After ending their regular season with a win over the Washington Redskins the receiving core of the New York Football Giants went to Miami to get away and relax (aka party) on their off day before the playoffs began. This picture of them on a boat caused a week long debate in sports media whether or not they should've been in Miami when they had a playoff game to prepare for.
Look I hate the New York Giants. I despise that franchise for the pain they've put me through not once, but twice in Super Bowls and look for every opportunity I can to bash them. I think anybody who blames this for why they lost is a fool. It definitely wasn't a smart move by them but I don't think you can just say they would've won had they not gone. This picture isn't why Aaron Rodgers threw for 4 touchdowns. Going to Miami isn't why Odell dropped a sure touchdown.
However if you're gonna blame anything Odell and the boys did leading up to the game for why they lost blame this:
Blame the Giants are being hugeeeee hardos going out in pre game warm ups shirtless in freezing weather. Hours before kickoff. As a guy with a cold right now let me tell you not bundling up isn't a sign of toughness, it's a sign of stupidity. You're gonna get sick. Where are the coaches? Shit where are their moms? I'd never do this in a million years just so I could avoid the inevitable "you need to layer" conversation my mom likes to have as soon as it gets below 60 outside. Who thought this was a good idea?
I haven't traveled a ton but I actually have been to Wisconsin and let me tell you it may be the coldest place on Earth. I went for a weekend in November like 6 years ago and didn't bring a winter jacket and still get nightmares about it. Probably one of the dumbest decisions I ever made. I'm honestly lucky to be alive. I wouldn't wish a weekend in Wisconsin in November on my worst enemy. It was awful, you can see your breathe in Wisconsin from like September-June.
If you want to find a scapgoat for the Giants losing to the Packers (other than the fact they really weren't that good) don't blame the trip to Miami, blame these idiots for galavanting around the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field shirtless in January.