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Giants turned Atlanta training facility into unofficial home

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There is no a Giants logo at midfield, and Joe Judge is nowhere to be found.

But make no mistake: Pinnacle Performance facility in Atlanta was the epicenter of the Giants’ universe after organized team activities and minicamp ended in mid-June and before training camp opens Tuesday.

The connection started with Evan Engram — who has played football since childhood against J.T. Alphabet, Pinnacle’s director of performance — and grew, through recommendations, to include Andrew Thomas and Azeez Ojulari for about three to four sessions per week. Darius Slayton and Tae Crowder passed through, too.

What used to be strictly a baseball training center has unofficially become “Giants South” — a byproduct of the team’s recent emphasis on drafting from the SEC, particularly Georgia (Thomas, Ojulari, Crowder).

“You can tell these guys are teammates because they already have a love for each other,” Alphabet told The Post. “Andrew and Azeez are telling stories and giving each other tips. Those two and Evan are always competing with each other. They want to make the playoffs. They want to do big things this year.”

A typical day’s work included an individually designed speed session, a “rhino” or “cheetah” lift (depending upon whether power or quickness is the end goal) with strength coaches Coy Flynn and Jake Summey, and position-based drills. Buccaneers rookie Elijah Ponder and Chargers veteran Justin Jones sometimes joined the Giants’ crew.

The Giants’ Darius Slayton (left), Andrew Thomas (second from left) and Azeez Ojulari (right) work out at Pinnacle Performance with director of performance J.T. Alphabet (far back) and strength coach Coy Flynn.
The Giants’ Darius Slayton (left), Andrew Thomas (second from left) and Azeez Ojulari (right) work out at Pinnacle Performance with director of performance J.T. Alphabet (far back) and strength coach Coy Flynn.
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Engram grew up in the Atlanta suburbs and reconnected with Alphabet last summer, when NFL facilities were closed to training due to the pandemic. On any given day, he could have soccer, lacrosse or tennis balls thrown in his direction. Or he could be catching multicolored, three-sided HECOStix.

“I’ll throw them to him and, while it’s in the air, I’ll call out a color, and he has to react and catch the color I call out,” Alphabet said. “It’s great for decision-making and building hand-eye coordination.”

Engram made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season, but he led all NFL tight ends with eight drops, and was involved in an unusually high percentage of the Giants’ turnovers. The work is targeted to fix those lapses entering his fifth and final season before free agency.

Engram has been clocked at Pinnacle consistently running 22 miles per hour, which is considered to be flying for a 240-pounder.

“I see a focused guy,” Alphabet said. “He knows it’s a big year for him. He’s in the best shape of his life. After a full session, Evan gets 100 catches before he leaves the facility. It’s ‘extra eats’ every day. I think it’s going to be a show this year.”

Thomas and Ojulari, who were college roommates, both will arrive at training camp looking to put injury questions to rest. Thomas had offseason ankle surgery after starting 15 games at left tackle as an inconsistent rookie.

“That dude is a freaky athlete: He moves as well as the other guys, he’s just way bigger,” Alphabet said. “The ankle is ready to go. There’s no limp. We do stability work, all the time trying to gain strength. Giants fans have nothing to worry about with that ankle.”

Ojulari slipped to the second round of this year’s NFL draft because teams were scared off by scans of his knee from an ACL tear in high school. But he never missed so much as a practice over the last two years and there are no maintenance breaks needed at Pinnacle, according to Alphabet.

Ojulari’s younger brother, B.J., a pass-rusher at LSU, already was training under Alphabet and made the introduction.

“Azeez is already built like an NFL veteran,” Alphabet said. “The only thing with him is he has to learn how not to get too wild on the field. There’s a different way to move out there. Once he gets that, he’s going to take off because he is crazy explosive and strong.”

Alphabet said he is always seeking new methods and technologies to achieve the primary goal: Teaching athletes how to control their bodies better.

One of the Giants’ early tests of improvement will be a Week 3 game against the Falcons.

“I’m a Falcons fan, so this is killing me,” quipped Alphabet, who hasn’t yet switched allegiances or pilfered Giants gear. “It’s going to be tough when they match up.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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