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Postby stomperrob » Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:07 am

from today's paper:

Strahan gets one to tackle

Confronts reporter over his own words

BY RALPH VACCHIANO
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

The doors to the Giants' locker room were still in place yesterday. Behind them, though, everything appeared to be coming unhinged.

In one bizarre hour - strange even by the standards the Giants have set over the past week - Tom Coughlin's crew unraveled once again. It started when Plaxico Burress delivered a subtle rip of teammate Michael Strahan, and ended with Strahan delivering a not-so-subtle rant at the media in general while trying to bully a female reporter from ESPN.


Asked about his comments regarding Burress, Strahan demanded that ESPN's Kelly Naqi step to the front of a media pack and "look me in the eye."

And the cause of all the turmoil was Strahan's own words during his regular spot on WFAN on Monday, when he appeared to chastise Burress for quitting on a play during Sunday's Music City Meltdown. When Burress heard that Strahan had said, "You can't give up and you can't quit, because you're not quitting on yourself, you're quitting on us, you're quitting on everybody," it was enough to trigger the latest round of discontent from the Bickering Blue.


"Wow, that's tough for a teammate to come out and say that about you," Burress said after he was read Strahan's comments, word for word, by Naqi. "But if that's the way he feels, that's the way he feels. I'll talk to him about that personally. I'm not going to get into a pushing or shoving match with you guys. I'll just talk to him personally because that's the type of person I am. I wouldn't go on TV or radio and criticize my teammates.


"If that's the way he feels, hey, that's sad."


That response was quickly relayed to Strahan by a member of the Giants' PR staff, and a few minutes later, the defensive end - who usually speaks to the media only on Thursdays - burst into the locker room and began his tirade. First, he singled out Naqi and berated her for not asking questions "in the appropriate manner" and, beckoning her with his index finger, loudly ordered her to come forward and "look me in the eye."


"I know you're going to ask it in a way that there's more division and more of a negative way than what it was, so come here, I want to see your face," Strahan said. "Are you a responsible journalist? Look me in the eye and ask me this question, please, the way that you want to ask it. Come on. Look a man in the eye before you try to kill him or make up something."


Eventually, Strahan was asked if he had spoken to Burress. Strahan said he had, even though Burress insisted he had not. Strahan added, "Do you think one play by Plaxico lost us the game? No."


Then he redirected his rage toward the media at large. "If you want to come here with the negative, you're coming to the wrong guy, because I'm not a negative guy," said Strahan, who is recovering from a sprained foot. "I don't kill my teammates. I'm a man and I talk to my teammates. So if you're going to talk to me, don't stand in the back behind 10 other people. You come here and look me in the eye. And if you're going to ask Plaxico about something, you ask him in the appropriate way, not the negative way so it seems like I'm attacking my teammates, because I don't do that.


"(The WFAN comments are) being portrayed that way because that's the way you guys portray them. We've lost three games in a row. You're not going to do anything positive. That's not how you guys operate. You don't sell papers by being positive. OK? You just don't - especially when a team has lost three games in a row."


Strahan's rage, of course, came seven days after Tiki Barber criticized the Giants' play-calling, six days after it was revealed that Barber was reprimanded by Coughlin, five days after Coughlin fired back at Barber, and three days after the Giants (6-5) blew a 21-point, fourth-quarter lead in Tennessee.


However, despite the turmoil, yesterday actually began with a positively chipper Coughlin press conference. The coach seemed eager and thrilled to announce that defensive end Osi Umenyiora, linebacker Brandon Short and cornerback Sam Madison all might return for Sunday's showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. When asked about Strahan's WFAN rant, Coughlin did say he was "aware that a statement had been made," but added "What I'm trying to do right now, quite frankly, is pull everybody together and encourage, if you will."


Little did Coughlin know how difficult that would be, and what was simmering behind his locker-room doors.

Originally published on November 30, 2006
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Postby mattUTD20 » Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:33 am

There goes Strahan on his roid rage again. The funny part was when he was going nuts about him being a man and talking to his teammates and then Burress later saying Strahan didn't talk to him about it.
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Postby slowride » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:20 pm

ha....the giants are such a joke. I don't say that as much as a random insult, but for the fact they make me laugh. They're hilarious. Shockey, Burress, Strahan, Barber....comedic gold.
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Postby DrSpackle » Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:57 pm

No wonder Tiki is retiring.
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Postby eaglesrule » Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:12 pm

i think the problem is that their coach is sucha joke. He is such a taskmaster "tough guy" but he never reels in the big boys. And if players can't criticize his coaching (which leaves something to be desired frankly), why does he call people out in public?

I don't think that guy is a professional when it comes to handling stuff like that. Strahan and Tiki are much farther along in respect and accomplishments that coughlin is in his. They played in a super bowl. Strahan has the sack record. Tiki could be going ot the HOF. Coughlin hasn't set any records led teams to a super bowl or have a shot at the HOF. The inmates can't run the asylum. On the other hand, most people know what its like to have a terrible and wrong, boss.

I mean the guy ripped Eli in public over an Interception, but the thing is, he shouldn't have been calling pass anyway.
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Postby The Lung » Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:14 pm

Stomperrob, I appreciate you posting all the articles you do. However, I would like to request two things:
  • Can you not use italics when posting the text of the article? It makes it very difficult to read. I suggest putting the text inside a quote box to make sure people understand it's not your own writing.
  • Can you post the URL of the source of the article? Sometimes there is formatting lost when just the text of the article is copied and pasted here, and I'd like to view the original.


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Postby Amazinz » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:24 pm

The whole story has been blown out of proportion. Strahan's outburst was hilarious. The Giants are getting healthy quickly and if they win this game they squelch the story and take back the division. There's no such thing as "divided" clubhouse on a winning team.
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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:32 pm

The Lung wrote:Stomperrob, I appreciate you posting all the articles you do. However, I would like to request two things:
  • Can you not use italics when posting the text of the article? It makes it very difficult to read. I suggest putting the text inside a quote box to make sure people understand it's not your own writing.
  • Can you post the URL of the source of the article? Sometimes there is formatting lost when just the text of the article is copied and pasted here, and I'd like to view the original.

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Postby eaglesrule » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:47 pm

Amazinz wrote:The whole story has been blown out of proportion. Strahan's outburst was hilarious. The Giants are getting healthy quickly and if they win this game they squelch the story and take back the division. There's no such thing as "divided" clubhouse on a winning team.


true.

I think the lockerrom isn't divided per se, but they do not like coughlin, and it is becoming an issue.
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Postby Amazinz » Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:28 pm

Maybe that is the case. I don't know for sure one way or the other but that is not my impression as a fan who follows the team closely. The image of Coughlin as a taskmaster is fueled more by the media than anything else IMO. There isn't a whole lot available publicly (other than opinion pieces) that supports the idea that he's lost the team. Funny how he has control of the team during the 5-game win streak or while winning the division last season.
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