Benny with the good hair is now Benny with the new hair.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo, whose appearance has sometimes been as scrutinized as his play-calling, debuted a new McA-do for the opening of Giants minicamp on Tuesday. It was a slicked back look, a la Pat Riley, and a big departure from his old, more moppy hairstyle with a part in the middle.
"Got to keep you all on your toes," McAdoo said. "Got to keep it fresh, right?"
Sure. And a change in appearance can be good, as McAdoo learned when he was lampooned for the oversized suit he wore to his introductory press conference as the new Giants head coach last year. Even after he found clothes that fit better, though, his hair was still a target for his critics. Among them was soon-to-be-former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, an infamous Dallas Cowboys fan, who took a pot shot at McAdoo in a radio interview last December.
"Do you think Ben McAdoo will get a real haircut if (the Giants) make the playoffs?" Christie asked.
McAdoo answered back behind the scenes the next day when he wore a T-shirt to team meetings with a drawing of himself (and his hair) over the phrase "Benny with the good hair."
(Christie, for what it's worth, also criticized McAdoo's "cheesy mustache," which appears to remain unchanged).
So what did McAdoo's players think of his new style? At first, even noted prankster Eli Manning took a pass at evaluating the new do.
"You can't get on the head coach ever, right?" Manning said. "I thought it looked outstanding, really outstanding."
Told that McAdoo said he did it to "keep it fresh", Manning said "Yes, you've got to keep it fresh. I told him you must have media today so that's why you combed your hair."