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April 23rd, 2012

The Mets and Giants are scheduled to make up Sunday’s wash out with a single-admission double header Monday starting at 4:10pm. The new rule in 2012 allows for teams to expand their roster to 26 for double-dips, and it appears the Mets are still deciding. Jordany Valdespin and Jeremy Hefner are both in Flushing and both in uniform, but it has not yet been announced which one will get the official call-up.

Valdespin opened some eyes in Spring Training, and is off to a nice start in Triple-A Buffalo with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. The middle infielder is one of the top position players in the Mets farm system, and it would definitely be intriguing to watch him play. But let’s remember- this is a roster expansion for 24 hours only, and it is specifically meant to give the team an extra body to handle the rigors of two games in one day. Because of that, the call up HAS to go to pitcher Jeremy Hefner.

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January 18th, 2011

As Hazem showed us last week, it is never too early to start looking to the draft.

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January 17th, 2011

I interrupt this ridiculous New York Jets love-fest to bring you a little New York Giants-related material.

With the NFL playoffs soon reaching their conclusion, I decided it may be the opportune time to take a look back at our beloved New York Giants and some of the individual performances that paved the way to one of the most disappointing 10-6 seasons in the NFL history.

New York Giants Hakeem Nicks breaks a tackle by Dallas Cowboys Bryan McCann in the second quatert at New Meadowlands Stadium in week 6 of the NFL in East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 14, 2010. UPI /John Angelillo

It was clear from the very beginning that any pre-2010 team predictions could essentially be thrown right out the window. Yes, there were some rather vague predictions that some have been able to hang their hat(s) on, but for the most part, fans and beat writers were well off in what they expected from certain players this season.

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January 16th, 2011

How valuable is New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw compared to the $1,001,000 salary he earned in 2010?

New York Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw stretches for extra yardage after being brought down by Seattle Seahawks' Craig Terrill (93) David Hawthorne (57) in the first quarter on Sunday November 7, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)

Well, if you were to ask Vizio, he was extremely valuable.

Four years removed from watching more than six and a half rounds and 17 other running backs drafted ahead of him, the Marshall alumni is finally getting his due. Following a season in which he rushed for 1,235 yards (4.5 yards per carry and 8 touchdowns) and hauled in 47 receptions for 314 yards, Bradshaw has been nominated for Vizio's “Top Value Performer” award.

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January 15th, 2011

With the New York Giants off-season now officially underway, there are numerous questions, uncertainties, speculations, and hopes from Big Blue fans. To help provide some answers and/or opinions to those questions, Giants 101 is once again kicking off the Writer's Round Table segment.

Any and all questions related to the Giants are welcomed in this section. Simply go to the comments section below this post and ask away. We will do our best to cover as many questions as we possibly can…and we promise Benton will do his best to speak positively about Big Blue.

So have it folks! Head down below and hit us with your best questions. This will continue to keep the banter going, keep us writers on our toes, and hopefully give you some information.

Do your worst!

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January 15th, 2011

New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss recently had successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a hip issue that plagued him for much of the 2010/2011 season.

New York Giants' tight end Kevin Boss celebrates a touchdown with teammates against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter on Sunday November 7, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle. Boss caught two passes for 15 yards and one touchdown in the Giants 41-7 win over the Seahawks. (UPI /Jim Bryant)

“Surgery went very well,” Boss said on his Twitter account. “Makes me excited for next season.”

With Boss' procedure now out of the way, defensive end Osi Umenyiora is next in line. He's scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a hip problem of his own sometime next week.

From there, several other Giants, including center Shaun O'Hara (ankle and Achilles) and defensive tackle Barry Cofield (shoulder), will face surgeries of their own.

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January 14th, 2011

In a recent interview with The New York Daily News about how to attack a Bill Belicheck/Tom Brady led team, ex- Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo reflected back on some of the decisions that led to the opportunity to face The Patriots in Superbowl XLII.

St. Louis Rams head football coach Steve Spagnuolo gives an answer to a reporters question during his final press conference of the season at the team's practice facility in Earth City, Missouri on January 3, 2011. St. Louis finished the season with a 7-9 record and fell short of making the playoff's losing to the Seattle Seahawks 16-6 on January 2. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

“Well, I’ll let you in on a little bit of a secret,” Spagnuolo, now the Rams head coach, said from his office in St. Louis this week. “You know, as much as we wanted to win that game – – all of us did – – and we played it to win it, we made a decision defensively we weren’t going to jeopardize trying to win the Tampa Bay game (in the first round of the playoffs) by throwing out our whole game plan in the 16th game of the season. So there was a little bit of a pullback there.”

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January 13th, 2011

While New York Giants fans wait to hear how the off-season will shape-up with regard to the CBA and free agents, the most imminent issue to watch is that of the team's coaching situation. At this point, one of the only certainties known is that Tom Coughlin will be back with Big Blue for the next NFL season. However, questions still remain up in the air with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell.

Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox reacts on the sidelines as his team loses to the New Orleans Saints 34-3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, 2010. UPI/Nell Redmond .

In further news on this, it seems Gilbride may be of interest to the Oakland Raiders. According to NFL Network's Jason La Confora, there are rumors circulating the Raiders may soon be talking to Gilbride about their head coaching vacancy.

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January 13th, 2011

While Hazem has us looking forward to April's NFL draft, and Kyle is brainstorming ways to make the offense more effective, I'm going to take one last sad chance to look back at the 2010 season. We can argue for days over what went right and what went wrong, but I'm going to take this opportunity to look back at some of my thoughts and predictions and see where I missed the mark.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin yells at officials during the second quarter of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis on September 19, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan

The Great Phil Mushnick once told me that the best quality a journalist can have is admitting when he or she was wrong without rationalizing or revising previous thoughts and words. In the service of integrity, and hoping that posts like this don't pop up too often and are short and sweet when they do…here's what I was awfully wrong about in 2010.

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January 12th, 2011

The topic of The New York Giants and their offense is never a boring one. Between the attention that both quarterback Eli Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride garner, the offense often finds itself at the center of attention.

Too often in 2010, the offense let the team down in critical moments. Turnovers became synonymous with the offense, as they gave the ball away over forty times.

Much of this can be fixed by design.

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