Before Saturday’s Redskins-Colts preseason tilt, ESPN business correspondent Darren Rovell reported that Robert Griffin III has earned more endorsement dollars than any pre-week-1 player in NFL history.
I don’t know if Elias keeps historical records on pre-week-1 endorsements, but that’s not particularly shocking. If you’ve watched any sports programming over the last few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly seen RGIII, selling beverages or sandwiches or shoes. Who was the last D.C. athlete to so dominate the endorsement market? Anyone?
In an online column before the game, Rovell went over RGIII’s major deals, which include Castrol Motor Oil, Subway, adidas, Gatorade, Panini, EvoShield and Nissan.
Rovell wrote that Griffin is “great at remembering brand message points,” and that endorsers are thrilled with the quarterback. The Gatorade deal, he wrote, “originally was supposed to be a one-off deal, but I’m told the people at Gatorade were so impressed with him that they signed him to something larger.” Rovell also reported that RGIII’s adidas deal was the company’s biggest for an NFL rookie since Reggie Bush.
Anyhow, at least a few Redskins fans and media members have raised one or two eyebrows at the marketing mania surrounding Griffin. And so one fan on Twitter brought his concern to Griffin, writing “I hope @RGIII is as good at football as he is at making commercials.”
The QB’s response?
“Better, my friend.”
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Many bad things happened in Philadelphia, and the Nationals got swept.
Finally, a Post columnist offers the other side. Feinstein: “Pitching a healthy Strasburg in October is not a betrayal, it’s simply recognizing that circumstances have changed.”
The Redskins have four potential starting running backs, and are in “wait and see” mode.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson, on taking Bryce Harper out in a double-switch.
“[Harper] was destroying helmets in the runway. So I said, ‘Randy [Knorr], will you get to him? Please get to him.’ But I really had no choice. I didn’t care if it was Babe Ruth. I had one player left and I have to have as many batters to stay in the game as possible.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Among other weird plays in Philadelphia, Bryce Harper ran out a groundball to first, and then fell on his bum.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Orioles host the White Sox at 7 on MASN. I’m getting exhausted by watching the Nats every day. Need a break. All TV/Radio listings are here.
THE LAME PRESEASON FINALE
Rick Snider is not thrilled that RGIII will be benched on Wednesday. “As long as the Redskins keep charging regular-season prices for preseason games and want $9 a beer, they at least should pretend to put on a good show.”
Remember last week? That was a fun week. Here’s the opening of a Thom Loverro column: “Don’t believe the hype. There’s a quarterback controversy in Washington. It’s Robert Griffin III vs. Kirk Cousins.” Whoops.
NEW SPORTS WEB SITE
USA Today launched Sports On Earth this week. Joe Posnanski wrote that “the idea here is to build a sports website around great writing.” Were I to write a similar essay about my own site, I’d write “the idea here is to build a sports website around timely radio transcriptions.” No shame in that, either.