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Giants Now: Michael Strahan produces HBO docuseries 'The Cost of Winning'


Michael Strahan's docuseries 'The Cost of Winning' to debut next month on HBO

Michael Strahan has had an incredibly successful media career since hanging up his cleats back in 2008.

The legendary edge rusher became a football analyst on NFL Fox Sunday soon after his playing career ended. Strahan then became a talkshow host for ABC, where he won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Live! with Kelly and Michael which featured Strahan and Kelly Ripka. After hosting the show with Ripka for a few years, Strahan then left to become one of the hosts of Good Morning America, a role in which he still serves in today.

The latest accomplishment in Strahan's media career comes off camera. The Hall of Fame defensive end is bringing the real-life tale of a Baltimore football team to HBO in a new docuseries called The Cost of Winning.

As it states on HBO's website, "From HBO Sports and Emmy-winning executive producer Michael Strahan comes an inspiring four-part documentary series that follows the against-all-odds story of St. Frances Academy's football program. Located in the heart of Baltimore, the underserved 200-year-old Catholic school became a symbol of hope (and controversy) after the Panthers were expelled from their private-school league for being "too good" and opted to play a grueling national schedule.‌

"Biff Poggi, the Panthers' polarizing head coach, and the team of inspiring young men travel thousands of miles to compete against some of the country's top high schools in an effort to chart the players' paths to college. Engaging and honest, The Cost of Winning intimately captures the Panthers' everyday lives as they turn the streets and public parks into their training grounds in hopes of one day playing on the college – and ultimately, professional – level."

The first two episodes of the docuseries will premiere on Tuesday, November 10th at 9 pm. Episodes three and four are set for the following night at the same time, and all episodes will also be available on HBO Max.

"We are excited to bring the inspiring story of Baltimore's St. Frances Academy to life on HBO, and to showcase the adversity and challenges the Panthers endured to save their program," said executive producers Michael Strahan and Constance Schwartz-Morini in a joint statement. "Thanks to the perseverance and dedication of the team at SMAC Entertainment, including Ethan Lewis, and Mike Ferry with The Story Lab, the series reveals the power of sports as a unifying force."

Joe Judge will see a familiar face on MNF: Tom Brady

The Giants' upcoming Monday night home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers delivers numerous captivating storylines. There's the 1-6 Giants, coming off a disappointing one-point loss in Philadelphia, facing a Bucs team that is 5-2 and has won five of its last six games – and the loss was a one-pointer. And the Giants' offense – 31st in the NFL in both points and yards a game – facing a Tampa Bay defense that is ranked third overall and first against the run. The Bucs have scored 222 points – exactly 100 more than the Giants.

But most of all, there's Tom Brady, who will face the Giants in a prime-time game for the second straight season and visit them for the first time in five years. The Giants lost the 2019 Thursday night game in Foxborough, 35-14, and dropped a 27-26 decision in MetLife Stadium in 2015.

Brady, of course, was then the quarterback of the New England Patriots, the franchise he led to nine Super Bowl appearances, winning six. After 20 seasons in New England, Brady left the Patriots to sign with Tampa Bay on March 20. In seven games this season, he has thrown 18 touchdown passes and just four interceptions, and his passer rating of 102.7 is higher than the 97.1 he had in his two-decade tenure with the Patriots.

Two members of the Giants witnessed Brady's magic up close from 2012-19. Coach Joe Judge was the Patriots' assistant special teams coach and then coordinator those eight years and also served as wide receivers coach last season. Safety Nate Ebner also joined the Patriots in 2012 and remained with them until joining the Giants in the spring.

"This guy is clearly one of the best to ever play the game," Judge said of Brady on a Zoom call today. "He's playing at a very high level. You watch Tom, obviously, I had a little bit different of a chance this weekend being home for a little bit, working from the house, of peaking at the TV and seeing Tom out there playing (in a 45-20 rout of the Raiders in Las Vegas). That, along with the coaching tape I've watched, this guy hasn't had much drop off. He's playing at a very high level. He has the guys around him playing at a high level as well."

Giants sign WR Corey Coleman to practice squad; LB Trent Harris promoted to active roster

The Giants today made several roster moves as they returned to the field for the first time since their loss in Philadelphia last week.

Linebacker Trent Harris was signed to the active roster from the practice squad for the third time this month. He played nine special teams snaps in his Giants debut against the Eagles.

Harris was signed to the Giants' practice squad on Oct. 14 and elevated to the active roster three days later. He was in uniform but did not play when the Giants defeated Washington on Oct. 18. Harris reverted to the practice squad the day after that game, returned to the roster to play in Philadelphia and was sent back to the practice squad on Friday.

With the Miami Dolphins in 2019, Harris played in 11 games with three starts and recorded 22 tackles (16 solo), 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

Three players were signed to the practice squad: wide receiver Corey Coleman, defensive back Montre Hartage and tight end Rysen John.

Coleman was released on Sept. 6. He spent the entire 2019 season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in the first training camp practice. In 2018, Coleman played in eight games with one start for the Giants and caught five passes for 71 yards and averaged 26.0 yards on 23 kickoff returns.

View photos of the Giants' active roster as it currently stands.

Inside the Numbers: Daniel Jones rushes into NFL record book

In the NFL's 101-season history, more than 1,800 players have 75 or more rushing attempts. Only one player among them has a per-carry average of at least 7.6 yards. That player is Daniel Jones.

As a practical matter, that is a statistical footnote or a likely fleeting bit of trivia. The league isn't handing out career achievement awards after 20 games and 76 carries. In the NFL's Official Record & Fact Book, a minimum of 750 attempts are needed to qualify for the career highest average gain mark. The top two all-time are quarterbacks who played for multiple teams, Michael Vick (7.00-yard average on 873 carries) and Randall Cunningham (6.36-yard average on 775 attempts).

In his two seasons as the Giants' quarterback, Jones has rushed for 575 yards on 76 carries, a 7.56-yard average that the Elias Sports Bureau said is the highest ever by a player with that many attempts. All he must do to eclipse Vick is maintain it for another 674 carries.

No one actually expects that to happen, but Jones' production running the ball this season suggests his nickname could be changed to Danny Wheels.

Jones is third among NFL quarterbacks in rushing yardage this season, behind Kyler Murray (437 yards) and Lamar Jackson (346).


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