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Justin Tuck Says the Yankees, Not Jets or Giants, Run New York

Considering we are about 24 hours away from kickoff between the Jets and Giants, it is possible that the trash talk has finally reached a saturation point.  We expected plenty of blows to be exchanged between the two New York teams throughout the week, and neither has disappointed.  Whether it be Santonio Holmes ripping the Giants secondary, Antonio Cromartie ragging on Mario Manningham, or Rex Ryan putting a bloody Eli Manning on the Jets’ playbook cover, there has been plenty of bulletin board material to go around.  Maybe that’s why Justin Tuck chose to not bite when asked if the Jets or Giants are New York’s team.

“I could care less about bragging rights,” Tuck said according to ESPNNewYork.com. “Last time I checked, the Mayor of New York ran the city. New Jersey is Gov. (Chris) Christie, he has a lot to say with what goes on in New Jersey. I don’t see me making any rulings on anything. Rex Ryan either.

“We got a lot of catching up to get to, what is it … 27 rings now the Yankees got? They run New York if you want to talk about running New York. Obviously we want to win the game regardless. The only thing I care about is getting another one of those shiny things on my finger. Ask Rex Ryan if he is cool with going to the (AFC) championship game two years in a row. Guarantee he will trade one of those for playing for a Super Bowl and a win.”

Tuck’s comments are actually refreshing.  The Jets and Giants have been feeding into the media hype all week, but in reality both teams need a win in general way worse than they need to beat “the other” team in New York.  The game isn’t for bragging rights — it’s to keep playoff hopes alive.  The rivalry might make the stakes a bit higher, but the priority for both teams is to get a win.  Both the Giants and Jets should care very little about who owns New York at the moment.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk for passing the story along.

DeMarcus Ware: Justin Tuck Wishes He Played for the Cowboys

Trash talk between the Cowboys and Giants is certainly not a new phenomenon. There is no love lost between the two teams, who always seem to put on a show when they get together during the season. One player who is particularly vocal about his hatred for the Cowboys is Justin Tuck. He has been known to trash the new Jerry Land and stress how much he hates Dallas. DeMarcus Ware has an interesting theory on why Tuck feels the need to do that.

“He says that because maybe he wants to play here,” Ware told reporters on Wednesday according to the NY Daily News. “Everybody wants to play for the Cowboys. If I wasn’t playing for the Cowboys I would call it that, too, because I want to play for them.”

I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with DeMarcus on this one.  Hating your rival is hating your rival.  When you play for the team that won a Super Bowl in 2007 and insist you hate the team that has not won one since the 1990s, envy probably isn’t the issue.

That being said, Dallas is certainly in a better position than New York at the moment.  The Giants are 6-6 and traveling to Dallas to take on the 7-5 Cowboys.  Having lost four straight, the G-Men would be able to write off the remainder of their season if they lose on Sunday night.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk for the story.

Justin Tuck: 49ers are Asking Alex Smith to Not Lose Games

Regardless of who they have faced, the 49ers are off to an incredibly good start. A team with poor quarterback play would not be 7-1, which means Alex Smith has been surprisingly efficient for San Francisco. The question is has he helped them win, or has he helped them not lose. Yes, there is a difference. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Justin Tuck believes Smith is only being asked to not lose games.

“He is a guy who they are trying to keep out of position to win the football game,” Tuck said on Thursday. “Obviously, with a back like Frank Gore and the O-Line keeping them in third-and-short situations, and even if it is third and 6 or 7, they still feel that they can pick it up running. I think they are asking Alex not to lose the game.

“He is playing decent with 10 touchdowns and two picks. He is not putting them in situations where they are going to be pinned back or their defense is not going to be put in bad situations. If they get in field-goal range, they are going to run the ball and make sure they come away with some points. If they are not in, they are going to run the ball and make sure they punt to put their defense in good positions to stop the offense.”

Whether Tuck means that as an insult or not, Smith and the Niners are not going to take offense.  The fact that Smith is on pace to throw for less than 3,000 yards and only 20 touchdowns in a pass-happy league reflects what Jim Harbaugh is trying to do.  He may claim he views Smith as an elite quarterback, but in reality the less the Niners need to lean on him the better off they will be.

Antonio Pierce Calls Out Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs for Sitting with Injuries

After seeing the Giants lose to the lowly Seahawks on Sunday, it was evident that they could have used the services of Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs. Ahmad Bradshaw was unable to get anything significant going on the ground and Marshawn Lynch ran all over the New York defense. While you would think the Giants would be able to pull off a win without two of their better players against a team like Seattle, that was not the case.

Former Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce agrees that the Giants could have used Jacobs and Tuck on Sunday. In fact, he implied the two were milking their injuries and should have been on the field.

“To me, if you don’t have an injury that needs surgery, or that’s severe, you need to be out there,” Pierce said on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning show. “If you are one of the leaders on the team, which Brandon Jacobs and Justin Tuck are, and you say, ‘You know what, the Seattle Seahawks, maybe we don’t need to play this game,’ and you miss out, that is going to come back to bite you in the tail. You’ve got to play every one. Every one is important.”

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Justin Tuck Says Young Eagles Fan Threw Beer at Giants Bus

Philadelphia fans are some of the most passionate, rowdy fans in the country. They notoriously booed Santa Claus, they booed a robot, and they’ve been known to throw batteries onto the field of play from time to time. No surprise, they weren’t in the best of moods after their Eagles lost to the Giants at home Sunday.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who had a tackle in New York’s 29-16 road win, tweeted from the team bus about some of the Eagles fans’ naughty behavior:

I’m guessing the middle fingers will be there from Eagles fans regardless of whether the Giants win or lose, but getting a beer thrown at them is the product of bitter Philly fans. I’m sure Tuck was only too happy to take it.

Now if you want to call out Philly fans for bad parenting, then you don’t want to see this video from a Phillies game last year. It doesn’t get more irresponsible than that.

Justin Tuck Has Jeremy Shockey’s Back

A big topic over the last month of the season that spilled into the offseason was the Giants and their relationship with tight end Jeremy Shockey. Shockey broke his leg in the third to last game, one which the Giants lost to the Redskins. The Giants then beat Buffalo without him, and put up 35 points in a three-point loss to the Patriots in the final week of the season without him. And what the Giants did in the playoffs — all without Shockey — you don’t need me to refresh. So the talks began to stir up that Eli and the Giants were better off without Shockey, and there was a lot of speculation that Shockey resented the success his team had without him on the field. Well, regardless of what the media wants to drum up, Giants defensive end Jason Tuck, who was one of the best players in the Super Bowl, had Shockey’s back in some comments made on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio:

For me, he’s a great teammate. [He's] a guy who loves to win and he loves to get the football — for good reasons. He’s probably a top three, four, five tight end in this league right now. I think what happens is he’s frustrated when we’re losing and he lets it show, and I think people take it the wrong way. I haven’t had anything negative to say about him ever, and won’t because he’s a great teammate. He’s the type of person you love to have on your team and you hate to have him against you because he goes out there and plays 100% every play.

There you go, so can we close the book on this issue now? I hope so. As for Tuck’s comments, true, Shockey can be one of the top few tight ends in the league. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Giants are better off with him, however. Without him in there, Eli clearly had more confidence, and he also targeted Amani Toomer a lot more. So no, Kevin Boss is not a better player than Jeremy Shockey, but for the Giants, Boss was a better fit. End of story.