Tiki Barber and wife Traci Johnson are having a baby

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Tiki Barber will soon be welcoming his fifth child into the world. Barber and wife Traci Johnson appeared on TV show “Bethenny” as part of a couple’s panel, and they announced that they will be having their first child together. Johnson says she is six and a half months pregnant (you can hardly tell) and due in December.

Tiki Barber Traci JohnsonBarber was married to ex-wife Ginny for around 10 years, and the two have four kids together. Tiki left Ginny to be with Johnson, who was an intern at NBC, where Barber was working as a broadcaster following his NFL career. Barber actually left Ginny while she was pregnant with their twin daughters. This will be Johnson’s first child.

On the show, Tiki also commented on Prince Amukamara calling himself the “Black Tim Tebow.”

“Well he’s on a team so I think he is better than Tim Tebow,” Barber joked.

Barber and Johnson’s episode will air on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Visit Bethenny.com to find out when and where it airs in your city.

You know why it’s impossible to tell that Johnson is pregnant? Because she is ridiculously skinny the rest of the time:

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David Wilson switching to Tiki Barber carrying method to stop fumbling

David Wilson GiantsNew York Giants running back David Wilson needs to work his way out of Tom Coughlin’s dog house. The only way he can do that is if he stops putting the ball on the ground. Wilson is hoping former Giants running back Tiki Barber can help solve the issue.

Once upon a time, Barber had a major fumbling problem. Considering Wilson has lost three fumbles in just 78 career rushing attempts, I guess you can say he has one too. On Thursday, Newsday’s Bob Glauber told Pro Football Talk Live that Wilson is planning to switch to Barber’s high-and-tight carrying method in an attempt to keep the football more secure.

“He gave me some advice I can really use,” Wilson told Glauber earlier this week. “It makes sense. It felt good in practice, so I plan on using it.”

After fumbling nine times in a single season, Barber changed his approach and fumbled only nine times combined through the final three seasons of his career. Barber said holding the ball near your chest can feel awkward at first, but it paid off with a great deal of repetition.

“I held it like that everywhere,” he explained. “I even do it now sometimes. I can’t help but put it there in front of me. It became second nature. I even have to tell my kids, ‘If you’re going to carry the ball, you have to carry it like this.'”

The good news for Wilson (and his fantasy owners) is that the Giants really don’t have another option at tailback. They brought back Brandon Jacobs earlier this week, but we all know he is incapable of shouldering a significant workload. If Coughlin stuck with Barber after nine fumbles in a season, there’s no reason to believe he won’t give Wilson several more opportunities this year.

Tiki Barber: Tom Coughlin threw newspapers in my face

tiki-barber-tom-coughlinFormer New York Giants running back Tiki Barber and head coach Tom Coughlin never really got along during their three seasons together. Their disagreements have been well-documented, but Barber has supposedly attempted to reconcile with Coughlin in recent years and been shut down.

While co-hosting “The Morning Show” on CBS Sports Radio Thursday morning, Barber provided some detail about what his relationship with Coughlin was like toward the end of his career in New York. One of their feuds took place after Barber told reporters the Giants needed to run the ball more following a 26-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2006.

“Tom Coughlin comes into my meeting room and he has all these newspapers and throws them in my face,” Barber said. “Like, physically, in my face. … He said, ‘What the F is this?‘ and throws them in my face.”

Barber, who said he was simply stating the truth about the team needing to hand the ball of more, said he responded to Coughlin with “like a thousand” F-bombs.

“Long story short, we ended up yelling at each other for 40 minutes,” he said. “Running backs left, the (offensive) linemen were next door, defensive linemen were on the other side. And at the end, I said, ‘You know what? I’m out of here.’”

Barber added that the only time he got along with Coughlin was on game days. Coughlin is known for being a hard-nosed coach, and that attitude clearly bothered Barber.

“Tell me, ‘do something because I say so’?” Barber recalled. “I’m not going to accept that.”

Coughlin is the head coach, so it was Barber’s job to accept that. The former Pro Bowler looks bad every time he criticizes Coughlin, simply because the team went on to win two Super Bowls after he retired. Stories about Coughlin acting like an a-hole do nothing to change that.

H/T LBS tipster David

Tiki Barber: Eli Manning is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning

Peyton-Manning-Eli-ManningThe general consensus among football fans is that Peyton Manning is a much better quarterback than Eli Manning. Prior to the New York Giants’ Super Bowl campaign in 2007, very few people believed Eli would ever be on the same stratosphere as his older brother. Two Super Bowl rings have made the conversation more interesting.

Because of Eli’s success in the postseason, former Giants running back Tiki Barber believes he has surpassed Peyton.

“The expectation was that he was never going to be Peyton,” Barber said while co-hosting The Morning Show on CBS Sports Radio Network Wednesday, via Eye on Football. “I remember having these conversations with people who watched Eli in college, saying, ‘He’s good, but he’s never going to be Peyton, he’s not Peyton.’ Guess what? I think he’s better than Peyton. Because of clutch. What matters in sports? It’s winning and losing. You get to the stage and what do you do? Eli’s gotten there and he’s won.”

Not only that, but Barber believes Eli could get himself into the discussion of the top-five quarterbacks of all time with another championship.

“For Eli to crack the top five of all time, he’s got to have a 2011 [type] season a couple more times and win another Super Bowl and be Super Bowl MVP, and then I think he’s in the discussion for the top five [quarterbacks] of all time,” he said.

Eli is 8-3 in his playoff career and Peyton is 9-11. Aside from the 2007 playoffs with the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton has ultimately struggled in the postseason. He threw a pick-six that lost the Super Bowl for the Colts against the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and threw another interception to seal Denver’s fate in the playoffs last year. Eli has not had as many crucial mistakes in the clutch.

While I personally still feel that Peyton is — and always will be — a much more talented quarterback, Barber has a point. Hardware speaks for itself, and Eli is only 32 and has more of it than his brother. Maybe these latest comments from Tiki will finally give him a chance to reconcile with Coughlin and company.

Tiki Barber: Warren Sapp is an idiot

Tiki-Barber-Blasts-Tom-Coughlin-GiantsWarren Sapp rekindled an old rivalry last week when he criticized Michael Strahan for only dominating throughout much of his NFL career because of the position he played. In arguing that his former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Simeon Rice should make the Hall of Fame before Strahan, Sapp insisted Strahan was only one of the most successful defensive lineman in NFL history because he played left defensive end instead of right.

On Monday, One of Strahan’s former teammates came to his defense. Would you believe it was Tiki Barber?

“Warren’s an idiot,” Barber told reporters at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic, per the NY Daily News. “He just wants to say things to be idiotic. I played with Stray for my whole career. He is the greatest of the great. He is a great teammate, he kept things light, but on game day he was as serious as a heart attack and it showed in his play.”

Barber, who left the New York Giants before their improbable championship run in 2007, has gone out of his way to criticize his former team and coach since he left the NFL. In fact, he reportedly tried to reconcile with Tom Coughlin last year and was stonewalled. However, he must have remained close with Strahan.

“Warren doesn’t know, never played with him (Strahan),” Barber said. “I don’t put any credence in his opinion … I hope Stray doesn’t let it bother him. I don’t think it does.”

Strahan let it bother him the last time Sapp tried to take credit away from him, so I’m sure the comments had the same effect this time — whether he admits it or not. As for whether or not Tiki having his back means anything, I have my doubts.

Tiki Barber’s fiancee Traci Lynn Johnson reportedly having bridal shower before Tiki’s divorce is finalized

Some things in life just can’t wait. Apparently a bridal shower is one of them. We know women get excited about their wedding day, but can’t you let the other one finish moving out before you move in? According to the NY Post, Tiki Barber’s fiancee Traci Lynn Johnson is having a bridal shower this weekend despite the fact that Tiki’s divorce with his ex-wife is not yet finalized.

While still finalizing his divorce from wife Ginny, ex-Giants superstar Tiki and fiancée Traci are determined to press forward with their wedding plans, we’re told. And tomorrow, Erica Rivera, the attractive wife of journalist Geraldo Rivera, will throw a bridal shower for Johnson at new downtown wine bar Bahr Ché. Sources tell us Tiki and Ginny “have a divorce agreement in principle, but the divorce is not yet final.”

A few months ago it looked as though Tiki and Traci’s wedding plans were being held up by Barber’s unsettled divorce with Ginny. Apparently they aren’t going to let a silly estranged wife hold them down any longer. If Ginny decided she was entitled to half of the value of the gifts at the wedding shower since the two are still technically married, then we’d have a sticky situation.

Tiki Barber Tried to Reconcile with Tom Coughlin, Reportedly Was Turned Down

Tiki Barber went on the radio Sunday morning and said he doesn’t feel like his comeback attempt was a failure, even though no NFL team signed him. He says the comeback motivated him and therefore was a positive factor in his otherwise boring life. He also says he’s tried to reconcile with Giants coach Tom Coughlin, with whom he’s often clashed.

“We tried (to set up a meeting). He said no, through his agent, (Giants vice president of communications) Pat Hanlon,” Barber reportedly said ESPN 1050.

“But one of these days I’m sure it’ll happen, because as we know, time heals all wounds. And I think at the end of the day, Giants fans, despite their dislike of me at times, know that I was one of the guys that put (it) on the line every time I put on my uniform.”

There are a few questions that must be asked. When did Barber try to reach out? If it was during the season, that’s probably why he was turned down. If it was during the offseason and at a time when Coughlin would be available, then I’ll bet it’s critical commentary from Tiki like this that makes Coughlin want no part of his former running back.