According to a timeline of the Giants, Panthers and Missisippi State coaching searches provided by NBC Sports' Peter King, Judge was traveling to his Giants interview on a Amtrak Acela train from Providence, Rhode Island, to Newark on Jan. 6, but he disembarked in Manhattan instead of New Jersey.
He's certainly not the first person to make that mistake, and he won't be the last.
Judge, as we know now, blew the Giants brass away during that interview. But before the then-Patriots special teams/wide receivers coach left the facility, co-owner John Mara called him into his office for a one-on-one and filled him in on how high the stakes are for the franchise right now.
"I told him, 'This has been our family business since 1925. We HAVE to get this turned around. We CAN’T be wrong on this hire,'" Mara told King.
Judge had to ace one last test before being offered the job. Co-owner Steve Tisch was not present at the interview in East Rutherford, but he flew to Providence the following day to meet with Judge.
“Wow,” Tisch told Mara afterward. “I was really impressed. Let’s get this done.”