With Armstead as intimidation, `Gladiator' provides inspiration

All's well, Fassel says, in final week of practice

Giants notebook

Super Bowl XXXV

Ravens vs. Giants

January 27, 2001|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

TAMPA, Fla. - The old inspirational movie ploy started early this season for the Giants.

Coach Jim Fassel took the advice of linebacker Jessie Armstead and suggested the team see "Gladiator" back in training camp.

Armstead made sure his teammates took the suggestion.

"When I got with the team, I said, `Guys, we're going to have the movie `Gladiator,' " Fassel said. " `Here's the deal, here's the theater, close to camp, and it's on your night off. How many of you guys don't want to go?' There were about two or three guys saying I don't want to go.

"Jessie said, `Put your hand down. We're all going.' "

A smooth week

Fassel said he was pleased with how smoothly things have run this week.

"Everything has gone like clockwork," he said. "We haven't had any big problems. In fact, we have no problems. People have been addressing things. Our team has been focused. I've been proud of the way they've handled this the whole week, the way we've handled themselves at practice and outside with you people and all those things."

The Giants held their final practice yesterday - two hours at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training facility. Everyone participated.

"It was a normal Friday for us, exactly what we do," Fassel said. "We've been over some things so long, so long. I told them afterward, it's been a long preparation."[Today,] we're just out there doing a few things."

The bulk of the practice was spent working on special teams, an area Fassel said would be very important.

Four to be inactive

Backup cornerback Reggie Stephens, a regular on the special teams, was among four players New York made inactive for the Super Bowl.

Linebacker Kevin Lewis, offensive tackle Chris Bober and defensive end Jeremiah Parker also will be inactive.

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