“He has played only 13 professional games, but the United States is getting excited about a new quarterback who is running into the record books and reinventing the way American football is played,” the Times of London’s U.S. editor, David Taylor, wrote in Wednesday’s editions.
“Robert Griffin III, whose No 10 jersey is the biggest seller coast to coast, has only to walk on to the turf at FedEx Field to get commentators shouting in expectation. And he has Washington Redskins fans, starved of even a hint of glory for most of the past 20 years, dreaming of a new era.”
I mean, I loved Todd Collins as much as the next guy, but the Times of London wasn’t publishing any flashy features about how ToCo was reinventing American football.
You need to be a Times subscriber to look at that graphic, seen above, but I’m pretty sure it demonstrates how Griffin has secretly worked out the cure for world peace and a way to market high-end U.S. craft beer for less than $9.99 a six-pack.
(Via lifelong Skins fan @SteveWilsonAP, via my boss.)
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Via Michael Lee: “The Washington Wizards turned down a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden this summer because team owner Ted Leonsis was unwilling to commit to what would have been a roughly $80 million, five-year contract for the high-scoring player, according to multiple people with knowledge of the proposed deal.” AIAIAIAIAIAIAIA.
* Amazing tick-tock of Maryland’s decision to join the Big 10.
* Maybe drafting Kirk Cousins wasn’t such a bad idea. Although I feel like teammates keep calling him “Kurt.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Randy Wittman seems to be having a swell time:
“That first quarter, I thought I was getting my teeth pulled at the dentist without any Novocaine. It was pretty painful.”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards are in Houston at 8 on Comcast SportsNet. There are other NBA games involving non-local teams. All TV/Radio listings are here.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Jordan Crawford celebrates his winning night in New Orleans.
— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) December 12, 2012
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Gio Gonzalez’s offseason continues to be more fun than your offseason. Via his Instagram.
OBNOXIOUS COPY EDITING OF THE DAY
As noted by multiple people, the Redskins were not, in fact, playing the Baltimore Colts on Sunday, although that would have been neat. Via @chaztopher and others.
THE BUCKHANTZ/CHENIER TECHNO REMIX
Sometime in the second half of Washington’s road win on Tuesday night, Randy Wittman snuck up from behind the officials to call a timeout. Steve Buckhantz described this in a mildly amusing way, leading to this tremendous Buckhantz/Chenier techno remix.
Transgender junior college basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig, on the Pollin/Czabe controversy, via Out Sports: “These two people in Washington D.C. just tore my life apart, and they don’t even know me. They did it in respect to how I look, how I’m built, the tattoos on my body. They took great pride in humiliating me in the national public. I don’t know if I’m supposed to cry or scream or beat them up. It’s affecting my sleep, it’s affecting my confidence.”
BRYCE HARPER PITCHING
New to me: this video of Bryce Harper on the mound during his junior college season. Looks pretty fierce.