Lately, when the New York Football Giants lose all the media has to talk about is the misbehavior of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And when they win, it’s more of the same. I have heard in news this week that his actions almost cost the Giants the game this past Sunday. How on earth is this even remotely possible? Please explain to me how 8 receptions for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns almost costs your team the game? How about the 66 yard catch and run with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter to give the Giants a 27-23 lead over the Ravens? Oh, you want to bring up the 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that ODB received after that play? That was the most Odell Beckham call I have ever seen, and this is after watching the embarrassment at the hands of the Purple People Eaters a few Monday nights ago up in Minnesota.
If you’re still not sure by now, yes, I am a New York Giants’ fan. But I really don’t think that matters here because I have heard more negativity from Giants’ fans about Beckham than anyone else this season. Have we really gotten to a point as sports fans where seeing an athlete who genuinely goes out there every night with a passion to win is upsetting? Sure it’s over the top at times, but I know that every single time this man is on the field he is going to do everything in his power to help the Giants win the game. Sure, it has gotten to the point, at times, where he needs to be sat down and told to act his age, namely with this whole kicking net fiasco. But I would still take a player like Beckham where you can see the passion to win in his eyes and his play than an equally talented athlete who doesn’t bring any emotion to the field.
Tom Brady, a man who I despise because of his greatness (and knack for cheating and expecting to get away with it), is the perfect example of a player who brings that raw emotion to the field every Sunday without getting to the point where his maturity is ever questioned and Pats fans are calling for him to be traded because he has become a nuisance. I believe that this is thanks to the way the Pats are coached by the gestapo, Bill Belichick. In my opinion, the downfall of Odell Beckham Jr. should be placed as much on his shoulders as those of the coaching staff. Can you blame a 23-year-old who knows that he is, unarguably, the most talented receiver in the NFL for acting out when he has gotten how many unfair flags thrown against him already this season?
At the end of the day, I feel that Ben McAdoo and the rest of the Giant’s management and coaching staff need to do more to keep Beckham in check before it gets to the point where he does cost his team a win. Maybe if he put down the diner menu and took some time to talk to his star as a man, Beckham’s maturity won’t be a question for much longer. I am a huge fan of ODB and love watching him play, but a line needs to be drawn between playing with emotion and acting like a child, because he can be a star in the Meadowlands for years to come. It is a shame that the Giant’s most publicized problem this season is their star receiver, and not their secondary that can’t stay healthy or their Swiss cheese offensive line.