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Wud up, wud up everybody! Hope you are staying cool in this ridiculous heat wave. Let's get this started... only a few hours till LeBreezy makes his decision. What ya'll think will happen???
NFL Team your favorite.
CF, I grew up in Washington DC as a Redskins fan. Not so much a fan that much anymore because when you become a sports writer, you kind of lose your fandom and have to be objective. But the Redskins would be my favorite NFL team. I really only root for one team above all else and that is the Michigan State Spartans!
O-Dawg!! Do you think the Nets will land any big free agents? Im getting the impression they will not, but Im kind of OK with that, some quality under the radar guys out there that will not break the bank.
The Big Duke... wud up dawg? Well, I went to bed last night thinking LeBron will stay in Cleveland because he announced he was making his decision on ESPN on Thursday night and I didn't think he would embarrass Cleveland with his decision being on national television. And I've been of the belief all along, for the past two years, that LeBron would leave. But then I woke up this morning and saw my boy Broussard's report about Bosh and Wade to Miami and now I think he has to leave. How can he stay? He can't beat those guys or Orlando or even Boston if he stays. I think this benefits the Heat, Knicks, Bulls and even Nets. I still think the Nets impressed him and Jay-Z will be in his ear until Thursday night. But I won't discount the Knicks because they got Amar'e and maybe LeBron will think he has to team up with somebody now to beat Bosh and Wade.
With Domenik Hixon gone, who will be our primary kick returner?
Sean, the Giants are looking at Mario Manningham, Sinorice Moss and Aaron Ross on punt returns. They had Antrel Rolle take some punt returns as well. As for KR, I think we will see Ahmad Bradshaw and maybe Manningham or Moss. Don't discount the Giants looking outside as well.
Do you see the Giant's defense returning to their dominant form of two years ago? Will they be able to get to the quarterback like 2008-2009?
B, I think Perry Fewell will rejevenate this defense and get creative and find ways to get back to the QB. It may not be like that Super Bowl run with Strahan but I think it will be better than last year. The safety play will be better and the front line is healthy and deep.
Eli Manning had career highs last year in passing yards and touchdowns. Do you think the giants should start being a pass first offense or try to get back to the run game?
Mick, I've been saying this seemingly every week. There seems to be a lot of Giants fans who want Eli to actually improve on last year's numbers but I think that would be bad for the team simply because I think if that were to happen, the Giants would be playing from behind. The formula for success for the Giants is to get the running game going and then let Eli air it out.
Do you believe Lebron will go back to Cleveland or join Bosh and Wade in Miami? To me the only logical choice left after this morning is coming to New York
D, I thought for the past two years LeBron would leave. And definitely thought that throughout this process until last night when news came out he would make an announcement on ESPN. Then I started thinking, he wouldn't do that and let his hometown down on national TV, could he? But then with the Wade-Bosh news, I started thinking he probably needs to leave if he wants to compete for a title and get out of the East. I don't see how he can beat Miami, Boston and Orlando without any more help in Cleveland.
Do you see Ladanian Tomlinson play an active role for the Jets?
EZ, yes, I do see LT playing an active role for the Jets. Shonn Greene will get the carries. But I can see LT spelling Greene and being their third-down and short-yardage back. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see LT be like Thomas Jones and get the goal-line carries and score close to 10 touchdowns. He won't get the yards and carries he used to get in San Diego but the touchdowns should be there.
yo Ohm what's the good word? Football news is non existent these days.....do you have anything for us Giant Fans?
Wud up my man? I got some stuff but got to be patient. I need to give you guys something when camp is about to start right? LOL. Watch NFL Network or something! LOL.
Andiamo... you can't occupy yourself with LeBron or World Cup? LOL.
Ohm do you think Antrel Rolle and a healthy Kenny Phillips are enough to revive an abysmal Giants secondary?
Stevie, I think that is a big, big lift. Rolle was impressive in camp and coaches and teammates raved about his leadership skills. I think he can help replace the Antonio Pierce leadership void. Phillips needs to get healthy and we have no idea how good he will be after the knee surgery. But even KP at 50-percent will be better than what they had last year.
Has Kenny Phillips started cutting yet?
Dan, when we last saw him at the end of June, he hadn't done that much. No swelling in knee though. So that was very positive. He is in Miami now I think training. He should start soon if he hasn't already and says he will be ready once camp starts.
What is your opinion about Lebron. Buster Olney says all sighns point to the Knicks.
EZ, Buster Olney says all signs point to Knicks? My man Buster, Mr. Baseball? Little known fact... I interned under Buster at the Baltimore Sun and he mentored me and Jason LaCanfora back in the mid 90s. So I always believe in Buster. I think today's news of Bosh-Wade is a plus for Knicks. IT helps that they have Amar'e already. I don't know if all signs point to Knicks but today's news helps for sure.
whats your opinion on the G-MENS O line this coming year ?
John, They are motivated for sure. They don't like hearing that they are old and need change and need an injection of youth. Will William Beatty be in the starting five after camp? Quite possible. The Giants are going to give Beatty every chance to win the LT job and then move Diehl to LG. I think they will bounce back though and have a better season than last year.
I'm feeling pretty good. How are you doing Ohm?
KP, have you done any cutting yet?
Mr. Notorious, Lebron or Bust?
D, Big Poppa says LeBron will hyptnotize NYC on Thursday night! LOL.
Good afternoon. As far as the Giants, do you sense them making anymore moves before the start of the season? As far as the Knicks, Do you think Lebron IS COMING AND WHAT DEAL SHOULD THE KNICKS MAKE IF HE does AND if he doesn't? Thanks
E, wud up? I can see them perhaps making another move. They could look for another returner and maybe some depth on the offensive line. And maybe they look to add insurance at safety with Chad Jones' accident. I think LeBron very well could be coming after the Bosh-Wade news. I find it hard to see him going to Miami because I can't see him relinquishing being the man. And he needs help now to beat Miami and he can join Amar'e. Do I think they will win a title - LeBron and Amar'e? No. They will need more help than that. But I don't think he can win with the Cavs as the roster is right now. If he doesn't come, Knicks need to be smart with their money. Do not overpay for somebody. I rather see them hold off and try to make a run at Melo.
Sup Ohm? What's going on with d-line rotation & any update on B-Jacobs
Kyle S... living dangerously in Philly homey. LOL. D-line rotation should be Tuck, Cofield, Canty and then Kiwanuka or Osi. I think we will see Linval Joseph in there inside and some three defensive-end fronts. Jason Pierre-Paul will get in as well and then some Jay Alford and Rocky Bernard inside. B-Jacobs said he was doing great in offseason workouts and will be ready to rock come camp in August.
With Wade/Bosh going to Miami, odds get better or worse of LeBron inking with the Knicks? Thinking he may not want to be "stuck" playing in Cleveland 6 more years as the only guy there.
Dougie Fresh, I am a believer that the odds got better today. I have long thought that if he re-signs with Cleveland, it will be a short deal for two years with an option maybe and then hello New Jersey! But right now, Knicks are in play and so are Nets, in my mind.
Psyched about Germany in the WC today. I need something to hold me over to Football Season. Giants win 10 games over under?
Dennis, should be a great, great game. Spain is tough but Germany is on a roll! I think the Giants win 10 games. That was my prediction when the sked came out and I will stick to it although they could fall two games short of that as well. LOL. Schedule is tricky. Bottom line, Giants must win the games they can win. Can't lose any unexpected ones.
Do you believe the Giants have a problem at RB as much as I do? And if so, how will they fix the problem?
Dank, I am not ready to write off the running game just yet. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they were hurt. Now, Jacobs and Bradshaw are coming off surgeries and should be healthy. And maybe Andre Dixon emerges as third running back. I think they go about solving the problem by just getting healthy again.
Give me the odds on LeBron signing with the Knicks, and the Giants making the playoffs.
Jungerbage... just my own opinion and purely speculative with my background of having covered the NBA for 10 years... I'm going 60% he comes to NY.
Ohm, tell me a reason why I should be optimistic about Lebron's decision tomorrow?
David, take a look at the Cleveland roster and tell me if you think LeBron can beat Wade and Bosh? What about Orlando or Boston? Can he beat Chicago if the Bulls add a Boozer or another free agent? This is why I think LeBron needs to leave. He can re-sign and stay two seasons and then come to Brooklyn to play with Nets. But he won't win a title by staying unless they find a way to add another big time star. He isn't guaranteed to win with Amar'e but at least he'd have a big-time big man with him and possibly another piece to be added. Although I do think Bosh is a better fit with LeBron than Amar'e.
Osi and JPP on the outside Kiwi and Tuck inside them Linval in the middle 2 LBs, reverse nickle. 1 LB, double nickle. Sub JPP out add a LB and motion back with Sintim as 5th DL. Slide Tuck or Kiwi back to DE and put Canty in to spell Osi or whomever. Our personnel screams for creativity... I miss Spags
Dennis, it's only July homey! Way too early to get that technical. LOL!!!!! I think Fewell will try to get creative. He won't be Spags but he will be better than the predecessor.
Making the assumption the Knicks don't get Lebron, where do they go from here, Felton, Parker, who else could they even get?
D, I would get a point guard to play pick-and-roll with Amar'e. Must have whether it is Parker or Felton. Not as big on Felton though. Then save the remaining money to go after Melo or CP3 and hope for the best.
why would lebron make such a big deal about signing if hes not going to ny
Spencer, I think this thing has taken over everything so it doesn't matter where he goes or stays, whatever he decides is big big news.
So LeBron can't be joining Wade's team in Miami now that Bosh is joining him there. Does this eliminate everyone but the Knicks in the LeBron sweepstakes? What's the latest???
Mike, it actually, to me, keeps a lot of teams alive like the Knicks, Nets and Bulls. And he can still join Miami. There are scenarios in which all three can be in Miami although Beasley must be dealt, from what I understand.
Interesting that you think Lebron will flee Ohio now, our new Russian wallet did tell Lebron if he comes he will get Chris Paul, and either Lee or Boozer to play PF, interesting.......
Don't sleep on the Russian Gazillionaire!
Ohm, I can't occupy my time w/ Lebron b/c I'm a Knicks fan.....but I'm also a realist, so i'm not holding my breath....world cup is cool but it ain't holding my attention either.
Well you best find something to do for the next few weeks because after this week, there won't be much football-wise. Let's just hope the Giants and all other NFL'ers stay out of harm's way and don't get into trouble or accidents.
Not yet man, but we are getting closer. I don't think I'm gonna be too much of a problem for Kenny this season.
Good, the Giants need you to be there for the Dallas game again to pick Tony Romo off.
I don't see LeBRON going to New Jersey because I've heard nothing about it. Allthough I think the Nets really need the help, who will the Nets get??
YankeeLover... well, just because it's quiet doesn't mean it won't happen. LeBron has done one thing very well and that is keep things very close to the vest. I wonder if LeBron even knows what he is going to decide as of now. My guess is not. Nets could go after Boozer or David Lee which will be good for Brook Lopez. But they need another dynamic scorer.
Last year at the corner back position the Giants were brutalized with injuries, any chance we will actually have a healthy Aaron Ross?
Leonard, Ross says he is healthy and he constantly is working on strengthening his leg and remaining healthy. So far, so good. We'll see how he holds up in Camp.
Why do you think I'm struggling after skipping a start? Will I return to All Star form during the 2nd half?
PH, I trust that things will be better than they are now.
do you think that people will find out lebron's decision before the annoucement on thrus?
Spencer, this is interesting. He has managed to make sure there aren't many leaks if any coming out. But I find it hard to believe he can keep this a secret until he goes on air. But it looks like he wants to keep this like it was in high school when stars announce where they are going to school and pick a hat off the table in the gymnasium at a press conference!
Why do you keep answering the same question?
Daddy Mac, because it's all anybody seems to care about right now - LeBron and Knicks. LOL.
Wud up, Ohm!? Hope everything is well. Did you see the Big Blue O-line and Boss on that silly Silent Library show? Funny stuff. What kind of year do you think Boss is going to have? Will he continue to be involved in the passing game?
Wud up DC... yeah I did see some of the stuff like the old man nibbling on Boss' ear. I think Boss will be healthy, he already was making strides when we last saw him at end of June after minor surgery and I think the Giants will use him more this season. Hopefully Travis Beckum will play a role as well. But I think Boss can definitely and should be used more as a weapon.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE have the NY Giants have a good year. I feel like the Giants are really starting to stink it up. So please tell me, when will the Giants win the SuperBowl again??
Super Bowl... whoa, whoa, whoa. How about returning to the playoffs? I think most Giants fans will take that for now. Super Bowl? Not this season.
Have you heard about the SI report which has LeBron's agent and business partner coming today to NY for a meeting with the Knicks?
Frank, I have not yet but that wouldn't surprise me if it did happen. I think a lot of teams are doing last-minute jokeying for LeBron and it is in his best interest to make absolutely sure he has all the information he wants before making his decision. I am sure everybody is going hard after Boozer right now to lure him there as well.
How much did you see Chad Jones actually contributed this year? (Had he not been in an accident)
Mike, I thought he would contribute maybe on some passing downs and special teams. Perhaps even factor in on a return as well. But they were going to bring him along slowly.
Am I a Pro Bowler this year?
Eli, my guess is no. But if somebody pulls out or gets hurt, then yes. I see you being steady again but with the return of the running game, your passing statistics go down.
He can occupy his time by learning that "aint" isn't a word.
Not a fan of "ain't" eh?
Rickey want to know who Kenny Phillips is. Rickey got the greatest knees of all-time
Rickey not playing cards right now with Bobby Bonilla?
The NYG WILL upset the Colts in Week 2...your thoughts?
Mike, don't see it happening, at... all.
Ohm, I know it's only July, but by September I'll be watching the Giants, and thinking about personnel realities; so nows the time to imagine the possibilities. You know about 45 sacks, 10 picks (3 for 6), 3,300 yds 27td's 8 picks for eli and just under 2,000 yds on the ground. See imagining is fun
D... you got a lot of time on your hands homeboy. Too many statistics. Pace yourself G... you got a few more months before September. LOL.
are we going to see Ramses barden with a bigger role this year?? and what about Jacobs should we consider him washed up at this point??
Ryan, Ramses needs to show more in camp and be more consistent. But with Hixon out, Ramses has more of a chance to show what he's got. Jacobs isn't washed up. I don't believe that. If he struggles this season, hit me up again... LOL.
Who cares where Lebron goes. He is just another athlete with a huge ego that has to have an 1hr show around him on where he is going. What is the first 45-50 minutes going to be on his life highlights? He won't go to NY or anywhere else, becuase he wants to be the big fish in a small pond.
JE... I hear you on the ego. It is a bit ridiculous. Nobody has ever seen anything like this. I can see what you are saying about big fish in little pond but that is why you can't discount NYC. If you got a massive ego, where else than NYC to satisfy your ego?
Will Cliff Lee be a yankee this season, next season or never?
Dank, if not this year, then I see it next year. Yankees get everybody, including LeBron!
Phillip Dillard Defensive Rookie of the Year? Pierce was undrafted...
Mike, don't see that happening either. Let's see if he beats out Goff first. Come on Mikey! You are higher on the Giants than the public relations staff!!!!! LOL!
Kevin Boss is better than Jason Witten.
Mike, calm down homey!
What up Big O! Love the chats man and ESPNNEWYORKWhat's ur take on this whole Lebron thing? If he becomes a Knick of course ill be excited but im def tired of this whole thing and the one hour special is a little much. that all said PLEASE GO TO THE KNICKS!!!
Mitch, thanks dude. I chimed in on this earlier but I think today's news of Bosh-Wade to MIA helps the Knicks. I guess we will find out very soon. Thanks for joining the chat G!
I REALLY hope that the Nrdtherlands win this years world cup!! But the only problem is I think both Germany and Spain are way to good for my team. Do you think the Nedtherlands has any chance at winning??
N'lands look legit! I mean, everytime I watch them, they are heading in goals left and right! They are like the best headers in the world! Germany is really tough and so is Spain. You may be right.
how big of a season will hakeem nicks have ? and is there any open practices in the timex performance center this training camp ?
Dani, I think Nicks could be a breakout candidate although OC Kevin Gilbride says Nicks needs to show more consistency. Nicks was supposed to meet up with Eli and workout with him in the South during the offseason. If his toe is healed and he says it will be by training camp, then I think Nicks can be the big-play threat in the wr corps. I am not sure if there are any open practices at Timex but when I find out, I will try to blog it or you can hit me up on twitter at @NotoriousOHM, cool?
LOL smiley face Ohm Daddy
You know I'm down homey!
I am on the SI site now and I do not see that ANYWHERE
There you go... love the instant reaction NGE!
Ahmad Bradsaw Top 5 fantasy running back this year? I think so.
Dude, no man, no. Ahmad may surprise some people and steal a lot more carries from Brandon than people expect. And he could be the better fantasy back on the Giants. But do not draft this dude in like your first five-six rounds or even perhaps even later.
Will Osi be starting again this year? Im pulling for him!
This is the biggest question outside the MLB spot. I have no idea. Can't wait to see how it transpires. I like both dudes a lot.
Below is the report I was talking about earlierhttp://lebron-james-watch.si.com/2010/07/06/report-lebron-co-meeting-with-knicks-on-wednesday/
Oh... there we go.
Just auditioning to steal your job, homey.
You don't want my job kid... trust me. Much more stressful than it looks.
Hi Ohm, really enjoying the chat. Ramses Barden has gotten a lot of hype and attention based on his potential to eventually replace Burress in the offense, but I was wondering if you think Beckum will have more of an important role with this team during the season? He was the 100th overall pick two years ago, and many Giants fans, including myself, envisioned Travis having a similiar role to Dallas Clark with the Colts. Have you heard anything from the coaching staff regarding his development during this off-season? Thanks for the chat!
Matt, wud up, thanks dude. I, like you, envisioned Beckum having this huge role offensively. But OC Gilbride wants him to be more complete. Block better. Run routes better. Be more consistent. Same thing for Ramses. I'd really like to see both be used more, especially in red zone. I know they got problems with Beckum's blocking - even if he doesn't play the same role as Boss does. But love to see him in the passing game.
Who will be Eli's number one target this season? I really believe he will ahve a top 5 QB rating/performance in the NFL this season, thoughts?
Marcus, Smitty will be his top target on catches. I believe Nicks will be his top target when it comes to yardage and big plays.
Ohm, What's the possibility of seeing more 3 and 4 wides this season and what the possibility of seeing wilkinson take the mlb job
Kev, I think you can see three and four wides when the situation dictates. Let's hope that Ramses emerges. As for Wilkinson, he's got a tough road. Looks like Goff and Dillard ahead of him and I wonder how many first-team reps he can get to prove that he will be better than those two.
ohm how good do you think Nicks can be, I was looking at old film and his game reminds me of Jerry Rice
EASY! Who are you? Mike from Fartville?
Ohm..... What is your best guess at the Giants O-Line? Who will be starting?
Frank, my guess is the same starting five for some reason. But Beatty emerges later in the season perhaps.
In my honest opinion, I thought the Pierre-Paul pick was not so great, and that Jerry Reese should have taken the chance and traded up for Rolando McClain, what are your thoughts on that and who can the Giants put in the middle of the defense. I feel that maybe Perry Fewell, with the guys that we have now possibly try a Prowl D or maybe a 3-4 with stand up guys such as Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka. What are your overall thoughts?
Buck, I would have loved to have seen Rolando McClain. I thought the Giants should have gone all out to get him. As for the 3-4... I don't see that happening. It may look like it with defensive ends moving around for sure. They tried some sets with four defensive ends and they had JPP at nose tackle with Osi behind moving around. So it could be technically a 3-4 but we know they are really a 4-3 defense with just a few pieces moving around. I personally like it when the defensive ends are out there moving around. But they got to make sure to stop the run!
Which NY Football team will dominate the back pages of the newspapers this season?
Jets for sure, G.
If you look at the schedule again this year we must take advantage of a much easier 1st half than 2nd half...I think that the newness of the a 1st year stadium will be a negative factor for us as well
Kev, without a doubt you are right. Can't lose to Carolina and must take care of business vs Tenn and Chi and Det. I think the stadium has to be a positive. Can't lose that first game to Carolina. That would be a killer.
Ohm,i'm feeling really confident about how i will perform this season, what do you think
I'm rooting for you Ramses because I love my 6-6 Plaxico-like receivers.
Ohm Have you gotten a gauge on how windy the new stadium will be as compared to the old one. Btw when this comes true about Nicks I want my props.
It was windy the day they practiced in there when Hixon got hurt. And you will get your props but we know Nicks won't surpass Mr. Rice.
Chad Ochocinco and Jared Dudley both tweeted that Lebron will be a Knick tomorrow? How you like that Ohm daddy?
I like Ochocinco a lot. But they are just speculating. Would be awesome if it happens.
What will my name be this year for big blue?
Gun to my head: Jonathan Goff.
Most careers/jobs that are worthwhile/fulfilling are stressful. I've owned a business, go to school and work both full-time, and have handled a mass casualty event with no fatalities. Stress I'm good with, kid. lol
Then you might want to help a lot of NBA writers right now. Because I know their lives have been hell for two weeks! LOL.
Dude, you are talking like a 13 year old girl, "wud up", "LOL homey". Quit embarassing yourself and maybe then we can take you as a serious source of information on the Giants.
Mike, just worry about your Orangemen when they play my Spartans in the Jimmy V classic homey.
Ohm, do you see me causing more injuries this season?
I think it will claim a few but nothing more than normal. At least let's hope not.
Were you at that open Giants practice at New Meadowlands stadium..cuz I was there in my Hakeem Nicks jersey going wild
I was there when Hixon went down. Didn't see you in the crowd though... sorry dude.
Since you are..... were a Skins fan Ohm, how you think my brother is going to handle McNabb there?
I know McNabb likes to throw the deep ball. The way I see it, this is better for Santana. McNabb will probably throw a lot more than Jason Campbell did and be more accurate.
Am I the best writer in the world?
Not even close... not even close. Just a squirrel trying to get a nut...
Ohm, How confident are you that the running game will return to 2008 form?
Kyle, not sure if it returns like that. But I do think there will be a 1,000 yard rusher again. Hard to see it being as bad as it was last year.
How do you think the NFC east will play out 1st to 4th?
Jim, Dallas, NYG, Redskins, Eagles.
Alright everybody, thanks for chatting with me. Can't wait for tomorrow and the LeBron decision. Good luck to everybody. Hope you all get what you want!