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  • Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 1:20 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Training Camp Practice Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 22-Aug. 19). Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities concession stands and a free kid’s activity area will also be available. A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each other day following practice. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.
    Parking Lots open 60 minutes prior to practice.
  • Tue., Jul. 29, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Tue., Jul. 29, 2014 1:20 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Training Camp Practice Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 22-Aug. 19). Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities concession stands and a free kid’s activity area will also be available. A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each other day following practice. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.
    Parking Lots open 60 minutes prior to practice.
  • Wed., Jul. 30, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 1:20 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Training Camp Practice Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 22-Aug. 19). Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities concession stands and a free kid’s activity area will also be available. A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each other day following practice. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.
    Parking Lots open 60 minutes prior to practice.
  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 1:20 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Training Camp Practice Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 22-Aug. 19). Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities concession stands and a free kid’s activity area will also be available. A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each other day following practice. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.
    Parking Lots open 60 minutes prior to practice.
  • Mon., Aug. 04, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Tue., Aug. 05, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

    Big Blue Kickoff Live is the Giants only web radio show and is the perfect way to start your morning if you’re a Giants fan. Every weekday at 9:30AM, our hosts talk for sixty minutes about the latest Giants news and take your calls about the Big Blue. John Schmeelk, Lance Medow, Anita Marks and Paul Dottino are joined by special guests, break down each week’s game, and get your opinion on the New York Giants. Participate by calling in at 201-939-4513 or by sending questions to #giantschat

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  • Wed., Aug. 06, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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  • Wed., Aug. 06, 2014 5:40 PM - 7:50 PM EDT Training Camp Practice Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 22-Aug. 19). Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities concession stands and a free kid’s activity area will also be available. A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each other day following practice. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.
    Parking Lots open 60 minutes prior to practice.
SPOTLIGHT:

Giants salute military and first responders

Posted by Michael Eisen on November 4, 2012 – 7:00 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The real stars in MetLife Stadium Sunday were not wearing football uniforms.

The Giants’ clash with the Pittsburgh Sunday was the home team’s Salute to Service game. Approximately 150 servicemen and women unfurled the full-field flag prior to the national anthem. They were led by General Ray Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff, and Admiral Jon Greenert, who is the Chief of Naval Operations.

In addition, about 100 first responders who have worked tirelessly helping people since Hurricane Sandy last week were invited to attend the game by the NFL. They met with Commissioner Roger Goodell prior to the game.

Many of the soldiers in attendance were from Fighting 69th (the 69th Infantry), a New York-based Army National Guard Infantry Unit, which returned from its tour of duty in Afghanistan in September and has been aiding the storm relief effort in New York City this week.

The Giants reached out to them when they were overseas. Many of them are members of the New York National Guard and have been first responders in the wake of the storm. They were home about six weeks when Sandy hit and they were asked to respond to the disaster.

“The NFL is high profile, but they always reach out to our soldiers and Marines,” Odierno said. “There’s a close bond and relationship there that means a lot to them that they have a chance to do this. It’s something some of them probably never dreamed they would get to do and here they are being able to stand in Metlife Stadium and have the opportunity to be recognized. It does mean a lot and shows that people still care.”

“People are willing to give something bigger than them and the Giants have been outstanding and so has the National Football League recognizing their service,” Greenert said.

Odierno attended the Giants’ practice and spoke to the team on Friday. He conveyed the message that in the wake of disasters like Sandy, people relish the opportunity to watch their favorite football team.

“I found when I was deployed to Iraq and I’d watch the servicemen and on a Sunday night, which was Sunday night there, when their team would play it gave them three hours to get away from some of the real difficult stuff they were dealing with,” Odierno said. “I see the same thing today. This is three hours with people who are dealing with devastation and issues and problems they can get away from for three hours and think about something else. I think it helps them. It helps them to build resilience; it helps them to cope with the things they have to do. So I think it’s important.

“It makes a difference. It just makes a really huge difference. So I communicated that to the players on Friday. I’m not sure I had to do that. I think they already had it, but it’s a great group of men they have on this team.”

Ninety minutes before kickoff, Goodell was shaking hands, chatting and posing for photos with the first responders, many from fire departments in Jersey shore communities hard-hit by Sandy.

“It’s hard to imagine what they go through,” Goodell said. “Many of them didn’t sleep all week dealing with this constant stress, dealing with people that are obviously going through some very difficult periods in their lives. It’s just remarkable we have people like; many of these folks are volunteers and to see that is really – it gives new meaning to hero to me.”

Ironically, the only disagreement during the pregame activities stemmed from football.  Odierno, a native of Rockaway, N.J., is a lifelong Giants fan. Greenert, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Butler, Pa., is an avid Steelers fan.

“We’ve had some conversations about that,” Odierno said.

Asked if he planned to watch the game with the Admiral, Odierno said, “No.”

Uh oh, a rift between the Army and Navy, played out right here in New Jersey.


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One Response to “Giants salute military and first responders”

  1. By Hilary on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    My husband was one of those service members unfurling the flag. I waited at home all day to see the live cast on the TV only to have it not shown due to the last 2 minutes of another game running over. Is there anywhere I can go to see a video of the ceremony?

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