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Today is Tuesday, which means it's players' day off during the regular season. The Giants will be begin practicing in earnest tomorrow for their game this week vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

On Monday, the team was out on the field almost at full strength. WR Victor Cruz, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and FB Henry Hynoski all practiced, but their availability for Sunday's game is still yet to be determined.

DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) and CB Jayron Hosley (ankle) also practiced. C David Baas (knee) did not. OL David Diehl (thumb) won't be ready for another month.

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Ok, here we go. Each summer we anticipate what's going to happen during the season. How the Giants will fare and who the key and breakout players will be.

We know Eli Manning and Victor Cruz will be headliners for the Blue in 2013. They are part of the brick and mortar around here. But which other players could join them on this year's pantheon of stars? Conversely, who will underperform and steal headlines for a different reason?

And what about JPP? Are we going to be served with drama or bewildered with wonder by him this year?

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The Giants take their fans on a roller coaster ride every year it seems. Perhaps like no other team in professional sports. I don't know about you, but we're tired. Last week, we wanted to get right back on the ride. Today, we're nauseous and don't even want to get out of bed.

How are you feeling today? This team has multiple personality disorder. Liken them to proverbial box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. Many Giant fans have written us to speak their minds about the state of the team.

Some are content with the Giants being perennial contenders. For others, that's not enough. They want a 14-2 season once in awhile.

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In this month's issue of the Hockey News, the publication tackled the question of what current player each NHL fanbase dislikes the most. For the Islanders, THN decided that Islander fans hate Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist the most.

THN writes: ?Maybe fans hate Henrik Lundqvist because they look in their own team?s net and see the oft-injured Rick DiPetro taking up valuable cap space. Maybe it?s because Lundqvist had a 2007 run-in with an Isles ice girl trying to clear the snow around his net. Regardless, the suave goalie always will get a rough reception at Nassau-and, soon enough, at Barclays.?

In all actuality, I don't think there's much distaste for Lundqvist other than the color jersey he wears. If anything, there might even be a bit of respect from Islanders fans for a player who is a world class goaltender. Heck, if we're talking about New York area netminders Islander fans hate, isn't Marty Brodeur on the top of that list?

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As part of a new feature here on SNYGiants, I will be power ranking the NFC teams each Tuesday. Here are the power rankings heading into Week 7.

1. Atlanta Falcons 6-0: I have to give the nod to the undefeated Falcons for the No. 1 spot as of now. But Atlanta has had a relatively easy schedule so far. Just look to last year?s wild card playoff round to see how they?d fare against a top team. Until they win a meaningful game, the Falcons are pretenders, not contenders.

2. New York Giants 4-2: The Giants? impressive performance against the 49ers earns them the No. 2 spot. Eli Manning is playing out of his mind, and hopefully the defense can build on a solid performance. Things for Big Blue are not perfect, but then again, no team in the NFL can say they?re perfect.

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In 2007, the Mets had the fourth-most productive offense in the National League, which included Jose Reyes and a lineup with three players that hit more than 20 HR and 80 RBI, including David Wright, who hit .325 with 30 HR and 107 RBI.

In 2008, the Mets had the second-most productive offense in the National League, which again included Reyes and a lineup with three players that hit more than 20 HR and 80 RBI, including Wright, who .303 with 33 HR and 115 RBI.

However, since then, the Mets have repeatedly been one of the worst and least consistent offenses in baseball, during which Wright has struggled to match the level of production he did in previous seasons.

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In April, just before the season started,?I wrote this about the 2012 Mets:

The way I see it, if Johan wins a Cy Young and Bay, Lucas Duda, David Wright and Ike Davis all hit 30 home runs each, I think the Mets could win 85 games or so and challenge for the second Wild Card, all of which I think is a long shot. Of course, I hope it happens and, because it?s my nature to give the benefit of the doubt until I see otherwise, I?ll imagine it can happen? because that would be downright awesome. But, more realistically, I?m simply hoping for progress. That?s all. In November, when writing this blog later this year, all I hope is that we ? as fans ? are excited and feeling good about the direction the franchise is headed. ... The point is, given how things have gone the last five years, though I?d love a World Series victory, I?ll gladly settle for progress and a better unity among fans.
The Mets won 74 games, one short of 75. It's what was probably expected at the start of the season, but - after a strong first half, expectations were raised. So, today, 74 feels like a massive let down as opposed to being par for the course. I think most reasonable people knew the first-half, two-out hit parade was unsustainable, and to get half your wins from just two starting pitchers (one 37 and the other coming off shoulder surgery) was never a recipe for long-term succes. Nevertheless, at 46-40 and tied for the last Wild Card spot, perception became reality and - even though I knew a bucket of cold water might get dumped on us in the second half - I still let myself hope and believe again in miracles... which is why today, I feel?disappointed in just 74 wins.

That said, though Lucas Duda didn't answer questions about his potential, for the most part, I think we learned some things about where this train is headed...

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CJ sent in an e-mail asking: "Is David Wright worth a big contract? Don't get me wrong, I love Wright and home grown talent, but I'm not sure signing him to a long term big contract gets the Mets anywhere closer to winning it all. He can't carry a team, he's a great complementary player, but not a "Piazza". ?So I say trade him, and then sign someone like Josh Hamilton."

I'll get to Wright, who may be worth his next contract based solely on what he does for this franchise from a message, stability and marketing point of view. But, first, let me say there is no way the Mets should or will sign Hamilton. I admire Josh's fight, story and struggle, but his history would be cause for concern in New York. Plus, he has a lot of?mileage?on his body and life, he's an old 31 in my book, and I don't see him ever living up to the massive, long-term contract he's likely to get from the Rangers. I'd much, much rather Wright on this team in this city for a slightly less expensive contract.

Now, I know what you mean when you say, 'Wright is a complementary player.' I get it. I don't agree, but I understand what you're saying and why. The thing is, Wright is actually responsible for about the same percentage of his team's run production as Hamilton is for Texas. In other words, in the context of the Mets, right now, Wright?is Hamilton. The problem, however, is Wright is NOT surrounded by Texas's offense, which sort of gets back to your point, CJ...

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Giants' camp has been relatively quiet, unless you've been going over it with fine-toothed comb. There have been some eye-opening performances so far as well as some developments the team did not expect....

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The MetsBlog Fan Confidence Rating dropped last week for the first time since January, from which it was up roughly 200 percent.

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[avatar name="cartiglia"]Vinny Cartiglia: I wonder if people voted with heart in hand and panicked last Monday, which is when the poll was posted, following a tough series sweep by the Reds. Why? Because in conversations with other fans, including the casual fans that enter my barbershop on a daily basis, I am getting a different vibe and one that is more consistent with the polls prior to last week. I have found that since Johan Santana's no-hitter, the casual fan has started paying more attention to the Mets, realizing that something special may be happening in Queens and they don't want to miss out.? And so, it will be very interesting to see the results to this week's poll, which?unfortunately?comes following a very uninspiring loss to the Cubs last night.

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OTAs resume today at TIMEX and the speculation has begin on which one of these new additions the Giants are bringing in will help the ballclub the most in 2012.

Will it be a rookie? David Wilson or Reuben Randle, perhaps? Could it be the raw Adrien Robinson or the beast, Markus Kuhn?

How about a veteran addition such as Martellus Bennett, Keith Rivers, Shawn Rogers or Chris Horton?

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For either answer, I'm curious to hear why. Leave thoughts in the comments section.

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This week, Jose Reyes joined the Marlins. Sandy Alderson did a lot of talking, then added Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch and traded Angel Pagan for Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres.

In other words...

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In the last poll run on MetsBlog.com, 85 percent of the?roughly?8,000 Mets fans who voted said the team should not offer more than a five-year deal to Jose Reyes.

In response to reports that Miami and Reyes have agreed to six years and $111 million...

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I was hanging out at a great place called Slainte on Bowery last night talking Knicks with friend and a great Knicks fan Ryan Lawlor and we got to talking about his best Knicks moments of the season. We couldn't really rank them, other to say that Amar'e's block was number 1, so we figured let's put it to a vote.

Feel free to let us know what we missed.

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From everything that's being talked about, it is my sense that the Knicks will bring Chauncey Billups back by picking up his option.

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The Knicks are certainly shy of defensive players, so you'd think that Jeffries, Turiaf, or both, would be summoned from off the pine to help defend. Jeffries has been much better of late and when he plays well, from a rotation and help-defensive perspective, the Knicks usually do as well.

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Okay, I'm trying to get a read from you on a few questions that I've been asked recently.

At the beginning of the season I said, without major trades, the Knicks were a 41-win team. Obviously, we'd never know but if the Knicks didn't pull the trigger on the deadline deal, they would have added some depth and very well could have finished .500. It is hard to say, really. What do you think?

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By now you've heard that the Knicks have told fans and season ticket holders be ready to ante up as ticket prices are about to double in cost. I've received a ton of emails from fans who aren't pleased.

?Our top priority is to create a world class experience for every person that visits Madison Square Garden. The Garden Transformation will provide our fans with best in class service, new amenities, and outstanding food and beverage offerings. This will be a new state-of-the-art arena with wider concourses, new seats, better sightlines, and improved social settings,? said Scott O?Neil, president, MSG Sports. ?Our commitment is for Madison Square Garden to not only be recognized as The World?s Most Famous Arena, but the world?s most spectacular one as well ? something our fans, partners and all New Yorkers deserve. While ticket prices for Knicks and Rangers will be increasing, we will continue to offer a variety of price points for our fans and will not be instituting PSLs.?
PSLs, or personal seat licenses, were very controversial for both Jets and Giants fans. But if you are a football fan, you understand the significance of the those weekly home games.? People have winnebegos and day long barbeques. Football games are like day long rock festivals. Are PSLs right? If you have the money and can't live without the Giants or Jets, no. I've never owned season tickets to any team, but my biggest beef to PSLs is that you only "own" the seat for the football event. You should be able to have that seat for all music events held at the Meadowlands.

We know the Carmelo trade had a ton to do with this, although Darren Rovell thinks the renovations had more to do with it. Anthony, without question, has made the team better and will make them a playoff contender. He and Amar'e are the core to great things moving forward. Unfortunately, the fans will have to pay for the success and for the new renovations.

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Simple question because fans expectations tend to grow the more the season wears on. There have been ups, like the Spurs wins, and wins that you wouldn't have expected (Heat, Bulls twice, Thunder, at Portland, etc.) when you looked at the schedule before the season. There have also been losses one wouldn't have expected as well.

All in all it's been an up and down season, but one that thus far many would have expected.

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Yet the progress is both tangible and indisputable, and a credit to Donnie Walsh, the team president, who over two years dismantled a dysfunctional, overpaid lineup and replaced it with a cohesive, respectable, reasonably priced team...As Walsh awaits word about his future, it is instructive to look back to the roster he was handed on April 1, 2008, which may look even worse in retrospect than it did at the time...Six of the 15 players Walsh inherited are out of the league ? not counting Eddy Curry, who might as well be. Three others are on N.B.A. rosters but barely playing. That leaves only five players of any significance.
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