New Stadium Wows Beat ReportersYesterday, the local football media got a tour of the New Meadowlands Stadium. All of them were in awe of the size and amenity upgrade over the previous digs next door.....Here are some observations:
Patricia Traina, Inside Football: "There are four giant high-resolution scoreboards. it's simply amazing how far Field level view technology has come with video boards. I can remember as a kid going to Shea Stadium with my dad and how they had the old monochrome scoreboards with the one-dimensional graphics. Anyway, at this new stadium, if you are seated in the end zone and forget your binoculars, the scoreboards are going to be a godsend when the action is at the opposite end of the field..."
Jane McManus, ESPN New York: "There is a definite caste system depending on how much a ticket is worth, with multiple levels and clubs. For the right price, you can watch the game from the field and take in Tom Coughlin's news conference. Although the upper-level amenities are limited to free mustard, even those seats don't have the same sky-high feeling as Giants Stadium..."
Ken Belson, NY Times: "Fans in the non-premium seats will have a more spartan experience. The seats are less than two feet wide, space that will be easily filled with fans in their winter coats. The pitch of the top deck is such that fans should have little trouble seeing over others in front of them. And once your eyes adjust to the height, the game below should be, appropriately, fully visible..."
Giants Quietly Supplementing RosterSome teams opted for the big splash this off-season. The Giants are choosing a stealthier route. Yesterday, former Rutgers OL Darnell Stapleton visited with the Giants. Stapleton missed all of 2009 with a knee injury, but was a starter for the Steelers during their Super Bowl season two years ago.
If Stapleton is healthy, signing him could be a huge boost to the interior of the Giant line. That would solve some issues and perhaps dis-sway them from taking a lineman early on in the draft.
Local Prospect Seeking to Catch OnConte Cuttino of Stony Brook is a RB that is suddenly attracting a lot of attention from NFL teams.
The 5'10", 200-lb running back from Uniondale has had a productive college career and is now awaiting his turn at the big time. Cuttino has had some very impressive showings at some local Pro Days. He is a runner in the same mold as former Philadelphia Eagle Brian Westbrook. Needless to say, Conte has drawn some serious interest from several NFL teams
In my short conversation with him last night, I immediately took a liking to him. He's a very grounded young man with a solid background. Both of Cuttino's parents are corrections officers at Riker's Island.