Yesterday was Robert Griffin III’s 23rd birthday, and while it wasn’t quite the national media phenomenon that Tim Tebow’s special day was, he did get some birthday sentiments throughout the day. One of those well-wishers was Lorenzo Alexander, who mentioned on Holden and Danny yesterday that he ran into RGIII in the Redskins practice facility.
“I saw him this morning, wished him a happy birthday,” said Alexander, who explained that the injured quarterback was in the training room doing some rehab. “I don’t need to get him anything. He can get himself whatever he wants at this stage.”
Alexander also mentioned that the term “rookie quarterback” still applies, and doesn’t just automatically drop off when the team reconvenes in the spring.
“Technically he’s still a rook,” he explained. “You have to play three games into your second year before you’re no longer a rookie, so I hope he understands that rule.”
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Gio Gonzalez was confident and excited on the first day of camp.
* Caps pulled off a win in overtime.
* The Wizards are the only team without a 30-point scorer, and that’s not such a bad thing.
* American wrestlers have vowed to fight the IOC’s decision to drop wrestling from the Olympics.
* Mike Wise on the “Word Series or bust” Nats.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Someone slap jay williams on espn for disrespecting MJ greatness on TV. It should never be questioned
— Richard Crawford Jr(@Rich_Crawford6) February 12, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Gio, on the PED rumors:
“I feel very confident. At the end of the day, I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will. I’m actually pretty excited about this year.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
It looks like Kevin Seraphin is now raiding the closets of the hotel bell staff.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Wizards at Pistons, 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.
LONG READ OF THE DAY
Former Redskins (and current awesome) blogger Matt Terl wrote a guest post for Mr. Irrelevant called “The Danny Smith Paradox.” Lots of words worth reading.
DROP THE MIC OF THE DAY
This high school hockey goalie intentionally scores on himself, flips off his coach, salutes the crowd and leaves the ice. Go out big, I guess.