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Joe Judge collateral damage of a flawed Giants franchise

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The Giants failed Joe Judge in more ways than Joe Judge failed the Giants.

That Judge is gone, relegated to a few lines in the next team media guide, is a byproduct of the terrible hand he was dealt, more so than the failings that were revealed as a young, first-time head coach.

To be clear, there were failings. Judge can be a bulldozer when it comes to trying to smooth things over. His working relationship with general manager Dave Gettleman deteriorated during the course of this past season, a situation in which neither is blameless.

Judge did not help himself on several fronts down the stretch of this careening-down-the-road season, unraveling a bit when he needed to stay as solid as possible. When a still-unproven guy goes 4-13 in year No. 2 and his team is outscored 163-56 in a final six-game stretch (all without his starting quarterback, mind you), turning game days into three-hour torture sessions, there is not a strong case to be made for a year No. 3. But there is a case.

The perception of Judge and the reality of Judge are not one and the same. The harsh image fostered by the unfounded “Timmy Tough Nuts’’ label is not close to the entirety of who Judge is as a person and was as a head coach.

He never ripped into his players in public. You think he had some thoughts on the state of his offensive line that he was itching to share after one of those ridiculously feeble offensive showings? There was nary a word from Judge, and those linemen knew he had their backs.

Judge was no Bill Belichick facsimile. He invited a small group of media members who covered the Giants to an after-dinner get-together in his hotel suite in Cleveland during the joint practices with the Browns. Judge, on his own time at the team facility, conducted “chalk talk’’ media sessions, going on the board to explain the intricacies of his offense and defense. He hosted a media dinner in Tucson when the Giants were practicing at the University of Arizona in December. That was far from Belichick-ian.

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge argues
Joe Judge didn’t get what he needed from the Giants to sniff success.
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It was not Judge’s fault that he arrived when Gettleman was in the third year of a decision-making slide that largely weakened the roster. Some inside the Giants will insinuate Judge worked his players so hard that his team could never get healthy, which is why eventually he was forced to hold only one hard practice a week. What is undeniable and must be investigated is why the return of the injured players often took longer than the anticipated recovery timeline.

Co-owner John Mara promised patience. Judge told him this was not a quick fix. Sure, it was tough to take some of Judge’s repeated assurances that progress was being made behind the scenes. Sure, his “a lot of things going in the right direction’’ mantra after the 20-9 loss in Miami sounded delusional. But, remember, Judge was told he would have time to build from the ground up and he was certainly led to believe that time would not be restricted to a two-years-or-else deadline.

It was not fair to jettison Judge after only two seasons, but it really was not fair to the general manager search process to retain Judge and have that decision hanging over the new man in charge of the football operations. As usual, the good of the team outweighed the good of the individual, and Judge was the collateral damage.

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge walks with GM Dave Gettleman at practice
Dave Gettleman’s salary cap management left Joe Judge and his staff with too many holes to plug.
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Mara, with all this recent experience, should have down pat the proper gait for his every-two-years routine of walking down the hallway to fire the head coach. He said it was “gut-wrenching’’ to tell Judge he was being fired. Probably not as gut-wrenching, though, as Judge then having to tell his wife, and especially their four kids, that their two-year stay in New Jersey, after making new friends, adjusting to new schools and turning in their Patriots gear for all the Giants stuff, was over and done with.

Judge grinds his coaching staff and his players, and that can be wearing. As the offense foundered, he tried to keep things afloat by micromanaging that side of the ball, but there were too many holes to plug. The roster was hemorrhaging and in need of reinforcements, but the Giants were so tight against the salary cap that they could not afford to bring in any help, leading to a hopelessness among the coaching staff.

“Joe’s a good dude,” one assistant coach said. “He handled it about as well as he could.”

Joe Judge was flawed, but not as flawed as what was going on around him. He was 38 years old when he was hired and 40 when he was told to leave. The Giants said they knew there were going to be growing pains, but they did not give him enough time to grow.

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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.
New York DMV
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

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.”
New York DMV
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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