You’ve seen it by now. The New York Giants’ Backstreet Boys photo shoot on a yacht in Miami from the weekend. You’ve seen it because it’s catnip for every sports debate show on TV.
Giants wideouts Odell Beckham Jr, Vic Cruz, Sterling Shepard, and Roger Lewis took a private jet to Miami after Sunday’s win over the Redskins, and proceeded to break Twitter with a pic of themselves standing around in Timberlands, shirtless, on a yacht in South Beach like some low-rent boyband. Hey, suns out, guns out, right?
This is basically a modern day version of Romo hitting up Cabo with Jess Simpson. Except replace Jess Simpson with J-Biebs and Trey Songz. Oh, and unlike Romo, the Giants don’t have that first round BYE. They suit up on Sunday.
I’m not going to light up a few guys for partying in Miami the week before a playoff game. Why does anyone do anything? Because they can. And the season is long, and if they want to blow off some steam before the second season starts, go right ahead. I’m not going to tell guys what they should or shouldn’t do on their off days. Just like I sure as hell don’t want anyone telling me what to do. We’re all grown ass adults here.
Why should I care if the guy throwing these guys the rock doesn’t care. Did Eli Manning sound like he cares?
Not only does the QB not have a problem with it, neither does the head coach. Ben McAdoo said, “Players are off until tomorrow morning. We will see them tomorrow morning.”
Defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said: “To be honest, it was an off day. They had the luxury of going to another state to enjoy and celebrate. We just made the playoffs. There is no one saying we cannot travel somewhere.”
Would I do it? Probably not. But I’m a middle aged dude who doesn’t bounce back the way I used to. I can’t tell you how many Saturdays or Sunday’s I’ve woken up in recent years and thought to myself, IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT. IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT. But…when I was that age, I’d wake up those same mornings and think IT’S ALWAYS WORTH IT. And I didn’t have their game. Their means. Or their opportunities. So knock yourselves out, dudes. Your free time, your life. Just know this: if you do something like that. And then you run to social media to make sure everyone knows you did something like that. You sure as hell better ball up at go time. They just better be ready to ball out at Lambeau Field come Sunday afternoon at 1:40p Eastern. Because the G-men are going up against the hottest team in football on the road.
So Party it up with J-Biebs. Do whatever you want. Just make sure you have more points on the scoreboard than the Packers come Sunday night.
If you don’t, than this boyband boat picture will go down with DeSean Jackson capping a 28-point comeback with a time expiring punt return as one of the worst images in Giants franchise history. And a word of advice, and you’re probably not going to like this. But if I’m taking that trip, the first thing I’m telling the fellas, is no one tweets, snapchats, Instagram’s or Facebooks this. I know it’s a near impossible ask to have these guys not to rush right to their phones the second it’s wheels up or the club starts popping or they hit the deck of the yacht, but that’s exactly what they need to do: then maybe, no one finds out; and you don’t have to answer to it in the event it does come back and bite you in the ass.
Again… you show up this weekend and handle your business, it’s not a thing at all. But if you drop a pass or two and get hammered, it’ll be the worst thing ever. It’s go time, G-men.