It only took four questions during yesterday’s Robert Griffin III presser for someone to ask about “Griffining.” For the record, that someone was Rick Reilly.
So what does the original Griffin say about the meme that’s sweeping the Internets?
“Who would have thought getting knocked on your butt and throwing a touchdown would start a phenomenon like that?” he said at yesterday’s post-practice presser. “I mean, it is what it is, and ‘Griffining’ or ‘RGIII-ing,’ whatever they want to call it, I’m not opposed to it. It’s pretty funny to me.
“I haven’t seen anyone do it,” he continued. “Some of my teammates have made fun of me for it, like I started it on purpose. It is what it is. People are going to have fun with what they’re gonna have fun with and I’m not gonna stop them.”
It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for the practice, but it’s not stopping otherwise calm and collected people from temporarily losing their minds. Stuart Scott tweeted this pic of himself Griffining on the set of Sports Center.
Comcast SportsNet’s Michael Jenkins did the same on the anchor desk in studio.
But as I mentioned yesterday, not everyone is smitten with the idea of glorifying the craze. Former Redskins blogger Matt Terl broke down the reasons why we should hate Griffining, summing it up with this.
Folks. Look. I hate to be Captain Buzzkill on this, but it was ONE GAME. With a sideshow like Tebow, building a meme off one game is all well and good — you’ve gotta grab onto that comet while it’s still passing nearby. But the hope with Griffin — at least for me — is that he actually become a long-term NFL success story. Maybe we should wait just a couple of games before doing this kind of thing?
I think the ship has definitely sailed on the whole “waiting” thing.