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Confessions of a First Time Giants Blogger

So…It has been a while since I’ve last posted and not too much has been happening with our beloved Giants – which is partly why I haven’t written much of late.

Sure, there was a veteran mini-camp where half of our roster was fighting through leg cramps and news that our former perennial basket case… err…wide receiver Plaxico Burress was able put off his jail sentence for a few more months might have taken Mets fans attention away from Carlos Beltran’s balky knee for a half a second, but, I get the sense that most fans prefer a quiet summer to the soap opera we had with Jeremy Shockey’s bruised ego and Burress’s bruised brain last year.

So, to help pass the time until training camp begins next month, I thought I’d share my first experience as a not so professional blogger. The story begins when editor Jeremy Fuchs asked me to drive down to Manhattan to cover an autograph signing Tom Coughlin was having for his new book, “A Team to Believe in”.  The assignment was to take a few pictures of the event and try and see if I could cajole the coach into answering a question or two. Easy enough…right?

The event was taking place on the 10th floor of the Lord and Taylor Department store on 5th avenue in NYC and as I was arriving, my sense of adventure and curiosity was quickly replaced with a blanket of incertitude. There was already a professional photographer with a much larger camera than I had (no, I was not envious) and whose unfettered access to the coach made me cringe at the thought of trying to butt in for a few snapshots with my hand held digital camera. On top of that, the fans waiting for a picture with our unusually jovial coach were not exactly the blue collar tailgate crowd I had grown accustom to, but the types you would likely find following Gisele Bundchen around the catwalk.  I quickly began asking some of the sales people where I could find the event coordinator in a desperate attempt to find some guidance on how to approach Coughlin for a quick photograph.

Within moments of learning who I was, Three beautiful women excitedly flocked around me as if I was Tom Brady – well, maybe they weren’t that excited, but they seemed pretty eager to meet me. After a quick introduction, Shana, the event coordinator, let me know that Coach Coughlin was leaving shortly and that she would take me over immediately for my interview. Wait a second, My Interview? I was going to get a private interview with the head coach of the New York Giants ? Did these people know who I was…let me rephrase that, who I wasn’t ?

As Shana led me to the front of the line, I feverishly began scouring through my head for more questions. But I had nothing, my mind went blank. 

“Coach Coughlin, this is Jeremy” Shana began as I reached out to shake hands.  “He’s with and he wanted to ask you a few questions” I began eying the escalator, planning my escape.  But suddenly, Coughlin’s friendly smile disappeared and his hand quickly pulled away. “Coach Couglin  is not taking any questions from the press today” an aide informed me and ironically, while most beat writers  have long been irritated by Coughlin’s reticence with the media, on this day, I couldn’t be happier that he didn’t take the time for me.




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