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Video: New York Giants’ Steve Weatherford Takes the Court for Harlem Globetrotters

February 17th, 2013 at 12:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford is a master of his craft on the football field, but on Saturday night at the IZOD Center, the veteran took his talents to the basketball court during a Harlem Globetrotters game.

Weatherford was joined by other NFL stars including Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs and former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.

The NFL portion of the event was renamed "Globetrotter Football" and, as expected, was warmly welcomed by the fans in attendance.


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Steve Weatherford

38 Responses to “Video: New York Giants’ Steve Weatherford Takes the Court for Harlem Globetrotters”

  1.  Samardzija says:

    “Terrible punt”. lol

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t get the beef with PFF regarding Beatty. No stats measure is without flaws but in comparision to most other stats analysis PFF is better. Beatty could be overrated by them but I don’t see where the other OTs available are any better. It really seems the better question much like with Cruz, Bennett, KP or any number of players we discuss is considering his position and other options what is his value. This is a fair debate. While I have been the leader in Beatty is underrated, I do think there are other good options besides re-signing him so him being kept isn’t an absolute most. One factor that shouldn’t be overlooked is cohension in the OL. If we keep on chnaging our OL every year I don’t think we will ever see the 2008 OL again. That’s why I can see the F55 option of just a one year franchise becuase it allows us to groom a replacement why not putting Eli is great harm in 2013 with 2 new OTs.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      You’re right about Beatty. It’s the “crankpot” factor that’s dragging him down. The Crankpot Factor makes everyone we don’t have into all-time greats, and everyone we DO have is a bum. That’s what happens when you miss the playoffs. Beatty’s PFF grade was well-earned. If everyone on the team would have played to his level they would have won 11 games. He played every down and didn’t quit like a lot of the others did. If he would have turned in the same performance as most, Eli would have been crippled.

      •  Krow says:

        There’s no PFF grade. It’s a few guys doing a web site. Same as Mel Kiper … Todd McShay. It’s opinion disguised as fact. It’s unscientific and subjective.

        This is America, and people can believe what they like. Manti Te’o believed he had a girlfriend. But that doesn’t make it true.

        •  G-MenFan says:

          There is a PFF grade. He’s +22.5 for 2012 and they rank him the number 3 OT in the FA market. You don’t have to agree with their grading system or their opinion of his play. I happen to agree with it.

          •  Krow says:

            Like religion, you have to believe on faith. Be my guest, but don’t quote it as if it settles anything. It’s as valid as Mel Kipers draft grades.

            •  G-MenFan says:

              Disagree. Nobody’s draft grades are “valid” when it comes to judging NFL performance because they’re not based upon NFL performances.

              When people take the time to watch and breakdown film of NFL games and isolate players when doing so, it’s a lot safer to put stock in their opinion. Guessing how a kid at Troy State who faces Chem majors on Saturday is going to play in the NFL can make a fool out of anyone.

              But Will Beatty’s performance as a starting LT in the NFL is recorded and it can be watched and graded the same way the coaching staff grades it. You make it sound like it’s witchcraft or something.

              •  Krow says:

                In some cases it’s a guy deciding if a player completed his assignment. That’s very subjective stuff. In other cases it’s meaningless measurements. Like percentage of completed passes out of the times targeted. It measures something, but may be completely unrelated to how good a WR is.

                Football performance is probably more dependent on ‘scheme and team’ than any other major sport.

                How many times did we debate whether C-Web got beat or released to deep safety help that wasn’t there? Or Antrel Rolle getting beat … when our LBs are so bad he has to come up and play the run. Or Eli throwing it away 5 times a game to avoid sacks. His rating goes down …as the OL goes up.

                The NFL is a collection of billion dollar corporations. And they have a tough time telling who is better than who. But not these guys … and they’ll tell us … for $26.99.

  3.  Sparky says:

    If you look at the O-line and see who is under contract for the next three years I would be very afraid if I were Eli.

    1. In keeping Beatty (a minimum and hopefully retaining Boothe somehow) doesn’t it look a little scary anyway. What is left, assuming that they are so Cap Stressed that they can’t sign someone flashy.
    2. Beatty, Boothe, Locklear and Cordle leave and they get buy this year with some patch work with Diehl at LT. We have an aging Snee and Baas next year and that is about it.
    3. If they let everyone go I hope they know what they have in Brewer, Mosley, McCants, Goodin, Adcock (First name should have been Willy), Jasper and Browning.

    Offensive Linemen:
    William Beatty FA
    David Diehl 4,475,000
    Sean Locklear FA
    James Brewer 555,000 650,000
    Brandon Mosley 480,000 570,000 660,000
    Matt McCants 405,000 495,000
    Chris Snee 6,700,000 6,950,000
    Kevin Boothe FA
    Selvish Capers 480,000
    Stephen Goodin 405,000 495,000
    Levy Adcock 405,000 495,000
    Michael Jasper 405,000 495,000
    Bryant Browning 405,000 495,000
    Chris DeGeare 480,000
    David Baas 4,250,000 4,750,000 5,000,000
    Jim Cordle FA

    They either need to have a very, very good draft on the O-Line side or get very lucky with finding a few FA signings on the cheap.

  4.  G-MenFan says:

    I must admit I’m a little surprised to come here and see this degree of concern about the O-line. Not because I think the Giants O-line is in great shape–but because I just don’t see it as nearly as big a problem as the defense.

    The sad truth about the 2012 campaign is that our defense got popped in the can early and often. They couldn’t get off the field and gave up third-down conversions of every distance. There was no leadership, no cohesion, and no toughness. They scared no one. Ever. Our offense, as flawed as the line was at times, scares people. Nobody is scared of the Giants D. Getting the defense back to something that resembles a championship unit should be the main concern of the front office and TC.

    I’m looking for Reese to sign Beatty and Boothe and for James Brewer to step in at RT. I think that will do the trick on offense.

    •  Krow says:

      Agreed … the defense was the problem. The offense had some ups and downs, but the defense was almost all downs.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    I may have an occasional flicker of discontent with the Giants’ brain trust, but do any of you REALLY think that a team run this well suddenly has no options for the future of an offensive line that they all know is one of the major keys to success on the football field? C’mon, get real.

    The Giants started to think about their future offensive line when they released O’Hara and Seubert. They went and got Baas, who has been a bit snake-bitten but is a solid center who probably has 3-5 good years of play left in him, and they started drafting a good number of offensive linemen while also stockpiling young undrafted players at those positions (remember, there are a lot of starting linemen in the NFL who were not drafted…heck, Shaun O’Hara was not drafted). They drafted Beatty high. Then they drafted Brewer and Mosley, both players whom they think can be successful tackles. They took McCants, admittedly a project but with huge upside as a potential tackle. They know that finding guards in the draft and through free agency is not exceedingly hard because that isn’t a “high value” position for most teams (and, at worst, Mosley will be playing there in a year or two).

    Now, even the best-laid plans sometimes go awry. I don’t think they expected Beatty to be in such a good bargaining position if he only played up to the solid B+ standard to which he has played. Beatty is very attractive on the market because there is a surfeit of experienced left tackles available who have proved they can play pretty well even if they’re not outstanding. And the injury to Mosley set him back a year when they’d have certainly liked him competing for a starting spot in camp this season.

    But no matter what happens, they are not going to be bereft of a decent O-line. They will be starting with at least three of Baas, Snee, Beatty and Boothe. They’ll be drafting at least one, probably two (or even three) offensive linemen in April and signing a free agent or two to boot (probably one decent-but-old free agent and at least one UDFA). They will be pushing Brewer to play. They probably expect Mosley to play in 2014. The same will go for one of the players they draft this April. If they sign Boothe they have one of the guard spots covered for a few years even if no one can outplay him.

    They can either tag Beatty and assess their situation over this entire season while deciding if they want to dump Beatty’s big salary and have a second-year player (or Mosley, after a “redshirt” year and one of working with Flaherty) at LT, or stick with Will Beatty for the next 4-6 years.

    They should be okay. They’ve thought about their contingencies and options. Let’s see how it plays out. Should be interesting.

    •  Krow says:

      I hate being the anti-Beatty guy because I agree … he’s a solid B-B+ player who may even have a slight upside. I’m just grumping over his current rise to godlike status. He’s good … I want us to resign him. But all this talk of Top 3 in the NFL … Top 3 in free agency … franchise LOT … pay him whatever it takes … damn, that’s some crazya$$ stuff. This is the guy who’s never been to a Pro Bowl … never got accolades remotely at this level … and took 3 years to unseat David Diehl.

      •  G-MenFan says:

        Yeah, I would agree he’s a B to B+ with upside to an A- LT. Which, as I think we all agree, is someone we would want there. It’s just a question of what the market price is right now.

        The problem is: if we don’t sign Beatty because of money, we’re going to pay the same money to replace him. That’s why I’m certain he gets paid and stays.

        I think the biggest question is Brewer. Is he going to make a starting RT or not?

        •  Krow says:

          Agreed. I just don’t think it’s ‘blank check’. If some fool team gives him a monster deal then he’s gone. I’d stretch for Eli … Nicks … JPP … maybe Cruz. The rest not so much. And not that I don’t think they’re fine players. But if we mismanage our cap we’re screwed.

    •  Sparky says:

      Don’t disagree at all, I am looking forward and seeing very little on the O-Line if they don’t at least get Beatty somehow signed. I hope you are right about the contingency plan for the future and that they may be on the roster already or in the upcoming draft.

      The defense has blown at times for more than a few years now for whatever reason (and I think it is 50-50 Fewell and the players). I have resigned myself of not being able to see the Giants Defense of Old because of the rule changes nowadays. The games that the Giants and Niners had in the 80’s and 90’s were classics. The Giants Line made Joe Morris look very good back then along with a very good defense.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Now defense, that may be another story. All the planning in the world couldn’t overcome a number of factors:

    1) Phillip’s knee was a surprise. He was supposed to anchor the back of the defense for years;

    2) Austin’s horror show is a surprise. He’s supposed to be the penetrating tackle we need to push the pocket and allow our defensive ends to wreak havoc;

    3) TT’s injuries are a surprise. He was the big, rangy corner who was going to allow the Giants to be physical in the secondary;

    4) Tuck’s radical decline is a major surprise. He was supposed to be Strahan’s successor and sure looked like it in 2007;

    5) The seeming disconnect between the draft room and Perry Fewell almost has to be a surprise. Maybe that changes this April. We’ll see; and

    6) Webster going from a top-10 corner to a bottom-10 corner in one season had to be a shock.

    Anyway, those surprises are big parts of why the defense played so poorly in many respects in 2012.

    But I’m telling you, shore up the defensive tackles and get one additional good corner and this defense will be okay. It all starts with that front line, and even more so with the middle of that front. They played poorly in 2012. They need reinforcements and a LOT better play in 2013 if the results are to be better. A really good MIKE would also be nice, but give me the other stuff and I’ll live with what we’ve got at MIKE until we see the draft prospect who could really make a difference. I don’t see that guy this year except for Jones and he isn’t slipping to us.

    •  Krow says:

      Austin is the one that kills me. I thought it was a genius move to draft him. But man, the guy’s done nothing.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Yeah, but just maybe he’ll surprise on the upside this season. Hey, it could happen, even if it’s a long shot.

        The potential pleasant surprises on defense in 2013 seem to me to be Austin, Joseph (shrugs off last season and becomes the Pro Bowl-quality player everyone projected in 2011), Kiwi (playing DE full-time turns out to be a stud), Tuck (he actually DOES come back in Pro Bowl form as he promised….I think this is pretty unlikely but you never know), Herzlich (proves he’s ready to play MIKE and play it well), Muasau (I just have a feeling about that kid based on almost no evidence), Hosley (uses that incredible athleticism to become a rising star at cornerback), and Hill (makes everyone forget Kenny Phillips as HE becomes the big, speedy, hard-hitter we had in KP before he was hurt).

    •  G-MenFan says:

      I agree with your assessment, although I don’t believe there’s a disconnect between the draft room and Perry Fewell. I believe the disconnect is between Perry Fewell and winning defensive schemes in the NFL. I believe he is Bill Sheridan all over again.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        I cannot stand Fewell. But I think the consensus now is that as much as many of us were disgusted with Gilbride, he’s a pretty decent OC. Could we be headed in the same direction with Fewell? It’s always possible that if we get to the point where we agree that bend-don’t-break is the only effective way to play defense in today’s NFL, maybe we’ll start to appreciate that Fewell is less the problem than the Competition Committee that stole away the Giants’ tradition of rock-ribbed defense that so many of us loved.

        •  G-MenFan says:

          Sorry. I’m of the firm belief that the Giants success has been a result of the General Manger, the Scouting Team, Tom Coughlin, and the position coaches. I think the Giants have the worst 3 coordinators as a whole among the competitive teams in the NFL. That’s right, you heard me. Gilbride, Fewell, and Quinn are, on balance, the worst 3 coordinators to ever win a Super Bowl. I won’t get into Gilbride because he makes me psychotic and I don’t want to bore with a rant. But Fewell stinks and so does Quinn and I’m tired of all three of them.

          •  Krow says:

            Lotta rage there Harve. Lol

          •  GOAT56 says:

            You don’t win NFL SBs without quality assistant coaches. Gillbride has won two SBs, its almost criminal the lack of respect Gillbride gets from some here. He’s not perfect but neither is Eli. Those two are a lot more closely linked than many would like to believe.

  7.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    Georgia ILB Alec Ogletree was arrested on DUI charges last weekend.

    Ogletree is Mike Mayock’s top-rated inside linebacker for the 2013 draft and a projected top-25 pick. The arrest, just ahead of NFL Combine interviews, couldn’t have been much more untimely. Ogletree was also suspended four games in 2012 for violating the Georgia football team’s substance abuse policy. He allegedly turned in “positive drug tests,” plural. Ogletree was suspended once more in 2010 for stealing a motor scooter from fellow UGA student.

    I wonder how far this makes him drop? Last year Alfonzo Dennard, CB for the Patriots was projected everywhere from the 2-4 rounds and fell all the way to the end of the 7th. You see something like this happen every year. In Ogletree’s case, as the article says…with the combine this week, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. We know that Reese has gambled and generally managed to steal top rated guys who were flagged with character concerns a few rounds after where their talent should have slotted them (Manningham, Hosley, Bradshaw) – does anyone see a scenario where Ogletree falls to us in the 2nd round? It isn’t his first slap on the wrist…so I do think it’s possible. Can’t really see him falling out of the 2nd round though. Just wanted to get a general consensus…but if we could somehow land a top OL/CB/DT in the first round and Ogletree in the 2nd…that would be a VERY solid draft.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Actually, you beat me to the punch. I can see him falling to the 2nd round and if he’s there we definitely could draft him. DUI is more equivalent to what happened with Hosley and Jenkins since both dropped about a round from where there talent points to they should have been drafted. Dennard had more serve red flags and thus dropped even further.

      Player wise the question is do we see Ogletree as someone that protects to MLB in our system since he played at only 234 LBs. I have most experts project him ILB but some as a OLB. He intrigues me as a player and from recent history this type of incident usually is just allows a team to get a great value pick.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Krow – I have been a big Beatty guy but never did I say he should be re-signed no matter what the price. I did want people to understand what a LT of his caliber would likely cost. If we should pay him that money I think is the discussion that will go on for a while. I lean to Beatty returning because I agree with G-MenFan that Beatty has A – upside and if we don’t re-sign him another mid tier free agent LT is still needed. I don’t think Diehl is an option we would consider to start the season at LT even minus Beatty. IMO it’s more likley Brewer is an option there but either player is an extreme long shot. If we don’t re-sign Beatty I think we are looking at a Bryan McKenzie type spot gap LT and a 1st or 2nd round LT selection that can challenge Brewer in 2013 at RT.

    The reason we end up talking OL because the only real concerns on offense are OL and somewhat TE if we lose Bennett. Defense we have concerns at every position, even DE so the discusion is much more wide ranging.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    Sounds like 101 discussion:

    Free Agent Duel: Bennett or Beatty?

    The New York Giants were one of the first teams to make some tough roster cuts this offseason, parting ways with key Super Bowl cogs like Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley, and Chris Canty. However a bigger decision is yet to come, as we’ll find out which key free agents Jerry Reese decides to keep around. With tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle Will Beatty both having shown promise, and entering their primes, which offensive player should the Giants make a bigger priority? PFF Analysts Gordon McGuinness and Pete Damilatis state their case in our latest Free Agency Duel.

    Why it has to be Bennett
    By Gordon McGuinness

    In today’s NFL, where the focus seemingly shifts more and more toward the passing game every season, the “complete” tight ends often don’t get the credit they deserve. Players like Tony Gonzalez, who has been an elite receiver throughout his career, are praised, and rightly so, but they don’t often aid the offense much in the running game. That’s fine if all you want from a tight end is a receiver, but if you look at our cumulative rankings for the position, you’ll see that only one player in the Top 10 has a negative run blocking grade (just five out of 50 total over the past five years as well).

    After four seasons of being the backup to Jason Witten for the Dallas Cowboys, and the team’s designated blocking tight end, Martellus Bennett finally got his chance to start for the Giants in 2012. Our fifth-highest graded tight end on the year, Bennett put up career highs in yards and receiving touchdowns, while averaging his highest yards per catch total since his rookie year. Yet, despite all of this, I still think the Giants can get even more out of him, provided they make the correct decision and keep him around.

    His Drop Rate of 9.84 might not be the greatest rating around, although it did rank 11th of all starting tight ends in 2012, but it was still a season where he showed that he can be a weapon in the passing game. Averaging 1.48 Yards Per Route Run, Bennett scored four of his five touchdowns in 2012 from the slot, a mark only three tight ends bettered in the regular season, highlighting how big a red-zone threat he can be for the Giants. It’s a role they could expand on in 2013, with his 45 targets from the slot being 10th among receivers.

    It’s as a run blocker where Bennett has excelled throughout his career, however, and, while he ranked as the 13th tight end in that regard this past season, he was in with the Top 5 in terms of run blocking grade in all of the three seasons before. Good enough to impact an offense both as a blocker and a receiver, he might not be the type of elite talent of a Rob Gronkowski or Jason Witten, but he’s still a very good all-around player. Factor in that he’ll still only be 26 years old when the 2013 season begins and the fact that he was in on 91.3% of the Giants’ offensive snaps last year, and it’s clear he’s exactly the type of player they should be keeping around.

    Why it Shouldn’t be Bennett
    By Pete Damilatis

    Gordon’s evaluation of Bennett is right on the money. In a league where well-rounded tight ends don’t get the recognition they deserve, “Black Unicorn” is the one of the better ones. However, Bennett’s run blocking clearly regressed as he was asked to take a bigger role, so we can’t assume that it will return to the lofty standards he set as a role player. Still, that may not matter if he continues to develop as a receiver. Also with a potential franchise tag number below six million dollars, Bennett could be considered a bargain… but it’s one the Giants can pass on right now.

    As evidenced by their recent cuts, New York is short on cap space. Although losing Bennett isn’t ideal, the Giants have a recent history of getting by with unheralded tight ends. After Jeremy Shockey whined his way out of the Big Apple in 2008, Kevin Boss gave the Giants similar production with none of the headaches. Three years later, the Giants were clearly disappointed to lose Boss to free agency. In stepped undrafted Jake Ballard, who earned the 11th-best receiving grade for a tight end in 2011 while catching more passes than he did in four years at Ohio State. Then, after Ballard and Travis Beckum both tore their ACLs in Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants merely turned Bennett from a backup into our fifth-highest-graded tight end of 2012. With a decent crop of potential free agents like Fred Davis, Jared Cook, Delanie Walker, and Dustin Keller, Big Blue won’t be short on options come March. Losing Bennett does bring some unwanted uncertainty to the Giants’ offens, but no team is better equipped to find his replacement than New York.

    Why it has to be Beatty
    By Pete Damilatis

    The bigger priority for the G-men should be left tackle Will Beatty, the best player on an offensive line that can’t afford to lose a good one. Beatty’s +22.3 grade this season placed him ninth among left tackles, and he was one of only four offensive tackles who earned both a pass block and run block grade over +10.0. His 96.3 Pass Blocking Efficiency was among the 10 best marks at his position, and he allowed just three sacks and no hits on Eli Manning all season. New York could count on him to hold his ground every week, as he didn’t receive a grade worse than -0.9 in any game, and only twice received negative pass block grades.

    Beatty looks like a prized free agent when compared to other offensive tackles. Now compare him to his teammates, and he becomes a must-sign for the Giants. He was the only New York offensive lineman to receive a positive grade in 2011, on a unit that we ranked as the second-worst in the league. It’s a credit to Manning and his receivers that the Giants lost Beatty to an injury in Week 11 and still won the Lombardi Trophy.

    Big Blue’s front line was markedly better this season, jumping to 11th in our rankings thanks to bounce-back seasons from David Baas, Kevin Boothe, and Chris Snee. Still, Beatty will be the only 2012 starter under 30 entering this season, and the Giants’ depth at tackle is a huge question mark. David Diehl improved from a historically awful -47.2 grade in 2011 to a “just disappointing” -6.8 this season, and should be relegated to backup duty if he even survives roster cuts. Sean Locklear performed admirably as a one-year rental, but the 31-year-old is currently recovering from a gruesome knee injury. James Brewer has never played more than 11 snaps in a game in his two-year career, so handing a starting job to him is a risky proposition. That’s just the Giants’ dilemma at right tackle. Could you imagine what crisis they’ll face if they have to replace Beatty to boot?

    There’s no denying Bennett’s talent, and the Giants will be losing a offensive weapon if they can’t re-sign him. New York is no stranger to making chicken salad out of chicken feathers at that position though. Keep in mind that on the list of roster priorities, a well-rounded tight end falls far below a franchise left tackle, especially when you have a Super Bowl-winning quarterback to protect. Keeping Bennett is a luxury. Keeping Beatty is a necessity.

    Why it Shouldn’t be Beatty
    By Gordon McGuinness

    I’m not going to argue that Beatty didn’t perform like a Top 10 left tackle in 2012, he absolutely did. There are plenty of reasons why it makes sense for the Giants to keep him around long term. This season was his best in terms of consistency as well however, and a look back over his play from his rookie season in 2009 to 2011 shows that he was prone to some poor games in the past. Is the Beatty we saw in 2012 the guy we see for the rest of his career, or was 2012 the best we are going to see out of him? That’s the decision the Giants have to make and, while I like Beatty as a player, I think there are a few solid left tackles available this year who could be had for a fraction of the price he will cost.

    Conversely, I don’t see too much out there at tight end, especially a guy who can both block well and be an asset in the passing game like Bennett can. The Giants are lucky in that this was the closest to a real “breakout” season he’s had and, despite how good we think he is, I can see players like Tennessee’s Jared Cook getting more attention on the open market. Ultimately, as a guy who does everything well, I’m just of the opinion that Bennett is the type of player I’d want on my team if I were the Giants.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    Ranking the 2013 Free Agents: Kickers

    5. Lawrence Tynes

    2012 Grade: +17.4

    Summary: Over the past three years, Tynes has been a perfect 37 for 37 on kicks within 30 yards. He consistently misses a few kicks per year between 30 and 40 yards, another few between 40 and 50, and he rarely attempts kicks beyond 50. He is slightly below average in kickoff distance, at 66.0 yards per kick. While he is only an average kicker at best, that is still better then plenty of kickers in the league, and is certainly good enough to keep himself employed in the NFL.

    Ranking the 2013 Free Agents: Offensive Guards and Centers

    7. Kevin Boothe

    2012 Grade: +9.2
    2012 Snaps: 1,027

    Summary: Boothe bounced back nicely from sub-par 2010 and 2011 campaigns to grade as our No. 21 guard in 2012. He’s never been top notch in pass protection, as his -1.6 grade attests, but his improvement as a run blocker will make him attractive to some teams. His +5.3 run block grade ranked 18th out of 81 qualifiers at the position. Like Vasquez, Boothe has a penalty-free streak, though it’s less impressive as it dates back to 2010. If you’re willing to look past the leaky pass protection and a 95.7 PBE that ranked 42nd among guards, Boothe’s improvement in the running game and ability to keep the laundry off the field could make for an attractive

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