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Michael Strahan on Tiki: missing SBXLII 'punishment enough'

HBO's "Joe Buck Live" paired two world-class talkers, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Michael Strahan, for its final segment Tuesday night. (Mark Wahlberg joined them for a bit, too.)

The TV and online segments were fun and interesting - especially the part where Floyd mentioned making $1 million betting on the NFL a couple of weeks back, then losing $200,000 last weekend.

Mayweather's entourage in the green room included four extremely large young men who surely do a very good job protecting the boxer when he is out and about.

Strahan showed up with only his agent and girlfriend.

I asked him what he thought about his old teammate and current fellow media member Tiki Barber getting booed at Giants Stadium last weekend.

"I don't want to see Tiki get booed," he said.

"I played 10 years with the guy. He carried, forget just our offense, but he carried our team for years. So to hear him get booed was sad to me, because I don't think he deserves it.

"You get a lot of fans who say, 'Well, he criticized the Giants. He criticized Eli and he needs to be punished.'

"Let me tell you something right now. The fact we went to the Super Bowl that next year and won the Super Bowl [without him], that's punishment enough in my eyes.

"So just respect him for what he did in his career and out on that field and let that be it."

Photo: AP

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