New York Giants News and Notes for Feb 5

Some things you may have missed…..

Steve Serby of The Post says Giants HOFer Lawrence Taylor is “perplexed” by the omission of Michael Strahan’s name on this year’s inductee list.

“I don’t understand what the criteria is,” Taylor said. “How Michael isn’t a first-ballot guy is perplexing to me. He was one hell of a player, a complete player.

“Why are the guys with the pencils the ones determining this stuff? Let retired players and coaches vote. We played the game, we’re the ones who know who was a baller and who wasn’t.”

“I feel as bad for Michael as I did for Bill [last year] having to wait. Just really happy Bill finally got in, it was his time.”

Here are some recent player reports from our partners at Rotoworld:

Ahmad Bradshaw’s latest right foot procedure replaced a smaller screw with a larger one.
The original screw was implanted following the 2009 season, but a 2011 fracture and 2012 bone bruise complicated matters. “It was giving me a little bit of problems, and now I feel a whole lot better,” Bradshaw said. “I just went through too much this year.” The larger screw is intended to hold his fractures in place better. Bradshaw is expecting to be able to put weight on his foot this week and be cleared for workouts in 10 weeks. He’ll carry a ton of red flags into his age-28 season. Source: Newark Star-Ledger Feb 5 – 8:43 AM

ESPN New York expects free agent David Carr to return as Eli Manning’s backup in 2013.
With Manning entering his age-32 season in 2013, the Giants could decide to take a late-round flier on a potential successor as early as this year, but Carr should remain in New York for at least one more season. He’s served as Manning’s backup four of the past five years. The No. 1 pick of the 2002 draft has attempted just 61 passes since 2007. Source: ESPN New York Feb 4 – 1:44 PM

John Brennan of Meadowlands Matters says the New Jersey business community has already begun exploring ways to cash in on next year’s big game…

Smart North Jersey business people have already begun exploring how they can capitalize on a huge influx of visitors at a usually slow time of year – many of whom have plenty of disposable income.

But either way, a key date for all those businesses will be May 22:

That’s a Wednesday that is the day for the “Big Game Experience,” a “Huddle Zone” event. The Meadowlands Regional Chamber and the Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau are co-sponsors of the event, which is designed for businesses to learn about Super Bowl 2014 opportunities.

The time will be noon to 7 pm, and the site is the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus.

From The Sports Network…..Next year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey might be staged without a live halftime show in the building.

According to the New York Post, the potential for frigid temperatures at the first Super Bowl in an open-air, cold-weather venue has NFL officials contemplating a hiatus for the usually highly anticipated halftime extravaganza.

The Post quoted sources as saying it’s not just the entertainers that would have to deal with the weather, but the crews that put together the stage.