with him in Vancouver while he was blogging about the Winter Olympics for Yahoo.com.”

Barber, who is believed to have to have relocated to an Upper West Side bachelor paid, released a statement yesterday in response to a Page Six item announcing the split.

“After 11 years of marriage, Ginny and I have decided to separate,” Barber said. “This decision was a painful one, but we are moving forward amicably and will continue to work together to raise our children with the love and dedication they have always known.”

A Tiki Barber spokesman declined to comment.

Ginny is a former fashion publicist and full-time mom to the couple’s two sons, A.J., 7, and Chason, 6. She, too, declined to comment.

But she’s been known to tout her caretaking role for Tiki.

“I’m sort of a traditionalist where I don’t mind taking care of him,” she said in a 2006 interview.

Johnson can be seen posing with a smiling gal pal in a pic on her MySpace page. The two are wearing red short shorts and Giants jerseys emblazoned with Barber’s No. 21.

Tiki and Ginny began dating 16 years ago when both were students at the University of Virginia.

Barber, who turns 35 today, was hired by NBC just after he retired in 2007 — when sources say he first met Johnson, who was working there as an intern.

In his 10-year NFL career, Barber set nearly every career offensive record for the Giants, and made three Pro Bowls.

His end run on Ginny with the much younger Johnson runs counter to the all-American Barber persona that fans and TV viewers know.

During Giants games, Tiki used to blow a kiss to Ginny in the stands every time he scored.

In his 2007 memoir, “Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond,” Barber described the example he wanted to set for his kids.

“I want to be an honorable man, because that’s what I want them both to be,” he wrote, noting, “My family is everything to me.”

Take a bow, Tiki. You’re a real hero.

Site of the Week: ESPN New York

ESPN New York

As ridiculous as it seems to be “sharing” an ESPN website you “might not know about”, ESPN has just gone public with a website centered just around New York sports, as it has with other cities.

What’s cool is they’re asking us to tell them what we want to see on the site.

From their website:

Here’s the thing: At ESPNNewYork.com, we don’t care what they think in Boston, or in Chicago, or in L.A. We care what people think down the block, around the corner, in East Flatbush, in Astoria, in St. George, on the D train or the B61 bus — and in Westchester, North Jersey and on Long Island, too.

We care what you think. So if you’re a New York fan, tell us where you live or where you come from — especially if it’s in the New York metro area — and give us a piece of your mind. We want to know if the Yankees really own this town, if the Mets are bigger on the Island, if you like Sanchez better than Eli, and if you care that the Nets are about to do the bridge-and-tunnel hop.

This is the 2010 New York Sports Census. Put up or shut up.

This should be fun. Share your thoughts with ESPN.

Enjoy the site. Hope it lives up to expectations.

This week’s site of the week: ESPN New York

To quote Brian Regan, “Go my favorite sports team!”

New York Giants WR Steve Smith is going to the Pro Bowl!

Steve Smith Giants

New York Giants WR Steve Smith

Over this past season, he’s become an instant fan favorite. His candor, close connection with his fans, and down-to-earth approach is endearing him tremendously to us Giants fans. From reading his Twitter and Facebook page, you get the instant sense that he isn’t a stuck-up celebrity that is only out to please himself. The perfect example is his most recent post, the one where he shares the news of his being added to the Pro Bowl:
GOING TO THE PRO BOWL.. i wanna thank YOU my fans who im so appreciative for because i couldnt have gotten in with out your votes.. also wanna thank eli, the OL, mario, hakeem, hix, sinorice, ramses, hagan, boss, the rbs, amani, plax, coach sully, coughlin, gilbride, my former usc teammates and coaches, and everyone within the giants organization.

How many players publicly thank their fans, more than twenty players on their team, along with people who have been positive influences and helped him accomplish what he has so far? It makes me proud to have him play for the team I root so hard for.

All this aside, he had a monster season, and deserves the accolade. He led the NFC in receptions, and was third in receiving yards. He also led the NFL in third-down catches with thirty-eight. Plus, he blew away the Giants single-seasonĀ  record for receptions with 107. A Giants receiver with over 100 catches? Unheard of. What also adds to the joy is that it’s been over forty years since the Giants have sent a wide receiver to the Pro Bowl.

Congrats to a guy who deserves what he gets!

Decision Time: Keep ’em or Dump ’em – NY Giants

Keep 'em or Dump 'em

Click the above image for the New York Daily News article.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Just two years after vanquishing the previously perfect Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, the Giants (8-8) failed to make the playoffs altogether. Adding insult to injury, the G-Men were outscored 85-16 the last two weeks of the season, including a humiliating 41-9 loss to Carolina in their final game at Giants Stadium. Co-owner John Mara promised Monday that heads will roll – and he struck the very first blow later in the day, canning defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. So who’s next? That’s where you, the fan, come in: Tell us which Giants players, coaches and executives you’d bring back – and which ones you’d banish.

Some of these people are obvious “keep”s, but others aren’t quite sure-things. Feel free to comment on this site and vote.

New York Giants Dominate Washington Redskins

What a game! You can watch the highlights here. Granted, it was against the Redskins, who aren’t exactly the greatest team around, but for a team like the Giants who have been struggling so mightily, a tremendous performance can do amazing things for confidence, to say nothing of giving us fans a huge smash-mouth game to go nuts over. Worth mentioning is the fact that both teams are suffering pretty badly from injuries.

This win will not mean much if they don’t win the last two games also. Hopefully that will be enough to get us into the playoffs.

SO many positives to enjoy here. You’ll get em as I think of em.

New York Giants LB Jonathan Goff

New York Giants LB Jonathan Goff

1. Jonathan Goff looked really comfortable calling the plays at Middle Linebacker. As a second-year 5th round pick, he’s taking advantage of the injury to Antonio Pierce and filling the role quite nicely. He also celebrated his first sack last night. Keep an eye on him.

New York Giants OL William Beatty

New York Giants OL William Beatty

2. William Beatty looked really solid last night at Right Tackle filling in for injured Kareem McKenzie. As a rookie 2nd round pick, the Giants may need to rely on him going forward to fill in on the Offensive Line for now. If Beatty continues to play well, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see him stick around on the Giants for a very long time.

New York Giants Derek Hagan Touchdown

New York Giants WR Derek Hagan Touchdown

3. You didn’t see gaudy numbers out of Eli Manning or any of his receivers, but Eli spread the ball around tremendously, throwing to ten different players. Could not have been fun for the Redskins knowing the ball could go anywhere. You even got to see some of the lesser-used receivers like Derek Hagan get in on the action, catching a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

New York Giants Eli Manning

New York Giants QB Eli Manning

4. Speaking of Eli, you really got to see him out there looking completely in control, looking like the Manning he is. That’s General Manning to you. It seems like he’s always calm and collected no matter how much pressure is headed his way. To see what helped this tremendously see note 6. Oh, and by the way, he’s now thrown for a career high 26 touchdowns, so far.

New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw

New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw

5. Ahmad Bradshaw, playing despite two ankle/foot injuries, risking further damage, played spectacularly, rushing 9 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns. This guy is crazy fast and finds holes so well. Again, see note 6 for more details.

New York Giants Offensive Line

New York Giants Offensive Line

6. The offensive line of the New York Giants played tremendously. The ability of these five guys to both block for Eli and open huge holes for the running backs was just so fun to watch. The Giants love pulling their linemen for run plays, and last night it worked to perfection. As mentioned, William Beatty performed really well in Kareem McKenzie‘s absence, and Kevin Boothe filled in nicely for Rich Seubert when Seubert got hurt. When your o-line is playing like the Giants’ did last night, it makes the job of your QB and RB much easier.

New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas

New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas

New York Giants DT Barry Cofield

New York Giants DT Barry Cofield

7. 5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble. The Giants defense had played rather poorly over the past few weeks. They hadn’t been putting much pressure on the opposing team’s quarterback, and the injury-depleted defensive backs have been giving up big plays over and over. This week that changed. Redskins QB Jason Campbell seemed to get hit every time he dropped back to pass, and when your quarterback is your leading rusher, you didn’t have a great day. Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan may be fighting for his job, and this game sure helps.

New York Giants TE Kevin Boss

New York Giants TE Kevin Boss

8. Let the league take note – TE Kevin Boss is a monster. He’s actually excelled both as receiver and blocker, much like maligned former Giants TE Jeremy Shockey. The way Boss seems to catch just about everything nearby, and then run fearlessly into whomever is unwise enough to get in the way, makes him really fun to watch. He won’t always have a huge statistical day (3 catches for 57 yards), but his presence will continue to be felt going forward.

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks

New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks

9. Some injury chat here for a minute. CB Aaron Ross, who has missed ten games of this season with hamstring issues, isn’t looking too hot. He’s getting another MRI done today. Can’t be good. WR Hakeem Nicks, who is emerging as a star at wide receiver, said that said his hamstring is fine and that there was no pull. G Rich Seubert said he’s OK after having to leave in the middle of the game. Hopefully they’ll all be ready for next week, including McKenzie.

New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs

New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs

10. Last but not least. Brandon Jacobs acted really stupid by throwing punches at the end of a blowout victory. If I was Coach Coughlin, I would have told him to sit down for the rest of the game. Maybe even wear a dunce cap. Even more stupid was that he was aiming for DT Albert Haynesworth, who is a small mountain. I imagine a fine is coming Jacobs’ way. I would love to see the two of them square off and see who ends up on top.