T-Rock's Take on the Giants
Tom Rock has been a Newsday reporter since 1996 and began covering the Giants in 2008.
Prior to becoming the Giants beat writer, Tom covered the Jets for two seasons and was an outdoors columnist and covered high school and college sports.
He won the 2006 Long Island Press Club daily sports reporting award, was cited in the book “Best American Sportswriting of 2006,” and won second place in the Boating Writers International writing competition. Tom grew up in Levittown, is a 1991 graduate of Division Avenue High School, and a 1995 graduate of C.W. Post.
Despite speculation that Hakeem Nicks’ absence from OTAs was a sign of displeasure over his contract – and at least one report quoting a source – the receiver is apparently missing the voluntary offseason workouts for other reasons.
Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, “strongly denied” that the Giants wide receiver's’ absence was a business strategy. Yahoo! Sports had published the sourced report...Read more »
Ramses II is considered the most influential of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and is often called “Ramses the Great.” The Giants hope their sequel will be just as productive.
The team brought back Ramses Barden, a free agent wide receiver they drafted in the third round in 2009. He signed a one-year contract with the Giants Thursday.
“I’m happy to be back,” Barden said. “This is where...Read more »
When the Giants were without Hakeem Nicks in Week 3 of the 2012 season, it was Ramses Barden to the rescue. Now, with the star receiver mysteriously AWOL from the start of (voluntary) OTAs -- and he would be limited even if he were on hand -- Barden may be once again filling in for Nicks.
The free agent receiver and former third-round pick of the Giants will be at the team’s complex on Thursday...Read more »
When Tom Coughlin first started drawing up football plays, he did it like all the other coaches of his time. On papyrus. With hieroglyphics.
Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration and a friendly tweak at the NFL’s oldest head coach. But if he sticks around much longer, Coughlin will find himself smack dab in the beginnings of the digital age of NFL sidelines. The league announced a deal with Microsoft...Read more »
As we creep up on the one year anniversary of the day Hakeem Nicks broke a bone in his foot during an OTA and essentially ruined his season (and the Giants’ season?), the wide receiver told Newsday's Steven Braid that he feels “as good as I have felt in a while.”
That’s a great sign for the Giants, who will be counting on Nicks to return to form in 2013. Just about everyone in the organization...Read more »
NFL owners will not be voting on any changes to the league’s calendar at their meetings Tuesday, but it will be a topic for discussion – as it has been outside the walls of the Boston hotel ballroom where the owners are convening.
One thing seems certain: The 2014 draft will not be held in late April as it always has been, but instead will be in mid-May. This is because of a scheduling conflict...Read more »
Super Bowl XLVIII is 257 days away and there’s still no weather report?
That’s the effect of the first cold-weather, open-air Super Bowl that will be played on Feb. 3 at MetLife stadium. Everyone wants to know how the weather will alter the game – even though no one even knows who will be playing in it.
“It’s tough to predict the weather (for February) in May, but it’s going to become...Read more »