Hard-nosed Joe Judge embracing comedic bond with young Giants

When he first saw it, when he was informed about something he was supposed to have said, Joe Judge was incredulous, and a bit confused.

“What the hell is this? I never said this,’’ Judge recalled thinking.

Someone put words in the mouth of the Giants’ second-year head coach, and the mixture of creativity and audacity involved in what has spawned a verbal duel offers more than a glimpse into the burgeoning relationship Judge is cultivating with his players.

“I thought it was hilarious when I read it,’’ Judge told The Post on Monday. “Hey, shot fired.’’

Shot fired, and returned.

This all started last Friday, when Julian Love was asked how competitive it is going to be at the safety position. Love acknowledged the presence of several talented players and insisted every one of them will be needed.

“Joe Judge always says, ‘In the Mississippi heat, it takes more than one set of hands to grease the pig,’ ’’ Love said.

Nothing much to see there, right? Judge is from the suburbs of Philadelphia but he did go to college at Mississippi State. Hence, the geographical reference made sense.

Joe Judge is known as a tough guy coach, but it’s clear he can also joke with his players.AP

Only Judge has never, ever said anything about greasing pigs in the Mississippi heat. Love made it up.

“I was getting a little creative with his messaging,’’ Love confessed.

That was…

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