Morning pixels:


If someone was asking me my Last Things, my last dream was last night. In it, I was navigating Washington trying to get fan interviews while giant 74-foot tall RGIIIs followed me everywhere. Each neighborhood I visited, an imposing god-like holographic form of the Redskins quarterback was there, watching over me. Roberticus, god of athletic gear and foot-long sub sandwiches.

Perhaps I ate some bad wings. Or it’s possible that such dreams are a side effect of my job.

Or maybe, just maybe, the evil marketing geniuses have won.

A story on USAToday.com broke down the different marketing strategies of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

While RGIII is already a marketing star who’s done TV spots for Subway, adidas and others, Luck has done very little, and certainly nothing of a national TV scope.

Understand, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Indy fans will surely say, “See, our guy understands he hasn’t done anything yet on an NFL field and is concentrating solely on football.” Washington fans will surely say, “Our guy is an electric presence and everything he’s done has been before the start of training camp.”

While a few months ago the sentiment the story attributed to Redskins fans may have been true, lately I’m seeing a different one. Based on our commenters, people on Twitter and conversations with fans, it now goes more like this.

“Our guy is an electric presence, but he hasn’t done anything yet on a regular season NFL field so maybe we should concentrate solely on football for now.”

Did I get that right?

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Here’s what baseball players talk about on the base paths.

* Tracee Hamilton says there’s something special about these Nats.

* The Redskins still have some starting spots up for grabs.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Shout out to @therealc_portis .. Thanks for the great years of service and memories.. Striving to follow your lead. #Redskins #DCU #DCSports

— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) August 23, 2012

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Adam LaRoche on being friendly with opponents:

“We’re lucky enough to play a game for a living, so I think we should enjoy every second of it.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY


(Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Nats at Phillies, 7 p.m. MASN. Toronto at Baltimore, 7 p.m. MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.

WHO IS WORSE?
The guy who tried to get random people to think he’s a celebrity, or the people who fell for it?

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