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Eli looking forward to the Olympics

Sanya Richards-Ross reacts after the women's 400m finals

Sanya Richards-Ross reacts after the women's 400m finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Credit: AP Photo Marcio Jose Sanchez

Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings, but it’s a different kind of rings he’ll be giving at least some of his attention to in the next few weeks. Manning said he’s looking forward to spending some time bonding with his Giants teammates in the evenings while they watch the Olympics.

“It will be fun with the Olympics going on this year,” Manning said today as he reported to the University at Albany. “The competitions are going on at night and you get a bunch of guys in the same room and cheering for the U.S. Those types of things are fun when you have dorms rather than being in a hotel.”

Last year the Giants were in hotels as they trained at their own complex in New Jersey. Of course last year there were no Olympics. The last time the Summer Games took place during training camp was four years ago and the Giants had a personal connection to the competition. Aaron Ross’ then-fiance and now wife Sanya Richards, was running for the United States.

No big connection this year with Ross gone to the Jaguars (and in London to watch Sanya run). So the Giants will have to settle for rooting for the red, white and blue (although some might have different rooting interests like Mathias Kiwanuka pulling for Uganda, Lawrence Tynes cheering on Great Britain, Osi Umenyiora rooting on Nigeria, or even assistant general manager Kevin Abrams screaming for Canada. Certainly rookie Markus Kuhn will have a running tally of all the medals won by Germany).

So what’s Eli’s favorite Olympic sport to watch?

“Uh, I don’t know,” he said. “All of them.”

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