OBJ Is Not The Way
In full disclosure the New York Football Giants are my favorite NFL team but I am not a passionate fan whose mood swings are based on their performance.
A Giants loss does not ruin my day as my pro football passion has never been the same since the Colts moved out of Baltimore 34 years ago which I don’t expect any of you to really understand. I do root for “Big Blue” and part of that is because I liked and respected the way the organization was run. The Giants carried themselves with class on and off the field and over the past three decades won four Super Bowl titles.
I bring this up for the simple reason that as someone who leans “old school” my feelings about the Giants have changed since the arrival of one Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. four years ago. His talent is obvious and when times are really good he’s as good as there is.
However when things tend not to go well, which does happen in sports, he is not the guy playing the violin on the Titanic but one who is throwing women and children out of the boat to make room for himself. (I have no idea why that’s the analogy I used but stay with me anyway).
Simply put I was one who advocated strongly the Giants should try and trade OBJ because I believe despite the talent he is one who in the end who will cost you more games then he’ll win.
The Giants did not listen and instead a couple of months ago gave him a five-year, $95 million contract extension.
Flash forward to today. The Giants season is spiraling out of control and in typical Beckham fashion he is doing more “tearing apart” then “bringing together” because at the end of the day the only one he really cares about is himself which is becoming more commonplace in sports these days.
It was refreshing to hear Giants co-owner John Mara say yesterday, “I wish he would create the headlines by his play on the field as opposed to what he says and what he does off the field. I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking.”
The Giants have coddled Beckham and allowed the situation to get out of control and they have nobody to blame but themselves.
There was a time when the Giants owned the back pages for winning games. Now that spot is reserved for the latest drama to infect a franchise that’s lost its way.