Giants cancel Albany training camp

July, 8, 2011
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So the Giants have decided that the lockout has gone on too long for them to go to training camp in Albany as they usually do. Instead, they'll hold training camp at their gorgeous, two-year-old, state-of-the-art regular season practice facility at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

I'm not sure why it makes sense to decide this now, but the Giants have done so, and from a purely selfish standpoint I commend them. I now call on the other three teams in the division to move their training camps to locations within 20 minutes' driving distance from my house. It'll be the best August ever!

Seriously, the reason teams go away for training camp is so they can "bond," the way Denzel Washington's team did in "Remember the Titans." I've never seen any hard data on whether or not teams that go far away and isolate themselves for training camp have better seasons than those that don't, and I think it's the kind of thing coaches like to put more stock in than is necessary. I think that, given the fact that this offseason has already been a complete fiasco, having training camp at home isn't going to mess with anybody's routine any more than anything else already has.

Heck, if these guys really want to get away from their wives and kids, they can just hang out longer at the facility and "bond" there, right? Or there's a Five Guys really close to there, right on Route 17 North across from that big Lowe's...

Anyway, I digress. Giants staying home for training camp, like the Jets and the Ravens and maybe some other teams I forget. I don't think it's going to make a difference, but it's news and we don't get much of that these days, so there you go. Enjoy your weekend.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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