Tiki: Media Prospects Why He Wasn’t Team Player

Tiki Barber has shown a penchant for inviting bad publicity into his life since he left his 8-months pregnant wife (with twins) of 11 years for a college-age, former NBC intern. After seeing his short-lived NBC broadcast career implode following that revelation, Barber and his girlfriend, Traci Johnson, attempted to damage control his reputation with defensive displays on various celebutainment TV shows.

Tiki Barber booed at his own Ring of Honor ceremony

(Video of booing below)

Predictably, the tone deaf duo weren’t received well.

Barber’s regrettable post-marital behavior is most likely no surprise to New York Giants fans, who recently roundly booed him during - of all things - the former running back’s induction into the Giants’ Ring of Honor inside his former team’s home stadium.

Like his delusional defense of the handling of the breakup of his marriage, Barber responded to the ire of his home team fans with similar lack of self-awareness.

Barber on HBO’s Inside The NFL this week:

“I think it (the booing) stems from how I left the New York Giants. I retired at the top of my career. A lot of people didn’t want me to leave because of how effective I had become as a player, and I went directly into the broadcast booth.

So that’s why they were booing. H8TORZ, all of them!

Though Barber’s unwittingly provided justification for that fan reax in later explaining why he didn’t embrace his coaches and teammates while still immersed in what many would call the ultimate team game.

“I never wanted to compromise myself as a broadcaster by being overly friendly to the organization I played for.”

Again, that’s Barber explaining his behavior while he was still with the Giants as an active player.  In other words, he wasn’t a team guy back then because he knew he was going into broadcasting.
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Tiki Barber Mistress Pens ‘Memoir’ For Gossip Site

Last we left Tiki Barber, the still-married former NFL player and his mistress Traci Johnson were attempting to explain themselves on Entertainment Tonight. (”Attempting” being the operative word.)

Tiki Barber, His Mistress and Ginny Barber

Johnson has since had the bright idea to take to an established, credible gossip website to defend herself after her still-married ‘boyfriend’ left his current wife of 11 years for her. (Ginny Barber was eight months pregnant with twins at the time.)

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

As a public service, I’ve snipped some of the jaw-dropping narcissism from her “memoir” post on the site so you don’t have to subject yourself to Johnson’s stupefying lack of self-awareness.

When I began dating my current boyfriend in the beginning of January 2010 I was optimistic, yet cautious. He was recently separated from his wife, resetting his love life, and unsure of what the future would hold for him.

All qualities that produced an array of warning signals in my mind. However, the romantic optimist in me prevailed through the doubt and I thought about the possibilities that could lead to the potential of this situation actually working out to my benefit.

He was one of my dearest friends for the past three years and has been the one to pick me up off my face when I fumbled my way through one bad relationship to another. In my opinion those were two fantastic reasons for beginning a new dating adventure with someone, and if those two weren’t enough to convince me to date this man, then the simple fact that I was just freshly wounded by a relationship with what I would like to consider a nutcase (and wasn’t quite yet ready for another serious, long-term commitment with someone) closed the deal for me.

In case you’re wondering, Johnson is, somehow, talking about her relationship with Barber.

Three months later all the bright red caution lights that were flashing in my mind when I first began dating Tiki had disappeared and I was, for the first time in my life, completely comfortable in my relationship. I was able to throw on a pair of sweatpants and not worry about putting make-up on when he came over, our hands seemed to fit together perfectly while walking down the street, conversation over dinner at our favorite French restaurant, La Ripaille, flowed naturally – all in all, life appeared seemingly perfect.

Then within 24 hours, that seemingly perfect world that I had quickly grown accustomed too, vanished. My face was suddenly on the front page of one of the most read newspapers in the nation, I was trending on Google, my family was being harassed by reporters, my sister called to tell me that she saw Tiki and me on television, and I was forced to leave my cozy two-bedroom apartment, with my eight-month old puppy in tow, to spend the next two weeks in seclusion from the world.

I never thought it possible to paint the NEW YORK POST in such a favorable light, but Johnson has done the impossible.

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

While I can’t speak for Tiki, at first I found the story about his and my relationship to be humorous. 

The scandalous headlines, such as “Sneaky Tiki” and factually incorrect details – like Tiki leaving his wife while she was eight months pregnant with twins – that graced the cover of “reputable” newspapers amused me.

Plain and simple, the truth was and still is that Tiki and I never crossed the line of being inappropriate while he was married and nor was our relationship inappropriate now that he wasn’t.

Johnson’s exactly correct when citing the truth. Except for one tiny detail: Barber was still married when they allegedly started dating. And is to this day.

Besides that, she’s right on the money.

I remember one day, crying to Tiki, probably after reading a blog about us (which I promised Tiki I wouldn’t do), begging him to call the papers, to scream it from the top of 30 Rock, to simply tell the world the truth because I thought it was destroying me, him, and the potential future for our relationship together.

Upon my request to vindicate not only myself, but him as well, Tiki, sat me down, placed his arm around me, and said, “Nothing that I can say will change their perception. Only time will. Now, please, stop talking and get back to the nude vacuuming.”

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Tiki’s Girlfriend: Plenty Of People Do What We Did

Tiki Barber appeared with girlfriend Traci Johnson on Entertainment Tonight this week in an apparent attempt to explain their actions in the aftermath of Barber leaving his current wife of 11 years.

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

(ATTN Homewreckette: Pipe down and stay in your lane.)

During the appearance, Barber maintained that he was completely innocent of an extramarital affair: “We were only friends when I was still married. I was separated, out of my house so it wasn’t until then that we took things to the next level.”

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Tiki ‘Booted’ By NBC; Wife Laments ‘Low-Balling’

Emily Smith and Dan Mangan of the NEW YORK POST report today that Tiki Barber, amidst charges from “heavily pregnant” wife Ginny that he’s “low-balling” her on child support, has been dumped by NBC’s “Today” show:

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

A source told The Post that the “Today” show has booted Tiki as a high-priced correspondent amid fallout from the scandal.

Representatives for both NBC and Tiki refused to comment on that claim.

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New, Uncropped Photos Of Tiki And “Girlfriend”

The NEW YORK POST reports today, “Ex-Giants superstar Tiki Barber has dumped his 8-months-pregnant wife, Ginny, for sexy former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson, sources told The Post last night.”

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

Barber announced he was separating from his wife off 11 years on Monday, exactly two weeks to the day after he was photographed accompanying Johnson at a premiere for a Travel Channel documentary he hosted.

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

Here are the original, uncropped shots from that event.

Tiki Barber Girlfriend Photos Traci Lynn Johnson Photos

I’ve also confirmed through an NBC source that Barber was, as the Post also reported today, in the company of Johnson while on work detail at the Vancouver Olympics. Read more…

Warning: Matt Millen About To Appear On Your TV

I didn’t watch that much of NBC’s pre-game coverage of the Super Bowl yesterday because frankly, the two weeks of build up to the game was enough for me. I didn’t need another five hours of hearing about how nobody expected the Cardinals to be there, or how Ben Roethlisberger was nervous during his first trip to the Super Bowl against the Seahawks a few years ago. That and I didn’t want to hear Tiki Barber say things like the Cardinals “are a team of density”.

Matt Millen warning

I’m sure a lot of people in Detroit felt the same way, because everywhere they looked there were reminders of how bad the Detroit Lions suck. First of all, they were at a Super Bowl, something the Lions may not even know exists. Then there was Jerome Bettis, who is from Detroit and won a Super Bowl in Detroit, but not for the Lions. Oh, and then there was Matt Millen on the screen every few minutes pretending to know anything about football, when any Lions fan could tell you he clearly doesn’t. Dealing with Millen’s mug on the screen was probably more than any Lions fan could take, so thankfully Detroit’s NBC affiliate made sure to run a warning on the screen whenever he showed up.

Seriously.

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Speed Read: Teammates Make Great Interviewers

NBC’s Football Night In America sure knows how to bring the hard interviews to Joe Fantasygm’s television. Former Giants running back Tiki Barber sat down with current Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, and little-known Detroit native Jerome Bettis was at the Steelers-Titans game and somehow scored an on-field interview with his former quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Bettis Roethlisberger Tiki Barker interviews

Honestly, all sports interviews should be conducted by former teammates-turned-journalists. It makes them so much more fun, and they can talk about the good old days when there were two or three years in their careers that intertwined. Keyshawn Johnson can talk to Terrell Owens while sharing a king sized bed, braiding each other’s hair and ask each other, “Seriously, isn’t it better to be like us than it is to be a fan of the game?” “Yeah, screw the fans!” [high five]

Overtime games - New Orleans Bown and Panthers-Giants

Barber was nowhere to be seen (rats!) as the Giants nuzzled up to home field advantage with a 34-28 overtime win over the surprising Panthers. Derrick Ward rumbled for 215 yards on merely 15 carries. A visibly crushed DeAngelo Williams was not consoled by Tim Biakabutuka.

Elsewhere in overtime news, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl went to an extra frame with Southern Miss winning 30-27 over Troy, with USM’s Britt Barefoot doinking a field goal off the inside of the goalposts for the game-winning three points. Not only is Barefoot an amazing name for a kicker, as is his coach’s, Larry Fedora. Anyone whose surname is also a hat immediately wins trust in my book.

Boston Celtics win 18 straight

Four teams not named the Boston Celtics have 18 wins or more this season. One team actually named the Celtics has 18 wins or more in a current streak of basketball games. A 124-105 dismantling of the New York Knicks on Sunday evening kept the streak alive. This ties a franchise record, and it’s only the longest win streak since … earlier this year, when the idiosyncratic Houston Rockets won 22 before losing to … Boston. If The C’s can make it 26 in a row, the Rockets will get a chance to return the favor on January 7. The NBA: where looking extremely far down the road happens.

SbB: Where ten other stories I didn’t have much else to say about happens.

  • NESW SPORTS finds an oblique mention of Ahmad Rashad making a jump shot for the Philadelphia 76ers, but no mention of it anywhere else on the Internet. Much like the fossils in the ground, God probably put this video on the tubes to test our faith.
  • One more thing about that Celtics game. The BOSTON HERALD reports that Glen Davis missed the game after getting in a car crash on his way to the game, and his head broke the windshield. The accident was classified by the Celtics as “minor,” probably because their spokespeople are manly men who jog home from vasectomies.
  • Now that the Lions are 0-15, we can now call Bizarro Mercury Morris because they are on his block. The DETROIT NEWS is asking Lions fans — the ones that haven’t strangled themselves yet — put out an online survey asking what emotion best describes the reaction to this season. The results so far?

    Lions poll

    Put that on a t-shirt. “The Detroit Lions: The Otherest Team In History.”

  • We almost went a whole day without any Mark Teixeira rumors. Sheesh! Well, the Angels are pulling away their 8-year, $54 gazillion offer, leaving Tex with the Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals or Orioles as potential new homes. Two of these is not like the others. The MERCURY NEWS is rather sick of this bidding war, concluding he will sign “maybe with Baltimore or Washington, whereupon he will say the perennial loser that lands him was attractive because it offers the best chance to win.”
  • The Phoenix Suns need a new point guard and are having open tryouts for the position. As noted by BRIGHT SIDE OF THE SUN, ““The six guys that will be here Monday are a mix of vets and youngsters ranging from the 26 year old Walker Russell to the 83 year old Darrell Armstrong.
  • THE HARDBALL TIMES reminds Cubs fans that, no matter how bad it gets for the team, its fans can always fall back on their pure hatred of Steve Garvey.
  • THE 700 LEVEL has video of the Eagles-Redskins final play, perhaps the most climactic finish of the day in the NFL, where Reggie Brown gets stopped cold at the goalline, denying Philly the game-tying touchdown on the final play.
  • Oh, Mike Singletary, never change. After the 49ers escaped out of St. Louis with a 17-16 win (after being down 16-3 in the fourth), the interim coach said of his quarterback Shaun Hill after throwing his third interception: “I was going to choke him.” Good lord. If Singletary doesn’t get hired back next year, he’s a shoe-in to become a New York Mets consultant.
  • Now for a critical NHL All-Star voting update. Sidney Crosby rallied from 120,000 fake Canadiens votes behind to shatter the all-time NHL votes record and leads Alexei Kovalev by 280,000 votes. Three other Canadiens are still in the lead, but not by much. The anticipation is palpable! I can hardly zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…
  • The Cowboys might have ate it hard in their home finale but Jerry Jones seems content in keeping Wade Phillips around for another year, despite the game being a seemingly passing of the torch to Jason Garrett. The STAR TELEGRAM does not seem pleased with this. “Talk about your buzz kills. Not only did Coach Wade help ruin a huge party for fans and legends assembled to bid farewell to Texas Stadium on Saturday, he now apparently has another 16 games to bring his special brand of “ish” football to JerryWorld.”

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Not A Repeat: Giants WR Involved In Gun Incident

Amid this entire “Plaxico Burress Shot Himself In The Leg Like That Cheddar Bob Guy From 8 Mile” controversy, there has been a rather salient question: Why, exactly, was Plaxico packing heat in the first place? And no, “Suicidal Leg Syndrome” is not a valid answer (though Pfizer is making a pill for it anyway).

Steve Smith Holdup
(You have to admit, that’s a really good drawing of a gun.)

Though we can’t know the real answer unless and until Plaxico tells us, a pretty good place to start would be Plaxico’s fellow receiver, Steve Smith; according to Tiki Barber at NBC (via NEWSDAY.COM), Smith was held up at gunpoint as he returned to his home in a gated community after a night out with friends Monday night. Okay, Tuesday at 4 a.m., but whatever.

“Ah, but if Smith lives in a gated community, how could he get robbed at his front door?”, you might ask. And there’s a simple and kind of disturbing answer waiting for you (proceeding emphasis ours):

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Tiki Torches Jenna Wolfe On Air w/Naughty Word

While it appears that former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has made the transition from football player to annoying guy on television pretty smoothly, it appears there are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out. While Barber was on the gridiron, when a linebacker would insult him on the field after a play, Tiki could turn to him and say whatever he wanted back.

Tiki Barber

That’s not how things work on television, though, and something Tiki said to his MSNBC colleague Jenna Wolfe has gotten him in some trouble. Apparently Tiki doesn’t like Wolfe all that much, and he let her know about it on air. Whether he did it on accident, or on purpose, it’s pretty obvious Tiki called Jenna a “total medal count.” Except take the “o” out of “count.” See the video after the jump.

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Blog Jam: Carroll 1st College Coach To Earn $4 Mil

Nick Saban may be the most powerful coach in sports, but as Adam Rose of the LOS ANGELES TIMES points out, it was actually Pete Carroll who became college football’s first $4 million man.

Pete Carroll Nick Saban

All that moolah can sure buy a lot of Lotrimin.

• NESW SPORTS punches up video of Beijing’s adorable Fuwa mascots mixing it up on the mat.

• STANLEY CUP OF CHOWDER serves up some of their favorite names from this year’s Games, such as Destinee Hooker and Gisele Moron.

• DEUCE OF DAVENPORT wrestles up a clip of Tiki Barber grappling on the NBC set with former Olympian Rulon Gardner.

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