Jan 28, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Giants former defensive end Michael Strahan at a Fox Sports press conference at Empire East Ballroom at the Sheraton New York Times Square in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday Giantisms: Michael Strahan is Polarizing


It’s Thursday, July 3. The New York Football Giants HOF game is still 31 days away.

This season, the Giants will be installing a new offense under the guidance of new Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo — an NFL West Coast offense coach who was groomed under the tutelage of Mike McCarthy. This won’t catch the tabloids attention, however.

As America gears up for the GIANT red, white and BLUE parties this Fourth of July, the team-front news hasn’t been completely quiet.

For instance, this was a headline yesterday: Knife-wielding man arrested at ‘GMA’ studios, tells police he was there to ‘kill Michael Strahan’:

A 25-year-old man was arrested yesterday in front of ABC’s “Good Morning America” studios after he allegedly pulled out a knife. He later told police he went there to “kill Michael Strahan,” the former football great and TV personality, police sources told FOX 411.

There’s not much juice to the story. Strahan is currently healthy and the man was detained. Accoding to the article, Strahan wasn’t even mentioned until after the incident was over. But a knife wielding man attempting to gain access on Good Morning America at least tells us that Michael Strahan still elicits passion in some form from the audience.

The response from NY Daily News makes the following false statement an available NFL headline for anyone to use (but has nothing to do with the Texans wide receiver): “Andre Johnson is in jail for going to Good Morning America with a knife in an attempt to “Kill” Michael Strahan”.  However, it’s not intentional, the man in question just happens to have been identified *coincidentally* having a familiar name.

The Daily News chose this heavy title, Homeless man threatens to kill Michael Strahan, attempts to stab security guard: sources 

It’s funny they used the term “sources”. However, considering Andre Johnson’s identity being headline NFL John Doe syndrome, Homeless Man, might have been the most reasonable option . In the article, they humorously went with unhinged homeless man… because really, who needs a “hinged” homeless man with a knife. But I digress… What a story (with pictures):

An unhinged homeless man armed with a knife demanded to be let into ABC’s “Good Morning America” in Times Square Tuesday morning and said later he wanted to kill the Hall of Famer-turned-TV darling, sources told the Daily News.

Security men told Andre Johnson, 25, to take a hike when he first demanded to see Strahan, authorities said.

But Johnson returned with a knife — and tried to stab a security guard with the blade.

He was rebuffed and quickly arrested by cops, officials said.

Johnson was taken to the Midtown South stationhouse where he chillingly told investigators: “I was there to kill Michael Strahan,” law enforcement sources said

If no one wants to murder you, then you’re really not doing well on TV. Good job, Mike.

In brighter  Giants news — want to see David Tyree throw out the first pitch at the Binghamton Mets game?

Super Bowl Champ Tyree to Visit NYSEG Stadium

BINGHAMTON, NY – David Tyree, Super Bowl Champion wide receiver for the New York Giants in 2008, will appear at the Binghamton Mets game on July 5 against the Erie SeaWolves. The first 1,000 fans will receive a poster of Tyree, with the first 300 autographed by the Super Bowl LXII hero. Tyree will be available for a meet-and-greet with fans from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, with a brief break to allow him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the B-Mets 6:05 PM game.

Tyree solidified his place in Giants lore on one play in Super Bowl LXII on February 3, 2008. With the Giants trailing by four with less than 90 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Tyree pulled down a 32-yard pass from Eli Manning, famously pinning the ball against his helmet to keep New York’s hopes alive. The Giants would go on to score a touchdown on the drive, pushing them to a 17-14 upset victory over the New England Patriots

Is it football season yet?

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