Not only is Dr. James Andrews a world-class surgeon, but he also has an incredible knack for circumspection and discretion, for keeping expectations low, for not using splendiferous rhetoric on a massive stage to ramp up the already sizable pressure on his celebrity clients. Or the opposite of that.
“I’ve been real mum on talking too much about RGIII,” Andrews actually said to ESPN recently. “He wants his recovery to be fairly private. But I can tell you that he’s way ahead of schedule. And his recovery has been unbelievable so far,
“RGIII is one those superhumans,” Andrews continued, in classic real mum style. “First patient I ever had like that was Bo Jackson. And then recently I, of course, had Adrian Peterson, who is also a superhuman. And they have an unbelievable ability to recover, where the normal human being may not be able to recover.”
I don’t doubt that this is true. I also fail to see how calling RGIII a superhuman and comparing his recovery to Adrian Peterson’s does the kid any favors. Especially in March. That “real mum” strategy sounds like a keeper to me.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* George Mason is leaving the CAA after 28 years to join the Atlantic 10, forming a new George-George rivalry with GW.
* The Capitals take six of eight points on their road trip, and are now within sight of the playoffs.
* John Wall says Wizards could have gone 4-0 on their road trip, instead of finishing 2-2.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT I
Ahead of their second-round matchup with Michigan State, the Maryland women decided to take over the ESPN2 broadcast location. Remember, Maryland-Michigan State have some second-round NCAA tournament history.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Alex Ovechkin is happy and fun-loving again, as evidenced by him scoring all the goals again, and also this:
We back in dc!cant wait to see my family….and @mkirilenko is back in town to!so im happppppy!!!hahaha
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) March 25, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Adam Kilgore wrote a tremendous story on Jayson Werth, which you should read if you haven’t. One highlight:
“I came here for a reason,” Werth said. “I was told this place was going to be right. So when you see things that aren’t right, you speak up. If you don’t speak up, you just kind of accept it. I wouldn’t say I’m the most accepting person in the world. I’d rather try to get things right, nip it in the bud right away and take care of it so we can move forward.”
And so Werth started speaking up. “Probably not very tactfully,” he said. “But the squeaky wheel gets the oil.”
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT II
Here is Redskins safety DeJon Gomes with the Easter Bunny, via his Twitter.
DID GEORGETOWN GET JOBBED?
ESPN 980′s Kevin Sheehan, writing before Florida Gulf Coast handled San Diego State, raged at the selection committee for handing Georgetown that first-round matchup: “It’s bad enough that this committee picked sorry teams like Middle Tennessee State and Boise State over quality teams like Virginia and Alabama, but those on that committee that actually watched Florida Gulf Coast and deemed that team to be a 15-seed have outrageously low basketball IQs. Anyone that knows the difference between a hoop and goal post would’ve figured out with a little due diligence that FGCU was no 15-seed. No matter what FGCU does [Sunday] against San Diego State, their seeding was wrong and it ended Georgetown’s season too early.”
BEER AND PICKLES
An Arlington pickle factory is pushing beer-and-pickle pairings. This is the greatest thing in world history. Also, the joint’s “newest pickle, Tailgate Mambo, is an invention using spices with a mambo sauce, a popular flavor in the D.C. area….[Co-owner] Yi Wah Roberts recommends pairing an IPA with the bold flavor. ‘You have the hoppiness to go with the pickle’s flavor, and it’s almost like eating barbecue and drinking beer together,’ he says.” Read more at WTOP.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards host the Grizzlies at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. The Maryland women host Michigan State in the round of 32 at 7 on ESPN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.