All sports, like politics, is local.
So on the day after the Giants lost to the Eagles thanks to Jake Elliott’s kick heard around the world — or at least the Philadelphia area — the New York tabloids were not focused on that 61-yard wonder.
They were all about the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.’s imitation of a dog urinating in the end zone after making his first touchdown of the season.
“Odell Beckham’s peeing explanation is even weirder than the act itself,” said one headline in the New York Post .
The Post’s Steve Serby then recounted the answer.
He was asked why he would pantomime peeing like a dog.
“‘I don’t know … I was in the end zone, I scored a touchdown — I’m a dog, so I acted like a dog.
“I don’t know if the rule book said, ‘You can’t hike your leg.’
“He said I peed on somebody, so I was trying to find an imaginary ghost that I peed on, but I didn’t see him.
“But either way it goes, you play football. I wear red and white, I don’t wear black and white, with stripes on it. I don’t make calls, I just play football.”
The New York Daily News said the act proved the “Giants star receiver is as immature as ever.”
This is how News columnist Gary Myers opened his report:
It was a Dog Day Afternoon for the Giants, starring the self-proclaimed urinating canine Odell Beckham Jr.
Actually, he’s the real-life Peter Pan.
He just won’t grow up.
He refuses to grow up
News columnist Pat Leonard said the Giants’ loss — their third in a row — shows the team’s season is over even before it began.
All in in all, Elliott’s kick was a footnote in the reporting by the New York tabs, one the News’ Myers summed up as “the longest made field goal in any of the 1,341 Giants regular-season or playoff games by either team going back to their inaugural season in 1925.”