It's that time of the year ... THE NFL IS BACK ... which means it's time for our resident sports expert Harvey Levin to start picking winners!!!!
First up, The New York Giants vs. the Dallas Cowboys!!!
And heeeeeeeeere we go!!
Evan: Who ya got ... New York or Dallas?
Harvey: Wait, the Giants or the Jets?
Evan: I already told you the Giants
Harvey: Oh right. Well, given that it's the Giants I'm definitely going with the Giants.
Harvey: Because I think Steve Tisch is awesome and I think the fact that he has 2 Super Bowl rings makes me as confident as Sully flying an airplane ... and I loved 'Forrest Gump.'
Evan: But Jerry Jones has 3 Super Bowl rings
Harvey: But he doesn't have an Oscar ... and that's gotta count for something.
Evan: In football?
Harvey: Sure. Football is a theatrical sport. Just watch what they do in the endzone.
Harvey: I like 'em both ... but I gotta go with Eli because he's got such pressure now to do well because of what his brother did on Thursday. Not that he's gonna get 7 tds, but I could see 4.
Evan: What about Romo?
Harvey: He's good too.
NY Giants Co-Owner:
'Hard Knocks' Is BAD
For NFL Players
8/22/2013 8:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
James Harrison might be on to something, 'cause "Hard Knocks" is the kind of show that can DESTROY a football team ... so says NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.
Tisch -- and the entire Giants organization -- have made it clear the team will NEVER agree to participate in the HBO docu-series, and yesterday in L.A., Tisch explained why.
"I don't think it brings anything to the team," Tisch said ... "It's a bit of a distraction and I think it's sort of misleading for the players ... especially the young guys."
Tisch continued, "Even though It comes off as a documentary, you're asking young athletes to perform. Perform on the field ... don't perform in the locker room for a TV show."
"I don't think it's in the players' best interest."
Clearly, the Cincinnati Bengals don't feel the same way. They're currently participating on the show for the SECOND time.
I'm Just Tryin' to Stay Outta the Gutter ...
8/15/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sporting some traditional red & blue bowling kicks, khaki shorts and a facial expression that says, "Errr mah gerd" ... Eli Manning hit up a NY bowling alley with his teammates Tuesday night and TMZ has the pics.
Eli, along with wideout Victor Cruz and the entire NY Giants squad, snuck into Frames in midtown Tuesday night -- with a police escort -- for a top secret bowling session.
According to Frames, the event was 100% alcohol-free ... since the team is in the middle of some hardcore pre-season training. Nothing but juice and water.
Despite looking goofy on lanes, Eli actually put up some pretty decent numbers that night -- bowling a 154.
Cruz wasn't too far behind, posting a respectable 134. Coach Tom Coughlin scored a 113.
Miraculously, no one was injured during the bowling trip. Jealous, Andrew Bynum?
Call Me 2 Chainz
7/12/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
7/12 -- Ok, look ... we're having a pretty intense convo in the newsroom. We can't really tell our Mannings apart.
Some people think Peyton's the one in the red shirt ... honestly, we can't really tell.
If only they were wearing their Super Bowl rings.
He's already got 2 ringz ... but this week, Eli Manning threw on 2 Chainz ... and gangster'd himself out (along with his brother Peyton) ... for another DirecTV commercial shoot in New Orleans, and TMZ has the pic.
With Eli sporting a red Kanye-inspired jacket and a quasi-mullet ... and Peyton sporting a Jew-fro and Birdman shades ... we're guessing the NFL superstars were doing another one of those goofy spots for Sunday Ticket.
Back in 2011, the two dressed up like cops ... it was hilarious.
More importantly ... you know what this means?? FOOTBALL SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!
NY Giants Owner
New York Jets
RUINED TEBOW'S CAREER
5/13/2013 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The New York Jets DESTROYED any chance Tim Tebow had to be a successful QB in the NFL ... this according to NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.
"I think him going from the Broncos to the Jets was not in anybody's best interest," Tisch told TMZ on his way out of Dan Tana's in L.A. Sunday night.
"Had another team picked him up after the Broncos, maybe he'd have a career."
So where will Tim end up? Tisch says Timmy should ignore the offers from the Lingerie Football League and focus on getting back into the NFL ... at least for now.
NFL Star Michael Boley
for Child Abuse
5/2/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley was quietly arrested for child abuse back in February ... 3 days after he was cut by the team ... TMZ has learned.
Boley -- a starting linebacker in Super Bowl XLVI -- had been under investigation in Alabama for a 2011 incident involving his son, who was 5 years old at the time.
The details of the alleged abuse are unclear, although sources tell us the allegations were of a physical nature and NOT sexual abuse.
Here's what we know ... Boley's case was scheduled to go in front of a grand jury in February 2013 ... but before that got under way, the 30-year-old NFL star struck a plea deal with prosecutors.
Court officials in Etowah County, AL tell TMZ ... Boley pled guilty to child abuse -- and in exchange, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program and upon completion the charge would be dropped.
Boley was also required to turn himself into authorities. He was booked on February 8, smiled for a mug shot and was released from custody later that day.
Seems the NY Giants were hip to Boley's legal issues ... 'cause he was unexpectedly cut by the team on February 5 ... 3 days before Boley turned himself in to authorities. Boley is currently a free agent, on the hunt for a job.
A rep for Boley had no comment -- but sources connected to the NFL star tell us Boley plans to comply with the terms of the plea deal.
5/3 -- Boley's agents have released a statement saying, "Mr. Boley is dealing with a personal matter that allegedly happened nearly two years ago. Michael has been and always will be a loving and supportive father to all of his children."
"Due to the circumstances of the situation, he has chosen to enter into an arrangement with the Courts that serves the best interest of his family. During this difficult time, Michael will gain strength from his family and continue to be the loving father that everyone knows him to be."
NFL QB David Carr
Tim Tebow WILL Play in the NFL Again!
4/30/2013 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't stick a fork in Tim Tebow ... 'cause he ain't done in the NFL just yet ... at least according to NY Giants quarterback David Carr.
Carr -- the #1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft -- was at LAX last night when we asked him if Tebow's release from the Jets signaled the end for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Despite the media funeral for Tim's career, Carr still thinks there's hope.
As for Mark Sanchez's future in New York ... well, check out the video.
NY Giants David Diehl
After DUI Guilty Plea
2/11/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Forget Super Bowl rings ... New York Giants star David Diehl just earned some new hardware -- a SCRAM bracelet ... after pleading guilty to DUI ... TMZ has learned.
As we reported, Diehl was busted last June in Queens after he crashed into a parked car -- and according to the D.A. his blood alcohol level was .182 ... more than twice the legal limit in New York.
Diehl pled guilty today to aggravated DUI and impaired driving.
Diehl was ordered to wear a SCRAM bracelet -- to monitor his alcohol consumption -- for 90 days and was placed on a 6-month conditional discharge program ... meaning he'll avoid jail if he keeps his nose clean.
The two-time Super Bowl champ was also ordered to pay $1,200 in restitution and $300 in fines.
Strahan Was ROBBED!
H.O.F. Voters Are a Joke
2/5/2013 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NFL superstar Eric Dickerson is calling out the Hall of Fame voters as a bunch of non-football-playing posers ... after they passed over Michael Strahan for the honor this year.
Dickerson was in New Orleans when he ripped the sportswriters who vote on the H.O.F. ... telling us, "I think they're biased in a lot of ways. They don't like certain guys ... Them sportswriters don't even know how to put uniforms on, most of 'em."
E.D., who was voted into the Hall in 1999, said he wasn't sure why voters snubbed Strahan, and thinks the Giants great will get in eventually -- but he's still not convinced writers are fit to judge legends of the game.
"Has a sportswriter ever lined up against Michael Strahan? Has a sportswriter ever lined up across from me? No, I wish one would, 'cause I could run over their asses."
Hmm ... sportswriters vs. players? Beats the Pro Bowl.
Kate vs. Rooney
Which Mara Sister
Would You Rather?
2/3/2013 9:01 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
While their families own the NY Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, sisters Kate Mara from "House of Cards" and Rooney Mara from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" played nice at a premiere in NYC this week.
Question is ...
Eli & Peyton's Mom
11/22/2012 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eli and Peyton Manning's mother will only visit one of her famous sons on turkey day -- and, as far as we're concerned there's only ONE way to choose ... scoooorebooooard!!
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Eli & Peyton Manning's Mom
I Can Only Spend
Thanksgiving With ONE!!!
11/21/2012 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Olivia Manning is in a serious jam ... she has two really famous and successful kids ... each living in different parts of the country ... but she can only spend Thanksgiving with one!!!!!
So ... Who. Does. She. Choose?!?!?!!?
B) Eli Manning -- 6'4", 220 lbs, goofy demeanor ... TWO Super Bowl rings.
Don't worry ... Mrs. Manning doesn't wuss out -- she actually gives an answer.
Check out the clip.
Ariel Winter & Sis
They Might Be Giants Fans
11/11/2012 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter (right), her sister and her niece all donned their New Yorks Giants gear and hit up a farmer's market in Studio City, CA today.
The girls' support went for naught ... the Giants were killed in Cincinnati today, 31-13.