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The Bottom Five: Ring-a-ding-ding!

The Giants' Victor Cruz stiff-arms the Jets' Dwight

The Giants' Victor Cruz stiff-arms the Jets' Dwight Lowery. (Aug. 16, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

We usually do the Bottom Five Things to Look For in each game. As we point out, it doesn't take a lot of insight to come up with the Top Five things to watch for in a game, so we usually head to the last few items on the list.

But this is no ordinary week. This is Ring of Honor Week. So instead of listing the last five things you should keep an eye out for during the game, we’ll look at the Bottom Five Things to Look For in the halftime ceremony honoring 30 of the Giants’ all-time greats.

5. A group of zealots from Florida shows up to protest that the Giants have considered displaying the name “Ali Haji-Shiekh” this close to Ground Zero.

4. Little-known Giants trainer from the 1930s, Jim Farber, who got his nickname "Teepee" from the time he spent volunteering as a doctor on Indian Reservations during the Great Depression, is crushed when the 80,000 fans cascade ferocious boos as his name is announced. “A life of service and this is what I get?” a dejected Teepee Farber asks before quietly slinking out of the stadium, his seven great-grandchildren who have joined him reduced to tears. "As sure as my name is Teepee Farber, you'll never see me here again!"

3. Phil Simms’ flight from Pittsburgh to Newark is delayed, preventing him from being on the field to accept his honor. Jeff Hostetler replaces him in the ceremony and goes on to win a Super Bowl and the starting job in the Ring of Honor next year.

2. Pete Gogolak, who does everything “soccer-style,” takes off his shirt following the ceremony and awkwardly tries to trade it with some of the Bears players who are just coming out of their locker room.

1. The Giants announce that they will have a different Ring of Honor on display in the stadium during preseason games to honor those who best exemplified what it means to be a Giant in exhibition contests that don’t count. Victor Cruz is the first honoree.

 

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