By Roger Director
I Dream in Blue is tv manufacturer Roger Director's up shut and private chronicle of the 2006-2007 seasons spent with Eli Manning, Plaxico Burress, and the remainder of the hot York Giants, from the 1st snap of summer season camp to the ultimate landing of a tumultuous, heart-stopping trip. all through all of it, Director's bought just one result in brain: the large Bowl. He guts it out with enormous Blue, refusing to allow whatever sideline him—not his fumble-prone tv occupation, now not even the stress of sometimes having to behave like a accountable husband and father. alongside the best way, he tells the tale of this nice activities dynasty's origins and lines its upward push to turn into the heart beat of latest York urban and, ultimately, the world-shocking, Patriots-beating king of professional soccer. Director was once there in Phoenix together with his large Blue heroes as they pulled off the best disappointed in tremendous Bowl heritage. during this version, that includes brand-new chapters that take Giants fanatics alongside for the last word pleasure trip, Director maintains to dream in blue—and this time watches his dream come actual.
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The first week of camp, promising backup ball carrier Derrick Ward, following the rules and wearing his cleats on the slippery dorm stairs, breaks his foot. He misses half the season, not to return to active duty until the fateful Bears game in Week 9. Until then he has little to do but rehab and imagine shoving his cleat a mile up Coughlin’s ass. The Giants practice like maniacs. Manning, then his backups—Tim Hasselbeck, Jared Lorenzen, and veteran Rob Johnson, a favorite of Coughlin’s who doesn’t make the final cut—take five snaps, then step aside.
You know how he feels. He still hasn’t gotten all the sleep out of his back muscles. It’s quiet. He’s got nothing lined up. Birds are chirping. It’s a good time for a chat. The fantastic thing about Shockey is that his essence is uncaged. His soul is permanently on the run from authorities. He shows up for breakfast at camp in his bathrobe. He parties late and comes in game day with a jumbo IV bag of B12. He goes into the weight room and lifts after games. Even when he’s standing still, or trying to, there ought to be what the cartoonists call motion lines or zip ribbons around him to show movement.
At 11:40 an air horn blasts and they break for lunch. They 33 Ro g e r D i r e c t o r hit the showers. Maybe study or pick up DVDs that have been broken down for them to play and replay, dissecting every lean, every block, every placement of their every step. Plaxico Burress stays behind. He positions himself death-wish close to a machine that automatically shoots footballs at him at 80 miles an hour. Snap snap snap. The footballs explode at him and are swallowed up into Burress’s soft hands.