Coughlin not celebrating Springsteen's birthday

September, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


TAMPA, Fla. -- Humorous moment out here in the media room at One Buccaneer Place this afternoon.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who is not known for being one of the more colorful interviews in the NFL, ran into legendary Tampa Bay radio (WDAE-AM) reporter Whitney Johnson, who is one of the more colorful characters I’ve ever met, on the conference call.

Johnson, as is his tact, waited until all the other reporters had asked their questions to turn to his off-beat questions. Johnson asked Coughlin if he was celebrating Bruce Springsteen’s 60th birthday Wednesday.

That actually drew a laugh from Coughlin, who then revealed it’s also the birthday of Giants assistant coach Chris Palmer.

Johnson then asked Coughlin if he was planning on attending Springsteen’s upcoming concert at Giants Stadium.

“I think my night is occupied,’’ Coughlin said.

Eli Manning's about to do his conference call with the Tampa Bay media. We'll see if Johnson asks him about "The Boss."

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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