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New York Giants Friday Morning Storylines: NFL Unlikely to Use Centralized Replay in 2014

February 21st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Friday, New York Giants fans. Friday is finally upon us and the NFL's offseason lull is now a thing of the past. The NFL Combine is under way, executive interviews are being held, free agent rumors are beginning to heat up and free agency is right around the corner. So sit back, relax, drink your coffee and enjoy the following stories.

Hakeem Nicks Lands with Jay Z

Jay Z's sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, continues to grow with an Empire State of mind.

The firm, based in New York, added its fourth New York-based client Thursday, announcing it had signed Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Roc Nation Sports spokesman Ron Berkowitz said Nicks will be jointly represented by CAA and Roc Nation. The two agencies already share, along with IMG, Nicks teammate Victor Cruz.

Nicks expressed his happiness to be with Roc Nation on Twitter.

NFL Unlikely to Go to Centralized Replay in 2014

The NFL's competition committee is unlikely to make major changes to the replay system or playoffs this year.

On Wednesday, the committee discussed both issues during a meeting in Indianapolis but reached no consensus on either issue. More meetings are scheduled later this week as league and team officials convene for the NFL's annual scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"There's still a lot of discussion to be done," New York Giants owner John Mara said when asked about using one location to determine replay reviews. "I think it's going to be difficult to get done on that this year."

‘Live With Kelly & Michael’ Delivers Its Top-Rated Week Yet

One of the hottest shows in daytime is the Disney-distributed syndicated talkshow “Live With Kelly & Michael,” which this month delivered the show’s top rating in its nearly 18 months on the air.

Getting a boost from co-host Michael Strahan’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over Super Bowl weekend, “Live” drew a season-best 3.6 household rating for the week of Feb. 3-7, according to Nielsen, marking the show’s third consecutive week of growth.

Not only does this represent a best-yet rating for “Live With Kelly & Michael,” which launched in September 2012, but it’s also the second highest household rating in the last seven years for “Live.” The only higher tally for “Live” since February 2007 was a 6.7 (and 9.45 million total viewers) for Regis Philbin’s final week as host of “Live With Regis & Kelly” in December 2011.

Lewan Could be Ideal for Giants, Except …

Former Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan, a potential New York Giants draft pick, tried to clear his name Thursday in connection with a rape case that rocked his campus.

Lewan's former teammate, kicker Brendan Gibbons, was thrown out of school in December for reportedly violating the school's student sexual misconduct policies in 2009, when he was accused of rape by another student. The alleged victim accused Lewan of threatening her, claiming he said he wanted to rape her if she pursued charges against Gibbons.

Speaking before 20 or 30 reporters at the NFL scouting combine, Lewan insisted he made no such comment.

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2 Responses to “New York Giants Friday Morning Storylines: NFL Unlikely to Use Centralized Replay in 2014”

  1.  jfunk says:

    “The alleged victim accused Lewan of threatening her, claiming he said he wanted to rape her if she pursued charges against Gibbons.”

    Ugh, just say no to this guy.

    Whether or not he said those words specifically seems irrelevant. The syntax is just plausible deniability. Two of his own teammates are the ones that reported him for contacting and threatening the girl, so it seems highly unlikely that this girl just picked his name out of a hat to lie about some guy threatening her.

    This guy has had to say “That’s not who I am” in the press a couple too many times. I know this team needs some toughness, but let’s look for a couple more Brandon Jacobs, or Jon Beasons, or Antrel Rolles rather than rapists’ wingmen to get it.

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