It was just another dull day at New York Giants training camp on Friday, August 3. There was no quarterback controversy, no guarantees, no dynasty declarations.
Welcome to Giants football.
On Friday, the defending Super Bowl champions went about their business of preparing for the 2012 National Football League season without any distractions, just the way taskmaster Tom Coughlin likes it. Coach Coughlin's players have followed his lead, keeping the focus on football.
"Training camp for me is time to get the team together and go practice football," quarterback Eli Manning said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7 on Thursday. "You think of training camp as time to interview all the football players but for me it is about practice."
That's not always the case in camps around the league. So far this offseason, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has talked dynasty in Philly, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has called out the Giants and rookie Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is getting all the press. However, as Giants fans, haven't have we seen (or heard) all this before?
Jones' puffy-chested talk of kicking the Giants' (expletives) is reminiscent of last season when Jets coach Rex Ryan declared a hostile takeover of New York, only to watch the G-Men put a Big Apple beating on his team in week 16. Nevertheless, the Jets and their two-headed quarterback of Mark Sanchez and a shirtless Tim Tebow have been hoarding the preseason spotlight and Manning, winner of two Super Bowl MVPs, somehow is the third-most talked about quarterback in town.
"Every time you turn on the TV, it's the Jets, SportsCenter is camped out at the Jets complex," Manning said on ESPN Radio.
Make no mistake, that's just the way the Giants like it.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.