I wish I could say this was more clairvoyant than common sense, but yesterday I suggested that the Giants might be playing the Jets in the first preseason game at the New Meadowlands.
Today we found out that’s exactly what will happen. On Aug. 16 in fact. A Monday Nighter at 8 p.m.
And as I pointed out in the story I just filed for the paper and for Newsday.com, it means that this time the Giants will get to call the coin toss. They'll be the visiting team.
Not a bad decision by the NFL, considering that most of the star players are done in the preseason opener by the end of the first quarter. At least it will give the broadcast something to cover for the remaining three quarters.
The rest of the Giants’ preseason schedule has them hosting the Steelers in Week 2, at Baltimore in Week 3 and hosting the Patriots in Week 4. Then of course they’ll be hosting the regular-season opener on Sept. 12. So the Giants will not have to board a plane until at the very least Week 2 of the regular season. That’s assuming they are not at Philadelphia or Washington in Week 2. In that case, they’ll train it.
It’s the second year in a row the Giants open the preseason on Monday Night. What does that mean? Very little since they won the game last year against the Panthers and went on to a disappointing season (including a late-season embarrassment at the hands of the Panthers). But in terms of what it means TO ME … it means a few extra days of summer vacation. While the rest of the NFL and its beat writers are reporting to training camps all around the country, Jets and Giants scribed (and oh yeah, players too) will not be expected to report for training camp until July 31 or Aug. 1. The exact dates have not been announced. Heck, the exact location has not bee announced.
That should come shortly.
The regular-season schedule, by the way, will be announced in mid-April.