Wednesday Notes

The entire Giants team went to the movies Wednesday night to see Rush Hour 2. It is a good bet that Michael Strahan and Luke Petitgout did not share a bucket of popcorn.

The last day of double-sessions and the final practice in full pads provided some of the most heated moments of training camp. Strahan and Petitgout, no strangers to confrontations with each other, engaged in two separate heated altercations, punctuated by Strahan pointing his finger and shouting at Petitgout.

The start of the problem came on a two-on-two blocking drill. "He thought I pushed him to the ground," Petitgout said. Later in practice, Strahan's anger boiled over as he cursed and threatened the Giants starting right tackle and the two once again came to head-slapping blows.

"He called me a punk," Petitgout said, "but he was the one on the ground." Jim Fassel loved the rise in emotions. "I kind of enjoyed it, actually," Fassel said. "It livened up practice." * The placekicking derby that was supposed to last the entire preseason might have been decided far earlier than expected. The winner sure looks like Jaret Holmes.

Fassel put some heat on Holmes and rookie John Markham by having them kick field goals for a prize: No conditioning sprints for the entire team. Markham missed attempts from 42 and 47 yards. Holmes made both of his kicks. Since there were two missed kicks, the deal was the team still had to run. Fassel then said he'd go double-or-nothing on one kick and pushed Holmes back for a 50-yard attempt into the wind. He hit it, his teammates cheered, no one ran and a lasting impression was formed. "I wanted to put pressure on both of 'em and see how they reacted," Fassel said. "It was good, mission accomplished. I found out some things."

He also may have found his kicker.
"When push comes to shove and you have all these people counting on you to make these field goals, how are you going to react?" Holmes said. "Obviously, this was a good day."

* C Dusty Zeigler says he knows what will happen if he continues to have trouble with the center exchange to Kerry Collins. "It can get miserable for both of us, especially me, because they're not going to blame anything on the quarterback," Zeigler said.

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