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Tiki's casting call

Barber ready to go for Giants against Eagles

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Posted: Friday January 05, 2001 7:53 PM

  Barber Tiki Barber has been mauling down the competition all season. AP

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Giants halfback Tiki Barber is ready to go for Sunday's NFC semifinal game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but receiver Joe Jurevicius is not going to play.

Jurevicius (knee) was deactivated Friday along with linebacker Kevin Lewis and defensive lineman Jeremiah Parker, coach Jim Fassel said.

Jurevicius was hurt Dec. 10 against the Steelers and has not played since.

The only questions about Barber are what type of protection he will wear on his broken left arm and whether he will return punts. Both may be decided Sunday before kickoff at 4:15 at Giants Stadium.

"I really haven't decided yet," said Barber, who broke the arm Dec. 17 against Dallas. "We've tried out three different braces and casts and we'll see."

While there have been rumors that Barber will have a limited role, he doesn't see it that way.

"I have confidence in the guys that are going to be in there and I have confidence in myself," he said. "When my number is called, I'll be ready to play. That's all that matters to me."

Ronde Barber, Tiki's twin brother and a cornerback on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, attended the Giants' practice Friday.

Last practice full of energy

Fassel liked the way the Giants practiced Friday in the last real workout before Sunday's game.

"They had a lot of energy today," Fassel said. "They had an attitude of confidence but it was more a determined confidence. Not, 'Hey, we're going to be all right.' They were focused, right, moving around and having fun."

Cloudy forecast for game time

Snow fell again Friday, but Fassel was sure the grass field at Giants Stadium would be all right. It was covered Friday.

About 17 inches of snow fell last Saturday.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to the low 40s.

"The wind will be the thing that changes it all," Fassel said. "What makes you change some of the things you plan to do are rain and wind."

Inspiration from Sir Churchill

Looking for a little inspiration, the Giants placed a quotation by Winston Churchill near a miniature Eagles helmet in the locker room.

"You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: it is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."

The comments came from a speech by Churchill to the British House of Commons in 1940.

The Giants, however, altered the quotation. They left out the part about "victory in spite of all terror."


 
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