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Giants’ Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin & Jerry Reese Accept Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness

August 15th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

By now, you've all heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge that has swept across social media over the last week to bring awareness and donations to ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

What started out as a 29-year-old guy from Massachusetts currently battling ALS who decided to challenge his former Boston College baseball teammates has now swept the country and has gone from regular people on social media doing it to celebrities (Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake) and politicians (Chris Christie, Corey Booker) and now, professional athletes and organizations are taking part and donating.

New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have both done it, as have fellow players Victor Cruz, Mark Herzlich, Andre Williams and Mathias Kiwanuka. On Thursday, it was a few other Giants turn to take the Ice Bucket Challenge as Eli Manning, head coach Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese all took the challenge after the final day of training camp concluded; another version of the video can be seen from

Manning was challenged by a fan named Steve Broas who is currently battling ALS himself, and he challenged former Giants Shaun O'Hara and David Diehl. Coughlin, who was challenged by NBC's Bruce Beck and also remembered a friend who battled ALS for seven years, challenged Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, Denver Broncos head coach and former Giants defensive coordinator John Fox and Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Reese, who was challenged by Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith, challenged current Carolina Panthers general manager and former Giants executive Dave Gettleman (who also said some people on the Giants want him to wear a speedo while completing the challenge) and also challenged his daughter, Jasmyne.

Kiwanuka and Zak DeOssie were the ones to take the buckets of ice water and dump them onto Reese, Coughlin and Manning.

For those who want to help contribute to the cause and donate, you can follow the link to the ALS website.


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11 Responses to “Giants’ Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin & Jerry Reese Accept Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    I have to say, it is getting a little scary reading practice reports. They all seem to start and end the same way: the offense looks lousy.
    Yesterday’s reports added: Randal continues to display communication issues; Nassib continues to look worse than Painter; more and more INTs from all the QBs;
    Zero crispness or flow from the offense

    We better begin to see something positive over the next 2 preseason games or 2014 may well shape up into a rerun of 2013
    You can’t win games with only half a team (unless you are the 2000 Ravens)

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      What that sounds like to me is: The defense is dominating, the DBs are ballhawks, Painter is looking far better than anyone expected and Randle is still growing as a player.

      •  GIANTT says:

        What that sounds like to me is – Stoll , glass half empty , Benton glass half full

        • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

          I am a little concerned about Randle, but the rest of the stuff doesn’t concern me. The defense gelled so quickly it was almost unreal. They are so far ahead of the offense at this point that practice isn’t even fair.

        •  James Stoll says:

          At least our conversations now are the same they were last summer

          But just so we are clear,when I said the reports I read start with and end with “the offense looks lousy”, that is not me editorializing; that’s a quote from the reports

          Maybe the reporters are just as negative as me, but that’s what they are saying; the people actually watching the practices

          I hope they are wrong
          So far we have not seen that
          Hopefully tomorrow we will begin to

          • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

            I watch practices, too. For whatever it may be worth. But be sure to note, writers like Graziano, Rock and Stapleton have done nothing but be negative even before training camp started. Every single day Graziano mocks the Giants for **** and giggles.

            I don’t and haven’t seen the same things they have allegedly been seeing. Then again, these are the same guys who admittedly had to go buy “West Coast Offense for Dummies” books to even understand Ben McAdoo.

            •  James Stoll says:

              Since the only thing I see are the preseason games, I credit the possibility that what I read is accurate to the extent it aligns with what I actually see

              Good to hear you are seeing more positive output at practice
              Tomorrow night’s the first real dress rehearsal so let’s hope the offense shows a little spark and consistency

              They don’t need to score every drive; just generate some first downs; control the LOS at least in spurts; keep Eli upright and allow him to hit a few of his WRs

              • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

                My question is if you don’t understand the offense and are resorting to books for Dummies during camp practices, how can you fairly judge what you’re seeing? I appreciate what the beat writers do, but that really devalues their analysis if you ask me.

                •  James Stoll says:

                  I can’t comment on that. All I can do is watch the games. When the offense goes 3 and out, allows Eli to be repeatedly sacked, and otherwise looks like it’s being manhandled, I get 2013 flashbacks.
                  Of course it’s still early. Beatty is going to play in his first game. Beckum won’t play until next week. And theoretically the light bulb could go off in Randal’s head at any time.
                  I’m still hopeful.
                  Tomorrow night will be the first really good barometer.

                  • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

                    People have unrealistic expectations. They play a 5-year defensive system in practice daily and have gone against sound defensive with long-standing systems over the first two preseason games. This offense is only a couple months old. People seriously need to temper their expectations and resist jumping off the bridge. The team hasn’t even gameplanned yet. They haven’t even implemented all of their offensive plays (won’t do so until practices close).

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    This is football, not theoretical physics. It isn’t that complicated (despite everyone involved in the sport trying to make it seem so, much the way professors in the social “sciences” like to pretend that there’s something complicated about figuring out why one candidate for office outpolls another and that only complex scientific methodology will answer the question).

    This is a new offense. It takes some time for players to absorb it.

    Under the new CBA every team with any real degree of roster turnover will need to get into the second quarter of the season before things come together. There just isn’t enough practice time in pads any longer for coaches to get the players to learn everything and for the players on the field to coordinate their actions.

    The Giants’ defense is NOT new, and has an awful lot of talented and bright players on it. Defenses always start camp ahead of offenses. And the Giants’ defense is objectively better than their offense, even after the offense gets their act together (the Giants’ defense should be better than just about all the offenses in the NFL this season). That is a prescription for the offense having trouble in camp.

    The Giants’ preseason schedule has happened to match them up against some of the best defenses in the league (the Bills, the Steelers and the Jets) so it is likely that the offense, particularly before it starts to fire on all cylinders, will look bad. Those defenses, too, much like that of the Giants, is ahead of the Giants’ offense at this stage of the season.

    If Randle is having communication problems, McAdoo can fix that by simplifying the route options for the X-receiver. Two seasons ago when the team in total frustration just gave Randle a set route regardless of the defense he not only got open but he caught whatever was thrown his way and looked great doing it. He’s talented. It’s the coaches’ job to fit the scheme to his talent. But it’s too early to say he won’t “get” it. It may take another month or so, but unless his reads are more complicated than I suspect, he’ll be fine. It’s football, not even Newtonian physics, never mind the physics of uncertainty.

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