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Justin Pugh Joins The Big Blue Crew:

Former Syracuse lineman Justin Pugh now tackling the NFL

By Ashley Iaconetti EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- The New York Giants number one draft pick Justin Pugh is trying to find a good pizza and hoagie place in northern New Jersey. After all, he does need to keep his lineman’s figure. I assure the 6-foot-4-inch, 307-pound Philadelphia native that he won’t find trouble finding a good variety of his favorite foods in the area…and around here, we call them subs. I have family here so I know.

I suggest he try Kinchley’s in Ramsey, NJ for some crispy, thin crust pizza. It’s just 20 minutes away from the Giants’ Timex Performance Center where we met on Friday afternoon. He seems genuinely interested, even more so when he finds out they will top it with buffalo chicken for him.

Pugh’s a friendly, personable 22-year-old. I can tell he’s already comfortable and well-versed in dealing with the media, especially for a lineman, whose lockers are not normally bombarded with many cameras and microphones. However, I know the Giants Vice President of Communications Peter John-Baptiste, who is hovering next to my camera during the entire thirty minute interview, is there to make sure Pugh stays in line with Coach Tom Coughlin’s theory to “keep it short, to the point and very professional” with reporters.

Part of being a rookie on Big Blue is remembering you’re on “Coughlin Time.” According to Coach Coughlin’s watch, being five minutes early to a team meeting actually means you’re late. Giants great Michael Strahan lost thousands of dollars because of that rule. It’s just one of the many adjustments Pugh will have to make for a smooth transition into the NFL.

Some things never change

Luckily, he’s had a friend by his side who is also playing behind his offensive line. Former Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round in April. Most of the reps Pugh has taken so far in organized team activities have been with Nassib under center, not Eli Manning.

“I’m in the huddle and I see him,” Pugh said with a smile. “I can’t get rid of him and he can’t get rid of me.”

The two SU alums are currently living next-door to each other in a hotel as they look for more permanent housing. After practice they review their playbooks together just as they would at Syracuse.

“We have these quizzes and study guides,” Pugh said. “I thought I’d be done with homework once I left college, but we have homework every night.”

Something else that hasn’t changed is his close proximity to home. It’s less than a two-hour drive from Met Life Stadium to his house in Holland, Pennsylvania.

“My mom was the biggest fan of me getting drafted by New York,” Pugh said. “She wanted me to stay close. She can come up to all of my games. I can go home and see family if I need to. Going to Syracuse, New York’s college team, and now to be playing for one of New York’s biggest sports teams…I really lucked out.”

The rookie life

One of the new additions in Pugh’s life can be found in his wallet. It’s a credit card. Veteran Giants guard Chris Snee suggested he get one before getting started at the Giants.

“With the rookies, it’s the basic stuff,” Pugh said. “One day we’ll have to go out and get doughnuts, take the guys out to dinner, and clean-up the room. It’s part of being a rookie.”

The Giants began mini-camp Monday and Pugh expects the rookie hazing to begin now.

“You’ve just got to take it all with a grain of salt,” Pugh tells me. ”It’s all in good fun. You can’t take it personally because you know when you get out on the field there’s no hierarchy.”

Ryan Nassib & Eli Manning: The Perfect QB Couple

QB Ryan Nassib gets personal before he goes professional

By Ashley Iaconetti SYRACUSE - The NFL Draft is less than a month away and former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is getting ready for it. He’s not just practicing his on-the-field skills, but he’s also getting used to how to deal with media scrutiny. So far, Nassib has learned to choose his words carefully and not reveal too much.

He says his favorite moments on the team have been goofing off in the locker room with his teammates. “You can’t get that anywhere else. I had a lot of fun with them. That’s probably what I’ll miss the most.”

When asked for a specific example, Nassib stays mum. “Rule number one…what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.”

Where is he going?

In January, it was announced that his former SU head coach Doug Marrone would become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Many began speculating that Nassib would join Marrone in Buffalo. Nassib keeps quiet on where he’d like to play next year.  He says he’ll be happy with “any team that’ll take me really.”

Not only is Nassib careful about what he says to the media, he’s also sometimes weary of it. He says, “Something I’ve learned in Syracuse is don’t trust what you read.”

Strengths and weaknesses

NFL analysts are predicting that Nassib will be drafted within the first four rounds. In the off-season he’s stayed in Syracuse to train for the NFL combine and his pro-day. He’s working on getting “stronger, faster, and quicker.” He knows his arm strength is often considered a weakness. “That’s probably the biggest thing people are going to be testing me for so I just have to make sure I over throw a few guys,” Nassib says.

Nassib’s mentor and former teammate, Bruce Williams, says it’s smart of him to avoid what the media is saying about the rising NFL quarterback. “You don’t want to read that stuff, because you don’t want to let it get to you.”

However, Nassib’s leadership skills have been praised in the media. Williams says Nassib is the definition of a team player. “He’s not going to take all the pride and attention himself, he likes to pass it off. That’s something that’s really good…for him to be humble.”

Nassib’s favorite receiving target at Syracuse, Alec Lemon, has great confidence in his quarterback’s future. “He’s [coming from a] great system. He knows how to throw the ball. He’s got great accuracy. He has great confidence in his receivers and most quarterbacks don’t trust their receivers.”

Heavy Weights and Plates

The extreme lifestyle of professional bodybuilders and its weighty effects

By Ashley Iaconetti PITTSBURGH - It’s not odd to find Kyle Walters ordering 8000 calories worth of food from the Burger King drive-thru and eating all of it in one sitting. This might be a typical meal for an obese person, but it’s not an order most people expect from a professional bodybuilder. A “Whopper-sized” meal like this one would be Walters’ once a week cheat meal. He describes every other meal throughout the week as “clean.”

His normal meals may include egg whites, salmon, tuna, oatmeal, brown rice, lean steak, and sweet potatoes. Food is a big focus in most people’s lives…but it seems the bigger the body, the bigger the element. Walters is always thinking about his next meal. He eats five to six meals a day, adding up to a total of 3800 calories per day when he’s not training for a competition.

The intense lifestyle

When Walters is preparing for a bodybuilding competition show, he cuts the calories down to about 2900 calories a day and hits the gym six days a week. In the gym, throughout the day he’ll do 90 minutes of heavy lifting and 80 minutes of cardiovascular exercise.

Walters says the sport of bodybuilding is an all-consuming. Former female bodybuilder Tammy Ambrose said, “After three years [of competing], it wasn’t much of a life.” She said going out with friends and being surrounded by greasy foods and alcoholic beverages at restaurants became too tempting. She stopped socializing with people outside the gym and lost friends because of the lifestyle.

Bodybuilding and health

Walters admits the extreme lifestyle is not always healthy. He said, “Once a sport becomes competitive…once any activity becomes competitive…no longer is health the number one principle.”

It’s a sport which is often associated with steroids. Walters claims to have never used steroids to win a competition, but understands why bodybuilders use them. He said, “They work. People use them because when done correctly they make you stronger, they make you faster, they make you recover faster.”

Steroids aren’t the only potentially dangerous aspect of bodybuilding. Extreme weightlifting can also thicken the walls of the heart, which can lead to shortness of breath, fluid in the lungs, and heart failure.

The Regulars:

A group of Syracuse locals have been gathering at the corner bar for decades. The bond they share goes beyond beers and basketball.