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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Giants coach Tom Coughlin in ‘indescribable’ pain over missing playoffs

01.04.13 at 7:32 am ET

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‘™¦ While Jets coach Rex Ryan tried to escape the media in the Bahamas (and was photographed displaying an arm tattoo of his wife wearing only a Mark Sanchez Jets jersey), Giants coach Tom Coughlin talked Thursday about how distraught he is over his team missing the playoffs.

“I can’t even describe how it hurts. I don’€™t know what to do,” Coughlin said in an interview on New York sports radio station WFAN. “I’€™m walking around here like a crazy man. I am. I don’€™t know what to do with myself. We shouldn’€™t be doing this right now. The pain of it is almost indescribable.”

The defending Super Bowl champions lost five of their final eight games to squander their chance to defend their title.

“For us, right now, to not be in the playoffs; to be the Super Bowl champion and not be in the playoffs, if that doesn’€™t bring you down to earth and create the kind of humility that comes along with getting your nose back to the grindstone, I don’€™t know what does,” Coughlin said.

‘™¦ The baseball field carved into a cornfield at an Iowa farm for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” was sold last week for $3.4 million to an investment group out of Chicago that includes Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.

An estimated 65,000 tourists travel to Dyersville, Iowa, each year to see the field. The new ownership group, which goes by the name of Go the Distance Baseball LLC and is led by CEO Denise Stillman, plans to develop the complex into 24 youth baseball and softball fields ad call it All-Star Ballpark Heaven.

Don and Becky Lansing put the 193-acre property on sale a couple of years ago, asking $5.4 million.

“My family’€™s farm has been part of the landscape for more than a century,’€ Don Lansing said in a statement. ‘€œI have been honored to care for it my entire life and know the Stillmans and their group will care for the movie site like I did.”

‘™¦ The 9-year-old Utah girl who became an Internet sensation after highlights of her dominating boys in youth games hit the web was invited by the NFL to attend this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans. Sam Gordon already attended a Giants game in New York with commissioner Roger Goodell, and now she’s receiving tickets to the title game.

“I think it’s going to be really cool,” Gordon said. “Plus, I get to sit next to the NFL commissioner, maybe.”

Gordon’s father, Brent, said the family saw Goodell the day after the Giants game while touring the NFL offices, and the commissioner hinted what was to come.

“As we were leaving, Roger Goodell walked in and said, ‘Sam, would you like to go to the Super Bowl? Well, maybe you should ask Santa Claus,’ ” Brent Gordon said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 4, 1985, the Celtics honored Red Auerbach by retiring which number?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Over the year, the season so far, when Kevin [Garnett] has come out of games we’ve really struggled to get the bench to play well. … Our depth hasn’t shown, and that’s one of the things we thought we would have coming into the year. That would be our biggest disappointment.” — Celtics coach Doc Rivers, during his Thursday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — One-point safeties in NCAA history, with the latest coming in Thursday night’s Fiesta Bowl after Kansas State blocked an Oregon extra point but a Wildcats player ran it back into his own end zone and was tackled.

NET RESULTS: Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas returns the opening kick of Thursday’s Fiesta Bowl for a touchdown.

Knicks guard J.R. Smith finishes a one-handed reverse alley-oop dunk during the Knicks’ victory over the Spurs on Thursday night.

The Mavericks unveiled a takeoff of the Super Mario Bros. video game, called Super Marion Bros., featuring Mavs forward Shawn Marion.

Gabrielle Gary of McCutcheon High School in Indiana gets credit for a 3-pointer with this impressive play.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe was born on this day in 1960.

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