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    BSP 2016 Highlights:The NFL

    Author Danielle McCartan Eric Webb Matt Berkson Nicole Monique Scott Thompson

    What makes a great sports year? Do we define a sports year when the unthinkable becomes reality? When we say goodbye to greatness? Do we define the world of sports with the motto “anything could happen”? As we turn the page on 2016 in to 2017, the contributors of Back Sports Page look back at the year that was 2016 with their highlights and memories. Today we start with the NFL:

  • Players React to Ryan Rumors in Buffalo


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    Players React to Ryan Rumors in Buffalo

    Rex On The Hot Seat!!

    Author Bill Keagle

    Going into Week 16, the Buffalo Bills have a small chance of making the playoffs. Although not mathematically eliminated, it hasn’t stopped the rumors swirling about the future of the Head Coach Rex Ryan. Ownership hasn’t come out and said one way or another but players have voiced their opinions on the rumors:

  • Giants-Lions Post Game Reaction


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    Giants-Lions Post Game Reaction

    Comments from Both Teams

    Author Randy Zellea

    We have post game reaction from the Giants 17-6 win over the Lions. We have comments from Coach McAdoo, Victor Cruz, Eli Manning, Jonathan Cassilias, Landon Collins, Leon Hall, DRC, Damien Harrison, Justin Pugh from the Giants.

    We also have comments from Matthew Stafford Coach Caldwell, Golden Tate, Zach Zenner, and Glover Quinn from the lions discussing the loss.

  • Big Blue Report: Taming the Lions


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    Big Blue Report: Taming the Lions

    Looking to the Final Home Game of the Season!!

    Author Randy Zellea

    Looking Back Against the Cowboys:

    The fans of the Giants understood why Jerry Reese put as much attention in the defenses during the offseason as he did. The defense forced three turnovers and held the Cowboys to seven points. Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo was happy with the team’s effort: “What we did well, tremendous effort by the defense all night. We stayed in the moment the entire 60 minutes of the ball game. I really thought we put our foot down in the second half of the game. We tackled fundamentally sound. We held the offense to seven points, minimized explosive gains and forced turnovers. What we need to work on, we need to keep them under 100 yards rushing and keep them out of field goal range at the end of the first half.”

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The Big Blue Report: 11/10

Written by Randy Zellea on Thursday, 10 November 2016. Posted in Football

Taming the Bengal in the Ring of Honor

The Big Blue Report: 11/10

The New York Giants have had a busy week already and a lot of the news has nothing to do with the game on Monday night. This week the Giants honor three legends Ernie Accorsie, former head coach Tom Coughlin and Justin Tuck by placing them in the Ring of Honor at Metlife stadium. The Ceremony will be held at halftime of Monday nights game against Bengals on ESPN TV.

When discussing the honor on Tuesday with reporters, Justin Tuck remains humble about the honor. “The first thing I think of is, ‘How did Justin Tuck get up on the level with all those great names up there?’ The first thing I think of is all the great players and coaches that helped me along the way. When I see Justin Tuck in the Ring of Honor, the first thing I’ll always think about is all of those faces. All of those guys that went to battle every Sunday with me and helped me along the way. It’s a tremendous honor. I’m very thankful to be thought of in the perspective of the Giant greats, considering the company that I’ll be immortalized with. I never thought of it growing up that you’d walk in the stadium and see Justin Tuck’s name up there. I’m still at a loss of words for it. I know that that night will obviously bring a lot of emotions and a lot of thoughts, considering the fact that I might be one of the only people that didn’t think I’d ever be up there. Obviously, very humbled and thankful.”

Ernie Accorsi was the man responsible for bringing Eli Manning to the Giants and he reflected on the big trade on Tuesday with reporters.

“You hope that, especially at that position. I still feel that it's the most influential position in football, and probably in sports. Maybe the Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russel, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar era, when the center dominated so much, was just as important. You make that trade, you do something like that, to win championships. That’s the only reason you make a trade like that, and you're in a position so many times that you have to get a get-by guy, or you have to wait and do the best you can and pick up people to stay competitive. But, the blessing for us, which was not a blessing when we went through it, was the 2003 season. If we wouldn't have gotten to the fourth spot (in the draft), God only knows what we would have had to give up to get up there. There were three quarterbacks up there, so we could have had a shot at one of the other ones besides Eli. If we didn't make the trade, I felt fairly confident that we would have been able to get Ben Roethlisberger, but you never know. When we picked Eli, we picked him to win championships. That's what you hope for and to see it happen, of course, just makes you feel great. I remember my son was a coach, he coached at Virginia and Maryland, and he sat with me at that first Super Bowl and I remember I said, 'Well if he is what we thought he was going to be, he's going to do it right now.' Because you never know, because maybe you're never going to get that position again and he did it. He had some help, but he did it. . “

Tom Coughlin is the third member of the ring of honor ceremony on Monday and again expressed how much love he has for the Giants organization. “It is a great honor. I am very appreciative of the fact that the New York Giants have chosen to add my family name to the Ring of Honor which is, as I mentioned historically and I do really appreciate history and understand where I came from and so on and so forth. But to have the family name along with the 42 great names of what is being recognized as the finest Giants of all-time is of real significance to me and I think back to my mother, God bless her when I was named the Head Coach of the New York Giants, she was very sick at the time and I had an opportunity to get up to central New York to see her on occasion and I can remember her saying, ‘Thank God for the Giants.’ That is kind of the way I think she would feel today and the way that our family will feel because we will have a great representation on Monday Night and we will look forward along with Ernie (Accorsi) and Justin (Tuck) to being recognized as most recent members of that prestigious group and I took a look at those 45 names. 25 of those people that are on that list, I have known personally and for me also to keep this in the family is a wonderful thing because as you know, Chris Snee was inducted in 2015, so it is another something in addition to two Super Bowls, having been at Boston College a couple of different times – nevertheless both having come from there, Kate (Snee) being involved, Judy (Coughlin) being involved and calling this certainly something that our family can be certainly proud of.

Odell Watch 2016:

Another week, another amazing game for Odell Beckham JR. Beckham got his first win against the Eagles on his birthday. “I couldn’t get a better present. My teammates, my coaches, this is everything you needed to cap off, or start the weekend. It was a great win we had tonight. We fought for it. Even at times when it looked like they still could win the game, we fought for it.”

Odell finished with four catches for 46 yards and two touchdown receptions. That sounds like a great birthday present to all.

Manning Up

Eli Manning had yet another amazing game against the Eagles as he was 22 for 36 for 257 yards and connected on four touchdown passes. After the game Eli described the feeling of finally beating the Eagles. “Definitely a big win in the division. Philadelphia, the last few years has had our number. We've played close games but haven't been able to win those close games, so to be able to pull it off today and get that win was nice. “

While meeting with the media on Wednesday, Eli discussed Monday nights game against the Bengals “It’s a big game for us against a good team. They’ve been a playoff team the last few years. Their offense can score points and their defense has some veterans. A lot of experienced and really good players. We just have to make sure we play sharp, go out there, have fun and continue to make some plays.”

All Collins, All the time:

Landon Collins became the first Giants player to win player of the week awards in consecutive games. Collins has three interceptions in the last two games after getting one in his first 22 games. When asked about the honor Collins was humble. “It is a relief, it is a blessing and it shows that your dedication and your hard work is being shown and showcased.”

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Randy Zellea

Randy Zellea

Randy's background in sports communication was established in 2003 while interning with the New Jersey Nets during their second run to the NBA Finals.  After the internship, Randy worked with the NBA as an assistant editor as well as working game nights with the Nets.  Randy moved on to create a ‘Community and Public Relations’ department for the now-defunct New Jersey Skycats pro basketball team.  After stints with local Florida sports stations, Randy started writing with InsideHoops.com to cover the world of the NBA. Randy also started writing for The Green Magazine, a golfing magazine based out of New York City.

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