Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) drops a pass in the end zone against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Odell Beckham is going to have to eat it for the Giants’ loss to Green Bay
I was gone over the holidays but I’m back and worse than ever, especially given the embarrassing manner in which my New York Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers last night in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.
The hurtful part wasn’t that they lost to the Pack, because I expect a team quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers to beat a team quarterbacked by Eli Manning 12 times out of 10 despite what happened in past playoff games where the two have met. The part that stings was the fact that it seemed like everybody was convinced that the Giants had a chance in light of the Packers relatively sub-par season.
I’m lying, the part that hurt was the fact that the Giants receivers took a stupid trip to Miami on Monday and posted a stupid picture of themselves on a Yacht, which seems awesome if they weren’t wearing boots and jeans on a yacht and they didn’t go to Green Bay a few days better and completely shit the bed.
The Giants couldn’t get churn out any yards in this game at all, putting a ton of pressure on the receivers and the passing game, which isn’t all that great.
I also chalk this loss up to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s bruised thigh, which was the exact moment when the Giants began to get gashed by the Packers, as well as Aaron Rodgers being Aaron Rodgers. But taking that picture then going out and stinking up the joint like Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepherd did is a terrible look.
What’s up with old white Coaches talking about their (mostly black) players’ “lack of father figures?”
I’m not sure if this is a result of racist white people being empowered because of the election of Donald Trump, but recently both longtime Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden on the “Mike and Mike” morning show on ESPN and longtime NBA coach George Karl in his tell-all book, also said something about his players and absent black fathers.
What they said isn’t important, it’s the same played out trope so I won’t get into details about what they said. I will say this:
That “absent black fathers” shit isn’t even true.
While the trope of the single black mother is technically true, as most black mothers aren’t married to their child’s father, studies have shown that black fathers are in their children’s life morethan any other ethnicity in the US. The trope of the absent black father, which is even brought up by noted dummies like Ray Lewis and Charles Barkley, who sprout this nonsense about like it’s the gospel truth just because it applies to their upbringings while completely ignoring the facts.
These guys wouldn’t know much about their players upbringing.
Bobby Bowden was involved in college football meaning that technically he spent time around young men, but he was well known for his hands-off style of coaching where he delegated most of the technical stuff that involved dealing with kids to assistant coaches. I doubt he talked to many of his players about their backgrounds though I’m sure he would have had some knowledge of what they were like.
George Karl on the other hand, interacted with players after they went through AAU, high school college and some NBA. He was just being a dick.
Young Men are going to be immature.
Regardless of whether their fathers are in their life or not, young men aged 18 to 25 tend to be immature. The fact of the matter is that around that age we’re all trying to find our place in the world. The only difference between us being a dumb young adult and a star college or NBA player is that when they do dumb shit it’s on television for the world to laugh at their personal failures.
We’re all human.
These gentlemen were responsible for dealing with young men who came from different generations and different backgrounds from them in their late teens and early twenties, so a disconnect between them and their players is to be expected. They don’t have to be so dickish about it though.
And how the fuck does George Karl get a tell-all book anyway? That man has never won shit!
Buddy Hield is the Rookie of the month!
After struggling and losing minutes to noted jive turkey Langston Galloway of all people Bahamian NBA player Buddy Hield of the New Orleans Pelicans righted the ship shooting 48% from three and averaging 10 points a game for the month of December earning himself the Western Conference rookie of the month award in the process.
Guess what though?
Both his scoring averages and shooting percentages are higher in January.
I’m not sure what Buddy Hield’s ceiling is. When he decided to go to the NBA we at 10YS figured he could be in the league for a decade or so because of his knockdown shooting ability as well as his outstanding work ethic as a role player of some sort, but his consistent shooting as well as his developing off-the-dribble game means that he can perhaps be an all-star one day.
Joel Embiid really wants to make the all star game
Pro athletes have a multitude of incentives that would make them want to participate in their sport’s all star game. Some have caveats written into their contracts that entitle them to a pay raise, others may leverage the rise in their profiles into lucrative advertising deals, but Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel “The Process“ Embiid wants to make the all star game for a reason that means more than all the money and fame in the world: to earn the eternal love or Rihanna.
Apparently the Bajan pop star chided the NBA upstart on his up-and coming status by telling him that he can shoot his shot (pun intended) at her when he makes an all star game. Embiid, always here for the jokes decided to take her literally and launch a campaign to make the all star game.
It’s doubtful that the Cameroonian center will get to play Sunday night on all star weekend but I hope that he’s there in some capacity because the guy is a riot and we’re all better off when “The Process” can get some spotlight.
Athlete who is really good at sports:
Aaron Goddamn Rodgers, who carved up my Giants to the tune of 362 yards, 4 TDs and a stupid hail Mary at halftime.