Robert Griffin III’s season-ending knee crumple caused a spasm of debate that pitted fan against fan, dominated local sports-talk radio, and allowed me to postpone the grim reality of a morning traffic report without any Redskins line items.
The debate was about his long-term health, of course. And he knew what was happening.
“I mean, everyone’s got an opinion,” RGIII told Larry Michael on Saturday, after winning the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award. “And you don’t ever shoot down those opinions, because everyone has a valid point when it comes to those things. But for me, hindsight is 20-20. There’s a few things in that [playoff] game that we wish we had done differently, and I’ll talk to coach about that when I get back. We’ll have that conversation. It’s a conversation that needs to be had. But at the end of the day, the most frustrating part was the fact that we lost the game, and I think that’s why everybody’s upset.”
The kid is so darn agreeable that he believes everyone has a valid point! Clearly he needs to listen to more sports talk!
“My dad told me I’m already far ahead [of schedule], so if I feel something in my knee, just stop,” Griffin continued. “It’s just about being ready for Week 1. And going back to the criticism, a lot of people criticize; some of them actually DO care about my health. And that’s something that I took pride in after I had the concussion at Atlanta and a few other injuries. So I’ll do my part to make sure that I stay healthy and keep myself out of harm’s way while at the same time making sure the coaches do the same.”
Sounds like a plan.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* A great read about the death of a D.C. playground legend.
* Tracee Hamilton on Sunday’s Caps game: “Verizon Center rang with loud cheers every time the Penguins got one past him. (Is Stan Kasten working in the ticket office?)” Dang.
* The Wizards take down yet another NBA division leader, this time the Clippers.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Randy Wittman, on why his players sometimes stop moving the ball:
“Human nature’s a [bleep],” he said. “It happens. You get feeling good about yourself. Maybe you get loose, or something, I don’t know why you’re feeling good about yourself.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Caps host the Maple Leafs at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Joshua Morgan makes the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.
JOHNNY ROCKETS FOR SALE?
Via Restaurant Finance Monitor: “Sources have told us that Johnny Rockets is being shopped, and a company spokeswoman confirmed today that it has hired an investment firm to explore a sale. The spokeswoman said that interest in Johnny Rockets has picked up since the sale of Dick Clark Productions last year.” No word how this would affect the concessions at FedEx Field.
POSTCARD FROM SAN PEDRO SULA
Turns out Steven Goff really should have been a travel writer. Also, a U.S. embassy rep in Honduras tells reporters there for the U.S. soccer match to “Take precautions or you will be targeted for robbery. Resist, and you will be assaulted.”
D.C. TRAFFIC: STILL THE WORST
“The Planning Time Index (PTI), a measure of travel reliability, illustrates the amount of extra time needed to arrive on time for higher priority events, such as an airline departure, just-in-time shipments, medical appointments or especially important social commitments,” according to a new Texas A&M traffic study. D.C. has the worst PTI in the country. ALSO, D.C. HAS THE WORST PTI IN THE COUNTRY, GET IT?