Well, it didn’t take long for the New York Giants to start having a bad time in Philadelphia this weekend ahead of Saturday’s NFC Divisional Round showdown against the Eagles.
The Giants arrived in town ahead of tonight’s game, which meant they needed to check into a local hotel to rest up. The comfort of home definitely didn’t follow them to Philly, though, as Giants players reportedly woke up on Saturday to absolutely no running water in their rooms.
According to Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan, players were informed that a pipe in the hotel had burst and water needed to be shut off. That meant no water in the bathroom, no showers, and the start of a potentially bad day in Philly.
No one is saying anyone was at fault for the pipe burst, but Giants fans are already complaining that this was a deliberate act against their team.
It wouldn’t be the first time something fishy and potentially nefarious happened the night before a playoff game. Five years ago a fire alarm was pulled at the Pittsburgh Steelers Team hotel in the early morning hours before the AFC Championship Game in Foxborough. As it turned out, the alarm was pulled by a Patriots fan who apparently did it on a dare.
Pittsburgh got destroyed in the title game that year, losing to New England 36-17. Was the fire alarm the reason? That’s hardly fair, but it’s not difficult to connect the dots between a team vastly underperforming and that team’s preparation and routing the night before being thrown off.
A fire alarm being pulled and a water pipe bursting are two wildly different scenarios, but it’s still going to bring a smile to the fact of Eagles fans to hear that’s the way the Giants were welcomed to Philadelphia.