After the Thanksgiving day perfection, Dallas owner Jerry Jones said he was “in awe of RGIII.” Noted Cowboys fan LeBron James said that Griffin was “an animal.” Noted Cowboys fan Bryce Harper wrote that Griffin was “something special.” And former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson said that Griffin was “the most valuable player in the entire National Football League.”
Before Sunday’s 1 p.m. games, Johnson returned to the topic on Fox’s pregame show.
“He’s not going to be the MVP,” Johnson said. “I understand that.”
“However, if I was going to start a team today…Robert Griffin III would be the first pick on my football team,” Johnson said. “He’s got it all.”
That’s a strong suggestion that Griffin has the most talent combined with potential of any player in the NFL. Which isn’t a horrible recommendation.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Dave Sheinin followed around RGIII throughout “one of the most satisfying weekends of his life.”
* Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo would be okay standing pat this offseason. Boz would, too.
* Gilbert’s contract led to Rashard Lewis, which led to Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, which led to 0-11.
* Norman Chad, on Maryland to the Big Ten: “Spiritually, it was a reprise of the Mayflower moving vans leaving Baltimore for Indianapolis in the dead of night in March 1984, only this time Loh was driving the big rigs.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson on Adam LaRoche, via Boz:
“Adam’s a cowboy. I just bought a quarter of a steer from him. My house is full of LaRoche beef from Kansas,” Johnson said. “Ranchers don’t need a whole lot of money. He’s got his own corn and grass to feed ’em. I know cattle can jump fences, so that might need fixing. But he’s slaughtering ’em so fast that fences won’t cost much.
“How much feed do you need to buy? Another $25 million ought to do it. What does he need three or four years [on a contract] for? Let’s go, man.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The winless Wizards host San Antonio at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. And that’s more compelling than Monday Night Football. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
MARYLAND TRACK TALE
The Baltimore Sun takes a look at how Maryland’s bottom-line athletics decisions affected one Kenyan runner.
LEONSIS ON THE LOSING
Ted Leonsis is still blogging. He wrote about the team’s 11th straight loss, noting “Our two point guards had zero assists last night. I don’t know if I have ever seen that stat before.” Then he wrote about therapy dogs, noting “I certainly need some therapy from our dogs right about now.”
There’s a panel on the 2012 Nats and Orioles season Wednesday evening at the University of Maryland, featuring Boz, Thom Loverro, Tim Kurkjian, Jane Leavy, Kevin Blackistone and Eduardo Encino.