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The Pro Bowl will be played this weekend in Hawaii despite rumblings that the game should be cancelled due to disinterest and the ridiculous rules put in place that take the physicality out of the game.

A new format has been installed where teams are chosen by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders from the pool of players elected to the game.

The Giants are sending just one player to the game: S Antrel Rolle, who is an alternate filling in for Seattle's Earl Thomas.

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Week 11 is here already, if you can believe that. The NFL is in full swing and this week offers some attractive games, but here in NYC, you will be missing some of those in favor of the Giants and Jets. ?Overall, however, the games televised here should scratch your football itch.

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Nov. 4-10) with the CBS national telecast (mostly Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 24.1 million viewers followed by NBC?s Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints) drawing 21.1 million viewers. This marks the 10th time in 10 weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts.

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 27 NFL markets last week. For the season, NFL games rank as the 20 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day, up from 16 at this point last season.

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John Madden and Pat Summerall were broadcast partners for over two decades, setting the standard and creating the model used in almost all current-day NFL television broadcasts.

It was a relationship that got off to an untidy start. In 1981, CBS paired the laid-back, revered Summerall with Madden, the former Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Oakland Raiders, who was known for his assertive, surly, plain-speaking manner.

I asked Summerall if he could imagine at the time ?how big a star Madden would become.

Tags: John Madden, NFL, NFL Network, Pat Summerall, Editorial Aside
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Did you know Tom Coughlin was in the same backfield as NFL HOFers Floyd Little and Larry Csonka at Syracuse?
?Tom Coughlin: A Football Life??Premieres Tonight on NFLN?

From Greg Hanlon / Capital New York:

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Time Warner Cable and the NFL Network have finally ended the detente, agreeing on a multi-year deal yesterday after years of sparring over fees and costs. The agreement affects over 1 million Time Warner subscribers who were in the dark when it came to access to the league's proprietary cable presence.

From Richard Sandomir of the New York Times:

The National Football League?s channel will be available by Thursday to Time Warner Cable?s digital subscribers ? about 9.5 million of the 12.3 million cable customers nationwide. In the New York City market, the company has just over one million cable customers.

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Wow. The NFL Network, where most of the "elite" conversations about Giants QB Eli Manning have been generated, broke down this morning and admitted what we here in NY already know: This guy is the goods.

Keep in mind, though, this is the network that had Eli ranked 31st on their Top 100 NFL Players list before the season.

The panel on NFL AM this morning was all over the two-time Super Bowl MVP.

Tags: Cam Newton, Eli Manning, New York Giants, NFL Network
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Steve Sabol, the son of NFL Films founder Ed Sabol and the driving force behind the modernization of the sports highlight reel, has passed away at the age of 69. The cause was brain cancer.

"Steve was the creative genius behind NFL Films' remarkable work," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today via email. "Steve's passion for football was matched only by his talent and energy. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we looked at football and sports, and a great friend. His legacy is assured.?Steve was an incredible visionary. He spent 50 years at the NFL and changed the way we see pro football. So when you're watching the games this week, it's worth remembering just how much Steve contributed to the way we think, see, and love our game."?

Steve and Ed Sabol turned a sideline highlight reel service into a major art form, dramatizing the action via slow-motion camera shots, driving orchestral soundtracks and poetic copy read by legendary narrators.

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Finally, a normal week for once. After two Wednesday games in a row, a Sunday at 1 game is on the schedule this week. Don't get used to it. ?The Giants follow this Sunday's homer against Tampa with a Thursday jaunt to Carolina and a Sunday nighter in Philly. That makes three national games in the first four weeks. The price of success, I guess.

Going into this season, the Giants looked up and down their schedule and shook their heads. The only semi-breathers are this week vs Tampa and another homer against Cleveland. The way these two teams played this week, they may prove to be tough games. The Browns had the Eagles beat yesterday up until the last minute. Tampa held Carolina to 10 yards rushing.

In addition, Washington - who had a lot of the pieces last year except QB - finally have one and they could be a force. RGIII lit up the Superdome yesterday in his NFL debut. The Giants already have problems with the Redskins and now here comes this kid like a reincarnation of Randall Cunningham, the infamous Giant killer.

Tags: Denver Broncos, John Fennelly, Mario Manningham, NFC, NFC East, NFL, nfl debut, NFL Draft, NFL Network, Editorial Aside, Sports
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The Bountygate situation is far from over. The New Orleans Saints are appealing the ruling by Commissioner Roger Goodell, but to what avail is to be determined this week in New York.

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By Dr. Bill Chachkes-Executive Editor-Football Reporters Online-special contributor to Giants Football Blog

Well the scouting combine is finally over, and there is an awful lot to digest yet, but here is some of the happenings you can think about from now until the NFL Draft In April.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, 2012 NFL Draft, Audio, College Football, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Network, NY Giants
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I have the NFL Network and I watch it religiously. Lately. I've been shutting it off.

Hundreds of veteran free agents have flooded the market the past few days. Philadelphia is snatching up quality players left and right and the Jets, well, let's just say they whipping the Giants' proverbial butts in free agency this year.

Tags: Giants Training Camp, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants History, New York Giants News, New York Jets, NFC East, NFL, NFL Network, Osi Umenyiora
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Forbes Magazine is reporting the Giants are the hottest ticket in the NFL these days. According to data provided by our partners at Tiq IQ:

According to ticket research company TiqIQ, prices are up 22 percent across the league compared to last year.

The average price on the resale market is $185.21 compared to $152.04 last season. The top 5 by selling price are:

Tags: Giants Training Camp, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFC East, NFL, NFL Labor News, NFL Network, NFL Ticket Prices
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Culled from the blogophere by our colleagues over at Pro Football NYC:

Small Market Teams Will Have Lots of Cap $$$ to Play With

The?NFL salary cap?is projected to be $120 million for the 2011 season. Teams will be required to spend 90% of that figure, or $108 million.

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Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network does not believe the Giants should cower to any contract demands made by disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora.

Brooks says the Giants have ample depth at the position and Umenyiora's performance does not warrant the huge payday he is stumping for.

Although Umenyiora is making modest salaries -- $3.125 million in 2011 and $3.975 million in 2012 -- over the next two years compared to others at the position, the Giants would create a nightmarish scenario with Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck also due new deals within the next few years.

Tags: New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL, NFL Network, Osi Umenyiora
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Another former Giants Super Bowl receiver made off-field news yesterday: Amani Toomer.?

Sixteen former NFL players, including?ANTONIO FREEMAN, DREW HENSON and?AMANI TOOMER, will take part in the fifth annual?NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from June 20-23, is directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL?s broadcast partners ? CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM Radio, Westwood One Radio, plus local radio and TV.? It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation.? Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.? Each player also will serve as a live radio host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

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The NFL wants to show the world they are a league of the people. They are bringing in people from all walks to read off the names of the players selected by their favorite teams.

The Giants will have former Super Bowl-winning RB Joe Morris reading the name of their second-round selection on Friday night. ?On Saturday, Eric Bedner, a big fan that won a contest, will read aloud the Giants' 4th round pick from the podium at Radio City.

"I'm ecstatic ? there are no words to describe how pumped I am and how excited my family and everybody I've told is," the 23-year-old from Connecticut told Michael Eisen of Giants.com. "I got the phone call Monday morning and it just blew my mind. I never thought in a million years I would win."

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL Draft, NFL Network
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There's been a lot of mock drafts the past few months, many by amateurs and even more by experts.

In their final shot at the first round, the crew at NFL Network, headed by the supremely astute former Giant Mike Mayock, mocked massive OT Gabe Carimi to the Giants at No. 19.

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Wow....the NFL labor talks are taking a three-week break. Yesterday, it was announced that mediation sessions were adjourning until May 16th.

In the interim, there is a growing faction of players who are not pleased with the lack of progress. According to Dan Kaplan of Sports Business Journal possibly up to 70 NFL players were considering signing on with a law firm to intervene into settlement mediation talks. The report cited unnamed sources and did not name any NFL players or the law firm.

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Fans who were hoping the Jets would play host to the Giants on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers are finding themselves very disappointed tonight.

Instead, the league bone-headedly scheduled the anticipated matchup for Saturday, December 24rh - Christmas Eve.

The Meadowlands is a horror to get to and home from on a normal day, never mind a holiday like Christmas.....what a mess....Thanks, NFL!

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL Network, NFL Schedule
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We hope not.

According to the Daily News' sports media columnist, Bob Raissman, the NFL Network may be looking to replace Bob Papa as their in-game play-by-play announcer. The NFL Network currently broadcasts pre-season games and eight prime-time night games during the regular season (mainly on Thursday nights).

Papa has been the Giants' radio announcer since 1995, replacing the legendary Jim Gordon. He was hired by the NFL Network to handle play-by-play in 2008.

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From our colleague in the Midwest - Don Stokes of Football Reporters Online

I can truly relate to being second. I was born the second of two boys. I got the hand-me downs clothes and shoes from my one year older brother. So I can really understand to being number two. No with the upcoming 2011 NFL draft just weeks away every team is crossing their collective fingers that they make the best 1st round choice. As every football executive knows making the wrong 1st rounder can put your franchise in a serious tailspin which can take many years to recover.

Tags: New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants History, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Labor News, NFL Network, NFLPA
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The Giants are said to be interested in UCLA LB Akeem Ayers. ?Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network believes Ayers will be a top ten pick. ?The Giants select 19th.

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This week's Manning Bowl is going kill ratings-wise, that's a given.? But the NFL knocked 'em dead last week, too, with many quality matchups and games spread over a five-day stretch.

Beginning with the Thursday night NFL season opener, viewers across the country got back to football and tuned their televisions to NFL games in record numbers last week.

NFL Kickoff 2010 was the most-watched opening weekend since 1987 with an average of 19.5 million viewers for games on Sept. 9-13. In addition, all four NFL broadcast partners had increases in Kickoff Weekend viewership.

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Each week throughout the NFL season, Jon Wagner, FRO?s Sr. Writer At-Large, will be picking the full weekly NFL slate of games based on confidence scores, going from highest (most confident) to lowest (least confident) that a certain team will win. Submit your own picks in the comments section here at FRO, and see if you can beat Jon?s total confidence score each week! Here are Jon?s picks for Week 1:

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NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora gets to the bottom of all the questions about the Giants' new offensive lineman, Shawn Andrews....excellent piece.....

"I've brought quite a few question marks upon myself, and I know that," Andrews said following his preseason debut over the weekend. "But the guys in the front office here were willing to follow me for a long time and keep checking in with me. They analyzed what they could see on film and came to California to see me work out, and they could tell through my play and how I am that I still have a passion for the game.
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Are you ready for some football?? You better be, because the NFL is sending it your way almost daily this August.

Games will be played every day from tonight until Monday. That's six days of action. Where was this when I was a kid? Another case of born too soon.....

From the NFL.....

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Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network sees the Giants' receiving corps as a team strength.

"Watching the Giants practice on Monday, I really liked what I saw of the group. They?re fundamentally and technically sound the way they catch the ball, run routes, come back to the ball and make it easier for Eli Manning. It?s a solid, deep group.
To me, that?s no surprise. Tom Coughlin came into the league coaching wide receivers. He?s very good at it."
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a stand-up guy. He truly wants to make the NFL as fan-centric as possible. He is currently embarking on a six day tour of eight training camps accompanied by John Madden in the Madden Cruiser.

In an interview this week with the NFL Network's Rich Eisen, Goodell reaffirmed his stance that the fans come first.

Eisen: The fan experience at the game; I know that this is something you and your staff have been working hard on since you took over, but these past several months, making sure that the 2010 experience for fans is not only safe, but also enhanced. What have you guys come up with?

Goodell: The first thing is that everything we do is focused on the fans. How do we make the fan experience better? Whether it?s at home through the television with watching the NFL Network or using NFL.com or whether it?s attending our game.? We have focused on making sure that experience in the stadium is safe, enjoyable and fans have the ability to experience as much football as possible when they do come to those games. Technology is a great way to do that. We have several teams that have put in new high-definition scoreboards this year. We have a new stadium in New York that two teams will have. All of these things hopefully will improve that experience for our fans, make it easier for them and a more enjoyable experience for them when they attend the game.

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American television is vast wasteland. Even though there are literally thousands of channels of programming to choose from, there are times when the redundancy just leads one to shut off the set.

Television itself has "jumped the shark" so to speak. That is why the internet has become the new source of information and entertainment in many households.

When it comes to NFL Football, television had been falling down in its coverage. Then came the NFL Network. Their arrival forced the hand of every major player to increase and improve their coverage of the league.

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