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Under Tom's Thumb
Steve Rushin
September 27, 2004
Tom coughlin has more rules of order than Robert. There's only one thing wound tighter than the New York Giants' coach, and that's his wristwatch, which famously runs five minutes fast. As a result Coughlin gets a five o'clock shadow at 4:55--or would, if he believed in facial hair, which he barely tolerates.
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September 27, 2004

Under Tom's Thumb

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I want to be chewed out by a latter-day Vince Lombardi, who was twice the taskmaster Coughlin is. Starting meetings five minutes early is so five minutes ago: Lombardi's watch was set 10 minutes ahead, to Lombardi Time. Of course, Lombardi also wore white socks with slacks, a practice that would have gotten him fined by ... Tom Coughlin, who forbids his Giants to wear white socks when traveling, even if they're just popping down to the hotel lobby for a newspaper.

And so, as someone whose New Year's resolutions have never outlasted the Fiesta Bowl halftime show, who hasn't had both feet on the ground since I stopped listening to Casey Kasem, I choose Coughlin as my personal drill sergeant.

Of course, rules can be taken too far. Former Chicago White Sox general manager Larry Himes had a rule that all Sox must wear socks when traveling.

Don't let him near the USC Trojans.

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