By Matthew Yglesias
Have you ever wondered what the New York Giants eat during their training camp sessions? Well, in truth I never wondered this. But I did watch a video about it over at the ESPN.com since there are no interesting sporting events happening this summer. The answer turns out to be that the Giants eat . . . a lot! These are very large men engaging in a huge amount of physical activity.
I think it’s interesting that though the team is clearly concerned to make sure that the players consumer roughly the correct number of calories to neither gain nor lose weight during the rigors of training camp, there doesn’t appear to be a great deal of interest in the details of nutrition. Given how much money is at stake with each win or loss, you might think an NFL team would be interesting in carefully weighing the issue of whether pastrami consumption leads to sub-optimal football performance. Alternatively, the feeling may be that for morale purposes it’s best not to challenge anyone too much and just let them eat what they like.