In recent days, McCown, beset by a spate of injuries in recent years, spoke of how badly he wanted to play 16 games for the first time in his 14-year career. Maybe that’s why he was so emotional at the podium.
“It’s been the best (season) because of the guys, not the numbers,” he said. “It’s been the best because of the good men in that locker room. I’m just so proud to be part of it. If I can finish, I’d love to finish. We’ll see what the tests say.”
Much of that revenue comes from a $238 million taxpayer-funded arena, the KFC Yum Center, which opened downtown in 2010 and has become a heavy burden on taxpayers. The lease was negotiated by Jurich and the arena authority. Under the terms, taxpayer contributions make up 75 percent of the arena’s operating income while Louisville gets to keep most of the revenue — an arrangement that “blew our mind,” says state auditor Mike Harmon, whose office examined the arena’s finances. “It was like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ It’s like co-signing the loan for a friend’s home and then having to pay three-fourths of the mortgage.”
The Giants have had a rough year both on and off the field, especially with their cornerbacks.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended after leaving the Giants’ team facility, and then Janoris Jenkins violated team rules and was suspended indefinitely. Now, Eli Apple reportedly threatened to leave the team after his teammates and coaches ripped into his lack of effort.
Coach Ben McAdoo held a “brutally honest” meeting Nov. 15 after a 31-21 loss to the previously winless 49ers, where McAdoo called out his players on film for a lack of effort.
As it turns out, according to a report from the New York Post, Apple did not handle the film session well as he was critiqued more “vociferously” than any other player. As a result, Apple threatened to walk out of the team facility two separate times before talking to McAdoo, who convinced him to stay.