Eli Manning has agreed to a six-year $97-million contract extension with the New York Giants. The new deal that gives Manning an average salary of $15.3-million pays an average of $200,000 more than the second highest paid player; All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who just this year signed a $45.3-million dollar three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders. The contract ensures that Manning will remain a Giant through the 2015 season.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese was very pleased with the deal, saying “He is a franchise quarterback. He has done everything we asked him to do. He has come in, taken a lot of flack from you guys [the media] and he just keeps going. He does what we ask him on the field and he does what we ask him to do off the field. He is a good football player.” Eli Manning and the Giants will kick off their first regular season game against the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium Sunday, September 13th at 4:15 pm.
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Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was recently indicted by a grand jury on three weapons counts for shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub on November 29th of last year. He will be up against a minimum jail sentence of 3 1/2 years if convicted. Burress’s former teammate Antonio Pierce was not indicted, who met in front of the grand jury last week for being present for the unfortunate events and driving Burress to the hospital with the weapon concealed in the car. Giants president John Mara spoke out on the matter, saying “we said last week we felt strongly that Antonio’s actions did not warrant criminal charges, and obviously the grand jury, having heard all of the testimony, felt the same way.” The Giants released Burress in April and he has not been able to sign with another team knowing what he is up against. Facing two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment, there is a good chance that Burress’s NFL career has already passed him by.
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The New York Giants’ new linebacker Michael Boley will serve a 1 game suspension to start the regular season for 2009. Boley was picked up by the Giants this offseason after four years with the Atlanta Falcons. Boley has been charged in a domestic dispute incident with his wife while he was still a member of the Falcons.
The Giants are certainly not thrilled with the incident. Following turbulent times with former Giants’ WR Plaxico Burress, New York would prefer to keep the headlines about their play on the field not their conduct off of it.
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U2′s 2009 360 Tour is selling out at record pace. The band sold out three shows today in Boston, Chicago and New York. In response U2 is added shows in each of those cities, hitting Soldier Field in Chicago on September 13, Gillette Stadium in Boston area on September 21 and on September 25 they’ll play their 2nd night at Giants Stadium. U2 is expected to hold fan club pre-sales on Tuesday for the new dates.
Although the primary sales sold out for all U2 shows, U2 tickets are still available for all dates. Check out U2 tickets for shows in your area now.
With a week to go before the release of U2′s latest album, ‘No Line On the Horizon’ anticipation amongst U2 fans is growing. The album got a five star review from Rolling Stone magazine senior editor, David Fricke in this week’s Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone also revealed that U2 will bring it’s 2009 tour outdoors. On recent tours U2 has stuck with arenas in North America. This time around expect to see them at your nearest football stadium. New Englanders should plan for a couple of U2 shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro while the New York, New Jersey crowd can expect some U2 shows at Giants Stadium. Bono and the gang chose stadiums so they could play to larger crowds. U2 is also planning a unique stage setup possibly built around a large general admission field section. More details are expected soon. As of right now no U2 tour dates have been set and no U2 tickets are on sale yet. Stay tuned for more info.
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If the New York Giants return to the Super Bowl this year, they will do so without the services of one of last year’s heroes, Plaxico Burress. Plax was suspended by the Giants for the remainder of the year including playoffs after he was arrested on gun possession charges stemming from a night club incident last week where the star WR shot himself in the leg. This is the second time the Giants have suspended Burress this season. The first came on an unexcused absence from practice. Plaxico also gave the team grief this off-season demanding that his contract be re-negotiated. Burress would eventually get his wish, landing a new deal with New York.
With the rest of his playing season decided, Plaxico can focus on defending the charges against him. He faces a potential of 3.5 to 15 years in prison if convicted on the illegal weapons charge. The team for their part has been offering words of encouragement and concern for their teammate. The Giants have managed to stay focused on the field with an 11-1 record on the year.
On Sunday the Arizona Cardinals attempted something that had not been successfully pulled off since 1968 – a free kick field goal. Players, fans, coaches, and even the refs seemed to be confused about the specifics as it was occurring. Although rare, the free kick can be a useful way to parlay a bad punt into three fast points.
A team may attempt a free kick after fielding a ball on a fair catch (even if the clock runs out during the kicking play). The kicker may not use a tee, and the defense must stay back ten yards from the line of scrimmage. Cards kicker Neil Rackers failed in his attempt, and the New York Giants finished the first half with a 17-12 lead (in a game they would ultimately win.
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After Sunday’s convincing win over the Dallas Cowboys the New York Giants stand alone in first place in the NFC East. The 35-14 victory put the Giants at 7-1 on the year. The Redskins’ loss on Monday night put Washington 2 games behind in the loss column. The Giants are by no means in the clear for winning the division however. They have four NFC East matchups remaining in the 2nd half of the year. They will play the Eagles twice and the Redskins and Cowboys once more. While many expected the Giants to get back to the playoffs this year, few expected them to stand at 7-1 at the midway point.
The Giants have won with both offense and defense. They have the most points for in the NFC East with 226 while giving up the fewest points against with 129.
The Giants will be at Philadelphia on 11/9 to play the Eagles.
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Despite losing key pieces to their dominant defense in Michael Strahan (retirement) and Osi Umenyiora (injury) the New York Giants defense was on point against the Washington Redskins on opening night. The Giants held the Redskins to just 7 points and 209 total yards. Washington’s offense was only 3 for 13 on 3rd down conversions giving punter Durant Brooks a nice workout.
The Giants did all of their offensive damage in the 1st half, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive adding 3 field goals on their next 3 possessions. Plaxico Burress who had just signed an improved contract with the Giants had a great receiving night with 10 receptions good for 133 total yards.
Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress of the New York Giants said today that he will report to camp for the team despite not being happy with his current contract situation. Burress already missed five team meetings at a Giants mini-camp and was fined over $40,000 for those actions. Plax says he will show up this time but feels he is owed more money given the recent contracts awarded to Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.
Burress doesn’t want to be a distraction to the Giants like former teammate Jeremy Shockey. Shockey who was traded to the Saints on Monday, was unhappy about his role with the Giants offense. The Giants would love to put an end to off-season distractions so they can focus on defending their Super Bowl title. It will be an uphill battle to repeat for the Giants in 2008-2009 given the loss of Michael Strahan and Jeremy Shockey. To do it without Plaxico Burress would be nearly impossible.
2008-2009 Giants tickets are now available. The Giants will begin their regular season at home against the Washington Redskins. The Giants will have a pre-season rematch with their Super Bowl opponent New England Patriots on August 23rd at Giants Stadium.