Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tiki Barber Gets NFL Job... Sort Of

Tiki Barber is ready to talk about the New York Giants once again.  The outspoken former Giants running back has signed with SportsNet New York to work on a special postgame show after Sunday's NFC Championship game.

The controversial Barber— who was dumped as a reporter by NBC in 2010 and was last seen trying to make an NFL comeback with no suitors at the beginning of the 2011 season— will be in a studio commenting on the Giants play.

"I am looking forward to providing my insights," Barber.  "Hopefully, it will be after a Giants win."

Barber came under fire by Giants fans for criticizing his former teammates and head coach during and after his playing days with the franchise.

The former player called head coach Tom Coughlin's coaching style "demeaning" and said the coach was "always trying to vilify me."

What's ironic though, is that Barber's two of his most prominent targets— quarterback Eli Manning and Coughlin— are still on the team and one win away from making their second Super Bowl appearances.

Barber, the Giants all-time leading rusher, retired following the 2006 season— right before the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2008.  Barber, himself, never even made it to the big game as a player.

Following his retirement, Barber joined NBC Sports as reporter on its "Football Night in America" show— where he criticized Manning's leadership skills— and worked as a reporter on the "Today" morning show and was maligned for his awkward, uninteresting journalistic style.

He was dumped by NBC in 2010 after he admitted to an affair with an intern while his wife was pregnant with twins.

While Barber has made amends with Manning— by calling the quarterback a leader who " always does something to help the team win"— don't expect a one-on-one with Coughlin.

Just this week, the head coach refused to meet face-to-face with Barber who was reaching out to bury the hatchet with his former coach.

I think Coughlin had more important things on his mind.

The thought of Barber's insights on a team still remembers his big grin and even bigger whines might make Giants fans throw up a little; but they can take solace in the fact that he is 3,000 miles away from the action.

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