Brandon Jacobs speaks during 2009 Giants minicamp. (June 18, 2009)

Brandon Jacobs speaks during 2009 Giants minicamp. (June 18, 2009) Credit: Newsday/Howard Schnapp

The Giants are a bunch of jealous, manhood-stealing bullies. At least that's what the Cowboys think.

As the home team this week, it's only fitting that Dallas should get first serve in the semi-annual volley of trash talking between the two teams. Their primary targets were two outspoken Cowboys-haters: Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs.

DeMarcus Ware, who didn't practice for the Cowboys Wednesday (he is dealing with the effects of a stinger but is expected to play Sunday), told reporters in Dallas that the reason Tuck hates the Cowboys is jealousy.

"He says that because maybe he wants to play here," Ware said of Tuck's unabashed disgust and his calling Cowboys Stadium a dump. "Everybody wants to play for the Cowboys. If I wasn't playing for Cowboys I would call it that, too, because I want to play for them."

As for Jacobs, cornerback Mike Jenkins said his trash talking is to be expected. "That's him," he said. "That's what you get from him. He's a bully."

Tuck and Jacobs are two of the Giants' most overt Dallas-despisers. They are scheduled to address the media Thursday and likely will return serve.

Ware said that the harsh feelings are reciprocated, but the stakes this time make things that much more heated.

"I hate anytime that we play them," Ware said. "It's just not the Giants, because guess what, the team is trying to come in here and take your manhood . . . gladiator against gladiator, who wants it the most. It's not just the Giants, so there is a lot at stake. You're playing for first place and you got to get out there and play hard."

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