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Best of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day from this week

January 30, 2014
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLVIII is coming up this Sunday in New York and this week was media day. Hundreds of television cameras and reporters asked players on both squads questions about the matchup or any question that could come as a surprise. Russell Wilson was asked about his hair and kissing ability, Richard Sherman was asked about his post game comments in the NFC Championship, Marshawn Lynch walked out on media day 2 days in a row, Peyton Manning was asked about age and “Omaha”, and the “where’s waldo” dude! Check out the best clips from the past few days.

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Seattle Seahawks reach Super Bowl but Richard Sherman’s interview is the talk of the town

January 20, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history. The season has been filled with 12th man support, defensive intensity, and more success from Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. But football fans are not talking about the big win or the big game in two weeks because this interview with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews is making all the headlines. Just take a look, it explains everything…

Belichick made the call to let Manningham have his night

February 9, 2012

Via ESPNBoston:

Bill Belichick dared the New York Giants to throw to Mario Manningham and paid the price.

Before the Giants final game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI, the New England Patriots coach told his team not to get beat by receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

“This is still a Cruz and Nicks game,” Belichick was heard saying in audio recorded for NFL Films. “I know we’re right on them. It’s tight but those are still the guys. Make them go to Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe. Let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”

The Giants started the drive at their own 12-yard line with 3:46 left in the game and trailing 17-15. On the first play, Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped a perfect pass down the sidelines to Manningham who somehow made the catch and got two feet down for a 38-yard gain.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was also miked for NFL Films and after watching the replay of the grab, he said “He caught it.”

The Patriots challenged whether Manningham was in bounds. They lost, the Giants were in business and went on to score the go-ahead touchdown. The Patriots actually allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to waltz into the end zone with about a minute left so they would get the ball back.

Before the score, Patriots Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork are overheard telling players in the huddle: “We gotta let them score, got to let them score.”

(Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

The Patriots had been forced to give up the ball after receiver Wes Welker failed to make a tough catch that would have given the Pats a key first down as they tried to eat up the clock.

Referee John Parry, talking to another official, was caught on tape saying of the Welker play: “That was the game.”

Among other interesting audio released by the league, Giants players were trying to figure out the health of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. He had suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC title game and didn’t appear to be at full speed in the Super Bowl.

In the third quarter, Giants linebacker Michael Boley says: “Hey, 87’s a (expletive) decoy, he’s a decoy. .. He’s about to be outta here.”

I think everyone knew that Cruz and Nicks were going to be players the Patriots wanted to stop but I don’t think they expected Manningham to go off like he did in the fourth quarter. Also, I really liked that they got commentary of the referee’s saying that the game was over after that Welker missed catch. That’s something fans wouldn’t expect from referee’s to talk about the game while it is happening. I guess they knew something special would happen. Well something special did happen, The Giants won their second Super Bowl over the Patriots…

Photo of the Week: Big Blue

February 8, 2012

(Andrew Burton/Getty Images Sport)

I love the way the Giants paraded around New York City today. They deserved it and gave a huge thank you to the fans. Any organization that does that for the people of the city knows they have loyalty and that’s what the Giants are all about. Their loyal fans…

David Tyree thinks he is watching the 2008 Giants all over again

January 24, 2012

Via TheGiantsBeat:

(H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

In his years as the Giants’ top special teams player and miracle-making wide receiver, David Tyree had never had trouble expressing himself. But when he saw Lawrence Tynes’ overtime kick split the uprights Sunday in San Francisco, he was left dumb-struck.

“I might have been just as speechless as I was when we won the Super Bowl four years ago,” he said in a conference call Tuesday. “To actually see this thing coming to fruition.

“I don’t think anything happens by accident. We’ve always got the storylines of what happened four years ago. You can look at revenge. You can look at the progression.”

So many parallels. Miracle catches — Tyree’s ball-to-helmet with Rodney Harrison draped all over him, and Hakeem Nicks‘ Hail Mary grab in front of two Packers defenders. Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady; Giants-Patriots. The Road Warrior theme.

“It’s impossible to ignore,” Tyree said.

Also impossible to ignore was Nicks’ catch in the conference semifinal that decisively changed the momentum of that huge win over the Packers. Tyree said it had much the same effect as his catch had against the Patriots.

“Beyond the catch, what I liked about it was it was more about momentum than it was about the catch,” Tyree said. “I can say the same thing about my catch. Everybody says to me, ‘When you made that catch, I knew the Giants were going to win the game.’ When Hakeem Nicks made that catch, that probably took about 80 percent of the wind out of those Green Bay fans.”

There could be more heroics forthcoming on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Tyree, now retired at age 32, will be watching, probably in wonderment at how familiar it all looks.

The way this team has been playing feels like the 2008 Giants and the 2011 Packers. David Tyree is one of the all time greatest Giants just for that one play in Super Bowl 42. Now in Super Bowl 46 it could be the same story for the Giants but this is a completely different team that they will see this time around. Tyree was already speechless and in a few weeks he could even be awe struck…