Hall of Fame game countdown:15 days
It’s getting real folks, training camp for the New York Football Giants begins in just a couple days. July 22, 2014 to be exact. Here’s a look at the training camp schedule for Giants Nation:
|Tuesday, July 22||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Wednesday, July 23||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Thursday, July 24||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Friday, July 25||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Saturday, July 26||No Practice|
|Sunday, July 27||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Monday, July 28||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Tuesday, July 29||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Wednesday, July 30||No Practice|
|Thursday, July 31||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Friday, August 1||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Saturday, August 2||No Practice|
|Sunday, August 3||8:00 p.m.||Hall of Fame Game vs. Buffalo|
|Monday, August 4||No Practice|
|Tuesday, August 5||Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event|
|Wednesday, August 6||5:40- 7:50 p.m.||Practice|
|Thursday, August 7||Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event|
|Friday, August 8||No Practice|
|Saturday, August 9||7:30 p.m.||Steelers vs. Giants|
|Sunday, August 10||No Practice – Players’ Day Off|
|Monday, August 11||3:20-5:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Tuesday, August 12||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Wednesday, August 13||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice|
|Thursday, August 14||1:20-3:30 p.m.||Practice (End Camp)|
What’s perhaps most interesting about the Giants training camp is the facility they use. The Giants are partnered with a New Jersey based business known as Quest Diagnostics, and actually, the team’s training facility is called the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. This is significant due to the work QD does with medical innovations, here’s a snippet from Giants.com:
“The aim is to assist Quest in identifying and developing models and tests to help determine peak performance, provide meaningful training insights, develop analytics to maximize game day performance, reduce injuries and improve players’ overall health,” said Giants president and co-chairman John Mara.
“As an organization, we are committed to the mission of maximizing game-day performance and reducing injuries and improving overall health. I personally welcome Quest to our team and look forward to working together with them for the greater good of the sport of football,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
Having Quest Diagnostics in their corner could lead to some incredible advancements in football health, it’s certainly exciting times around Giants football and for more reasons than just the Hall of Fame game being 15 days away. In theory, the New York Football Giants will be at forefront of NFL medical studies helping to the overall safety of players through advancements in research and development paid for by gridiron action.
How cool is that? Almost as cool as the HOF game being only 15 days away. Almost as cool as the idea for Giants fans to see their new weapon, Trindon Holliday blazing through tackles with SPEED so pure it would make Walter White jealous… on his way to special teams touchdowns. Truly cool.
But not quite as cool as a back-up QB stepping in from obscurity and winning a Super Bowl as number 15 . And it all started on a “15” to make it happen. December 15th, 1990: Phil Simms broke his foot against of all teams — THE BUFFALO BILLS — you just can’t make this stuff up, not even for a Hall of Fame game countdown.
Say what you will about Jeff Hostetler’s career as a QB, but in 1990, this number 15 came to play. Jeff won the final two games of the season after the Giants lost that game to the Bills 17-13. A game where Rodney Hampton ran for more yards (105) than Hostetler threw for (only 97 yards and 0 TD’s) in the most insignificant stat you’ll read today. Moving forward, while looking back at the same time, it’s cool to note that with 15 days until a new generation of Bills players face the Giants in Canton, Ohio. That GIANT-BLUE Hostetler number 15 put up 15 points on the San Francisco 49ers in route to victory, clearing their path to become Super Bowl champions beating the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in one of the great backup stories, historically in the NFL.
If Trindon Holliday is ever to be considered the best number 15 in Giants history, it will take a lot of SUPER success to make that story happen. And it will be lots of GIANT excitement, watching him try.
Is it football season yet?