ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan Shares The McAdictionary [AUDIO]
Live from Giants camp at the Quest Diagnostic training facility we had a chance to sit doen with ESPN.com's Jordan Ranaan. His sole job is to cover the the New York Football Giants. We got the inside scoop on Sterling Shepard, the fights at camp and Ben McAdoo's hidden meaning and phrases.
Jordan just published the McAdictionary. Here's a few of my favorites:
The Duke: Term used for the football. Named after legendary Giants owner Wellington “The Duke” Mara.
Use in a sentence: “The Duke is like a bar of gold this time of year, and we need to take better care of The Duke."
Bar of gold: Anything with extreme value. Can relate to any topic, particularly football and life.
Use in a sentence: “When you get pads on in camp, reps are like a bar of gold.”
Timed-interval strider: A timed sprint run for conditioning purposes. The rest of the world calls these wind sprints. Not McAdoo.
Use in a sentence: “There were no wind sprints. We had timed-interval striders today at the end of practice for some conditioning. Players did a nice job.”
Heavy-handed: Sorry, two years later I still can’t completely figure this one out. In the real world, heavy-handed means oppressive. In McAdoo’s dictionary, it seems to be a derivative of physical.
Note: On Thursday, I asked about the difference between physical and heavy-handed. “Next question,” was the response.
Use in a sentence #1: “The teams that are standing at the end are the physical and the heavy-handed, tough teams.”
Use in a sentence #2: “We’re going to turn into a heavy-handed, physical football team. We just have to do a better job of handling the extracurricular activities after the whistle.”
McAdoo checking in: The coach’s version of "hello" on conference calls.
Use in a sentence: “McAdoo checking in. What we did do well ... what we didn’t do well ...”
Flush: To get rid of the memory of something. Usually reserved for some sort of poor performance; nothing to do with using the bathroom.
Use in a sentence: “The great thing about the corners that we have is that they all fight and compete. They flush the bad plays. They give up a completion, they move on.”
Discipline and poise: Key tenet of McAdoo’s coaching philosophy. He put it on a T-shirt as part of the team’s motto his first season as coach.
Use in a sentence: “We’re going to be sound, smart and tough. We’re going to be committed to discipline and poise, and at the end of the day, we’re going to hang our hat on the fundamentals.”
Evolution, not revolution: Another McAdoo staple. Expresses a desire for constant improvement.
Use in a sentence: “We have been thinking about it for a while, I have been thinking about it for a while -- so evolution, not revolution, and it was easy to make some of those changes, some of those tweaks.”