MDS made some observations from Giants Media Day earlier.
1. Jason Pierre-Paul has a favorite nickname. While the second year player likes “JPP” and “Beast,” his favorite nickname is the “Haitian Sensation.” Pierre Paul talked about his “rough” journey from working at Boston Market to help feed his family. He wants to “put on a show” on Sunday for those in Haiti. He even broke out some creole in conversation during his session.
2. Brandon Jacobs is tired of slow starts. He’s struggled to get into a groove early in games and couldn’t hide his frustration. He expects a physical game Sunday.
3. A Ryan Leaf mention. Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he thought Leaf could have had a successful NFL career if Gilbride had more time to work with him in San Diego.
4. The Giants are ready to roll. New York seemed even more anxious than the Patriots to get done with Media Day and move on to football. Pierre-Paul said he was ready to play last week.
“It is just a lot of hoopla. We are just ready to play football and go out there and have fun. Just staying focused this week is the main key,” Ahmad Bradshaw said.
5. Eli, evolved: Giants offensive players all thought that a big key to this season was Eli Manning’s ability to extend plays and make throws outside the pocket. We’ll have more on this later in the week.
6. Watching a Japanese game show host try to communicate with Pierre-Paul was just as ridiculous as you’d expect. That is all.
7. The power of the NFL was in the stands. MDS pointed it out earlier, but it bears repeating. The fans loved being a part of Media Day. Twenty minutes after it was over, most of the fans remained in the crowd soaking up the experience.
We’re not really what that experience entailed, but the fans just wanted a taste of anything Super Bowl. In five years of covering the Super Bowl, I haven’t seen a host city more excited about having the game.