As we noted in April, Robert Griffin III finished the past fiscal year with the highest-selling single-season jersey in NFL history. The league’s NFLShop.com data, we noted then, only goes back to 2006, but league merchandise experts were certain — based on merchandising trends and larger sales figures — that no NFL player had ever sold more jerseys in a single year than RGIII did.
Those numbers were through March 1, 2013. Since then, RGIII has lost ground.
The league announced its top-selling jerseys from April 1 through Sept. 30 on Monday, and Griffin has dropped to No. 5 on the list, behind Colin Kaepernick, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson and Adrian Peterson. The rest of the top 10 includes four more quarterbacks: Ryan Tannehill, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. (J.J. Watt is the top defensive player at 9th.)
And while the Redskins finished fourth in total merchandise sales in that prior fiscal year, the team has also dropped a few slots since then. According to the latest figures from NFLShop.com, Washington is 10th in total merchandise sales, behind the top-ranked 49ers and two NFC East rivals. (The Cowboys were second, and the Giants were eighth.) Before last year, the Redskins hadn’t finished in the top five in merchandise sales since 1993.
As for the rest of the Top 25 list, there were six more NFC East guys, none from the Redskins: Eli Manning was 12th, Victor Cruz 15th, Jason Witten 16th, Dez Bryant 17th, DeMarcus Ware 23rd, and LeSean McCoy 25th.
TWEET OF THE DAY
I’m going to ignore the three (3!) (III) columns in Tuesday’s Post about the Redskins name issue in favor of this tweet from famous person Olivia Wilde. Famous people get all the scoops.
Glad to hear my hometown DC has now decided to change the name of their football team, after I spent my childhood cheering a racial slur.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 8, 2013
OTHER TWEET OF THE DAY
Remember when this blog wasn’t about Obama, Olivia Wilde and Donald Trump? Yeah, me neither.
Government is shut down yet Obama is now harassing the privately owned @Redskins to change its name.He needs to focus on his job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2013
BEST TWEET OF THE DAY
Honestly, though, none of that can compare to this, from the Wizards’ Chris Singleton. Fake playdates are a signifier of something.
— Chris Singleton (@C_SING31) October 8, 2013
MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DAY
Ted Leonsis, perpetually happy person, brought his happiness to George Washington University on Monday.
“It’s almost like you have a family friend who has a drinking problem or a drug problem. The first thing you have to say to them is: they have to admit they have a drinking or drug problem,” Leonsis said, when talking about this newspaper, via Politico. “They have to say ‘we’re not that important anymore and what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working.’ This core model based on print isn’t going to work….”
“If you said to the Post, like I did 10 years ago, ‘You should be a platform, you should be embracing these bloggers and adding to your staff these virtual writers,’ they said that these bloggers are not Washington Post-caliber people, they’re not journalists,” Leonsis said. “And I said, ‘They’re not, they’re better.’”
IRONICALLY QUOTED BLOG ITEM OF THE DAY
“Most emails are negative,” Ted Leonsis once wrote. “Most happy people don’t write. Just ask any newspaper editor. But at the same time, I will not deviate from a strategy of a rebuild because of day-to-day losses. In fact, I believe that is what gets teams and businesses into trouble – lurching from strategy to strategy when the going gets tough. Change is good. Too much change is bad. Reactive non-reflective random change is really bad…. I honestly wish there was a magic wand to wave and we could short cut the process. I wish I had candy to offer to you. I have been through a rebuild before. It is filled with angst; losses; second thoughts; and differing opinions. It isn’t easy and it isn’t fun and it is why most franchises don’t do it. Most franchises look for a quick fix to stop the bleeding or to placate critics. That isn’t a plan. That is a semi-selfish act to make you feel good as an owner or leader….I understand criticism of our performance as a team. It is deserved. It is another part of the process: Hearing critics but still believing in what you are doing and not overreacting to incoming pixels and not trying to curry favor. Doing what you believe in and sticking with it. Time will tell if the strategy was a good one.”
MASCOT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Here’s George Washington, doing George Washington things inside a GW Athletics office. Unlike other recent visitors to GW, the mascot did not appear to compare journalists either to alcoholics or to drug abusers. For that, I thank him. Do you, George.
FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE DAY
I have attempted to recognize passionate people on all sides of the Redskins name debate. With that in mind, I promised a supporter of the Redskins name that I would link to his growing Facebook group.
“There is a small group of people with American Indian ancestry that have waged a war on sports teams with Indian mascots,” the page says. “The primary target of this group is the Washington Redskins. They use revisionist history and feigned outrage to advance their agenda. Though their numbers are small their voices are loud, it is now time that we make our voices heard as well.”
GARCON AND VERGARA
For the first time, Pierre Garcon is involved with the NFL’s annual breast cancer awareness campaign. Earlier this week, he sent out an image being used in that campaign that features both himself and actress Sofia Vergara. So many actress connections today!
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Two baseball playoff games, both in the American League. All radio and TV listings are here.