MSG KICKS OFF REGULAR SEASON
“Giants Chronicles: Eli Manning – A Year in Review” – 4:30 p.m., “Giants Opening Drive Live” – 5:00 p.m.
Four Weekly Programs Will Bring Fans the Best of Big Blue All Season Long
MSG, the official regional sports network of the New York Giants, kicks off its 2012 regular season coverage of Giants football with a special night of programming tomorrow before the Super Bowl Champions face the Dallas Cowboys in the first NFL game of the season.
Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., the season premiere of “Giants Chronicles” features two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning as he reviews the 2011 season and the team’s second Super Bowl win in five years. At 5:00 p.m., MSG is live from MetLife Stadium for 90 minutes of “Giants Opening Drive Live” as hosts Bob Papa, Carl Banks, and Harry Carson with reports by Paul Dottino and Anita Marks preview the Giants-Cowboys showdown.
Throughout the regular season MSG’s Giants coverage is comprised of four weekly shows: all-new episodes of “Giants Chronicles” at 9:30 a.m. followed by the new 90-minute “Giants Opening Drive Live” at 10 a.m. every Sunday (unless the team plays on another day of the week, in which case the two programs would precede the game); “Giants Rewind,” a half-hour review of the previous week’s game every Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. on MSG+; and “Giants Press Conference Live,” a half-hour program including Coach Tom Coughlin’s live press conference, player interviews and fan call-ins, every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
As the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants, MSG Networks telecasts over 400 live professional games per year. MSG Networks also telecasts 150 live college basketball games and over 40 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, Conference USA), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2012, MSG Networks earned 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG – tops in the New York region for the third year in a row – and two for MSG+. Over the past five years, MSG Networks has totaled 77 New York Emmy Awards, including 69 for MSG – also the most of any New York station or network in that time – and eight for MSG+.
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How much are you thinking about repeating as champions when the defense begins Wednesday night?
“Honestly, not that much,” Umenyiora said this morning on NFL Network’s NFL AM. “I’m not lying, I’m not lying. I’m serious. I’ve been in the league so long that I just know how difficult that is to do, and I know that if we start looking ahead to winning another Super Bowl – first of all, people are picking us to finish third or fourth in our division. So we’re not going to be sitting over here thinking we’re the best things in the world right now.
“We have a very tough schedule, the toughest schedule the NFL has ever seen probably. We just have to go out there and play it one game at a time. I know it’s a cliché…I know it is, but that’s really the way we have to look at things right now.”
And who better to lead them than Eli Manning?
Entering his 10th season, Umenyiora, a two-time All-Pro selection, arrived in New York a year before Manning did. So he’s seen the reigning Super Bowl MVP’s growth for nearly a decade.
“Obviously his maturity level, he just makes outstanding plays,” Umenyiora said. “And when it’s crunch time, he comes through. We believe in him. He believes in his teammates. He believes in his receivers, his offensive line, and he just goes out there and performs. He prepares at a high level. He’s just our leader, and he’s a great player and a great man.”
As for the other quarterback, Umenyiora was asked how many times they plan on getting to the Cowboys’ signal caller Tony Romo in the season opener.
“As many times as possible,” he said. “He has a very quick release. We know he’s not going to sit there and hold the ball. He’s going to try to get the ball out quick. The receivers are going to be running shorter routes. They’re going to throw quick passes and try to run the ball. But as many times as we can get back there. I think the key is getting back there and harassing him and pressuring him. Sacks are going to come. Sometimes they come, sometimes they don’t, but the key is getting pressure on him. And I think we’re going to try our best to do that.”
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So what does a two-time Super Bowl MVP for the New York Giants get asked to talk about most frequently?
Eli Manning answered that question Friday afternoon on “Pro Football Talk Live” with Mike Florio.
“Well this year, it’s been a lot about Peyton with everything that’s going on,” Manning said. “You get some Jets questions, but I guess the main one is how are you going to try to improve this year, how are you going to try to repeat. All of them are pretty easy to answer. The one I enjoy is I like to talk about the Giants and talking about how we’ve worked hard and what our mentality has been this offseason and try to make sure we’re improving and getting better as a team and playing to our potential.”
Entering his ninth season in New York, Manning has experienced the ups and downs and all that comes with playing in the market. He’s currently on the upswing and isn’t worried about how much or how little coverage the defending Super Bowl champions received this offseason.
“When they’re writing about you in the paper, it’s not how much you’re making the headlines, it’s what they’re writing,” Manning said. “Are they writing good things? That’s what we want. We’re not trying to make more headlines. We’re trying to make sure, when we do make them, they’re writing about the quality of play we’re playing on the football field.”
That quality of play will be tested right away when the Giants take on the Cowboys in the first game of the season. It’s a 180 from last year’s series, which didn’t see the two NFC East rivals faceoff until Week 14 as they met twice in the final four games.
While it can be debated which way is better, all Manning knows is Wednesday is a good night to be a football fan.
“These games are exciting,” he said. “Obviously to open up the 2012 season with a division rival, the Cowboys are always a tough team. Last year, the last game of the regular season, we played them and the winner goes to the playoffs. So it’s very fitting that we open the season with them and we know we have to play our best football if we expect to win. They have a lot of ability over there, so it will be a great way to start the season at home on a Wednesday night at our own stadium. It should be a great atmosphere.”
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The Emmy-nominated documentary series A Football Life produced by NFL Films returns for a second season Wednesday, September 12 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Airing on Wednesday nights throughout the fall, the 13-episode season examines the iconic individuals, including two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Tom Coughlin, that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.
Beginning on September 12, A Football Life focuses on the life and career of provocative subjects intertwined in the fabric of NFL history. Coughlin will be featured in the Sept. 26 episode at 8:00 PM ET.
Additional subjects profiled this season include:
» Super Bowl-winning head coaches Tom Coughlin & Jimmy Johnson
» Late Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair
» Hall of Fame running backs Marcus Allen & Barry Sanders
» Former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
» Pro Bowl linebacker Chris Spielman
» The Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome
» A celebration of “The Immaculate Reception” on its 40th anniversary
» The untold legacy of the 1995 Cleveland Browns
Below is the September and October broadcast schedule for A Football Life, airing on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM ET:
» September 12 – Tim Tebow
» September 19 – Ray Lewis
» September 26 – Tom Coughlin
» October 3 – Cleveland ‘95
» October 10 – Fearsome Foursome
» October 17 – Steve McNair
» October 24 – Eddie DeBartolo
» October 31 – Chris Spielman
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Fans, coaches, and players never tire of re-living those moments. Themes emerge and games stick out when looking back at a championship run. Half a year removed from the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI, the MVP himself gave his take on MSG’s “Giants Chronicles,” which premiered last week.
Speaking with the voice of the Giants, Bob Papa, quarterback Eli Manning hit on what kept the team alive all season – the fourth-quarter comeback.
“We had that comfort and confidence that if it comes down to the fourth quarter and it’s a final drive, we are going to go down and score,” Manning said. “But sometimes weird things happen. In San Francisco, ball gets tipped. Against Seattle, Victor Cruz kind of slips a little bit out of a break, ball gets tipped up and intercepted and returned for a touchdown, game over. So there are always going to be those plays.
“You don’t want to have to be in that situation all the time, but I told those guys after both those circumstances, I said, ‘Hey, that was a fluke. Next time if we get in another two-minute drive, we’re going to go down and score.’ But that’s the reason you don’t want to have to be in those circumstances all the time. That’s part of football. We won a lot of them, but lost a couple.”
Then the four-game losing streak hit in November, spilling into December. But the team didn’t fall apart.
“It wasn’t that we were playing bad football – I think that was the important thing that coach Coughlin tried to get across to the players,” Manning said. “It’s not like we went through a slump and just played terrible. We had one bad game against New Orleans, they put a pretty good beating on us. But the other ones – San Francisco, a great team, we played them tough into the final minutes; Green Bay was undefeated and we played them into the final 50 seconds to a tie game; Philadelphia, same deal. We played pretty close in all those games.
“We just couldn’t find that little edge and that one- or two-play difference to get better. So that was kind of our focus – ‘hey, let’s turn up the heat a little bit more, let’s get a little more prepared, let’s work a little harder during the week and make sure we’re at our best. We’re all in at this point into this final stretch and we’re not far off from being a very good team.’”
>> CB Prince Amukamara is feeling confident after suffering a high angle sprain Friday.
>> DT Shaun Rogers may be able to return in 2012, but nothing is certain yet.
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The New York Giants (1‐1) will host the Chicago Bears (1‐1) on Friday, August 24, in Week 3 of the 2012 preseason.
Greg Gumbel will handle the play‐by‐play duties while Dan Dierdorf will provide the color commentary. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS (WCBS, Ch. 2 in New York).
GIANTS RADIO NETWORK
The game will be broadcast by Bob Papa and Carl Banks in the booth. Howard Cross will handle the sideline duties. Anita Marks, Paul Dottino, and Jeff Feagles will handle all pregame and postgame programming, starting at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WCBS FM (101.1).
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Sports Radio 66 WFAN and the New York Giants are proud to announce a multi-year agreement with Eli Manning, the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback who will join the nation’s most listened to sports radio station for an exclusive weekly interview with legendary host Mike Francesa.
Manning will be heard at 5:05PM, ET (subject to change) the day after Giants games throughout the regular and post-season on-air, online at www.wfan.com and via apps for a variety of mobile devices beginning on Thursday, Sept. 6. The Giants open the 2012 season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5.
“As the team’s flagship radio station, we’re proud to be the leading source of Giants news for football fans across the tri-state area,” says Mark Chernoff, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO New York and WFAN Operations Manager. “Having Eli every week is guaranteed to give listeners the best commentary, insight and discussion with a perspective only he can offer on the New York Giants. This will be appointment radio at its best.”
“More listeners tune into a typical New York Giants broadcast than any other radio play-by-play in the New York marketplace, and we’re happy to announce the expansion of our programming on WFAN to feature a special segment with Eli,” said Mike Stevens, Giants SVP and CMO. “WFAN has always been the first place Giants fans turn to for exclusive, live comments from all our players in the station’s post-game show. We are thrilled that the flagship station of Giants football for the past 18 years will now be the home of Eli Manning’s weekly drive time interview with Mike Francesa.”
“I look forward to talking about our games each week with Mike,” said Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP. “As anybody who has listened to Mike on The NFL Now on Sunday mornings knows, he understands and appreciates and enjoys discussing the Giants and the rest of the National Football League. Again, I look forward to joining the conversation with Mike and speaking directly with our fans on our flagship radio station.”
All New York Giants game throughout the regular- and post-season can be heard on-air at Sports Radio 66 WFAN, and in digital quality sound on 92.3 WXRK-FM (HD-3).
Originally a 1st round (1st pick overall) draft choice by the San Diego Chargers in 2004, Manning was obtained by the Giants in a trade. He has played in 121 regular-season games with starts in his last 119 appearances and has started all 11 postseason games in which he’s played. Manning also holds the Giants career postseason records with 356 pass attempts, 219 completions, 61.51 completion percentage, 2,516 yards, and 17 touchdown passes. He led the Giants to their 3rd NFC East championship and 5th postseason berth in his eight full seasons as the team’s quarterback.
Manning was named the Giants’ recipient of the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2007, 2008, and 2011, an honor given to the player on each team who displays excellence on the football field and in the community. He also champions the efforts of The March of Dimes and has made a five-year commitment to raise $2.5 million for the Eli Manning Children’s Clinics at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Miss.
Now in his third decade in afternoon drive, Francesa has firmly established himself as the most successful and influential sports-talk show host in the history of radio. For 19 years, he teamed with Christopher Russo on the iconic “Mike and the Mad Dog” program, widely recognized as the most important sports talk program ever. Since 2008, his afternoon program, heard daily on WFAN (1:00-6:30 p.m.) and simulcast on TV via the YES Network, has grown to even greater heights. Talkers magazine recently recognized Francesa as the No. 1 sports-talk show host in the country. The St. John’s University graduate resides on Long Island with his wife, Roe and their three children – Jack, Emily and Harrison.
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The figureheads of the Giants and Steelers ushered their respective teams through the decades as two of the oldest franchises in the league. Along the way, one thing John Mara, the Giants’ President and CEO, always admired about the Steelers was their continuity of head coaches, having just three in the past 43 years.
Mara certainly has that now with Tom Coughlin entering his ninth season as head coach as a two-time Super Bowl champion.
“That is a long run,” Mara said about Coughlin’s tenure in an appearance with Mike Francesa on WFAN this afternoon. “I always look at the Steelers who’ve had so few coaches in so many years. So it was always my goal to be in that situation, and obviously our relationship with Tom has been great. He’s had great success here and hopefully wants to stick around for quite a bit longer.”
While the Giants host the Steelers in Week 9, Mara sees the continuity at top trickling down to the players making up the 2012 roster.
“I think we’ve got really good leadership,” Mara said. “Obviously I’m very happy with our coaching staff, but when you have guys that have won before, like Eli Manning, it just gives you that much more confidence moving forward. We have good leadership on both sides of the ball.”
Mara has been around long enough, however, to appreciate the changing landscape from season to season.
Last year at this time, those outside and inside the organization were itching to get back to playoffs. And on top of that, the league was scrambling for the start of preseason in the wake of the lockout.
But the Giants and the league are better for it, says Mara.
“There are still a few issues that need to be worked out long-term with the [players] union, but I think we’re in a much, much better position now than we were a little over a year ago,” Mara said. “We’ve got nine years left on a labor deal that is very good for both the players and the fans. So I do think this league is in a good position.”
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