How did the media, social and otherwise, react to the New York Giants’ 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild-Card round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday. Well, as you might expect, justified or not a great deal of fun was had at the expense of Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants “Boat Crew.”
The New York tabloids had a field day.
Here's our @nydnsports BP. @apse_sportmedia @giants @packers @packers_news @nflnetwork #nflplayoffs @treysongzfanz https://t.co/yUPFGrV7HZ pic.twitter.com/pVah4l3KOu— Back Page Guy NYDN (@BackPageGuyNYDN) January 9, 2017
Here are a few more from the tabloids.
Twitter, of course, loves its memes and there were a lot created at the expense of Beckham and the Giants. Because I can’t help myself, here’s just one:
Live look at Giants receivers leaving the stadium #Boatgate pic.twitter.com/G26nupSUr0— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 9, 2017
Even NFL Research got in on the fun. There are lots and lots of other examples, but you can poke around the Internet and find them yourself if you really need to.
There were, of course, also some serious things written about the Giants.
Peter King’s thoughts on Beckham and the Giants ...
“Odell Beckham dropped one pass and didn’t catch two others that were in his hemisphere in Green Bay. We saw. But I simply do not correlate it to watching the sun come up on a party boat in Miami six days before the game. It’s a lazy story angle, to me. Would I prefer that every night during the week Beckham be in bed at 11? Yes. Do I want to control the off-days of 24-year-olds? No. The Giants lost because Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind, because vital cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got hurt early and was a non-factor — and maybe next is the fact that Beckham should have been better. … Eli Manning turned 36 six days ago. Clock is ticking on his life in football. The 2017 season is a vital one, with this defense growing into a very good one, for Manning. It might be his last, best chance to win a third ring. … Giants have devoted a lot of draft capital to the offensive line recently. But they’ve got to find a tackle in this draft, or in free agency. They’re too shaky on the edge.”
Newsday’s Bob Glauber summed up the Beckham situation perfectly:
“When you draw this much attention to yourself and you don’t perform, you leave yourself open to criticism. In this case, Beckham has no one to blame but himself.”
Newsday’s Tom Rock looked at five questions facing the Giants this offseason.
ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan says the Giants’ season is still a success. That’s the same viewpoint I expressed on Sunday evening.