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Odell Beckham Jr’s real misstep was not making himself invisible

The Giants receiver has drawn flame for a yacht trip before his squads playoff loss. He should have stayed inside, to turn the illuminates and shut the curtains

The impact of Odell Beckhams Miami boat ride six days before the Giants lost to the Packers in an NFC wildcard game may never be fully known. There are those who believe his hands had persisting ocean sickness and were unable to reel in football pass like the latter are South Florida marlin. Others believe it was Aaron Rodgers, cold weather and New Yorks horrific pass defense that did the Giant in. Perhaps the truth, like proper weight distribution of an ocean-going ship, is somewhere in the middle.

What we do know is that Beckhams trip is being scapeboated for the Giants 25 -point defeat by media members and fans whose thinking is even lazier than a shirtless day of sunbathing on the high seas. One thing occurred, then another thing occurred, and so the first thing must have caused the second thing. The logic is both air and watertight. But the optics of Beckham and friends sunning in Miami turned bad and its unlikely Beckham or any other NFL players will be taking Miami boat journeys on off days again soon.

A problem remains, however: NFL players still do have days off. As much as some media members, fans and even coaches might detest it, the athletes we watch each Sunday while prone on our couches for hours at a time are let a 24 -hour period during which they are given the opportunity to do something other than football. Sad! But true. So in the powerful aftermath of Beckhams boat, they must now choose their free-time to please everyone but themselves. Here are a few activities they can consider that might enrage the fewest people.

Regional ferry rides

Did you know that Odell Beckham isnt the only big NFL star who expended his free time before the playoffs on a barge? None other than Bill Belichick, the man often referred to as the greatest leader in football history, took a cruise on a ship, as well.

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There are a lot of red flags here. First of all, Belichick is sleeping while the sunlight is out instead of game-planning for the Houston Texans. Perhaps he is not taking them severely enough and the Patriots are primed for a huge letdown defeat. But the more serious issue is that Belichicks laptop is sitting wide open. What if he had top secret plays on there that nearby passengers passengers who could be fans of the Texans, Steelers or Chiefs could memorize and pass on to their favorite teams? Its stunningly irresponsible.

Yet despite this photo being shared all over the internet, Belichick is not get any of the criticism that Beckham get. Why? The only explanation is that the Patriots coach is not on a Miami yacht, but a regional ferry. Hes supporting the local economy, proving he cares about New England. And if he cares about New England, he must care about the Patriots, too. Whereas Beckham flew three hours to Miami and boarded a boat in another marketplace. Big difference! If the Giant receiver really cared about New York, he could have chartered one of those Hudson River tour barges and then sat shirtless on that, preparing his body for the Green Bay cold. Wasted opportunity.

Row boats

Boats themselves are not the problem. Beckham simply choice the wrong kind and sent the incorrect message. Ferries say youre “re going away” with a group of people. Yachts say youve already induced it. Row boats? Theyre the grittiest boat of all. You dont get anywhere on a row barge if you dont make it move with your own sweat and hard work. Bring a few team-mates on your row boat and youve got a team-building workout, everyone toiling away, moving towards the same goal. If thats not a metaphor for football, then youve been listening to the wrong colour commentators. Imagine the camaraderie that Beckham and his Giant team-mates could have built while rowing from New York to Miami and back last Monday. He undoubtedly would have developed the strength to hold onto footballs.

Social media curation

Odell Beckhams biggest sin wasnt hanging out shirtless on a yacht in Miami. It wasnt partying with noted athletics squad curse Justin Bieber. It wasnt even wearing Timberlands while shirtless on a yacht in Miami, believe it or not. It was letting a picture of his day off made social media. In this era of Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and the #brands of Russell Wilson and JJ Watt, Beckham should know that a persons image has nothing to do with who they genuinely are or how they fill their days; its all about what they put online for the world to find. Beckham should have done exactly three things on his off day: 1) tweet something like Up early and grinding to get ready for the big game first thing in the morning, along with a cliche-heavy hashtagged slogans; 2) relax the entire remainder of the day by doing absolutely whatever he wanted, on or off watercraft; 3) make sure no one took pictures of him doing perfectly whatever he wanted. If those three things happened, there would have been no tale of the barge that stimulated Beckham drop passes. The Giants still would have lost and he still would have a bad game, but it would have been because the Packers were the very best squad. Thats it. Live and learn. Whoa. Live and learn would be good hashtag to use after a loss.

Hiding

Any athlete who has ever done stuff knows that the great risk of doing stuff is that people will criticize you for the stuff that you did. Relax on your off day, and youre relaxing the wrong way. Work on your off day, and you should have relaxed and saved your energy for when it matters. Wear flashy clothes and you merely care about getting attention. Wear casual clothes and youre not professional. Dont speak out about social issues and youre not making an impact in your community. Speak out about social issues and be told that you should stick with athletics. The only sure style for athletes to avoid having complete strangers tell them that theyre doing it incorrect is to do nothing at all. Just hide in their house with the lights out and blind people depicted. But it must be the right various kinds of home , not one of these huge, expensive ones that present canadian athletes cares more about wealth than winning. And whatever you do, athletes, dont live on a yacht in Miami.

Read more: www.theguardian.com