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Giants invite Sandy Hook Elementary contingent to pregame

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09:19 AM ET 12.29 | A large contingent of special fans will take part in the Giants' regular-season finale against Philadelphia on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Nearly 400 students, parents and faculty members from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will attend the game and play a key role in pregame festivities, the team announced on Friday. Tom Coughlin gave the Giants the news on Friday morning. Two weeks after the tragic shooting that left 26 dead -- including 20 children -- and rocked the nation, the guests will play a special role during pregame. Along with 50 members of the Wounded Warriors, the Sandy Hook contingent will form a path from the team tunnels to the field, and the Giants and Eagles will run through it onto the turf. Sandy Hook residents will also circle the field for the national anthem, and all will share in a moment of silence before the game. "I think it's great," said wideout Victor Cruz. "I think it's awesome."

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December 29, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Classy move by the Giants. Well done.

December 29, 2012  09:36 AM ET

I don't normally cheer the Giants, but do on that one!! Great play!

December 29, 2012  09:49 AM ET

I'm sorry, and feel free to disagree, but I think it's tasteless and undignified.

December 29, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm sorry, and feel free to disagree, but I think it's tasteless and undignified.

Why?

December 29, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm sorry, and feel free to disagree, but I think it's tasteless and undignified.

It's nice and all but it kind of feels like the Giants are using them as some sort of inspiration to get them fired up. But if the people from Newtown are fine with it then it's not for me to judge.

December 29, 2012  10:12 AM ET

"Giants invite Sandy Hook Elementary contingent to pregame"

Oh! No! Didn't those poor people suffer enough?

December 29, 2012  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why?

Put yourself in their shoes. The most devastating thing that could possibly happen to a parent has just happened. Being paraded in front of the camera's would be like a circus sideshow. Hundreds even thousands of strangers offering sympathy for something they can't begin to comprehend. Platitudes and condolences from a stadium full of strangers, to my thinking, although well intended are disrespectful. Next will be book deals and movie rights.
The most respectful thing you can do is to give these people their privacy.

December 29, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Put yourself in their shoes. The most devastating thing that could possibly happen to a parent has just happened. Being paraded in front of the camera's would be like a circus sideshow. Hundreds even thousands of strangers offering sympathy for something they can't begin to comprehend. Platitudes and condolences from a stadium full of strangers, to my thinking, although well intended are disrespectful. Next will be book deals and movie rights. The most respectful thing you can do is to give these people their privacy.

I wouldn't go as far as saying it's tasteless and undignified for the Giants organization to do this, but you bring up some valid points.

December 29, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm sorry, and feel free to disagree, but I think it's tasteless and undignified.

It's a nice gesture by the Giants, but I have to agree with you Steve.

December 29, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Put yourself in their shoes. The most devastating thing that could possibly happen to a parent has just happened. Being paraded in front of the camera's would be like a circus sideshow. Hundreds even thousands of strangers offering sympathy for something they can't begin to comprehend. Platitudes and condolences from a stadium full of strangers, to my thinking, although well intended are disrespectful. Next will be book deals and movie rights. The most respectful thing you can do is to give these people their privacy.

Well stated!

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December 29, 2012  10:29 AM ET

I am as big a Giants fan as you will find and have been since Charley Connerly was the QB his last season. That said, this is the easiest thing for them to do.

You want to show compassion and true caring as best you can? Take the team up on buses and spend time with the kids and staff. Pool some money together and build them a world class playground for the community, fund their library. Role model for them somehow.

This is not a bad thing to do, but it takes no effort on their part. Others have made some good points on this. I will let it rest.

December 29, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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Put yourself in their shoes. The most devastating thing that could possibly happen to a parent has just happened. Being paraded in front of the camera's would be like a circus sideshow. Hundreds even thousands of strangers offering sympathy for something they can't begin to comprehend. Platitudes and condolences from a stadium full of strangers, to my thinking, although well intended are disrespectful. Next will be book deals and movie rights. The most respectful thing you can do is to give these people their privacy.

Good points. I respect your opinion. I think the Giants hearts were in the right place by extending the invite but there are other things to consider here.

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December 29, 2012  12:00 PM ET

Think of it this way, it could have been the Jets. Now that's depressing:)

December 29, 2012  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Put yourself in their shoes. The most devastating thing that could possibly happen to a parent has just happened. Being paraded in front of the camera's would be like a circus sideshow. Hundreds even thousands of strangers offering sympathy for something they can't begin to comprehend. Platitudes and condolences from a stadium full of strangers, to my thinking, although well intended are disrespectful. Next will be book deals and movie rights. The most respectful thing you can do is to give these people their privacy.

Great post. Right on the money. Nothing more to be said.

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December 29, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Classy move by the Giants. Well done.

I agree!....and Roamer...I had to laugh at your statement!

 
December 29, 2012  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

You think the Jets brass should have been extended an invitation as well?

Let's deal with one horrible disaster at a time, please.

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