NFC East: godfrey miles

It's been a quarter of a century since Bill Parcells, Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor and the Giants won their first Super Bowl. They gathered this weekend to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of that title, to mingle with fans and with each other and to marvel in retrospect at what they were able to accomplish together. Mark Bavaro summed it all up for The Star-Ledger:
"Even in 1990, when we won the second Super Bowl, there was the constant feeling that we might lose, we might lose," Bavaro said. "In 1986, it was always we were going to win, just by how much. Somebody pointed out that most of those games were very close. In my memory, I don't remember them being close because I never thought we were going to lose any of those games."

That Giants team and defense won the Super Bowl one year after the Chicago Bears nearly went undefeated and won theirs. They didn't get to knock off the champs themselves, as the Redskins defeated Chicago in the divisional round, but Bavaro's memory is better than that of whoever told him the games were close. The Giants beat the 49ers 49-3 in the divisional playoff round, whipped the Redskins 17-0 in the NFC Championship Game and then rolled the Broncos 39-20 in the Super Bowl. That's a combined 105-23 over three playoff teams. You can see why they might not have thought it was possible to lose.

More Giants

George Martin wasn't the happiest guy at the reunion. He's pouting because NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith won't give him a meeting to discuss the role of retired players in the current labor dispute. Martin is the head of NFL Alumni, which is a retired player organization that is funded and supported by the NFL. Because of that association, Smith and the NFLPA, who hosted quite a few retired players at their annual meetings each of the past two years, do not trust or particularly like Martin's group. Martin made an appearance at the NFLPA meetings this year, but it wasn't a face-to-face meeting with Smith. It was an address to the group of retired players affiliated with the NFLPA, and word is they all gave him an earful about his connections to Roger Goodell and the league. It sounds like, if Martin's looking for a supportive ear, he's looking on the wrong side of the labor fight.

Dallas Cowboys

Rainer Sabin looks at the Cowboys' internal options at cornerback in case they get rid of one of their starters and don't sign Nnamdi Asomugha. Not a pretty picture, though Sabin agrees with the prevailing opinion that the team should and will address the safety position first.

The heart attack Godfrey Miles had last Wednesday took his life. He played six years with the Cowboys and was a starter during their run to the Super Bowl XXX title. RIP.

Philadelphia Eagles

The life of a free agent is a weird one during this lockout. At a charity softball game in Camden, N.J., Eagles safety Quintin Mikell mused on his future thusly to the Philadelphia Daily News: "We're so deep in the lockout I don't even care. I'm just worried about staying in shape and making sure I'm ready to go. Obviously, I would like to be back here with the Eagles, but at this point I'm not sure what their thinking is. I am fairly sure that there's going to be a lot of people interested in me if I hit the market so either way I'll be fine." Mikell isn't super-likely to be back in Philly, but his name has come up as an option for the Cowboys in their hunt for a safety.

Michael Vick gave the commencement speech at a school for at-risk kids and handed out a couple of $5,000 college scholarships. Again, think what you want, but...

Washington Redskins looks at the recent success of rookie wide receivers in the league and what that might mean for draft picks Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul and Aldrick Robinson. It's an interesting point, with guys like Dez Bryant, Mike Williams, Percy Harvin, Austin Collie and Jeremy Maclin as strong examples from the past two years. And given the Redskins' current situation at WR, the rookies are likely to get an opportunity to show what they can do. It's just...well, I don't want to be accused of being negative or anything, but ... isn't it tough for a receiver, rookie or otherwise, to do much without a quarterback?

And Vonnie Holliday joined the piling-on-Albert-Haynesworth party during a recent radio appearance. Question: Do you think it's possible that the piling on of Haynesworth will ever get to the point where he's a remotely sympathetic figure? I kind of thought it might last summer during the conditioning-drill fiasco, but the way the guy carried himself throughout the season prevented that. I doubt he's at all redeemable in the eyes of Washington fans, but you tell me.

All right. The kids need to eat before they go to school. You know I'll be back later, though. You can count on me.

Breakfast links: Plaxico speaks

June, 10, 2011
It's Friday, it's hot and early-summer attention spans being what they are, we'll get right to the links:

Dallas Cowboys

The series on Cowboys draft picks concluded with a look at first-rounder Tyron Smith. Calvin Watkins (who I thought was a basketball writer) talked to USC offensive line coach James Cregg, who painted the picture of Smith as one bad dude: "A hard, hard worker. A guy who can tolerate pain. The kid is just a workhorse. We did these sprint drills and there were few linemen who could finish them, and he damn near took every rep and didn't complain." Could work.

Tough news here: Reports indicate former Cowboys LB Godfrey Miles suffered a massive heart attack. Best to him and his family, of course.

New York Giants

Plaxico Burress spoke to the Wall Street Journal for his first post-prison interview. Didn't say much, didn't rule out a return to the Giants. Said he watched some football while in prison and"it definitely makes you hungrier. You watch your friends have success and you want to recommit yourself and accomplish things again."

The Giants are looking at whether they'll need to push back the start date of their training camp due to the lockout, but it doesn't appear as if the University of Albany is giving them a hard time or a hard deadline. Other teams, such as the Eagles, may have to make training camp decisions sooner, and I wonder if they'll be able to get any sense from the recent labor talks as to what they'll be able to do.

Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick showed up at former Falcons teammate Roddy White's football camp for kids in South Carolina and was the star attraction. Looks as if he'll be in Virginia today to start a new kids' football league. Spending lots of time with the kids, is Mike. As we've said before here, like him or not, his message hits home with the kids.

Bleeding Green Nation found a little preview of Vick's and DeSean Jackson's Madden 12 player pages. In case you're into that sort of thing.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins are working to relocate ticket holders who will be displaced by this new "party deck" thing they're doing in the upper deck. I don't know. Maybe it's just me, and maybe I'm a grouch, but if they were messing with my tickets during a lockout I'd be upset.

Fred Davis did an interview with a local TV station in his hometown of Toledo. Some fun stuff about his high school days, including some video. I don't know. It's a little Toledo-specific. But if you're a fan of Fred Davis, you might enjoy the seven-minute interview clip.

Got a few things planned before the weekend hits. We'll do Fired-Up Friday, of course, and we have something planned for later today on most underrated players in the division. So keep clicking back while you're bored at work and dreaming of your weekend.