Every week, we’re asking a handful of Giants players what’s playing in their headphones before a game. This is what they had to say as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday:
S Tyler Sash
Meek Mill – ‘Young and Gettin’ It’
RB Andre Brown
2 Chainz – ‘I’m DIfferent’
CB Jayron Hosley
Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy
“Before the game, I like to listen to more calm, mellow songs. Right before the game, though, I turn it up to get turned up. But early on, I like to focus in on the bus ride so I listen to more mellow stuff.”
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Every Friday, we’re asking some Giants players what’s playing in their headphones. This is what they had to say this week before their road trip to Philly:
TE Martellus Bennett
(Listens to everything)
“What don’t I have on my iPod should be the question. Before the game, I’m going to listen to Curren$y, a little Fiona Apple, maybe some Ellie Goulding and Erykah Badu.”
LB Mark Herzlich
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
“Basically I like to listen to death metal before the games, so that gets me pretty jacked up before the game. But like when we’re going through warm-ups, I love when Call Maybe comes on. I freaking love Call Me Maybe.”
LB Spencer Paysinger
Childish Gambino – Camp (Album)
“Mine’s not as extravagant as [Herzlich's]. I’m more of a fan of Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, G.O.O.D Music, like Kanye [West], stuff like that. It’s more lyrical. It makes me slow the game down, think of my assignments and stuff.”
LB Michael Boley
SiriusXM Radio – The Heat
“Nothing really specific, I listen to a lot of different stuff. It just depends on what I’m feeling at the moment…SiriusXM, The Heat, whatever comes on.”
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0:00 — GIANTS 26, PANTHERS 7
0:53 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes adds a 36-yard make, his fourth of the game. NEW YORK 26, CAROLINA 7 (Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards in 5:35)
2:56 — Bennett hauls in his fourth catch of the night (57 yards). Giants eating up some clock with a 16-point lead.
*Brown now has 104 yards on 17 attempts.
6:28 — TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS. Cam Newton up the middle for a one-yard score. NEW YORK 23, CAROLINA 7 (Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards in 6:24)
12:49 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes adds a 30-yard field goal. NEW YORK 23, CAROLINA 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 8 yds in 1:26)
15:00 — LB Spencer Paysinger forces and recovers a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half.
*Giants will kickoff to begin the second half.
*Martellus Bennett became the first Giant to record a touchdown in each of his first three games.
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As he wrapped up his team meeting on Thursday, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin went over the usual housekeeping items the night before a game.
From a rundown of the itinerary to any final adjustments, it’s not the most exciting part the week, but a necessary one nonetheless. Then Coughlin announced the captains for last night’s game against Chicago. And after he said the names “David Diehl” and “Mathias Kiwanuka” – two veterans established within the organization – Spencer Paysinger slouched back in his chair. He assumed a second-year player like himself wouldn’t be called.
However, the thought did cross his mind.
“He was naming off the captains – Diehl, Kiwi. So I’m thinking, OK, they’re doing all older guys,” Paysinger recalled in the postgame locker room. “I’m sitting next to Tyler [Sash] and everybody. It’s kind of the mundane part of it, but in my head, I said, ‘What if he said Paysinger?’ Then he said ‘Paysinger’ and I looked at him, and he looked back at me and kind of smiled. I heard some commotion around the room, kind of laughing – ‘This is really happening.’”
And that’s how Paysinger became a captain for a night.
“Some of the younger guys came over to me – Henry [Hynoski], Tyler, Mark [Herzlich], Greg Jones – and started calling me ‘captain’ or ‘cap,’” he said. “It was a great experience, definitely a blessing.”
Despite the team’s 20-17 loss, Paysinger was worthy of the nod, leading the Giants with five solo tackles. It came at the tail end of a training camp where Paysinger has continued to evolve from a reliable special teamer as an undrafted rookie last season to competing for time on defense.
“I was captain multiple times back at Oregon, so I’m thinking it’s going to be like that and everything,” Paysinger said of walking onto the field in front of a home crowd before the game. “But the fact that the head coach had the confidence in me was pretty special to me.”
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0:00 — Bears 7, Giants 3 (key stat: Wilson piles up 66 total yards)
1:47 — Bears get on the board with a 21-yard passing touchdown. BEARS 7, GIANTS 3.
5:13 — Tynes makes a 32-yard field goal. Tynes now 6/6 this preseason, hitting four last week. GIANTS 3, BEARS 0 (drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:07)
8:34 — Wilson shakes off a handful of tacklers for a gain of 20. Follows up with a gain of 15 also on the ground. Wilson again with a reception for another 29 yards. Crowd applauding the effort. Fans and coaches have to be excited.
9:19 — Douglas calls fair catch on his second punt return of the night. Can’t get anything going yet, but looks confident back there.
10:18 — Run defense picks up where it left off vs. the Jets. Mathias Kiwanuka makes a nice move into the backfield and stops Bears RB Matt Forte for a loss of 2.
12:13 — Rookie RB David Wilson, starting in place of Ahmad Bradshaw, gets a heavy dosage on the opening drive — run of 5 yards and a short reception for a loss of 3 on the first two plays of the game.
13:36 — Giants force a three-and-out on their first defensive stand. David Douglas returns the punt for 1 yard.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: LB Mathias Kiwanuka, OT David Diehl, LB Spencer Paysinger. Bears win coin toss and elect to receive. Giants will defend west goal.
The New York Giants (1‐1) host the Chicago Bears (1‐1) on Friday, August 24, in Week 3 of the 2012 preseason.
Kickoff: 8 pm ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Warm. 82 °F, Wind: 0.00 mph/N
Tags: David Diehl, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Mathias Kiwanuka, Spencer Paysinger
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