So here we are, the day of the final preseason game. The starters will play a few snaps and then the backups and their backups will take over and battle it out for the final few spots on the 53-man roster. Rhett Bomar is playing to prove he can be the trusted No. 2 quarterback. The Giants are still auditioning kickoff and punt returners. The ones need to at least show a glimmer of positive for the fans to hang on to for the next 10 days.
Those are all important things to look for. But here are the Bottom Five Things you need to keep an eye out for tonight when the Giants play the … um, uh … let me check the schedule … Patriots. Yes, the Patriots.
5. It’s Autograph Night! No, the players don’t sign for the fans. This time the fans get to sign for the players. Shaun O’Hara and Aaron Ross will be at Gate C with colored Sharpie pens allowing fans to sign their casts. (I know Ross had his cast removed on Sunday; maybe he can put it back on for this event.)
4. In response to Antonio Pierce’s call-out of the Giants, plans to retire his number at halftime are scrapped. In fact, the Giants try to think of the most diabolical and disrespectful thing they can do to his jersey. Then they remember that they already issued it to Gerris Wilkinson. The man has suffered enough.
3. Dominic Randolph plays one three-and-out series in the fourth quarter. Afterwards he says he thinks he proved that the Giants don’t need to go out shopping for an experienced third-string quarterback for the practice squad.
2. Saying that he’s already accomplished more than he ever thought possible and he always talked about leaving on his own terms, Victor "Vic Six" Cruz will officially retire after the game. In four years he’ll be elected to the Preseason Football Hall of Fame.
1. The final score.