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Shaun O'Hara snaps up media roles

Shaun O'Hara is a hot name on the

Shaun O’Hara has not appeared in an NFL game since 2010, but the three-time Pro Bowl center and one-time Super Bowl champion for the Giants said he has not gotten playing entirely out of his system.

“I’ll always wake up in a three-point stance on Sunday mornings and say, ‘You know what? I miss playing. I would love to play,’’’ he said. “But physically, you just know that’s not what’s best.’’

O’Hara,...

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Carl Banks says Bill Parcells offered cash for takedown of Eric Dickerson

Carl Banks looks on during a ceremony before

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On the season premiere of MSG's "Four Courses with JB Smoove" Wednesday night (after the Knicks game) former Giants linebacker Carl Banks tells the group about a bounty of sorts that Bill Parcells offered for a takedown of the Rams' Eric Dickerson in 1984.

“Bill says, 'You’re gonna start against Eric,'" Banks says on the show. "We didn’t know how we were going to stop him,...

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Giants, Jets are second-rate on TV

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants looks over

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New York usually trails smaller, less cosmopolitan markets when it comes to sports ratings, especially for football, and 2013 was no exception.

Average local ratings for both the Giants and Jets dropped for a second consecutive season as the Super Bowl co-hosts finished 30th and 31st in that category among the 32 NFL teams, according to Sports Business Daily.

Giants games averaged 15.3...

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No one home at Super Bowl

Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino attired in tee-shirt

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Never before have the odds been better for a team to play a Super Bowl in its stadium, what with two options this season, and yet . . . nope. The two top playoff seeds aren’t even from the same half of the continent as MetLife. Sad.

Twice, teams have played the big game in their home markets, though: the Los Angeles Rams in the Rose Bowl in 1980 and the San Francisco 49ers in Stanford Stadium...

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Jets, Giants to play simultaneously for fourth time in five seasons

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right,

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The Jets and Giants went a quarter of a century, from 1984 to 2009, without playing at the same time in the regular season – other than against each other. But Sunday they will do so for the fourth time in five seasons.

It occurred twice in 2009, the first time to avoid a conflict for Jets fans observing Yom Kippur, the second to avoid having the Giants visit the Eagles too close to the start...

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'Friday Night Lights' director Peter Berg talks Spider Lockhart, Fran Tarkenton, HBO

Peter Berg discusses parents’ obsession with their children’s

Peter Berg’s football bona fides were established when he directed “Friday Night Lights,’’ then developed the TV series of the same name.

But long before that he was an avid fan of the “absolutely horrible’’ Giants of the early 1970s, frequenting Yankee Stadium to “watch Spider Lockhart try and carry a team, and Fran Tarkenton at the end when he couldn’t run so well.’’

Berg, 51, lives...

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NFL flexes Giants-Packers game

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12

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The NFL announced Friday that the Nov. 17 Packers-Giants game at MetLife Stadium will be flexed out of prime time and moved to 4:25 p.m., allowing the Chiefs at Broncos game to be seen by a national audience on NBC.

CBS had protected that game weeks ago but gave it up at the NFL's request, largely because that Sunday it did not have a national window to put it in. It would have been seen in...

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Tom Landry rooted for the Giants

Former Cowboys coach Tom Landry.

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Tom Landry played for the Giants and later coordinated their defense, but after nearly three decades coaching the Cowboys, surely his allegiance shifted late in his life, right?

Nope. In a soon-to-be-released book, “The Last Cowboy,’’ Landry’s widow, Alicia, speaks bitterly of how owner Jerry Jones treated Landry after firing him in 1989 – including taking away the family’s box at Texas Stadium...

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Giants had a similarly awful Monday night matchup in 1994

New York Giants head coach Dan Reeves yells

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Much has been said and written about the awfulness of Monday night's Vikings-Giants matchup on ESPN, what with the teams a combined 1-10 thus far in 2013.

Fair enough. But this Monday night stinker has caused me to wax nostalgic about another, similar one back on Nov. 21, 1994, when the Giants visited the Astrodome with a 3-7 record - including a seven-game losing streak - to play the 1-9...

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Pat Summerall documentary is a kick

Pat Summerall, the Giants kicker, poses with his

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Pat Summerall touched many lives in his 82 years, which was evident in the diverse, A-list roster of guests at a recent screening in advance of NFL Network’s latest “A Football Life,’’ which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Among them were CBS president (and former Newsday paper boy) Leslie Moonves and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. But even those among us who did not know Summerall personally...

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