Happy Saturday, New York Giants fans! It should be a relatively slow weekend after a busy week, but Big Blue will return early next week for mandatory mini-camp prior to a long layoff. As we await that, enjoy the following start of the weekend headlines over your first morning coffee.
Ryan Nassib appears to be struggling so much in offseason workouts that the Syracuse product might need a terrific training camp and preseason just to keep his roster spot.
Nassib had another bumpy organized team activity on Thursday, throwing multiple interceptions — including a pick-six — in 11-on-11 drills and generally looking lost in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s scheme.
But Nassib doesn’t appear to be separating himself from the ailing Curtis Painter, leaving the 2013 fourth-rounder’s future with the Giants in question.
The Red, Rock & Blue "Celebrity/Sorta Celebrity" Softball Game returns to Baton Rouge this year to celebrate its fifth anniversary with players like New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle, former LSU player Jacob Hester and former New Orleans Saints players Joe Horn and Randall Gay. New this year will be a second game with Baton Rouge Metro Council members competing against representatives of the Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden's office.
Both games will take place June 27 at the Cypress Mounds Complex, and the local politicians' game will begin at 5:30. The celebrity softball game kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
The annual event benefits Louisiana military and military family charities, and tickets are available by going to redrockandblue.com.
In the far North in the fifth book, readers are introduced to a giant named Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun, who goes by Wun Wun. That giant then brutally kills a man named Ser Patrek of King's Mountain, whose sigil is blue five-pointed star on a silver and white field.
Look closer and you can see the whole death as an analogy for Martin's NFL fandom. Say Wun Wun out loud and you'll get "one one," or as it's better known, the number 11. Phil Simms was number 11 when he played for the New York Giants in the 80s and 90s. Look, too, at the sigil of Ser Patrek, a silver and blue five-pointed star. That's the logo of the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants' rival.
Martin, a Giants fan, put this fight into the books after he lost a bet with a Cowboys-rooting friend named Patrick St. Dennis, he explained on NPR. "So I invented a character called Ser Patrek of King's Mountain and described his heraldry as looking somewhat like the heraldry of the Dallas Cowboys … . And then I had him ripped apart by a giant." What a lucky friend.
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