Happy Thursday, New York Giants fans! There is a tremendous lull in activity leading up to the official start to training camp, so we're here to help you pass the time with the following headlines to read over your first morning coffee. Enjoy!
1. Resources available. Under the current collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011, teams are allowed to hold one practice per day in training camp, as opposed to old two-a-days. Teams are allowed to conduct a walkthrough in addition to the one practice now, but the rule puts a premium on each and every practice, making it essential to the operation to have all resources (medical, video, administrative, etc.) available on location. This is the overarching reason why the Giants now hold training camp at their facility.
2. Indoor practices. Because each practice is so valuable, weather is the last thing head coach Tom Coughlin wants to limit a day’s worth of learning in practice. But now he has a field house with a full-size practice field to escape poor conditions, whereas Albany was not equipped. Coughlin talked about the issue during last year’s camp. “It was a big factor,” he said of having an indoor facility. “No doubt about it. However, it was one of the factors. That shouldn’t be used in any kind of a way against the University at Albany. Mayor [Jerry] Jennings told me that if that was the case, they’d find a way to have one of these facilities there. The fact that the CBA and the way it’s conducted today and the fact there’s only one practice, that had an awful lot to do with it.”
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has refused to allow the New York Giants to register “G-Men” for selling T-shirts, ruling that the fame of the football team's nickname didn't create a de facto limit on an overly broad application.
The Giants had pushed the argument that, even though the application's unrestricted description of “shirts, T-shirts and tops” overlapped with a pre-existing mark for “GMan Sport,” the nickname was so famous that it would never cause confusion when used in relation to football.
The Giants' argument was based on the idea that “G-Men” was so famous in connection with football that it “creates a unique commercial impression for prospective consumers of applicant’s identified products,” meaning the team's products would be “easily distinguished” from the “GMan Sport” mark.
Despite only having two sacks in his last 18 games played, Pierre-Paul can't be too hungry, as he's made a habit of eating his words. The Dallas Cowboys had a fabulous time mocking JPP's "blood-spilling" comments after they topped the Giants 24-21 on a last-second field goal in Week 12.
That was the last time anyone saw JPP in uniform on a football field.
Pierre-Paul's reputation was so inflated by his 2011 performance that it earned him two Pro Bowls—a deserved one that season, and an undeserved one the following season. That reputation, which JPP is desperately clinging to, is no longer reality.
It's time for him to show up on the field again.
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