Michael Strahan of the New York Giants shows off his Super Bowl ring.
Better late than never? Four months after they defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 to win the 2008 Super Bowl, the New York Giants finally received their Tiffany & Co. Super Bowl rings, valued at over $25,000 apiece.
In a private ceremony held at Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Eli Manning and his band of brothers walked the blue carpet to pick up their much-deserved bling.
“We did it together and won it as a team,” said Manning. “Every game was different and in every situation someone else stepped up and contributed to us winning. It’s all about the Giants.”
Co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara addressed the team and Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin handed the 1.5-carat Super Bowl XLII rings to each player as he was called up.
“Having the opportunity to look every player in the eye as they came up and the joy and excitement that they demonstrated as they came forward to receiver a memento of a world championship was special,” Coughlin said. “It’s a feeling the players will carry in their hearts forever.”
So…now that the guys have their rings, what are their chances of getting another one next year? Well, according to the Sportsbooks the New York Giants are listed at 16/1 odds to win the 2009 Super Bowl.
If every drunken football fan looked this good misbehaving there would be no need for a fan conduct code. Unfortunately, the majority of the drunken idiots at fault are far less attractive.
Oh behave! If you continue to double-fist your way from the beer stands to your seat through four quarters of football, getting hammered and making a complete ass of yourself in front of hard-working folks and families who paid good money to see their team play, then it’s going to cost you. Actually, it will become the club’s responsibility to ensure their fans aren’t getting violent in the stands and if anyone is caught violating that policy the team will be fined. (You really don’t want your team’s number-one linebacker escorting you out of the stadium, do you?) Here’s the deal: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a fan conduct policy on Thursday that will come into effect at the start of the upcoming NFL pre-season.
“We want everyone to be able to come to our stadiums, behave properly, enjoy this experience but don’t ruin it for others,” said Goodell. “We will be focusing on that, including the implementation of an NFL fan conduct policy which we will have out prior to the season.”
What does that mean? It means no more stabbings, no more beatings, no more bare-breasted strip acts…essentially no more idiotic behavior. Face painting is still a go, but face pulverizing is a big no.
That leaves plenty of fun to be had in the sportsbooks, where NFL Super Bowl odds are getting ripe as we speak!
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Tuesday signed running back Marion Barber and cornerback Terence Newman to long-term extensions Tuesday, beating the NFL’s salary cap deadline. Barber inked a seven-year deal worth $45 million with the Cowboys; while Newman signed a six-year, $50.2 million extension with the Cowboys. Over $22.5 million of the contract is guaranteed over the first three years of the deal.
Do you think the Dallas Cowboys can make up for last year and win the 2009 Super Bowl? Bet on it. At 8/1 odds to win the Super Bowl there may be some value in those Cowboys this year…
Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and Abby McGrew (Manning’s college sweetheart) are reportedly getting married later this month.
Abby McGrew’s father told The New York Post that Manning and his daughter would tie the knot later this month. Manning’s oldest brother, Cooper, also confirmed to the paper that his brother and McGrew were planning to get married.
Apparently the young couple was recently spotted at the Office of the City Clerk (getting a marriage license, maybe?).
Let’s hope the odds on this marriage succeeding are better than the odds on the New York Giants repeating as Super Bowl champions (they’re currently at 5/1, which isn’t too bad).
It’s never too early to start thinking about next season, is it?
The complete schedule for the upcoming NFL season won’t be released until next month, but the NFL did announce the teams, date and time for the season opener.
The Thursday night season opener will match the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC on Sept. 4th. As is traditionally the case, the defending Super Bowl champs kick off the season at home. You can expect a raucous crowd to be on hand to give thanks to Eli Manning and his team, for pulling off the upset of last season by handing the heavily favored New England Patriots their first loss of the year.
At the sportsbooks, the New York Giants are listed at 16/1 odds to win the 2009 Super Bowl, while the Washington Redskins are 35/1 odds to win the 2009 Super Bowl.