One of the few things as prevalent as Facebook in America is football.
So it was only natural for the social media network to tap into its NFL fans and see where they cluster geographically. According to Facebook, about 35 million account holders in the United States “like” a page for one of the 32 clubs in the league – roughly 10 percent of Americans. From those, a map was constructed by its Data Science group of the top team in each county based on where the fan currently lives.
Here is what Facebook found:
Another section of the research included which teams common friends root for. Giants fans, according to the findings, are most commonly friends with Jets, Cowboys, Steelers, Patriots and Eagles fans, in that order.
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Giants defensive end Justin Tuck will be featured in the latest episode of the animated series NFL RUSH ZONE: Season of the Guardians. Co-produced by the NFL and Nickolodeon, each of the 32 clubs are represented by cameos from players, coaches or alumni, in addition to NFL Network personalities.
Episode 211: THE MYSTERY GUARDIAN: PART II
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and Broncos linebacker Von Miller realize that the Super Bowl is in jeopardy unless the Megacores are returned in time! Ash discovers that the Mystery Guardian is really Ricky; she struggles to change his mind, but can she break Wild Card’s spell? Wild Card launches a massive laser attack aimed at the Hall of Knowledge. With the Safe Zone down and the Guardians trapped in New Orleans, Wild Card finally breaks into the HOK. Is this the end of the Guardians, the HOK, and RZ?
Featured Teams: New York Giants, Denver Broncos
Guest Stars: Justin Tuck (DE – Giants); Von Miller (LB – Broncos); Stacey Dales, Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin
Air Date: Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 9 PM ET on Nicktoons / Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7 AM ET on NFL Network
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Indianapolis isn’t exactly New Orleans, but each host city presents its own distractions during Super Bowl week. That’s why a year ago the short-winded Eli Manning got up in front of his team before the Giants departed East Rutherford, laying out what to expect and how to prepare.
“I think Eli definitely put a stamp on that team when he said what he said,” Antrel Rolle recalled on WFAN’s “Joe and Evan” on Tuesday. “Eli is not a guy of many words, but we know whenever he speaks, you know it’s coming more from the heart and that it’s something that’s going to be very beneficial for the team. And I think, honestly, I was extremely delighted that he made that comment.”
Shortly after, the Giants were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Rolle wasn’t as lucky in his first championship appearance when he was with the Arizona Cardinals, who lost Super Bowl XLIII to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a last-minute touchdown by Santonio Holmes.
Rolle, a little older and wiser, was more prepared the second time around, saying the difference was “like night and day.”
“The first Super Bowl, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Rolle continued. “Obviously I was a few years younger and just kind of caught up in the moment. I was just kind of caught up in the moment that we were actually able to accomplish something of that magnitude of reaching the Super Bowl. As opposed to last year, I was extremely more focused. I understood what was ahead of me. I understood the approach. I understood the mentality I was supposed to have, and more so I understood how to pace myself throughout the week, how to keep my emotions under control.”
As for the next Super Bowl, which will be held in MetLife Stadium, Rolle likes the change of scenery.
“I love the idea,” said Rolle, a Florida native and University of Miami product. “I love the idea more so because it’s Giants Stadium [MetLife Stadium] and second of all I think it brings a change. I think it brings a different atmosphere to the Super Bowl, and I think everything needs a change. Everything needs a change. It doesn’t always need to be in the warm weather, etc., etc., so I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to the battle.”
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But what sets them apart in the sports world – not just among Giants fans – has been their flare for the dramatic.
From “Wide Right” to David Tyree’s helmet catch, these moments have shaped the annals of NFL championship lore. But where do they rank? NFL.com tackled that subject.
As determined by Gil Brandt and Elliot Harrison, two of the Giants’ four titles made the top five list, while their most recent – Super Bowl XLVI – came in as the 16th-most exciting Super Bowl of all time.
From I to XLVI, here is a look at how they stack up:
46. Super Bowl XXIV – San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
45. Super Bowl IV – Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7
44. Super Bowl XI – Oakland Raiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14
43. Super Bowl XXIX – San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
42. Super Bowl VIII – Miami Dolphins 24, Minnesota Vikings 7
41. Super Bowl IX – Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
40. Super Bowl XLI – Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17
39. Super Bowl XXXV – Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7
38. Super Bowl XII – Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10
37. Super Bowl XXXVII – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21
36. Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
35. Super Bowl XXVI – Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24
34. Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10
33. Super Bowl XXVII – Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17
32. Super Bowl XV – Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
31. Super Bowl XXXIII – Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19
30. Super Bowl XXII – Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10
29. Super Bowl XVIII – Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9
28. Super Bowl VI – Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3
27. Super Bowl II – Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14
26. Super Bowl XIX – San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16
25. Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13
24. Super Bowl VII – Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7
23. Super Bowl XX – Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10
22. Super Bowl XXI – New York Giants 39, Denver Broncos 20
21. Super Bowl XXVIII – Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13
20. Super Bowl XXXI – Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21
19. Super Bowl XXXIX – New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21
18. Super Bowl XVII – Washington Redskins 27, Miami Dolphins 17
17. Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
16. Super Bowl XLVI – New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17
15. Super Bowl XLV – Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25
14. Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17
13. Super Bowl XVI – San Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21
12. Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
11. Super Bowl XXXII – Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24
10. Super Bowl XXXVI – New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17
9. Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23
8. Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee TItans 16
7. Super Bowl XXXVIII – New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29
6. Super Bowl XIV – Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
5. Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16
4. Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19
3. Super Bowl III – New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7
2. Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14
1. Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
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Just another day in Hawaii.
On the last offensive play for the AFC all-stars, Houston’s defensive end — who played some tight end in college — lined up outside, and naturally, the Giants’ own pass rusher was there to cover him. Pierre-Paul won the jump ball thrown by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the right side of the end zone and came down with the interception, capping off a 62-35 NFC victory.
“That interception by JPP in the end zone was pretty impressive,” Cruz told NBC after the game. “I know I’m biased, but that was pretty impressive. All these guys played great. It was great all week long hanging out with these guys, and it was an honor to play in this game.”
Along with Pierre-Paul, Cruz, Manning and Chris Snee represented the Giants in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium this year.
After Pierre-Paul sacked Denver’s Peyton Manning to begin the second quarter, Eli Manning took over on the ensuing possession for New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and completed 16 of 23 passes for 191 yards, an interception and two touchdowns, including a nine-yard strike to Cruz to give their side a 17-14 lead. It was all NFC after that.
Cruz finished with 96 yards and a Pro-Bowl record 10 catches, but it was Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph who took home MVP honors after hauling in five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown.
“The energy level was high,” Cruz said. “The effort level was there. Guys were really putting some hits on people, not to hurt them but just playing solid football. And I think it was indicative of us wanting to keep this game alive and keep this game in Hawaii for years to come and I think we really proved that out here today.”
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There is little consolation taken from winning seasons when they fall short of the playoffs. But that’s what the Giants have done two of the last three years — winning 10 games in 2010 and nine this past season — and that is why president and CEO John Mara doesn’t think they have to tear the whole thing down.
Having a two-time Super Bowl MVP in Eli Manning helps, too.
“He’s  years old. He’s got a lot of years left,” Mara told reporters Thursday after a press conference announcing plans for next year’s Super Bowl, which will be played in MetLife Stadium and feature lead-up events throughout the New York-New Jersey area. “I think our window is still pretty wide. I think as long as he’s under center, we have a chance to win.”
Speaking of chances, the Giants will look back this offseason at all of the ones they failed to capitalize on in 2012. For Mara, the consecutive losses on the road to the Falcons and the Super Bowl-bound Ravens stick out in particular. The Giants lost Weeks 15 and 16 by a combined score of 67-14, letting the division lead slip away.
“Obviously, we were very disappointed not being in the postseason,” he said. “I haven’t quite gotten over that yet, particularly back-to-back games in Atlanta and Baltimore. Sometimes you go through things like that, and it just strengthens our resolve to put a better team on the field next year.”
Mara added: “You have to have patience. You can’t get too high when you are winning and too low when you are losing. You just have to have some confidence in your organization, and I have confidence in our organization. We have a franchise quarterback, and we’ve got a lot of good players on defense, but obviously a couple parts were missing, and that’s something we need to look at.”
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Should Michael Strahan be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, he’ll be the latest player to win a Super Bowl in his final game and move on to Canton. Former Broncos quarterback John Elway is the most recent player to ride off into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy before getting a nod on his first ballot in 2004. Strahan will find out on Feb. 2 if he’s next in the exclusive line.
Pittsburgh’s Jerome Bettis (Super Bowl XL winner) will try to do the same in his third year of eligibility, but it could only be a matter of time before linebacker Ray Lewis, who announced he’ll retire at the end of the season, supplants them if his Ravens win the upcoming Super Bowl XLVII.
Five years ago Strahan was in the same position heading into the NFL’s premier game.
“I think for Ray, just as for me, I just kind of soaked up the entire situation,” Strahan told ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” Thursday morning. “I didn’t look at the magnitude of the game or anything like that. I just looked at it as, ‘I better just enjoy the experience’ because this is the last time he’ll experience that in a uniform. So I think that’s the way that he’s looking at it, and he’s fortunate enough to announce that he was going to retire weeks ago and still be in the hunt in the biggest game of the year.”
To close out his career, Strahan recorded three tackles, one sack and a pass deflection in the Giants’ 17-14 victory over New England in Super Bowl XLII.
“During the game, I wanted to put everything I had into it,” Strahan said. “I wanted to limp off the field, be carried off the field like Kellen Winslow back in the day. I wanted to be so exhausted because I had put all my energy into my final game just as I had tried to do throughout the rest of my career. And that’s what Ray’s going to do. He’s always done that. So Ray is going to play and put everything he has into it and that’s why he’s the future Hall-of-Famer and the great player that he is.”
On Feb. 2, the 44-member Selection Committee will hold its annual meeting at the site of the Super Bowl and the Class of 2013 will be announced during a live, nationally-televised show from media headquarters in New Orleans.
Strahan was asked what his reaction would be if his name is called.
“I’d be happy,” Strahan responded simply. “When you talk to guys who are in the Hall of Fame and who have Super Bowl rings, and you ask them which one would they choose, and everyone chooses the Hall of Fame. And I think that’s for a reason. I never played thinking I’m going to make it to the Hall of Fame. I played because I loved the competition, I just wanted to be the best at it, and I wanted to be respected. And this is the ultimate sign of respect for playing professional football. It would be overwhelming, to be honest with you,because it’s just kind of one of those things that creeps up on you. It’s still hard to believe I’ve been gone for five years, anyway.”
Strahan also spoke about the flipside of his first year of eligibility.
“Of course, I mean who wouldn’t be disappointed if you made it this far?” he said. “I mean I definitely would be disappointed, but at the same time, if I don’t make it in and somebody else does, that means they were just more deserving of it at that time. So I would love to make it in on the first ballot – that would be an incredible thing – but I understand how it works. And for me, that’s why I try my best not to get too excited because I don’t want to be too upset if I don’t make it in.”
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The set of Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” received a special demonstration Wednesday morning from Giants fullback Henry Hynoski, who showed off the touchdown dance he unveiled in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia.
It’s called the Hy-noceros, and all it takes is a horn, three kicks, and a roar.
“It’s pretty simple, but it worked out,” Hynoski said on the morning show.
Hynoski is one of five Giants taking over guest anchoring duties this week on the station. Defensive tackle Chris Canty and punter Steve Weatheford began the week, and tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Stevie Brown will help host on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
“We would much rather be playing football right now, believe me,” Weatherford said about watching the postseason. “I went through [winning the Super Bowl] one year ago. It’s so fresh in my mind…It wasn’t until right now that I really appreciated how special that really was.”
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Next on the college football showcase circuit is the Senior Bowl, which will be held this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in Mobile, Ala., and televised on NFL Network. Like the East-West Shrine Game that wrapped up this past weekend, scouts and coaches from across the NFL will tune into the all-star game to evaluate the talent and find any hidden gems.
The early talk around the NFL hopefuls has included BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who is drawing comparisons to Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
“The former walk-on track star has been the buzz of the NFL scouting community with his exceptional athleticism, movement skills and motor,” NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks wrote about Ansah.
“Scouts rave about his raw talent and rush skills despite a limited football background. In fact, the comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul have been flying off the tongues of evaluators since Ansah started wreaking havoc on opponents in the fall. If he seizes this opportunity to showcase his talents against elite competition, Ansah can transition from urban legend to certain first-round pick.” Read more »
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With the 2013 class set, mock drafts will be flooding in between now and the end of April. ESPN Insider Mel Kiper released his first of the year on Wednesday (a day after the deadline for underclassmen to petition for the 2013 NFL Draft), and even he reminded everyone — “it’s early, folks.”
Here is Kiper’s first pick for the Giants, who hold the 19th selection in the first round:
NAME: Sam Montgomery
Kiper: “It was just a year ago at this time when we considered the pass rush a major strength of the Giants, with an emerging Pierre-Paul and veterans Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. But while JPP is now among the best 4-3 defensive ends in the league, the latter two will both be north of 30 by the time the draft arrives — Umenyiora may not be around next season, and it could be the final year for Tuck in New York. If the Giants want to keep the defensive line a strength, a proven, high-motor defender with pass-rushing skills such as Montgomery would make a lot of sense.”
*Let us know if you agree with Kiper’s selection and stay tuned to Giants.com throughout the offseason for our mock draft tracker.
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