With Minicamp Over, Jets and Giants Exit Stage Right

Another phase of the offseason comes to an end

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Helmets will only be for bike riding until training camp.

    There's a strange silence over part of the land right now.

    It is the silence of the NFL at rest. Well, not all the NFL but the two teams in the NFL that really make a difference in this part of the world.

    The Jets and Giants both wrapped up their minicamps on Thursday, leaving nothing but lifting weights and time with the family on the schedule between now and the start of training camp in late July. If you went by the headquarters of either team right now, you might just find a Gone Fishing sign on the door with the theme from The Andy Griffith Show playing on a loop.

    Okay, not really, but it does seem the unthinkable has arrived. A dead spot in the football schedule has come to pass.

    Just thinking that probably ensured that Eli Manning will decide to give up the NFL to become a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Writing it probably means that Tim Tebow will do the same thing.

    Speaking of Tebow (aren't we always speaking of Tebow?), it will be hard to know what to do without those breathless accounts of every throw he and Mark Sanchez made against defenders wearing shorts who aren't permitted to tackle or touch them. Our only advice is to spend 15 minutes every day meditating so that your mind can access the glorious possibility of a training camp filled with such vital information.

    Yes, we realize we just made a whole point of arguing that football never stops while bemoaning the hysteria that accompanied Jake Ballard's departure from the Giants. And it won't stop completely.

    You'll hear about David Diehl's DUI case, Kenrick Ellis going to prison, Tebow sermonizing, Rex Ryan's movie debut and Hakeem Nicks' foot in the next few weeks. There isn't going to be much, though, and you'll be able to catch up on anything you miss easily enough once camp gets underway.

    We'll be here in case anything changes, but, for now, you are free to turn your attention away from football for a month.

    Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter and he is also a contributor to Pro Football Talk.