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Mara gets the call

Giants owner John Mara in an undated file

Giants owner John Mara in an undated file photo. Photo Credit: AP

In the NFL, they always tell the guys on the bench to be ready. It’s a “Next Man Up” mentality. Apparently it’s the same in jury boxes, where John Mara has gone from the practice squad to the starting quarterback.

The Giants’ owner and president has been elevated from alternate to Juror No. 1 as he serves on a major international drug case in Manhattan federal court. He replaces the previous No. 1, who apparently became ill, possibly with food poisoning. According to the AP, it's unclear if Mara is now the foreman of the jury.

Mara would have likely been in a courthouse anyway this week had be not been called for the jury. The NFL owners and the locked out players are gathering in Minneapolis for court-mandated mediation and Mara has been one of the owners at the forefront of the negotiations. Owner No. 1, if you will.

He tried to get out of serving on the jury, explaining last week that he was needed not only for the negotiations in Minneapolis but as the Giants prepare for the NFL draft at the end of the month. No such luck.

The trial is expected to last another two weeks. Will that be longer than the lockout lasts?
 

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