The soccer nets all over England have taken a beating through the years from players like David Beckham, "bending" shots into their fabric.
Kicking nets all over the NFL have been abused by Odell Beckham Jr. -- hitting, kicking them and even proposing to one. David is an international soccer star who got his start in London, England. Odell Jr. hopes to "bend it" like his namesake as his team, the New York Giants, crosses the Atlantic to face the Los Angeles Rams, designated the "home" team.
Hopefully, there is enough column space in the United Kingdom tabloids for both Beckhams and their antics.
The Rams haven't been back in Los Angeles all week but will still be playing a home game this Sunday against the Giants. The game will take place in London, England, and is one of the "home" games the Rams sacrificed in Los Angeles to expand their brand globally.
This is the second of three NFL games that will be played in the United Kingdom in 2016, but the first time in Twickenham Stadium, home of the English rugby team.
Both teams enter the matchup 3-3 but with different tastes in their mouths as they travel overseas. The Rams are coming off an embarrassing defensive performance against the Detroit Lions in their 31-28 loss. This once-vaunted defense gave up 10 straight fourth-quarter points after the surprisingly potent offense had spotted them a seven-point lead.
The Giants head to England on Thursday riding high on the backs of one of the best offensive performances in 2016 by quarterback Eli Manning and Beckham Jr.
Their offensive production led to a 27-23 come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Ravens. In that game, Manning threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns. Beckham Jr. scored two of those touchdowns, including the -winning 66-yarder while pulling in 222 yards receiving, a career high.
But his aforementioned antics have drawn the ire of coach Ben McAdoo.
Beckham Jr. drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after the winning touchdown grab when he ripped off his helmet in celebration.
That penalty didn't end up hurting the Giants, but McAdoo chided his fiery receiver after Beckham compounded his behavior by staging a mock marriage proposal to the kicking net, the same one Beckham slammed two weeks before.
"He (Beckham) came up to me right after, we had a discussion. We can't have (penalties)," McAdoo said. "He knows that and he wanted to fire up our kick coverage team and defense. He knows we can't have it. We need to keep our focus on the ballgame."
Manning, Beckham Jr. and the entire Giants offense will be going up against an up-and-down Rams defense that brought their own antics to the end of the game against the Lions.
While the Lions were in "victory" formation, one in which the quarterback simply takes the snap and kneels down, the Rams' defensive line fired off the football. This brought negative national attention to the team but had coach Jeff Fisher passing the buck after the game.
"This approach did not come from the sideline; it was not a call, it was not something that we practiced or that we preached," he said. "I think it was a byproduct of frustration. If the game's over, the game's over, pay respect to your opponent.
"You guys (the media and fans) don't realize all the stuff that goes on inside, up front between the offensive linemen and the defensive linemen. We'll address it and it's unlikely that it'll happen again."
The Rams' defense did not get any pressure on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and the secondary allowed wide receiver Golden Tate to gain 165 yards.
The Los Angeles defensive front could be without Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers against the Giants. The secondary has injuries to cornerbacks Lamarcus Joyner and Trumaine Johnson.
That could make for a long day matched up against the Giants' high-powered offense.
The Rams' passing attack was incredible against the Lions, and quarterback Case Keenum had a career day. Keenum threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, and at one point he completed 19 straight passes. Wide receiver Kenny Britt accounted for seven catches for 136 yards and both of Keenum's scores.
The Rams need to keep that formula going against a Giants passing defense that is ranked 22nd in the NFL and gives up an average of 266.8 yards per game.