They conducted a media tour of the new stadium yesterday, but I couldn't go because I had to see a guy about a thing, ya know? But Patti Traina went and put together a little photo essay for your enjoyment.
And Jenny Vrentas from the Star-Ledger did an interesting piece on Bill Belichick's connection with the sport of lacrosse, which opens the new stadium tomorrow with a high-quality collegiate triple-header. Doesn't surprise me. When I covered high school lacrosse, I saw plenty of football players who used the sport to stay in shape during the spring. They were very good at it, too. And plenty of lacrosse coaches would be seen on the football sidelines handling whole units or positions in the fall. A natural overlap.
Kind of makes me wonder, perhaps ignorantly, why you never see fulltime lacrosse player being sought after as an NFL draft prospect. You see fulltime basketball players go as tight ends -- Antonio Gates, etc. -- but I've never heard of someone coming off a lifetime of lacrosse into, say, a safety spot. If a guy has a lacrosse background, it's usually because he played it in addition to football.
I think I have too much time on my hands.