The Super Bowl bound New York Giants are due to arrive in Indianapolis this afternoon to start the most hyped week of the year on the sports calendar, with a certain amount of focus sure to be on the impact of the two-week layoff on the team’s focus. Concerns among fans in the Hamptons rose amid rumors that Giants offensive lineman Batchagaloop Jones—a favorite of ours and of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of WFAN’s Boomer and Carton in the Morning—may have been spotted hanging out on the East End over the weekend.
It remains unclear whether Batchagaloop was scouting out a possible route for a Giants victory parade out here (given New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ties to the Hamptons, a special, invitation-only event for prominent East Enders unable to make it to the Canyon of Heroes could be in the works) or if he was simply trying to find a quiet spot to clear his mind before the media melee starts in full. No other members of the Giants were spotted.
Eyewitnesses (and by eyewitnesses we mean an elderly couple out walking their dog, a man who only went by Lou from Staten Island, and a college-age guy—who may have had a few—and his girlfriend, both wearing Eli Manning jerseys) on the street were overhead debating whether a large man they’d just seen strolling down Main Street in Southampton and talking to himself on Sunday evening was in fact Mr. Jones. This naturally is sparking concern among some local Big Blue faithful that the potential game-changer might not be entirely focused on the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and the Big Game.
“He wasn’t talking to himself—he was singing to himself,” insisted the woman in the Manning jersey. “But I’m sure his head is where it needs to be. Sounded like that Justin Bieber song, ‘Beat Brady, Brady, Brady, Oh…”
We’re sure Batchagaloop will be ready when the whistle blows on Super Bowl Sunday.