After many, many people expressed concern over just how many times Robert Griffin III was carrying the ball and how many hits he was taking this season, there emerged a natural counterpoint. It went something like this: the whole reason you drafted this kid was because of his world-class speed and dual-threat abilities. Itād be stupid not to let him play the way heās playing. Anyhow, he can take the contact just fine.
Hereās one example, from WUSA blogger Kevin Jones:
We are living in the ultra-athletic quarterback era. So all of a sudden when the Redskins FINALLY get their hands [on] a player with the most upside in the entire league, you want him to limit his skill set? You want to go back to bland offensive play calls? You want to risk scoring only 20 points in a game because [youāre] scared Griffin III isnāt bright enough to know when to run out of bounds?….
The Redskins are going to drive their Ferrari over 75 MPH, they are going to watch HD television late at night and they are going to admire their beautiful naked girlfriend. And they should, every single game.
And to that argument, the only retort necessary came from RGIII, during his weekly Wednesday presser. This came after Comcast SportsNetās Chick Hernandez asked about the play when Griffin dove for the endzone on a keeper, landed out of bounds, and then stayed on the ground for a while, ultimately necessitating a timeout.
āI was just a little dizzy,ā Griffin said. āWhen I dove, I got the ball inside the pylon, thought it was a touchdown. And I got up to celebrate, and everything on the left was on the right, and everything on the right was on the left. So I just fell back down and took a second. Stood up and I was fine. They tried to check me and see if I had a concussion. But I didnāt have a concussion, I was just a little dizzy.ā
Yes, football is violent. Yes, quarterbacks will get hit. Yes, Griffin will take advantage of his speed. But anyone who thinks it isnāt wise to limit the times your franchise player gets so dizzy that he canāt see straight, needs to waste a timeout and then gets checked for a concussion is watching a different sport than I am. The fewer times he gets hit the better, is our only point.
BECAUSE YOU DONāT READ THE PAPER…
Kilgoreās gamer, on another magical night of Natitude.
Boz, bringing it: āThe Nats have an appointment with anxiety. It canāt be avoided. In fact, it should be embraced. Itās part of the process, usually a fairly long one that forges fine teams into eventual champions. Sometimes, itās pretty frightening. You may want to cover your eyes. But donāt. The scary parts are the best.ā
Plus, a fine feature on F.P. Santangelo.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT, I
Vincent Gray has Natitude.
ā Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) September 27, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT, II
Wolf Blitzer has Natitude.
ā Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) September 27, 2012
HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
Mattias Sjogren, Marcus Johansson and Madonna (via RMNB):
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in Philly at 7 on MASN. The Ravens host the Browns at 8 on the NFL Network. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Based on a single-game survey of every MLB broadcast team, the Wall Street Journal ranks the MASN crews for both the Orioles and the Nats tied for seventh in home-team bias.
WASHINGTON IN THE WORLD SERIES
Ghosts of DC has posted video highlights of the last time a D.C. baseball team was in the World Series. Watch āem here.