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Draft Day 2004: Where were you?

bradshaw44 : 9/17/2019 9:57 pm
And where are you now In life? Thought this would be an interesting way to view Manning’s career through the lens of our own lives.

I was 23 years old. I was at a wet T-shirt contest at Radford University for Quad-fest. During the height of the event I told my buddies I’m going into the house, I saw they had a tv and I want to see who the Giants take with the first pick I’m not missing this for the world. I sat in there and watched the whole thing play out while all my friends were taking in the craziness of the party. There were about 150 people there blitzed out of their minds. I was the guy the drunks would come in and ask “Hey, who did team X take?!?!” Everyone knew I was all about the draft because they saw me standing there biting my nails watching intently as it all played out and they chased tail. Once the trade was made I watched for a little longer and then went out and enjoyed the festivities. Mrs “purple shirt” was the focus of the rest of that day. But that’s another story;). I didn’t have a care in the world and my only responsibilities were to pass classes and party. The world was in front of me and Eli would be there with my favorite team for all of it, until this very day.

Fast forward to the day Eli Manning passed the torch to Daniel Jones. I was 39 years old, sitting in my office working while waiting for a life insurance medical examiner to come by my office and give me a physical for my life insurance policy. I have a 13 month old son, a wife of 3 years (together 5 years), a house, two dogs and a great work life. I’m ten months from being 40 and the front 9 of my life is just about the whole way in the rear view mirror. A stark contrast of the way I was when Eli took over the reigns. I mean it’s astonishing how much my life has changed during the duration of his career. He’s been one of the very few constants in my life outside of family. I’ve had multiple career changes, women, weight changes from fat to thin, 3 different homes, and 3 presidents. Crazy.

I have nothing but respect for Eli. He’s been with our Giants through the heart of my adult life. The best years to really enjoy, understand, and soak in what it really means to have a GREAT franchise QB that can win it all. Especially while watching most other teams go through double digits of QBs in the same time frame. Kids that were born the day he was drafted will be able to drive next April, for perspective. I can equate so many moments in my life with big games he provided for our Giants. The ‘05 game against Denver when me and total stranger Giants fans at the bar hugged as if we knew each other when he hit Toomer for the win, ‘11 regular season Patriots game when he led us down the field for the win while I had a bad case of bronchitis and still went to the bar to watch because the game wasn’t on locally, the ‘08 game against the Panthers with the 1 seed on the line and I sat in my family room alone watching and yelling as if I was in the stadium, both INSANELY amazing playoff runs to get us 42 and 46 rings, and so many more that I can’t type them all.

OK, thats my life through the lens of Eli’s career. Thought it would be cool to here how many others view his career through the spectrum of their own personal lives. And if no one cares to share, well, I hope mine was at least interesting to read ha ha.
well said  
rocco8112 : 9/17/2019 10:00 pm : link
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christian : 9/17/2019 10:04 pm : link
22, hungover and missed the first 30 mins. I was so confused.
18 about to graduate HS  
Dave in PA : 9/17/2019 10:06 pm : link
And for some insane reason I would have been super happy with Robert Gallery as the choice
I was a kid in college  
TommytheElephant : 9/17/2019 10:06 pm : link
Saturday afternoon and I remember like it was yesterday . I ordered the jersey that day

Now I’m 36 and I’m a dad. But I still feel like a kid when I gush about the great memories Eli has given me.

He’ll always be a legend
20 almost 21  
Mike in NY : 9/17/2019 10:07 pm : link
Spending semester off campus on a Study Group in Washington D.C. Watched draft in my apartment that college had rented.
Quad fest!  
BleedBlue : 9/17/2019 10:08 pm : link
JMU here. I can relate to the college thing altho, I am younger than you. I have also spent time during a party watching the draft unfold lol.


When manning was drafted, I was a sophomore in HS and I was so excited to have a "manning" I remember Chris Berman saying...."and the Giants have a Manning" wow, that was exciting. I was a strong defender of Eli from day one.
I too, have gone through a lot of change. Still fat, but I have met and married my best friend (June 2018, met in October 2013), I continue to coach youth sports year round (my first year coaching football in the fall was the year Eli got drafted! I was 16, and coaching my brother who was 12 and is now almost 30, I still coach in the same league today, in fact this season I have become the commissioner of said league! I recently bought a house and got a new job, but when he was draft I was living home and working in my father's pizza joint. Things are good but alot has changed since the day Eli was drafted for me. I have enjoyed the ride of life, much like I have enjoyed watching Eli play for Big Blue.

Fast forward to today, I still love Eli immensely, but it was time..this team isn't going anywhere and we need to see what we have in Jones. I will forever be grateful for Eli and I am so proud he was a giant as he represented them so we'll on and off the field.

Love you 10, you will forever be known as a great Giant!
I was at the draft  
MookGiants : 9/17/2019 10:09 pm : link
with my Mom, who was a huge Giants fan. She even got interviewed for cold pizza after the trade went down and loved the Manning pick. Said he would win “multiple superbowls”

Glad my mom was alive to see him win both Super Bowls. Miss her a lot.
Nice memory Mook!  
TommytheElephant : 9/17/2019 10:10 pm : link
Hope you’re doing well
Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/17/2019 10:10 pm : link
In Middletown, NJ. They were from Brooklyn, but moved there in '70s. I was at a liquor store on 35-surprise, surprise, LOL-with my old man when the Chargers took Eli #1. We got back to the party & drinks were being downed when my sister came up to me & told me that the Giants traded for Eli. I was over the moon, mostly because he was Peyton's brother & from the little I saw of him @ Ole Miss I thought he'd be great.

2 Super Bowls. 2X Super Bowl MVP. Iron man. What a ride.
RE: Quad fest!  
bradshaw44 : 9/17/2019 10:14 pm : link
In comment 14585040 BleedBlue said:
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JMU here. I can relate to the college thing altho, I am younger than you. I have also spent time during a party watching the draft unfold lol.


When manning was drafted, I was a sophomore in HS and I was so excited to have a "manning" I remember Chris Berman saying...."and the Giants have a Manning" wow, that was exciting. I was a strong defender of Eli from day one.
I too, have gone through a lot of change. Still fat, but I have met and married my best friend (June 2018, met in October 2013), I continue to coach youth sports year round (my first year coaching football in the fall was the year Eli got drafted! I was 16, and coaching my brother who was 12 and is now almost 30, I still coach in the same league today, in fact this season I have become the commissioner of said league! I recently bought a house and got a new job, but when he was draft I was living home and working in my father's pizza joint. Things are good but alot has changed since the day Eli was drafted for me. I have enjoyed the ride of life, much like I have enjoyed watching Eli play for Big Blue.

Fast forward to today, I still love Eli immensely, but it was time..this team isn't going anywhere and we need to see what we have in Jones. I will forever be grateful for Eli and I am so proud he was a giant as he represented them so we'll on and off the field.

Love you 10, you will forever be known as a great Giant!


Spent many crazy nights on the JMU campus also! Ha ha.

Your last two paragraphs sum up exactly the way I feel today about where we are with Eli. Thank you, Eli, all good things come and end. And the ride you provided was a hell of a time. The good and the bad. Thank you!
I was with my best friend who was more than half asleep  
Hsilwek92 : 9/17/2019 10:14 pm : link
The Giants selected Rivers and I jumped up yelling. He had no clue what was going on until he came to his wares and I told him they were going to trade for Eli.

We were so happy.
RE: RE: Quad fest!  
BleedBlue : 9/17/2019 10:16 pm : link
In comment 14585064 bradshaw44 said:
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JMU here. I can relate to the college thing altho, I am younger than you. I have also spent time during a party watching the draft unfold lol.


When manning was drafted, I was a sophomore in HS and I was so excited to have a "manning" I remember Chris Berman saying...."and the Giants have a Manning" wow, that was exciting. I was a strong defender of Eli from day one.
I too, have gone through a lot of change. Still fat, but I have met and married my best friend (June 2018, met in October 2013), I continue to coach youth sports year round (my first year coaching football in the fall was the year Eli got drafted! I was 16, and coaching my brother who was 12 and is now almost 30, I still coach in the same league today, in fact this season I have become the commissioner of said league! I recently bought a house and got a new job, but when he was draft I was living home and working in my father's pizza joint. Things are good but alot has changed since the day Eli was drafted for me. I have enjoyed the ride of life, much like I have enjoyed watching Eli play for Big Blue.

Fast forward to today, I still love Eli immensely, but it was time..this team isn't going anywhere and we need to see what we have in Jones. I will forever be grateful for Eli and I am so proud he was a giant as he represented them so we'll on and off the field.

Love you 10, you will forever be known as a great Giant!



Spent many crazy nights on the JMU campus also! Ha ha.

Your last two paragraphs sum up exactly the way I feel today about where we are with Eli. Thank you, Eli, all good things come and end. And the ride you provided was a hell of a time. The good and the bad. Thank you!



JMU=best four years of my life(my wife doesn't read BBI) LOL.

Jokes aside, it was a special place that provided me with enough laughs and memories to last a lifetime. I really went crazy down there in VA lol.

That being said....this is somewhat of a somber day and I like your thread idea. Pretty neat, altho it looks like only you and I went in depth with it haha
I was at the stadium  
npd4432 : 9/17/2019 10:17 pm : link
Giants draft day party, I believe it was the first or second one they had. Had a walk through of the locker room, press box and wend into the tunnels and some utility rooms, it was pretty much an open house to just basically go where you wanted without much scrutiny. As for the pick of rivers, then the trade, I was in the club area watching the television there. The trade was made and it got loud. Then a rumor among all was heard, Eli was coming over the river to the meadowlands to greet the giants faithful at the draft party. I headed down to the field and waited a few, and not too long thereafter Eli standing in the 100 level seats in the corner of the end zone. Place went nuts. All and all a pretty good day. I cannot remember if I ran in the Amani toomer 5k that day or on one of the other draft day parties.
RE: I was at the draft  
bradshaw44 : 9/17/2019 10:22 pm : link
In comment 14585048 MookGiants said:
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with my Mom, who was a huge Giants fan. She even got interviewed for cold pizza after the trade went down and loved the Manning pick. Said he would win “multiple superbowls”

Glad my mom was alive to see him win both Super Bowls. Miss her a lot.


Great story Mook. Very happy your mother got to see both adventures. That’s fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
Yankee Stadium  
The_Boss : 9/17/2019 10:22 pm : link
I wish I remember how I got the news of all that had happened that day but I knew walking into the ballpark that we had Eli.
RE: RE: RE: Quad fest!  
bradshaw44 : 9/17/2019 10:26 pm : link
In comment 14585072 BleedBlue said:
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JMU here. I can relate to the college thing altho, I am younger than you. I have also spent time during a party watching the draft unfold lol.


When manning was drafted, I was a sophomore in HS and I was so excited to have a "manning" I remember Chris Berman saying...."and the Giants have a Manning" wow, that was exciting. I was a strong defender of Eli from day one.
I too, have gone through a lot of change. Still fat, but I have met and married my best friend (June 2018, met in October 2013), I continue to coach youth sports year round (my first year coaching football in the fall was the year Eli got drafted! I was 16, and coaching my brother who was 12 and is now almost 30, I still coach in the same league today, in fact this season I have become the commissioner of said league! I recently bought a house and got a new job, but when he was draft I was living home and working in my father's pizza joint. Things are good but alot has changed since the day Eli was drafted for me. I have enjoyed the ride of life, much like I have enjoyed watching Eli play for Big Blue.

Fast forward to today, I still love Eli immensely, but it was time..this team isn't going anywhere and we need to see what we have in Jones. I will forever be grateful for Eli and I am so proud he was a giant as he represented them so we'll on and off the field.

Love you 10, you will forever be known as a great Giant!



Spent many crazy nights on the JMU campus also! Ha ha.

Your last two paragraphs sum up exactly the way I feel today about where we are with Eli. Thank you, Eli, all good things come and end. And the ride you provided was a hell of a time. The good and the bad. Thank you!




JMU=best four years of my life(my wife doesn't read BBI) LOL.

Jokes aside, it was a special place that provided me with enough laughs and memories to last a lifetime. I really went crazy down there in VA lol.

That being said....this is somewhat of a somber day and I like your thread idea. Pretty neat, altho it looks like only you and I went in depth with it haha


Yes, the trio of JMU, VT and Radford down the I81 corridor have provided many great years for may people haha. Did damage at all three. And I Went to Marymount in Arlington, never any of those schools:-)

All stories are cool with me, just glad you and others found the topic interesting. I was worried I was being too nostalgic haha. Thanks for sharing BB!
I was  
darren in pdx : 9/17/2019 10:28 pm : link
16 just about to turn 17, since the draft happens right before my birthday. I posted on another multi-team fan forum back and someone posted the gloveone inside info there and mentioned they saw it on BBI. I came to this site and never looked back for football info.

I didn’t really know anything about college players at all then, so my initial reaction was that I didn’t want ‘San Diego’s trash.’ But once the trade happened and I started to read up on Manning and the sudden realisation that the Giants got a Manning at QB..I suddenly got excited. The tough game against te Steelers an last second win against the Cowboys had me very hopeful for the future of the team. The comeback win against the Broncos the next year I was convinced he was going to win a Super Bowl one day. I miss those days when you could count on him to bring the team back no matter what.
RE: Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary.  
bradshaw44 : 9/17/2019 10:29 pm : link
In comment 14585053 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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In Middletown, NJ. They were from Brooklyn, but moved there in '70s. I was at a liquor store on 35-surprise, surprise, LOL-with my old man when the Chargers took Eli #1. We got back to the party & drinks were being downed when my sister came up to me & told me that the Giants traded for Eli. I was over the moon, mostly because he was Peyton's brother & from the little I saw of him @ Ole Miss I thought he'd be great.

2 Super Bowls. 2X Super Bowl MVP. Iron man. What a ride.


I’ll be honest, him being Peyton’s brother really was a major point of intrigue for me since I didn’t follow CFB.
I was in Tijuana when he was drafted.  
St. Jimmy : 9/17/2019 10:39 pm : link
I was sitting in a meeting when Daniel Jones was named QB today.
Working at the Sprint Store  
dannyduffle : 9/17/2019 10:42 pm : link
24 years old in Mount Holly. Was intently watching and like the poster above, I had the terrible idea that we should draft Gallery. Rivers was drafted and I was “eh, whatever”. Time to go to lunch, so I locked up the store and drove to a friends house, who also happened to make up stupid stories all the time. Completely FOS gentleman.

Back then, we didn’t have instant alerts for everything. Naturally, when I walked in and he told me the Giants “got Manning”. I replied that I saw the draft and he is “FOS”.

Kind of like Chuck from the Goonies, this time he wasn’t FOS!
RE: RE: RE: RE: Quad fest!  
BleedBlue : 9/17/2019 10:46 pm : link
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JMU here. I can relate to the college thing altho, I am younger than you. I have also spent time during a party watching the draft unfold lol.


When manning was drafted, I was a sophomore in HS and I was so excited to have a "manning" I remember Chris Berman saying...."and the Giants have a Manning" wow, that was exciting. I was a strong defender of Eli from day one.
I too, have gone through a lot of change. Still fat, but I have met and married my best friend (June 2018, met in October 2013), I continue to coach youth sports year round (my first year coaching football in the fall was the year Eli got drafted! I was 16, and coaching my brother who was 12 and is now almost 30, I still coach in the same league today, in fact this season I have become the commissioner of said league! I recently bought a house and got a new job, but when he was draft I was living home and working in my father's pizza joint. Things are good but alot has changed since the day Eli was drafted for me. I have enjoyed the ride of life, much like I have enjoyed watching Eli play for Big Blue.

Fast forward to today, I still love Eli immensely, but it was time..this team isn't going anywhere and we need to see what we have in Jones. I will forever be grateful for Eli and I am so proud he was a giant as he represented them so we'll on and off the field.

Love you 10, you will forever be known as a great Giant!



Spent many crazy nights on the JMU campus also! Ha ha.

Your last two paragraphs sum up exactly the way I feel today about where we are with Eli. Thank you, Eli, all good things come and end. And the ride you provided was a hell of a time. The good and the bad. Thank you!




JMU=best four years of my life(my wife doesn't read BBI) LOL.

Jokes aside, it was a special place that provided me with enough laughs and memories to last a lifetime. I really went crazy down there in VA lol.

That being said....this is somewhat of a somber day and I like your thread idea. Pretty neat, altho it looks like only you and I went in depth with it haha



Yes, the trio of JMU, VT and Radford down the I81 corridor have provided many great years for may people haha. Did damage at all three. And I Went to Marymount in Arlington, never any of those schools:-)

All stories are cool with me, just glad you and others found the topic interesting. I was worried I was being too nostalgic haha. Thanks for sharing BB!


Nah, great thread!
2004 i was 64, watching draft and our trade for Eli. I had followed  
plato : 9/17/2019 10:49 pm : link
Eli because i am a University of Mississippi football fan and followed his career in college. I became a Giants fan via #42 Charlie Conerly who was a University of Miss. graduate. I had been to Oxford and that’s an amazing place.
Anyway i had been through the bad 18 years after CC and YAT etc. And while Phil Simms wa an excellent qb I pined for the ones of my youth. Eli was the guy, at least according to EA. And now we had him.
As a professor who after Vietnam service in air evacuation/Scott AFB, i remained a loyal Giant fan and had traveled to see them play, from Houston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, etc. Finally. made it to Giant Stadium , met “the Professor” who as a literature prof3ssor began “Inside Football” my link to the Giants before Eric made the internet relevant to Giants fans. this game the giants beat KC and was filled with fans singing “Bye Bye Ray”. interestingly many were in Santa Claus costumes.m
Met so many at Albany in first visit when no one knew any one except by BBI “handle”, and made some interesting and long friends and stories.
But I can’t type too long so I will say good bye, God bless Eli and his family for so many great memories, and to Eric who made so much possible for Giant fans world wide.
Please support Eric’s Brain child BBI, i am indebted to him as we all are for a real Giant site that is frequently, if not always, warm and welcoming, but always has giant information and dedication.
RE: 2004 i was 64, watching draft and our trade for Eli. I had followed  
bradshaw44 : 9/17/2019 10:57 pm : link
In comment 14585158 plato said:
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Eli because i am a University of Mississippi football fan and followed his career in college. I became a Giants fan via #42 Charlie Conerly who was a University of Miss. graduate. I had been to Oxford and that’s an amazing place.
Anyway i had been through the bad 18 years after CC and YAT etc. And while Phil Simms wa an excellent qb I pined for the ones of my youth. Eli was the guy, at least according to EA. And now we had him.
As a professor who after Vietnam service in air evacuation/Scott AFB, i remained a loyal Giant fan and had traveled to see them play, from Houston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, etc. Finally. made it to Giant Stadium , met “the Professor” who as a literature prof3ssor began “Inside Football” my link to the Giants before Eric made the internet relevant to Giants fans. this game the giants beat KC and was filled with fans singing “Bye Bye Ray”. interestingly many were in Santa Claus costumes.m
Met so many at Albany in first visit when no one knew any one except by BBI “handle”, and made some interesting and long friends and stories.
But I can’t type too long so I will say good bye, God bless Eli and his family for so many great memories, and to Eric who made so much possible for Giant fans world wide.
Please support Eric’s Brain child BBI, i am indebted to him as we all are for a real Giant site that is frequently, if not always, warm and welcoming, but always has giant information and dedication.


Thanks for sharing Plato! I always find the dynamic of so many different posters from so many different walks of life, to be fascinating.

And I share your sentiment about this site. Eric has done the Giants fan universe an amazing service. Before I found BBI in March ‘07, just before the run to 42, I used to depend on ESPN (ugh). Once I found BBI I never looked back. Thank you, Eric and the BBI Staff. I hope plenty of people donate. BBI is my local sports bar I hang out in during the day at work, and at night before bed. Keep on keepin on.
you are so right bradshaw44, i read bbi in bed and my wife, giant fan  
plato : 9/17/2019 11:17 pm : link
though she has to be, complains about my ipad light. however thank goodness for bbi, day and night.
i have been “obsessed” with giants for so many decades I try not to be honest about the years. but it’s another qb, and thus another era, i’m excited to see some of it.
My wife was at a shower with my daughter, and my infant son  
jcn56 : 9/17/2019 11:23 pm : link
and I had a big draft party. Well, I had a couple of friends over and we ordered more food than 10-12 people should have been able to safely consume. I was hopeful the rumors on BBI would turn out true and the Giants would land Manning, but when the draft kicked off I thought for sure it wasn't going to happen.

Still have the video from that day. That same kid is a sophomore in HS now. Time flies damnit.
RE: you are so right bradshaw44, i read bbi in bed and my wife, giant fan  
bradshaw44 : 9/17/2019 11:26 pm : link
In comment 14585204 plato said:
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though she has to be, complains about my ipad light. however thank goodness for bbi, day and night.
i have been “obsessed” with giants for so many decades I try not to be honest about the years. but it’s another qb, and thus another era, i’m excited to see some of it.


That’s a good way to look at it. A new QB means get ready for a whole new era and ride. May you get to see another run!
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Route 9 : 9/17/2019 11:34 pm : link
To be honest I don't think I ever watched the draft before. I tuned in right after Eli was drafted by the Chargers but saw the trade go down. I had work that day but my friend forgot to give me a ride as he had promised. He remembered about 45 minutes later while he was at work. Lol if it wasn't for my friend Kevin I would've missed out on everything.

Some customer told me about them "getting Manning" at work but I told him I already knew and went back to work, pushing carts.

Hard to believe that was all over 15 years ago.
I was at the last Pre Eli game in Arizona in 2004..  
Paulie Walnuts : 9/17/2019 11:50 pm : link
and we could see it was time for Eli to take over. I think to this day if TC had put Eli into that game we would have won

first time I saw Eli live was 2005 in SF and we had a blast
Best part of this game was before... YA Tittle, yes that YA.. came to the game, strolling through the parking lot so in his words.. "Have a look at Eli"

that and Lono's booze suitcase made my day.. and to party with the west coast BBI crew with my then 13 year old son was awesome and that my first "Field pass " game too


Thank you Eli especially for that NFC Championship game in 2011.. you were NAILS baby.. Nails !!!
At a Yanks vs Sox game  
Breeze_94 : 9/18/2019 12:24 am : link
Saturday game...i remember hearing them talk about the trade on the radio as we were heading into the game. Pretty sure A-Rod hit his first ever home run as a yankee at yankees stadium that game.
I was  
noro9 : 9/18/2019 4:11 am : link
At the draft day party. They brought Eli out and Sis Rosenberg asked some innapropriate questions. Eli looked like a dear in the headlights
On a cruise  
Steve L : 9/18/2019 5:53 am : link
It finished on draft day in San Juan. We were staying a couple nights at a resort before heading back to Rochester. We got to the resort just as the draft was starting. I got out of the cab and literally ran to a bar, leaving my now ex wife to deal with the luggage and checking in.
I was house shopping.  
Karl Hungus : 9/18/2019 6:12 am : link
and found the house that I moved into 15 years ago today!
I was there at  
NDMedics : 9/18/2019 7:56 am : link
Madison Square Garden and wanted Robert Gallery, just goes to show you what I know.
I coaching my daughters T Ball team  
cjac : 9/18/2019 7:59 am : link
She was 5 years old

I somehow saw what was going on on my phone, even though i cant believe back then phones could do that but in hindsight i guess i got some ESPN alert that they traded Rivers for Manning after the picks


Fast forward to yesterday, i'm sitting in my office and my daughter (who is now the assistant womens lacrosse coach at Albright College) sends me a text and says that people on twitter are acting like Eli died or something

sorry she was 6  
cjac : 9/18/2019 8:00 am : link
she's 22 now
In my house, in Sedona, Az,  
Big Blue '56 : 9/18/2019 8:01 am : link
watching the draft on ESPN,
Getting my (now) wife to her Bridal Shower  
Aquasax : 9/18/2019 8:09 am : link
It was a surprise and I had to help get her there, but kept on checking the radio and heard how it went down. Now...married 15 years, three kids, two superbowls. Giant/Yankee Fandom was a condition of marriage.

Other things to remember - I couldn't check the draft on my phone. I couldn't watch an app. It was RADIO or TV. Look at the MY WAY video...those early clips are in 4:3 aspect ratio and no HD. How did we survive?



RE: Getting my (now) wife to her Bridal Shower  
bradshaw44 : 9/18/2019 9:10 am : link
In comment 14585457 Aquasax said:
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It was a surprise and I had to help get her there, but kept on checking the radio and heard how it went down. Now...married 15 years, three kids, two superbowls. Giant/Yankee Fandom was a condition of marriage.

Other things to remember - I couldn't check the draft on my phone. I couldn't watch an app. It was RADIO or TV. Look at the MY WAY video...those early clips are in 4:3 aspect ratio and no HD. How did we survive?




LOL, I most certainly was watching in that college house on a 19 inch tube television from the 90's. Crazy how we survived!
On my first deployment for the Marine Corps...  
RC in MD : 9/18/2019 10:24 am : link
I was a young Second Lieutenant finishing up my first deployment as an infantry platoon commander deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. My platoon was part of the Security Force Company providing the traditional Marine mission (think of A Few Good Man...my boss would have been Jack Nicholson).

Today, I'm a much older reservist field grade working a 9-5 job (well more like 7-5) as a federal contractor for a government agency in Maryland. Married, three kids, mortgage, etc...living the suburbanite life.
househunting in Basking Ridge  
Dave : 9/18/2019 10:26 am : link
listening to the draft on the radio
so, what you're saying is that you were Kiefer Sutherland?  
Greg from LI : 9/18/2019 10:28 am : link
heh
Oh yeah...I watched the draft on ESPN...  
RC in MD : 9/18/2019 10:30 am : link
on Armed Forces Network in our Quick Reaction Force ready room with my Marines. Thankfully some were football fans (although none were Giants fans), so we had a lively discussion when Eli was drafted then traded a few picks later.
RE: so, what you're saying is that you were Kiefer Sutherland?  
RC in MD : 9/18/2019 10:32 am : link
In comment 14585807 Greg from LI said:
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heh


Pretty much...that's how I describe that deployment to my family and friends. Thankfully, no need for a "code red" for us.
I watched it on AFN too  
Greg from LI : 9/18/2019 10:34 am : link
But in the relative comfort of the barracks in Okinawa. Had just returned from Uzbekistan the month before.

The Giants actually seemed to be on AFN all the time. It was the most Giants games I had ever gotten until I got Sunday Ticket years later.
I was 11 years old  
ltbeatsall56 : 9/18/2019 11:39 am : link
I didn't actually start following the Giants until 2005 so I didn't learn who he was until then but I have seen every game since. I'm nearly 27 now and he is the only QB I've ever known. (I refused to watch that 1 game).
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