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13 years ago  ::  Dec 20, 2006 - 5:04PM #1
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(ny post 12/20/06 local news section) shocked Go G-MEN!!!



GIANTS' REVENGE ON BRAWL ST.


MARA'S SON TACKLES MOCKING EAGLE FAN


By KATE SHEEHY and BILL HOFFMANN








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SACK EXCHANGE: The victory jump shot, here shown by Michael Strahan, went over badly when it was teasingly done to Stephen Mara at the NYSE yesterday.




December 20, 2006 -- The son of the legendary late Giants owner Wellington Mara tackled and choked a fellow broker on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday after the man mocked the team, sources said.

Veteran floor trader Bob Tomasulo, a 57-year-old grandfather, was assaulted and barraged with obscenities in front of stunned co-workers after kidding with Stephen Mara about the Giants' embarrassing 36-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, witnesses and Tomasulo told The Post.

"Mara started screaming, 'I'm gonna f- - -ing kill you! Don't f- - - around with my family! Don't insult my family!' " one broker said.

"Bob was like, 'Hey, what is your problem? It's just a game!' And Mara yells, 'No, it's not just a game, it's my f- - -ing family!' "

Tomasulo said the bizarre broker brouhaha broke out at around 10:30 a.m., after he walked past Mara and pretended to do a basketball jump shot, mocking the celebratory on-field routine performed by Big Blue players after touchdowns and sacks.

Tomasulo, an Eagle fan, said that he and Mara, 47, had enjoyed a friendly sports rivalry for years and that last week, the son of the former Giants owner kiddingly told him, "We're gonna kick your guys' you-know-what."

"I said, 'Yeah, probably,' " Tomasulo recalled.

"[Yesterday] morning, I just did that stupid little jump shot, and I said, 'Maybe you have a basketball team instead of a football team.'

"[Mara] just snapped. He charged me like an animal. He charged me like he wanted to sack me.

"At first, he got me in a bear hug and bent me over a trading post. At first, I thought it was a joke. Then he proceeded to choke me. I passed out for a minute."

A broker who witnessed the incident said, "When it was over, Mara walked back to his booth and was just kind of laughing it off."

Mara said through a Giants spokesman last night, "This guy [Tomasulo] and I have gone back and forth for years about the Giants and the Eagles. He came to work with every intention of pushing my buttons, and he did, and I reacted.

"I reached out to him to apologize for my part in this unfortunate incident, but we have yet to speak."

Randolph Post, a broker pal of Mara's who was also on the floor, downplayed the incident.

"They exchanged words, and there was a brief tussle, and it didn't amount to anything," he said.

Post added that co-workers have ribbed Mara for years about the team, and "after a while, it has to get to somebody."

"It's a kind of subtle baiting and taunting . . . People always want to take a cheap shot whenever the Giants lose or look bad," Post said.

"[Mara] has for years handled himself with a certain grace and style responding to all this . . . A lot of these guys probably wish their families owned the Giants, and since they don't, when the team loses, they [attack him]."

Wellington Mara

owned the Giants from 1959 until his death at age 89 last year. He was considered a major influence on the NFL during his reign at one of its most lucrative franchises.

An NYSE official called the trading-floor rumble "nothing major, a slight disagreement between a couple of people."

But Tomasulo said NYSE lawyers contacted him and "to them, this is a very serious incident."

"The doctors told me I have a bruised larynx. My blood pressure spiked to 260 over 140," said Tomasulo, adding that he was treated by NYSE medical staffers.

He said he didn't take Mara's apologetic phone call because "I wasn't in the mood to talk to him.

"I'm 57 years old. I've been bullied and pushed around a lot in life. I grew up in Brooklyn. I'm just sick of taking it," he said.

Tomasulo - who became an Eagles fan when he moved to Bucks County, Pa. - said he's unsure whether he will hire a lawyer. But "if they told me [Mara] was suspended from work for 'X' amount of days, I wouldn't be upset," he said.

13 years ago  ::  Dec 20, 2006 - 10:00PM #2
yankeeswinin07
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we fly high.........no lie........................you know this............................



BALLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13 years ago  ::  Dec 21, 2006 - 12:02AM #3
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13 years ago  ::  Dec 21, 2006 - 1:59AM #4
BonusCantos
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I hate Eagles fans.
13 years ago  ::  Dec 25, 2006 - 6:24PM #5
CaptainThurm15
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Eagle fans are animals. Too many Giant fans dumped their tickets last week and made watching the game impossible, especially if you had your family with you.
13 years ago  ::  Dec 25, 2006 - 11:30PM #6
BonusCantos
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There were definitely more Eagles fans than usual in our section (101). It was unpleasant.
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