Sep 102013
 
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When Billy Taylor was at our office for a Google hangout with BBI readers, the former running back was confident about February’s Super Bowl.

Not that the Giants would be there, but that organizers would throw one of the best events in the history of the city. The much-maligned festival by critics of cold weather football could be our community’s finest hour.

We have five reasons why New York / New Jersey will host the best ‘Big Game’ of all-time, not accounting for what actually happens on the field.

1) Everyone is already here
The Giants season ticket holder waiting list is estimated to be 135,000 people. Greater than the population of most towns in the United States. There are more than a quarter-billion businesses in the Tri-State area, including 50+ Fortune 500 companies.

The inbound corporate interest is through the roof and everyone’s booking now,” said Thuzio CEO Jared Augustine. “Big time clients are on the line.”

So what does this have to do with your average football fan?

2) Well, it’s more than a game
Even if the Giants aren’t playing on February 2nd, those fans who attended games in Glendale and Indianapolis will tell you that the real action is off the field.

It’s the party scene, media day, the celebrities, corporate schmoozing, walking down the street and bumping into a Super Bowl MVP, or even having one at your event.

As part of the festivities, Broadway will transform into Super Bowl Boulevard, including a 180-foot long, 58-foot high toboggan run able to handle up to 1,000 riders an hour. Throw in events like the Taste of the NFL, free concerts and VIP parties from PLAYBOY and DirectTV and you’ve got something for everyone.

“The price tag to host these affairs is astronomical, with some parties costing more than a million dollars. But the payoff, party hosts say, is insurmountable,” writes Kelley L. Carter of ESPN.com.

3) The city is already buzzing
You’ve seen the signs, like the countdown clock in Times Square, the commercials on FOX, and hotels like the Loews Regency, undergoing millions in renovations to prepare for VIP guests. And while the Giants were allocated a few thousand seats for the game itself, packages through the National Football League’s ‘On Location’ program, with prices in excess of $8,000 per ticket, are already selling out.

Just getting into the game will cost fans upwards of $2,500 a ticket.

Or you could …

4) NYC’s Roster of Legends
Thuzio connects fans with nearly 400 NFL legends past and present, including many Giants Super Bowl heroes. You can take one to the game, take them to dinner, even invite them into your home for a Super Bowl watch party.

Here’s the thing. You can’t wait to book this kind of talent.

Compare it to booking a flight from LGA to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI during Thanksgiving weekend vs. doing so after the Giants won the NFC Championship Game. The more you wait. The more you’ll pay in the long run.

Giants on Thuzio Who Have Played In The Super Bowl
Super Bowl XXI – Harry Carson, Bart Oates, Karl Nelson, Mark Collins, Lawrence Taylor

Super Bowl XXV – Ottis Anderson, Stephen Baker, Rodney Hampton, Howard Cross
Super Bowl XXXV – Tiki Barber, Keith Hamilton, Shaun Williams
Super Bowl XLII – Jeff Feagles, Shaun O’Hara
Super Bowl XLVI – Jonathan Goff, Michael Clayton

5) It may snow
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told Boomer and Carton that he was rooting for a “blinding snowstorm” to cap off a perfect week of festivities. If that happens, regardless of the score, everyone will remember the game for a lifetime.

Aug 152013
 
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As part of a partnership with Thuzio, Tiki Barber offers his thoughts on the New York Giants running backs and their fantasy value.

Quick Take:

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“The Giants appear to have two really good options at RB for the 2013 season, though early indications are that they will be splitting carries, as has been the trend across the league.

The days of the workhouse back in the NFL are over, which is both good and bad.  Good because backs will stay healthier throughout the season; however, I have always thought that there was a competitive disadvantage to substituting backs situationally.”

On David Wilson:

“David Wilson is the runner that everyone is anxious to see. Last season, in limited action (71 carries), he averaged five yards per carry with four touchdowns. He also averaged 8.5 yards per reception and returned a kick for a touchdown, showing dynamic versatility.

He has superb breakaway speed, agility and athleticism, a flair for showmanship which sometimes goes too far and the rare ability to go the distance on any given play.

I’m curious to see if he can handle the running back responsibilities when the ball isn’t in his hands. Can he identify and pick up dogging linebackers and blitzing safeties? Can he learn to play above the X&Os? Can he stop back flipping and risking injury just for the sake of back flipping? That’s obviously a joke, but the point is, sometimes showmanship can be detrimental, especially with officials cracking down on that type of thing.”

On Andre Brown:

“Much was made of the fact that Andre Brown was cut five times, but it was more circumstance than lack of skill. The Giants were high on him in 2009, but he tore his achilles and was cut the next season after not getting healthy enough. With the departure of Brandon Jacobs and the injury to Ahmed Bradshaw last season, he was finally given his opportunity and ran with it.

Brown is a straight line runner, who is deceptively fast for someone who is 230 pounds. He will likely also be the goal line back, so he could top the eight TD’s he had last season. I also like the fact that he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

The main concern is that he has to be able to stay ‘off the shelf’ this season, otherwise he’ll be viewed as a talented, yet injury prone guy who is out of the league.”

Fantasy Spin:

“It’s hard to know how Wilson and Brown’s carries will be split during the regular season. From a fantasy standpoint, they could both be a solid #2 back, but not likely a great starter. In the Giants offense over the last few years, the running game has become secondary to the passing game.

Interestingly, I think that Brown is more of the situational guy because he is a better pass protector; therefore, will be in on passing situations, and get a lot of carries on draws, which have big play potential. Wilson will be a big play player, and has the chance to lead the team in +20 yard plays.

Both of these guys will give you moments of excitement and be complimentary to Eli Manning’s down field attack, but don’t expect a 1,200 yard season unless one of them goes down.”

Did You Know:

“If you’ve ever wanted to spice up your Fantasy Football experience, Thuzio is the place to look. You can book a football legend to moderate the draft festivities, or even record a personalized video message to smack talk your league.

Here’s an example of how a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed league used Ronde and myself to tease the upcoming season. I love seeing the creativity.