New York Giants: JetBlue Stadium or Green Giant Stadium?

June 27, 2011

NEW YORK – Reports are coming out about the real possibility of New Meadowlands Stadium being renamed the MetLife Stadium. Boy, you really have to love corporate America and the ridiculous amount of money (reportedly between $17-$18 million dollars per year) they are willing to pay to put their name on a billboard. It’s bad enough the stadium will not retain the “Giants Stadium” name or kick out the little brother New York Jets, but now we will have to live with calling our beloved home MetLife Stadium? Really? I’m sure this doesn’t sit well with Yankee fans because of the word “Met” in the title. I  know this because I am both a Giants fan and a Yankees fan.

Personally, if we absolutely have to change the name of the stadium, why not use JetBlue Stadium or Green Giant Stadium? Someone on twitter was the first I credit with calling for the name Green Giant Stadium but I cannot remember who it was. If you read this please leave a comment and make yourself known for this great idea. I could live with either of these two names because of the obvious relevance. Selling the “naming rights” of professional sports stadiums is nothing new and often ends badly. Some of the stadium names across this country are down right awful. Could you imagine renaming Wrigley Field with a horrible corporate name like Pizza Hut Field or Burger King Stadium? Nothing personal against either of those two food chains but come on America, is nothing sacred anymore?

The news is picking up a lot of speed, so I’m sure the fans will hear something very soon about this issue. The paltry $17 or $18 million dollars a year doesn’t seem like enough to obstruct history by placing a railroad spike into the subconscious mind of the Giants fan. In my opinion, some things should just be left alone. The average American is already bombarded hundreds or maybe even thousands of times per day by advertisements. Leave my brain alone I say and let me just enjoy watching my team play football on Sundays. I will not buy more insurance because your name sits in the rafters of my favorite teams stadium.

How would you feel about renaming Giants Stadium (New Meadowlands Stadium) to MetLife Stadium?

RD –

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April 23, 2010

The 2010 NFL Draft, Round 2 will begin TONIGHT at 6:00 PM EST. Rounds 2-3 will be done TONIGHT and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday beginning at 10:00 AM EST.

The 2010 NFL Draft began last night and there weren’t many big moves made. At least, none by the New York Giants who sat quietly and waited for the 15th pick to arrive. The Giants decided that DE Jason “Wild Thing” Pierre-Paul was too much to let pass by. I did some research on this guy before the draft and knew he was on the Big Blue radar. A ton of people had predicted round one would end exactly like this and to them I say, well done. Pierre-Paul is a raw talent who is a freak of nature. He is a big guy at 6’4 3/4″ 270 pounds. He can add a lot of muscle to that hustle and bulk up to 280-285 with no problem. The Giants still need to get themselves a linebacker, unless the team has already decided to start one of the current guys. This is something I would not be opposed to since we have some veterans who have spent their entire careers with the team, LB Chase Blackburn in particular. LB Jonathan Goff and LB Bryan Kehl have been getting some votes of support as well. Is there such a thing as MLB by committee? We know there will not be a rookie starting this season, that’s for certain.

I believe that today will be the day that the team comes away with a new linebacker. I’m happy with the teams first round pick but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit surprised they choose that route. I know a lot of the players the G-Men targeted were gone way before they had a chance to pick. I thought for certain the team would take an offensive lineman if they didn’t choose a linebacker. I thought that C Pouncey would be a terrific fit for the team. Pouncey ended up getting selected three picks later by the Steelers. Pierre-Paul seems like the real deal, though he needs some polishing and coaching at this level. I would have to guess that the Giants will choose an offensive lineman tonight and possibly a linebacker or defensive tackle. Perhaps, the team will come away with two of the three positions I have mentioned.

Many have speculated that DE Osi Umenyiora’s job might be in jeopardy now that Pierre-Paul was drafted. Giants GM Jerry Reese was quick to kill that noise, by repeating what he has been saying all along, “Osi will not be traded!”. I believe Osi is owed roughly $10 million dollars over the next 3 years, so it would make financial sense to keep him, as well as for his talent level.

Who do you think the New York Giants will take with their second and third round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft tonight?

What did you think about the New York Giants taking DE Jason Pierre-Paul with the 15th overall pick last night?


RD –