INDIANAPOLIS - It was an expensive scheduling mixup. Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora was fined $20,000 by the NFL for missing yesterday’s morning media session at the team hotel.
All other Giants, including assistant coaches and practice squad players, were in attendance. Umenyiora, who was one of a handful of Giants to be set up on special platforms, said his absence was unintentional, and he apologized in a statement.
“I misunderstood the schedule,’’ Umenyiora said. “It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.’’
Umenyiora did speak during Media Day Tuesday, and he used the opportunity to send a cheeky well-wish to Matt Light, his nemesis on the Patriots offensive line. The two have a beef that goes back to the 2007 season.
Light, coincidentally, also missed media obligations this week because of an illness.
Light brushed off his spat with Umenyiora, saying, “Can you have an individual rivalry? I thought rivalries were between teams in general.
“But I’m ready to go out there and play whatever game I have to play. We’ll have fun doing it. I’m not sure that comes at a personal level.
“I mean, we play football against each other. I’m not sure how you categorize it. I wouldn’t say it’s something more than anyone else I have ever faced.’’
The father/son-in-law relationship between Tom Coughlin and right guard Chris Snee doesn’t affect the coach/player relationship.
Snee has been married to Coughlin’s daughter Katie since 2004. Since then, he has gone to three Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl, and the couple has given Coughlin two grandchildren.
“He comes from great stock,’’ Coughlin said. “Toughness. He’s a guy that I remember, to be honest with you, going to Boston College and looking at a running back one time. This was way back, and I think Chris was a redshirt freshman at the time. By the time that we finished watching this runner, the director of college personnel and I looked at each other and said, ‘Who’s 76? Who’s this guy right here?’ ’’
“It’s been a good relationship,’’ Snee said. “We’ve had a very successful eight years together and hopefully there’s a few more.’’
“It’s been very easy because he’s a tough, hard-nosed guy,’’ Coughlin said. “He’s an offensive lineman. He grabs his lunch bucket every day and goes to work, and he doesn’t say a whole lot.
“Again, he’s another one of those guys that we rely heavily on for the stability factor that he brings and the type of player that he is.’’
Giants linebacker Michael Boley sounds like a confident man when he talks about facing Tom Brady and the Patriots’ no-huddle offense. When Brady is standing tall, surveying the defense, Boley said, he’ll be doing the same thing, closely eyeing the offense for clues. As far as the no-huddle is concerned, he said, “We have to be prepared to play fast. We have to be confident our coach will get the call to us in plenty of time, then we line up and play.’’ . . . Because of his alliterative name or his hard-charging style, Giants fullback Henry Hynoski has been a target for nicknames since he was playing high school football in Central Pennsylvania. “Hammerin’ Hank’’ is a natural, but he was also known as the “Polish Hammer’’ and “Hyno the Rhino.’’ ESPN’s Matt Millen dubbed him the “Polish Plow.’’ Giants fans have settled on “Hynosaurus.’’ Hynoski takes it all with a good sense of humor.
A pause to profit
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs chalked up the two-week break before the Super Bowl to capitalism at its finest. “I hate this time,’’ Jacobs said. “These two weeks kill me. You’ve got a week before this. You’ve got this week. Just play the game. There’s a lot of money-making going on during the Super Bowl for the league. I just want it to come already.’’ However, Ahmad Bradshaw, his running mate in the Giants backfield, said he benefited from the bye week because he had a chance to rest. He has been on the injury report since Week 9 with a stress fracture in his right foot . . . Bradshaw (foot), Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), Umenyiora (ankle, knee), Corey Webster (hamstring), and Jacquian Williams (foot) were all limited in yesterday’s practice.
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