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New York Giants Monday Morning Storylines: Giants Enforcing Diet Changes to Improve Player Health

June 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Monday, New York Giants fans! Welcome to the first week of waiting. All players, coaches and most journalists are on vacation, so expect things to hit a bit of a lull for a while — just not here on Giants 101. To start your day, we present the following headlines to enjoy over your morning coffee.

Giants Hope They Have Menu for Success

When Ronnie Barnes began working for the Giants in 1976, part of his job was to develop a menu for the players.

In time, the Giants senior vice president of medical services and organizational pillar would become known as one of the few progressive team trainers who brought the league out of its nutritional dark age. But at the start, catering was quite simple.

"If a majority said they wanted fried chicken," he said, "then that is what we had."

Buoyed by a sizable financial commitment from the organization, a completely transformed menu greeted players returning for organized team activities. It featured lean, antibiotic-free meats, but only sirloin cuts or flank steaks, a fish option with every meal, brown rice, whole grain pasta, farro, wheat grass, chia seeds, flax seeds and a mammoth smoothie bar where, depending on how a player is feeling, he can customize the drink to aid in swelling, headaches or any other ailment he can think of.

Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has Some Amazing Superhero-Themed Cleats

We know now what new Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie spent some of the $39 million dollars the team used to get him on the roster this offseason: Some incredible superhero-themed cleats that he keeps in his locker.

For The Win's Chris Strauss got a close look at them on Thursday: Comic book logos on the back of his cleats include Batman, Superman, Captain America, Flash and the Hulk.

Mario Manningham’s Special Number

Mario Manningham didn’t like the number 30. He also didn’t want to play football after his freshman year at Warren Harding.

It was because of the teenage Manningham’s petulance that Saturday afternoon’s ceremony at Mollenkopf Stadium was celebrated by so many, including those who helped guide the one-time Raider when he wasn’t always in search of guidance.

“His mother, Mary, and grandfather, Jerry, asked me to talk to him before his sophomore year,” said Arnold, sitting with a framed black Raiders number 30 football jersey in his lap. “They said he wasn’t playing football and I said, ‘Mario, what are they talking about?’

“He said, ‘coach, I just want to play basketball.’ I said. ‘Mario listen, football’s gonna make you a lot of money someday, you gotta play football.’ He says, ‘coach, I’m not playing football.’ ”


Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Football, Mario Manningham, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ronnie Barnes