Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola has NY Giants concerned about Dallas trip

Playing on the road is tough. It is a true test of just how good your team really is. You're leaving behind your family and friends and all that matters is your opponent. The NY Giants are getting ready for the Dallas Cowboys. Preparing for Tony Romo, preparing for that Cowboys defense which is firing on all cylinders. Preparing for Dez Bryant who usually commands double coverage, but most importantly, preparing for Ebola.

When the Ebola virus infected two Dallas area nurses the news raised the concerns of several Giants players. Giants center J.D. Walton said, "I'm not even sure if I'm going home next week during the bye." Walton is a native of Allen, Texas about 40 miles north of Dallas.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara said, "I think guys might think twice if they were planning to bring their wives or their families with them on a trip like this, because why take the chance? But I think the team is doing a good job making sure we have all of the information we need."

The team plans on leaving Saturday and returning late Sunday evening. Pat Hanlon, the Giants senior VP of communications said, "Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola virus disease. We have distributed a fact sheet to our employees and distributed similar information to our players electronically this morning."

Quarterback Eli Manning added, "No, I don't worry about myself or the team. I think we're doing, where we're staying, I think we'll be OK."

According to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett the Cowboys are taking a different approach. "Really haven't addressed it with the team to be honest with you. I don't think it's directly affect us, so it has not been something we addressed directly with our players."

At first I was going to say the Giants were being overly protective and the Cowboys weren't protecting themselves at all, but the Giants have the right approach. For once the media isn't blowing something out of proportion. Ebola is real and it is dangerous and the second you don't take it seriously bad things happen.

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