The New York Giants shocked the NFL world on Tuesday when they announced that Eli Manning has been benched as the starting quarterback in favour of Geno Smith.
The move will end Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive starts for the Giants, the second-longest streak in NFL history. It could also mark the end of Manning’s tenure with the club.
Manning’s streak of consecutive starts dated back to 2004. Below, we take a look at just how different the world was – in the sports world and beyond – the last time the Giants had a different starting quarterback.
The last time the Giants had a starting quarterback not named Eli Manning was November 14, 2004. It was Week 10 of the season and Kurt Warner was the starting quarterback.
A week later, Manning was under center, making his first career start against the Atlanta Falcons. He looked a little younger.
Two days before Manning’s first start, Ron Artest went into the stands to fight a fan, leading to the infamous “Malice in the Palace.”
The biggest song of 2004 was “Yeah!” by Usher, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris.
A few weeks earlier, Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, and David Ortiz had just helped the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years.
The Montreal Expos had just played their final game and the Washington Nationals did not yet exist.
The No. 1 movie that week was “The Incredibles.” The first one.
LeBron James was in his second season and had not yet played in an NBA All-Star game.
Phil Mickelson had won his first major at the Masters a few months earlier.
John Paul II was still pope.
Sidney Crosby had not yet been drafted into the NHL and was playing for Rimouski Océanic.
The most popular toy at Christmas was Robosapien.
Apple had just started selling the iPod Mini and in different colours!
The special U2 edition of the iPod, wouldn’t exist for another month.
Michael Phelps had just won his first Olympic medals, winning six gold in Athens.
Nokia still made the most popular cell phones and the Motorola Razr had just been released. iPhones did not exist yet.
Flat-screen monitors and laptops were starting to become more popular, but most people were still using something that looked a lot different.
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